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Published: Wednesday, April 30 2014 12:45 p.m. MDT

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54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

We'll never know what kind of defense the team has when it plays such a pathetic schedule. Sad really because most athletes want to "test themselves" against the best competition and I would assume the BYU athletes are no different.

Spoons
Lake Tahoe, NV

The defense will be good enough to land a Miami Beach Bowl Invitation. No better, no worse.

PAC 12 member by default!
Harrisville, UT

Hopefully the teams on the schedule will be stronger than expected and the BYU defense is tested. Really. Do we know exactly how good or bad cal , boise state, UCF and Houston will be? Of course not. That's why the season is played.

Looking forward to seeing the Cougars play and play in a bowl regardless of the opponents' strength.

Robyuuki
Lewisburg, PA

I am glad to see that BYU's defence is continuing to be strong. The defensive backfield has been a week spot for years. The transfers and healthy players returning should be able to make that area a strong suit. - at least expected to do so. Having played so many years ago and now watching my boys experience the thrill, I hope that the Offence can return to is prior glory days and releave the defence of so much burden to carry on their shoulders.

It is looking better and better all the time. I say look out Texas we are coming to your house. Those that have not played the game can continue to complain about the schedule strength. Holmoe is doing an incredible job with his hands tied being independant. And you never know a schedule's strength until it plays out. Several of the teams listed have all been in the national champ hunt in the last decade. Can't say that about the Mountain West Conf folks.

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

I'm excited for the season, both BYU and ASU. I figure BYU will have a good defense this year. I'm hoping BYU's offense is MUCH improved from last year. BYU should have the best outcome in the state of Utah this year. Miami Beach Bowl? Maybe. Could be better though. Every fan hopes their team will be brought into a better bowl. I'd say BYU's chances of making a New Years eve/day bowl game is better than anyone's in the state of Utah. So if BYU's chances are nil, then...

goblu
South Jordan, UT

At 54-10:
I bet the poor boys up north with they could play in a bowl game. Hard to get 6 wins with a pathetic offense playing in a conference who can count a match up with you as an easy victory.

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

Love the fan support, glad to know Ute fans can still pay a lot of attention to BYU even in a year where there is no BYU-Utah game.

Personally I would love it if BYU, USU and Utah all go to bowl games this year. Two out of three wasn't bad last year with USU being the only team that won their bowl game.

Go Cougars, Utes and Aggies!

CT98
Saint George, UT

No talk of JonRyheem Peoples? Come on now. He is one of the players I am most excited about watching his development on the D-Line. As a red-shirt freshman, I want to see him get lots of reps.

mussingaround
Palo Alto, CA

54iq

At least 3 of the teams on BYU's schedule are teams the Utes have NEVER beaten.

Wookie
Omaha, NE

Rise and Shout!

This is awesome news. I cannot wait to see true sportsmanship at its finest. I always enjoy how gracious BYU players and their fans are and how they represent their school and faith, it is so awesome. Cheering on the defense will be so much fun this year. One thing you know about Bronco's defense is they are always tough and well coached and act in the highest manner possible to represent the school and its faith; classy and true sportsmanship abound. Watching Kyle Van Noy shake the Ute players hands after the loss last year was and is the epitome of what is being taught by Bronco. This same level of sportsmanship was also on display when Max Hall congratulated the U and its fan base for a a great game. This is great news for the Y.

Go UTES!!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@Pac 12,

Isn't it funny that the big 12 would rather continue to call themselves the big 12 to maintain history even though they are only a 10 team league and can't find a worthy addition to make teams 11 and 12?

LOL

Yes, the byu defense will likely put up good numbers again, against a WAC-like schedule in terms of difficulty.

3 total power conference teams, and 2 of those are the worst in their conferences.

However, even being worst in a power conference, like Virginia, is more than enough to beat most non-power conference teams like byu as we saw last year.

Virginia didn't beat a single power conference team all last year

In fact, they didn't beat a single division 1 team all year, other than byu of course.

CBAX
Provo, UT

If Byu wins 5 games they will go to the same bowl as utah!

SkookumDon
Tacoma, WA

I've lived in the Seattle area for the past 30 years, and watched our Seahawks win it all with an elite defense and mobile quarterback. I'm glad to see the Cougars following the same pattern.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

mussingaround:

"At least 3 of the teams on BYU's schedule are teams the Utes have NEVER beaten."

Well if you discount all the teams on your weak SOS schedule that the Utes had never even scheduled, there are only 2: Texas and Houston.

On the flip side, Utah will be facing 2 teams the Y had NEVER beaten: USC and Stanford.

So what's your point?

Darren Rowe
Heber City, UT

@Chris B

The Big 12 doesn't switch names because the Big 10 name is already taken. Duh.

Secondly, adding teams doesn't automatically make the conference better and wealthier. It simply forces them to divide their financial pie among two more teams, so they would probably actually make less money.

You obviously don't understand how college football works. Or big business.

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

goblu

"I bet the poor boys up north with they could play in a bowl game. Hard to get 6 wins with a pathetic offense playing in a conference who can count a match up with you as an easy victory."

I know ASU looks at the Utah game as an easy victory. It's one of those games that ASU has nothing to gain and everything to lose when playing them. When ASU wins, it's expected and it does nothing for ASU's strength of schedule or notoriety. If ASU loses (which they haven't done since before 1977), then it's a VERY bad loss and could jeopardize the whole season. The only reason Utah's win over Stanford didn't hurt Stanford was because they got lucky when Oregon stumbled too.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Honestly, I can't tell if Jeff Call really believes the "cougars expect to field another solid defense this fall", or if he REALLY believes the 'cougars expect to face another season of poor quality offenses lining up opposite the cougars defense", and that this article was just a puff piece designed to give cougar fans something to be excited about. Because I just don't see Y fans that excited about UConn, Houston, UCF, UNR, Middle Tenn, UNLV, or Savannah St.

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

navelvet

"Well if you discount all the teams on your weak SOS schedule that the Utes had never even scheduled, there are only 2: Texas and Houston."

Now you're just making stuff up.

Utah is 0-1 versus Texas, 0-4 versus Houston, and 0-4 versus Boise State.

Sorry, but games versus junior colleges don't count.

And since the topic of discussion is whether or not BYU's 2014 Defense will be challenged, BYU's record versus USC and Stanford is completely irrelevant.

It's laughable how frequently Utah fans spam BYU articles without even attempting to address the germane topic, like "BYU Cougars expect to field another solid defense this fall", which none of our jealous little brothers even tried to dispute.

GJ
Greenwood, IN

"this article was just a puff piece designed to give cougar fans something to be excited about."

Can an article even be written that would give Ute fans something to be excited about? Enjoy the Idaho State game. It could really ugly after that.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

@54-10 - "We'll never know what kind of defense the team has when it plays such a pathetic schedule. Sad really because most athletes want to "test themselves"

I think you meant to comment on a Utah article and intended to say - We'll never know what kind of defense Utah has when it plays such a schedule. Sad really because Utah defense will get pushed all over the field against teams that are clearly superior. Most athletes want to play for a program where they have a shot at a winning record, on national TV with a chance to play in a bowl game.

I do wish the Utes would have been willing to schedule BYU instead of Fresno St the next two years. BYU is loaded the next two years with great receivers, RBs, a Top 10 QB. Match the offense with a defense that is in reload mode, instead of rebuilding, the Cougs have a shot at special seasons the next two years, regardless of the SOS.

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