Disappointing about sums it up. The way Utah and Wisconsin came out for their
games shows exactly what I wished the Cougars could have done. They played a
decent game, but it appeared that the Cougars were really not up to the task.
But I am proud of the good game they made it. It was about as I thought it
would go and anything more would have exceeded my expectations. Thanks for a
good game Cougars. I was loving the Utah game until the last few minutes, too.
Go Red and go Blue.
Another opportunity missed by the Cougars! I wish they weren't on a bye
week before they went to Wisconsin. Something about bye weeks that spell doom
for them. I remember them being on a high when they demolished ranked Texas at
the time and then hosted the Utes after a bye week and got smacked!
Disappointed does not even describe it for me! But it's behind us now so
we just need to look forward and finish the season strong. Notre Dame's
loss to Pittsburgh significantly diminished the value of our meeting in a couple
weeks. I was pulling for them to win so we can play them while they're
rank. Too bad!Go Cougars, Utes, and Aggies the rest of the way!
It's OK for players, coaches and fans alike to admit that all athletic
teams are not created equal. Sometimes you just play a group who, collectively,
is better. I suspect Idaho St.will acknowledge that in about 7 days. Now
we need to acknowledge that Wisconsin was the better team and would probably win
most match-ups with BYU if they played repeatedly. If you saw the game, you saw
players, especially at the line of scrimmage, who were bigger and stronger,
hence who played better based on better talent. The Bedgers were disciplined,
well-coached and motivated. As noted by the commentators, probably a top-10
team. Now, BYU has the chance to win-out, get a bowl win and earn recognition
as a top-25 team. And that's not bad considering the recruiting,
honor-code and scheduling challenges that face them. Go Cougs!
I would like to hear an interview with our coaches that focuses on what they
learn when they play these teams that are so much better. Do these guys absorb
or think about how it is that someone can take basically the same kids and with
a SYSTEM, prepare them to play at this level? I know, BIG 10 talent is better,
but we're talking about the same DNA and kids that are even younger than
our guys, who play with a certain level of discipline and preparation. Look at
the difference of the Urban years at Utah vs. before and after. Or what Andersen
has done at USU or Petersen at BSU. We're going to get this
same level of talent at BYU from now until forever. The difference has to be in
the coaches and how they prepare the kids. Maybe the first question is what is
the goal of the coaching staff. Do they honestly expect to win these games or
are they just happy to show up??
Yes, I suppose Wisconsin was better, but I always leave seeing a game like that
saying we were better too. But we didn't show it, and often don't
show our best games, especially in big venues and on national tv against ranked
opponents. And there's a hundred reasons why it seems. But a lot of them
don't make sense. Dropped passes, missed tackles, foggy assignments,
execution - it is a team game and everyone has to be in sync at the same time.
But we're still growing up in big games, with some great results and some
losing ones. So it is. Onward and upward.
Win or lose this has been a good season for BYU even with the current three loss
we have. I still see this team growing and learning on the scoring side of
things. The D I think will not be near as strong next year, but still always
strong with BM leading the D. This year has been good, next year I think will be
great and then the third years something special.
Yes, my Badgers were the better team and deserved the win but this past week was
really revealing as to the true state of BYU's independence. To all the naysayers who claimed after one loss BYU would have nothing to play
for... BYU had two horrible losses to start the season, yet in mid-November many
national news sources were talking about BYU and the possibility of them playing
in a BCS bowl if they had won out. Conclusion? BYU can be a BCS buster with
two losses. Now, with three losses they still have votes in the polls and will
likely crack the top 25 if they win the next two games. Great scheduling this
year, average execution. BYU will play in the Kraft Fight Hunger
bowl this season but that doesn't change the fact that they absolutely have
something to play for, even after losses to two of the worst teams in the
country. That, and they're playing some awesome games during the regular
season. AND we can actually watch their games on national t.v. I'm liking
this independence gig. Go Cougs!
