Wisconsin, while winning today, certainly looks beatable.Go
Notre Dame looks very beatable too! Only 4 points separated the Irish from the
Midshipman.... I'm liking the prospects of finishing on a 9 game tear! 10
if you count San Fran or wherever 9 straight could end em up.... I'm liking
the upward progression since September 21st.... August 31st is the only do over
I'd like to see! Especially after the dismantling of UVA today!
I've very seldom seen college quarterbacks with the combination of the
running ability Taysom has always had and the passing ability he'
Continued...passing ability he's developed over his last 4
games. Utah is extremely fortunate they played BYU as early in the season as
they did. There is simply no way either Utah or especially Virginia could beat
BYU at this point of their season. This year will finish magically. The next
game will convince even some of the few remaining hardcore skeptics. Watch and
lol. 9 of 12 and 4 in a row is not extreme fortune.
And to think that this guy comes back for two more years. We could be at a very
good point from the QB position. It gives new meaning to the Best Two Years,
Toosmartforyou:Wisconsin looks big, nasty, and physical. They are good old
fashion smash mouth all the way. Very good football team, and I agree with the
announcers if that Wisconsin Iowa game today, Wisconsin is very under-rated.
They are even better at camp Randall. BYU will need to play their best game of
the year, but the way they're playing I can definitely see the Cougs coming
away with a win. If they do, we could be looking at 10-2 and top 15 ranking if
we beat ND. ND looks more beatable than Wisconsin to me, but they are both
beatable and have weaknesses. Tators:Who cares about Utah?
"If he [Taysom Hill] continues to progress like he’s doing and working
hard like he’s doing, he’s going to put up some numbers that people
aren't accustomed to around here."High praise from an
All-American, National Championship winning member of BYU's Quarterback
ekuteLayton, UT"lol. 9 of 12 and 4 in a row is not extreme
fortune."Reading for content, lil bro. 8 of 11 and 3 in a row
had nothing to do with when THIS year's game was played and whether the
timing was fortunate or not.Irony here is, ahead of the game,
Wisconsin is huge. Beat 'em, and they were over-rated, no big deal. Lose
to 'em, and it's all "BYU pipedreamin' again."Still, given the choice, I say, "Come on Cougs! The stage keeps getting
bigger; keep playin better!"
@ ekuteI like how Utes hate it when BYU fans bring up the past and look
what you are doing. Yeah we have lost 4 years in a row and it is painful. But
as a cougar fan I would rather have the BYU past. Champion, Heisman, NFL MVP.
Utes would never know how that feels. That's right you all rather lose
every game and be in the Pac12.
Great time to be a Cougar fan as the final stretch of November football is upon
us, Wisconsin and ND games are winnable.I certainly hope that the
bye week has been used to develop some great plays and to hone the ability to
play 'lights out' in both halves. Nothing but the best will do for
these games!And having the #6 QB? That's going to invoke some
commentary today from the 'peanut gallery'.Congrats to
Taysom and team!And Tom Holmoe, thanks for lining up Wisconsin and
ND this month. Awesome schedule!
A lot of hype going Hill's way. I would hope the media pulls it back a
notch or 2. Although the potential is there, there is still room for much
improvement, and declaring him one of the "Greats" is still
premature.Hill has been sacked 24 times this year. That is way, way
too much and ranks very low in Division I. Much of that is on the O-line, but
some of that is Hill's own fault. That has to get better, and when it
does, watch out!I watched Taysom in high school and I KNEW he was
going to be special. Just how special is yet to be determined.Stay
What is it about BYU football that makes some Utah Mormons go all gooshy in the
knees? The Cougars have been lackluster for so long that you would think rising
from mere mediocrity to somewhat less mediocre was huge. So let me set the
record straight: If your program has been in the top 15 in the past 5 years more
than twice then they matter. If they have been in the top 15 in the last 5 years
once then they could be considered a minor player. If they only see the top 15
from way outside the top 25 then they are pathetic.
The comparison to Andy Dalton is valid. And Dalton was able to stay healthy.
Hill has a big, strong frame, great speed, breaks tackles and is becoming a good
passer. What's not to like?In a way, Hill reminds me of Angels
CF Mike Trout. Big, strong, fast, and simply a phenomenal athlete. Trout is a
future baseball Hall of Famer. Barring career-ending injury or a succession of
concussions, like Young, Hill is heading for a great athletic career. Barring
injury ...I'll take BYU and the points next week.
