"Eight wins are hard to get,” Mendenhall said. “I don’t
care who you are playing or what situation.”Really Bronco? No
matter who you play?...Tennessee state, Houston, Idaho state, Nevada, Boise
State(without their starting QB) Texas was a sweet win but other than that
there are no other signature wins. This should've been a minimum of a 9
win season.8 wins is not hard no matter who you play. There are way
to many "gimme" wins on this schedule. Props on a pretty good season
TFUDDBYU beat SIX bowl teams that won at least 7 regular season
games each.#32 Texas(8-3)#92 Mid Tenn St(8-4)#42 Utah
St(8-4)#30 Georgia Tech(7-5)#47 Houston(8-4)#46 Boise
St(8-4)Don't blame BYU because the mighty weak Utes
weren't good enough to beat #34 Washington St(6-6) or #36 Oregon St(6-6) to
secure a winning record.
BYU really struggles getting up for most big games (they usually do well for
bowl games) and road games. I think this can be solved if they hold plenty of
open practices next fall at Rice Eccles Stadium.
Byu's bowl opponent is likely Washington. Watching Washington I am amazed
at their athleticism and SPEED. And if anyone thinks by beating
Texas you have somehow proven that superior athleticism doesn't matter, I
am happy to offer plenty of evidence it does. Does it guarantee wins? No, and I
never said it does. I just said it matters.Rest up indeed. Byu
couldn't beat the number 10 PAC 12 team. Can they beat the number 6 team?
Even a very average PAC 12 team is incredibly good. We will see who
Vegas favors once the matchup is announced, but I have a feeling the experts
will favor an average PAC 12 team over byu. Perhaps I am wrong, we will see. Any guesses from others on who The Vegas experts will think is better?
@No playoff for USo are you saying that if a team wins 7 games in a
terrible conference. Most of those teams win's(except for Texas and Georgia
Tech) were against terrible teams.UNLV won 7 games this year...does
that mean they are good? No they are terrible. Personally I think BYU is better.
As a Utah fan I expected BYU to win 8 games this year. I thought that the
Virginia game would've been a win and the Texas game a loss but it's
sports....anything can happen
BYU's problems seem to be that they buy into the local sportscasters and
talk radio jock opinions about how they will beat Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Utah
and destroy Nevada. They seem to think that they just need to show up to
win.Washington should mop them up pretty easily in the Fight Hunger
BYU, and Utah could help each other with a short fall scrimmage to prepare for
the new season@TFUDD--Boise State, Utah State, etc were good wins.
Here we go again. My team celebrated their bowl victory in September over the
rival who must not be named, and finished with a resounding thud. Again. I
know! I'll make myself feel better by reminding my past rival rival how
nothing they did good was all that good.Your no good, you're no
good, you're no good, baby you're no good.I feel better
now! So, how about some basketball?
christy"BYU couldn't beat the number 10 PAC 12 team. Can
they beat the number 6 team?"Neither could Stanford, yet the
Cardinal somehow managed to beat Washington.After playing Texas,
Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame, BYU is not going to be awed by
Washington; respectful, yes; awed, hardly.Let's not forget, BYU
has already beaten PAC 12 teams like Oregon 38-8 and Oregon St 44-20 in previous
AlpinerUtah's problems seem to be that they buy into the local
sportscasters and talk radio jock opinions about how the Utes will be
competitive in the PAC 12, instead of facing reality that the Utes are simply in
over their heads.4-53-62-79-18(33%) in your
first three seasons, and not looking any better for next season.btw,
it's laughable that Utah fans are now waving the flag for a Washington
program that the Utes have NEVER beaten 0-8; meanwhile, BYU is 4-4 versus the
Huskies, including wins in 2008 and 2010 during the Bronco era.
Since we're already on the outside looking in at the bowls, the only thing
my little sister and I have left to talk about is BYU and their soon to be
announced bowl opponent.Even though Bronco is 2-0 versus Washington,
while Kyle has been absolutely man-handled by the Huskies 14-31 and 15-34, we
still have the audacity to pretend that we're the equal of Washington and
therefore entitled to talk smack in behalf of a program that has owned us.
BYU has become a doctor:Our follow utes fans are trying to heal
their pain by saying, "if we can't beat PAC 12 teams, neither can
you".Amazing how BYU is the focal point of ute success.