Big Senior day against Division II Idaho State!Got to love
Im not buying that the bye week didn't hurt. Did I hear correctly that
Bronco gave the team 5...FIVE!...days off?? How are you supposed to stay focused
and in sync when you're taking a vacation in the middle of the season? Is
that normal or only if football is #5 on the priority list? For being such an
important game for both the season and the future of the program I don't
see the urgency. Once again, it seems coaching decisions continue to undermine
the effort both on and off the field. Very dissapointing!
Just a few comments:1). Wisconsin's offensive line was awesome. We
couldn't get any pressure and they had huge holes all day. Give them
credit for the win. 2). Anae is not a great scheming coach! No
adjustments. Where were the short passes and screens? I was disappointed in his
clock management and late game play calling as well.3). I've
been rooting for Apo to show up but he continues to disappoint. Too many
dropped passes. 4). With 8 in the box to stop the run, Wisconsin was
in man coverage most the game. Those 5'9" defensive backs were draped
all over our receiver just trying to hang with them. No wonder Hill had such a
poor throwing day between several dropped passes and defensive backs grabbing
and pulling our receivers so they can't get open. Only 2 penalties on
Wisconsin, 3 if you count the PI that BYU declined. The Big-10 officials need
to call those PI calls.But they let Wisconsin do pretty much whatever they
wanted. They weren't as bad as PAC-12 officials (nobody is), but we still
got a little homer job. Not the reason we lost but didn't help.Wisconsin was better.
4 wins for the mighty crimson, christine. No bowl. Nothing like being a ute eh?
I'm with Voodohound99,I hate complaining about refs, and
ultimately Wisconsin looked like the better team that probably would've won
without any help... but they did get help, lots of it.There big,
physical O-line got away with all kinds of holding the entire game, which is why
we couldn't get any sacks.The non PI calls and the two
blatantly overturned calls killed any momemtum on offense. I still don't
understand the overturned facemask call against Jamal Williams. Even if they
don't call what appeared to be an obvious hand on the mask, they
should've called targeting on the other guy that hit him.Wisconsin is good, but the refs were definite fans too.
Chris B, have any bowl committees contacted your utes with an invite yet?I would have figured your vaunted SOS ranking would get you one
regardless of your record.Now that is something to LOL about.
@ Surf is Up"I would have figured your vaunted SOS ranking would
get you one regardless of your record.Now that is something to LOL
about"Yet losing to two teams (Utah and Virginia) that probably
will not go bowling this year is something to LOL about. Bash the
Utes all you want, but the fact remains BYU still lost to them for the 4th
straight year and 9 of 12. That is another thing to LOL about.
LOL @ Chris BSo whats the prediction for the Oregon game?
It seems that BYU struggles against similarly ranked teams (Wisconsin, Utah)
that have a good ability to stop the run game, they're much better against
similarly ranked teams (Texas, Georgia Tech) that can't. I know Notre
Dame's run defense was great last year but I'm not so sure about this
year. @Wiscougarfan"yet in mid-November many national news
sources were talking about BYU and the possibility of them playing in a BCS bowl
if they had won out. "I never read that anywhere, not even here
and I'd expect here to consider longshot possibilities moreso than other
places with regards to BYU. If they beat Wisconsin they'd move to something
like 25, they'd get nothing from beating Idaho State, and beating Notre
Dame would only move them up to around 20 maybe, still a good ways away from
making a BCS bowl, especially with Northern Illinois and Fresno State ahead of
them.Now, I'm not saying they had nothing to play for, because
that would be silly, there's always something to play for. I'm just
saying a BCS bowl wasn't happening.