JLFuller,byu has a strong fan base within the Mormon culture and a
local media that supports that culture.
I sure do miss Jake Heaps. He was the future of the program and his loss is
still killing me. I lose sleep over how his departure destroyed the program.
He will never be replaced and was our last chance at a great QB.P.S.
Ute fans - It's called sarcasm. P.P.S. Utah State Fans - I
still am sorry that you lost Chuckie - He also it the real deal.P.P.P.S. Ute fans - that was not sarcasm - just in case you missed that one
The more Virginia gets embarrassed every week, the more I hate the thought that
we even lost to them! At least Utah beat the #5 team in the nation even if they
are struggling a bit now. But I love the improvements Taysom and the Cougars
have made so far and hope they will continue to do well. If he continues to
crank up the kind of numbers he's doing now, I don't think the Heisman
conversation will ignore him. Winning brings notoriety, fame, and recognition
whether you look for it or not.Go Cougars! Go Utes! And oh, and
how 'bout them Aggies? Their freshmen quarterback made mince meat of them
Rainbow Warriors! They actually haven't missed a beat since their star q/b
JLFullerBoise, IDIs the harsh tone of your albeit true
comments and your proximity to a team recently defeated by the aforementioned
"pathetic" team strictly coincidental?
The physical talent is there no doubt and the accuracy is much better. That
said, the assessment really needs to come after the Wisconsin and ND games.
Wisconsin is a good team with a good quarterback and solid defense. Although ND
isn't great this year, it's certainly a better gauge than Houston or
GT. Utah State and Boise were minus starting quarterbacks, which reduced their
quality as opponents substantially.
I'm not trying to be a hater, but I hear Bronco and Doman praising Hill up
and down...but where was the praise or the endearment while Hill sat on the
bench behind Nelson? Where was the recognition of his great potential as we
watched BYU get beat again and again by teams with less talent? I'm loving
it now, but for all of us fans who "know nothing" about the game, we
were calling for Lark, Hill and others to have at least a chance...but we kept
getting more Nelson...I'm SO thankful he graduated, or Hill would still be
sitting on the bench...or worse...transferred.One more point...lets
see a little Olsen arm when we get a lead...so the kid is a little prepped just
in case the worst happens. I'm just say'n...
@JLFullerThere still seems to be pain in Boise over BSU's collapse in
Provo, but stop the whining and rationalization. BTW, games are played, not to
change history, but to decide this year's winner. Man up and
let it go, this year's game is over and sniping at Taysom Hill or his fans
will not change the score. It does no credit to legit BSU fans.
@ekute - Utah has a strong fan base in Utah only, among some non-Mormons and
within a subset of the Mormon culture. @CWEB - Hill was injured all
last year after the Utah State game. So if you were looking for Hill to play,
and really thought Lark was better than Nelson, and thought the Cougars were
clearly more talented than ANY team that beat them last year, the "know
nothing" label is probably appropriate. Fact is, BYU was better than average
last year, not great, and every game they lost was to a comparable or superior
team. And, in the time Lark played, he showed nothing better than what we saw
@JLFuller Still bitter about that incident a week ago where BYU took BSU to the
wood shed?BYU still has a greater legacy (program and individual
honors) than bsu does.Whine all you like You can't change that.
It would take another decade.
Taysom Hill is exciting to watch. He is a really intelligent quarterback who
dazzles with his feet and arm. After watching his accuracy and the acrobatic
catches by BYU's tight ends against a good Boise State team:BYU should beat
Wisconsin this weekend.Completing the season with wins at Notre Dame, ISU and
Nevada should leave BYU ranked about 15-18th in the last poll.
Is it my imagination, or are there basically two groups of people making a case
about Taysom Hill:1) Those who trumpeted what a terrible quarterback
he was because his passing was so abysmal, and 2) those who said "wait for
it, the passing will come.Now there are two basic groups of people
making a case about Taysom Hill:1) Those who say it's premature
to pass any judgement on Hill, and 2) those who think he is well on his way to a
Heisman.Ironic that both groups, at one time or another, were/are
quick to leap to judgement when it supports their pre-conceived belief, and both
urge(d) restraint when their opinion is not validated by actual facts.
Just for the record I think Chris Petersen and the Boise State Broncos are a
class act.Glad to see them defeat Colorado State. BYU has the chance to do
something really special this year and that is defeat both Wisconsin and Notre
Dame. Hoffman, Van Noy, Hadley, Apo and Taysom are as good of athletes as any on
the Badgers or the Fighting Irish.