I hope BYU's bowl opponent is Washington - it will be a good test for the
Cougs as the Huskies are a good squad and will give them one more chance to
redeem their mediocre season.
@Y Dad/Y GradGoing 8-4 and to a bowl game is good for BYU. Beating
BYU was good for Utah. Unfortunately losing to ASU, Arizona, UCLA and Oregon
State in oh so close games was bad. That's the way it goes. Good luck vs U
W; that is one tough team. Bishop Sankey is the real deal. I hope all is well in
the tri-cities Guy!
@TFUDD--than BYU loses to 2 teams not going to a bowl, and for two years,
can't win half their games.Go figure!
BYU was oh so close to going 11 and 1, with Wisonsin not being so close. A few
'ifs and buts' and it would be a different season. The same can be
said of Utah, with a few plays in each of several games would be going bowling
with a 9-3 or 10-2 record....but here we are. Both teams are pretty
good. Both teams made a few critical errors that cost them. And both teams have
a solid core to build on for next year. I only root against Utah one game a year
and I've come out on the thin end of that stick five years running!
Crud!!Anyway, best of luck to BYU in the bowl game. Hoping Utah
get's those few plays a game next year.PS Best game would be
Washington, with Steve Sarkesian, former BYU signal caller now on the sidelines.
Would be fun, again.
Well said JMT. My sentiments exactly!!
TFUDD"So are you saying that if a team wins 7 games in a
terrible conference."See every Utah bowl team from 1964 through
2010, including:2004 - 67th SOS, only 3 regular season opponents
with winning records, none better than 7-5, and only 1 opponent from a decent
conference with a winning record2008 - 56th SOS, only 1 regular
season win versus an opponent from a decent conference with a winning recordAccording to the new Utah fan narrative, Utah's entire football
history is built on a slate of mediocrity in a terrible conference.Take of those crimson-colored, BYU-hating goggles already. BYU played the 32nd
toughest schedule in 2013, tougher by almost 10 places than Utah's toughest
schedule EVER, 41st, prior to 2013.
BYU has played their worst games after rests. I'm not feeling confident
here. Washington, though has been very inconsistent and has some holes (sounds
like BYU to me), is going to be tough.
Neither BYU or Utah are quite there as yet. I was disappointed BYU had to squeak
by Nevada. I love to watch BYU, but are not a top 25 team.
Eight wins was what I was hoping for at the beginning of the year. So I got what
I wanted and considering a new O scheme, coaches, soph QB and a very tough
schedule...Kudo's to the Cougars! Nice work.Oh and we get to go
bowling for Christmas! Way to go Bronco!
Playing Wisconsin and ND back to back weeks will help the Y in their bowl game
against any Pac12 opponent. Other than Oregon and possibly Stanford I would say
both Wisconsin and ND are better opponents.
I don't know, it looked like Hill in that Nevada first half, didn't
wait long enough to find a receiver and just opted for his legs too much - and
wasn't running things well. I think he always has that temptation, to run,
and defenses know that. Thank goodness, Williams got free for some long runs
And then, our line blocked better and TH made some good runs in the second half,
more designed runs I think. He was really shifty in that last big run.
That's a good one two punch if our line can open holes - and then he can
throw when the secondary is soft. Good in luck in the Bowl Game!
Husky alum here: UW has been weird this year. Started out 4-0 (Boise, Idaho
State, Illinois, Arizona) then lost three straight (Stanford, Oregon, ASU), beat
3 of next four( wins: Cal, CU, WSU; loss: UCLA).Washington lost only
to really good teams: Stanford, Oregon, ASU, UCLA.BYU lost to UVA,
Utah, Wisconsin, Notre Dame.But UW had a mature offense, while
BYU's two bad losses were early when the offense was brand new.I think BYU's defense is better than UW's defense. Price is still
hampered by injury, Price is best RB in the PAC-12 IMO.Price does
not run but is a much better passer than Hill. Sankey seems relentless and
inexhaustible. I think BYU will have to score 30 to beat UW.
8-4 was respectable, given BYU's strength of schedule this year. It
wasn't a great season, but it was respectable. Strength of schedule was
higher than the average Big 5 strenght of schedule. It was probably higher than
any other schedule the Cougs have faced.Before you start, cb,
I'm not arguing that BYUs SOS was equal to Utah's - it wasn't.