Wiscougarfan's optimism notwithstanding...- BYU's
postseason destination before Saturday's game: Mac-n-cheese bowl.-
BYU's postseason destination after Saturday's game: Mac-n-cheese
bowl.- Importance of November games as an non-undefeated independent with
the requisite six wins: little.- Long term damage to BYU football's
ability to recruit top talent as an independent: significant.- Current
StubHub ticket price for Saturday's rumble with the Bengals: $4.Now, lest anyone call me a fair weather fan, a hater, (or a Ute fan), I bought
my tickets and airfare to the Mac-n-cheese bowl *before* Saturday's game.
I'll be there wearing Cougar blue, but I am a realist when it comes to
independence, and I don't like what I see. Granted, it's better than
the MWC and there's not much choice without an invitation to dance with
somebody else, but that doesn't mean I have to pretend independence is
great.On the bright side, Notre Dame looked beatable in their anemic
loss to Pitt on Saturday, but that also hampers excitement for BYU's
meeting with the un-ranked, three-loss Irish.
Outmanned? Maybe. I think BYU had the players to win. We were clearly
outcoached, outsmarted and had sloppy time management - a systemic issue for the
last few years in big games, where little things can bite you.
@Hey Elmer Fudd, crow all you want. The truth is, as it always is, that utah
manages to play above themselves in a couple of games which means a lot more to
them (and the BYU game always will). And then, having spent everything they
have, the wheels come off for the rest of the season. Crash. Burn. Mangled
wreck.That is your ute program. And that is why they will always be
the PAC12 bottom dweller.The way U guys counter that fact is by
simply declaring every team in the PAC12 as better than any other team on
BYU's schedule or any other mid major conferences.It isn't
true (laughably so) but U guys seem to comfort yourselves with that myth.So go comfort yourself with the win this season. While rooting against
BYU in one of two bowl games being played by in state teams.LOL at
that one Fudd.
@ Surf is UpIt's obvious that you haven't watched any of
Utah's games this year. Utah played above and beyond in all of their games
except USC. Utah has played competitively this year in their conference even
though they don't result in wins. Meaning, they're not getting blown
out!It's not only Utah fans that believe in myths. BYU fans
believe in myths as well. For example: Even though BYU loses to Utah,
they're somehow better than the Utes because they won more games at the end
of the season. You can't prove that because they don't play common
opponents. That's laughable!By the way, BYU is not our
signature win this season. #5 Stanford is! So don't flatter yourself.If Utah is as bad as you say they are, then why does BYU keep losing to
them year after year?Utah still owns your Cougs! 4 in a row, 9 of
12, 57-34-4 and scoreboard! How does that crow taste?
Elmer,all I said is that BYU matters more than most games. We are flattered. Why not go back to 1970, which is the commonly accepted starting point
of what is known as the Common Era of College Football (when helmets were not
made of leather and the forward pass was not frowned upon as a gimmick). And the
years before that, when U really dominated, BYU was pretty much a DivII school.
Yes you you must be proud of that.So you can claim what you want to
help you sleep at night. But you'd better make alternate plans as to what
you will be watching during bowl season.In summary: BYU is still
more relevant that utah on the national stage and it drives U mad.Crow tastes just like chicken.It also tastes like wabbit. But I'm sure
you already know that Elmer.
@ Surf is UpThe modern era began in 1970? According to who?...Cougar
board? Since BYU has such a terrible history before LaVell Edwards became your
coach. I don't blame you for trying to erase that part of history and
pretending it never happened. The modern era of college football
began in 1998 when the BCS was formed not 1970. College Football has changed
since the 70's. By the way, the leather helmets started fading away in the
1940's when plastic helmets started taking over. If your basing the modern
era of college football based on the helmets players wear. Then you have to
trace back the modern era back to the 1940's. Utah would still dominate
BYU. Now your claiming BYU was terrible before 1970 because BYU was
pretty much a Division II school. BYU has been in the same conference as Utah
since 1922. It's just Utah and Colorado dominated their conference. But if
it helps you sleep at night, go ahead and believe that.BYU is just
as relevant as Utah because neither team is making any noise nationally. Only you would know what crow tastes like eh, Surfer boy? I only hunt