Hill is certainly better, but he's no Steve Young, Jim McMahon, or Ty
Detmer yet. Proof is in winning.
JLFullerBYU has been in the Top 15 three times in the last 8 years;
one time in the Top 12, and they just finished dominating the Broncos, after a
couple of one-point losses.
Wayne RoutTy Detmer said that Taysom is higher skilled than Ty.
And let us remember, "Pride goeth before the fall." Hill does have huge
potential. I just hope he and the team and coaches ignore the comparisons and
just focus on a game that has a top notch coach that has taken BYU to the wire
and given the Cougs fits for several seasons, and did so with a team that had
less overall talent and depth. The Cougs are in for the fight of their lives in
Badgertown. Wisconsin is favored for a reason. Why Texas and Houston are ranked
ahead of BYU is something to ponder deeply.
@Y Grad / Y DadSo, which group are you in?
DSBCedar Hills, UTGood question, thanks for asking!I am completely in the group that blissfully drinks every drop of the blue
koolaid and licks out the glass. I hope for the best for the cougars, I
visualize great things happening for the boys in blue. I would LOVE to see
Taysom win the Heisman and lead the cougars to the National Championship playoff
game.But I haven't started making next year's holiday
commitments around that game and I haven't spent much effort visualizing
how they will re-arrange the cougar football hall of fame to accomodate the
@ekute, dsb, and friends...Come back and talk to us when the big bad
utes have won 18 out of 20 against their big brothers in the valley, or when one
of the ute QBs or Running Backs win a national award, or when the utes actually
win a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP... Shoot, come back and talk to us the next time the
utes have a winning season and are bowl eligible...All College
Football Experts (bot taken by bias will agree that BYU is the best team in the
State this year and one of the best teams in the West... Clearly behind Oregon ,
but on a par with Stanford, UCLA, and ASU...I really don't mind
BYU going to the Fight Hunger Bowl to beat up on whatever team the PAC 12 sends
against us (who, by the way, have probably dismantled our little Brothers on the
hill)... The Cougs will restore some respect for football in Utah...
@poymanNot sure why you lumped me with ekute. I'm an avid
Cougar fan who called out ekute at 4:08. Maybe you didn't catch it, but
ekute implied BYU had a meager fan base within the Mormon culture. I conveyed
that Utes' fan base is far smaller and more localized than BYU's, so
it's silly for Ute fans to demean BYU's national appeal.I
look at things somewhat more realistically than a few commenters. Y Grad / Y
Dad's most recent response is a great summary of how I feel, and I think it
accurately represents the way most Cougar fans feel and express themselves. I
don't believe there are many fans who confidently predict national
championships and Heismans, so I don't really appreciate when people act
like there's so much of that talk going on, like they're the only fans
with their feet on the ground.I realize a few fans can't abide
reality, and heaven forbid an honest Cougar fan admit the team is good but not
great. We're moving in the direction of great, and I hope we get there.
Be real Cougar brother!
@ Cougsndawgs:To answer your question...Perhaps it's just
a pet peeve of mine, but I always enjoy beating Utah... always! So no matter how
well the rest of the year goes afterwards, it would've always been a better
year had we beaten them... at least in my mind. And yes, to lose to
a team like Virginia always sticks in my craw as well... especially when we
obviously outplayed them and lose on one dumb play-call. Statistically, we beat
both Virginia and Utah. So yes, when I think that we really could've and
should've been unbeaten at this point (and thus ranked in the top 15),
those losses to lesser teams do still bother me a bit. Just being honest.
Tators:It was actually a rethorical question. I was simply making a
statement that Utah doesn't deserve our time or attention anymore.
They're a two time flash in the pan nobody that the PAC intelligently
brought in to put more wins in the elite programs' column. The fact
we've lost to them recently really means nothing when they obviously
can't beat anyone else (except a Stanford team that was completely out of
character against them...for whatever reason). We have a national stage against
a power program to focus on...the utes are in the rearview mirror which is where
they will remain as long as BYU is winning and making noise while they're
crying about injuries and SOS. I'm sure you agree. Cheers
I will hype Taysom and our team if and AFTER they beat Wisconsin and ND. Not
before. Lots of business to be taken care of before we start thumping our chests
again (like before UVA and UT).