But Utah proved that they are not ready for their SOS. BYU was.Hoping we'll get a few of the wounded warriors back for the bowl game.
We could really use Hadley and Danielsen. Not having them really hurt us
against Wisconsin and ND. Also hoping Eathyn will be back at 100%
Easy to get all banged up playing in the Independant Conference with the
schedule that we have to play.
In honor of the holiday season, BYU fans should show some compassion and mercy
and invite a Ute fan to watch the Fight Hunger Bowl. As you know, Ute fans have
no where to go for the bowl season, and this would be a great way to help those
Ed Grady, you have a heart of gold!
They only played half a game at Reno and they are tired?
Spokane UteSpokane, WAGood to hear from you, bro!This year neither team was as bad as their worst loss, and not as good as
their best win. And while I can agree that Utah had the tougher schedule and
thus more losses, do you think that Utah did not progress well as the season
wore on?I honestly think BYU got better, Nevada notwithstanding.Hope life is good in Zag country!
BYU couldn't beat the utes the past few years, but did beat Boise State who
has never loss to them.
Well, Steve Sarkisian might not be on the sidelines for the Game if it is
Washington. Usually new head coaches leave before the bowls and go start the
recruiting thing for the new school. Good luck to Sarkisian.I
thought the Y did pretty good against even their toughest opponents as they did
better than most teams did. Wisconsin allowed more points and scored less
except in their losses. Notre Dame could have been a win earlier but injuries
played to big a part.But the place BYU is in was also demonstrated
by losing so many key players in the late part of the season and having so many
walking wounded. I know the coaches were scrambling to even put a team out at
Nevada. Injuries showed that the greatest challenges for the coaches is to
overcome the depth problems they have. The Y needs a deeper bench.
@Rose bowl call yet?......"btw, it's laughable that Utah fans are now
waving the flag for a Washington program that the Utes have NEVER beaten 0-8;
meanwhile, BYU is 4-4 versus the Huskies, including wins in 2008 and 2010 during
the Bronco era."BTW it's laughable you have to list the
huskies record vs the utes as you can't list your own teams vs the utes.
Your screen name screams the jealousy you have for Utah. You're right the
rose bowl hasn't called yet but the fiesta and sugar have. No BCS bowl has
and never will call for your cougies however....LOL!@worf..."Amazing how BYU is the focal point of ute success."Yet pretty much every comment you make has to do with the utes....LOL!
@cougiefaninTX..."But Utah proved that they are not ready for their SOS. BYU
was."How do you figure? The Y would have been 2 - 10 with
Utah's schedule and Utah would have been 11 - 1 with the cougies schedule.
2bThe main point that you and your jealous crimson bubble dwelling
friends are missing from this whole discussion is this:"Cougars
looking forward to rest, bowl game"When was the last time the
Utes were "looking forward to rest, bowl game" after the regular
season?BYU's record versus Washington (a team that Utah has
never beaten in 8 tries) is very relevant to this discussion, since BYU will
very likely be facing the Huskies in the Fight Hunger Bowl.BYU's recent record versus Utah is completely irrelevant to this
discussion since the only bowl the wannabe bowl-bound Utes will participating in
is the couch potato bowl.btw, it was a jealous Utah fan who
hypocritically opened the discussion trying to minimize an accomplishment that
the Utes were incapable of achieving - nine straight bowl invitations during the
@ 2 BCSWINSHow do you figure that BYU would have been 2-10? Little
too much colorado spice in your cheerios.It is funny when people assume
stuff that they have no idea about. It makes them seem desperate and naive.Utah was a decent team this year but honestly to say BYU would have done this
against their schedule is hilarious, BYU beat 6 bowl teams (and yes that is a
good thing) Utah beat 2.Check out the USA Today rerankings 2 of BYU's
4 losses were to 2 of the worst 3 division 1 programs they faced.According
to the experts BYU played worst against bad teams.
Given how the media tabbed this the hardest schedule ever, which it wasn't,
8-4 is very respectable, especially with a new offense. We have to
hope to play Washington. WSU and OSU could kill us with their passing game,
especially OSU. Washington is a really good team. If BYU loses, it would be
better to lose to a 8-4 team instead of a 6-6 team with a killer passing attack
to expose BYU's mega weakness. OSU nearly beat Oregon. They would be no
calk walk. I'll take any team but OSU.