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Published: Thursday, July 31 2014 7:45 p.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, July 31 2014 7:45 p.m. MDT

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Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

No

Colorado is our rival
Salt Lake, UT

Nope!

Whatsnu
Sandy, UT

Absolutely!

WA_Alum&Dad
Marysville, WA

It's all about the O line. If they are solid, it will be a great year, and just as important, it will set the Cougars up for excellent years to come. Here's hoping that the time Bronco has spent with the offensive players will translate into some of that defensive "nasty" transplanted into the big guys up front.

Go Cougars!

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

"Can BYU put together a special season?"

Any team can put together a special season, what BYU fans want is for a "special season" to happen more often than not!

We are happy that BYU has been a good team for years now we want BYU to make that transition to a consistently great team!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Sure looks like Holmoe and byu set up this schedule for the sole purpose of getting as many gimme wins as possible. With one of the worst schedules in the entire nation, if they cant have a "special season" with this schedule, when WOULD they?

LOL!

souptwins
Lindon, UT

I really wish the local news media would stop over-hyping the BYU season.. Yes, I'm a BYU fan as most know. It's getting ridiculous and just makes karma all the more likely. Just stop! If this does have any chance of being a great season it will be because they stay humble and work their tails off playing with a chip on their should to prove themselves to the P5 teams.

TheHobbit
Bountiful, UT

Absolutely not!!

mindgames
Aurora, CO

Still don't understand why the negative comments. This will be a special season with impressive wins over nationally recognized programs like Texas and Boise State and up-and-comers like Central Florida and Utah State.

With the bowl win I'm seeing a 12-1 season and a set up for a run at the FIELD OF FOUR in 2015.

Wahoo!

Goooooooooooo Cougars

Striker
Omaha, NE

They can maybe hang with anyone, but they can't beat anyone. Win at Texas and Boise and they can really be something special.

Y Ask Y
Provo, UT

A special season would require a much stronger schedule.

And everyone knows it.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

I hope it is all true, but after ten years we can see that there will never be a great or creative offense under Bronco. Deep down they are still the team that could not score a touchdown against Boise.

ex patria cougar
Australia, 00

I'm a huge BYU football fan, but I couldn't stand to read this article. Every year, BYU talks as if it is going to have a "special season." I cannot remember one single year, ever, when at least some BYU footballer isn't quoted as mentioning the possibility of a national championship.

To me, this spells failure on at least 2 levels. First, it is a failure of reasonable expectation management. Why is this important? Because talk like this sets the expectation that nothing less that an undefeated season is a successful season, and that is nonsense. (2) Premature (and frankly, unjustifiable) talk of a national championship from a sports psychology perspective is harmful. Players perform better when they go in to a game with something to prove (for example, BYU playing Texas last year after the embarassment in Virginia).

My advice to BYU players? Shut up and go out and win. You have done nothing in the past 4 years to suggest the team belongs anywhere near the national championship conversation, so shut up about it. Just go out and play with something to prove. Stop congratulating yourselves on how awesome you think you're going to be.

Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

Regardless of how special the season is, they will end the season ranked substantially higher than the team up north and they will go to a bowl game unlike the team up north who will once again be making a coaching change and spouting about how wonderful it is to be the basement dweller of the PAC-12.

souptwins
Lindon, UT

Wayne-- Might want to check the scores on the last 2 times Utah played BSU-- if you are a Utah fan, that is. Otherwise, BYU managed to score plenty of TD's against BSU last year.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

Yes. They no longer have their guarantee lose against Utah on their schedule.

They are already 8-0, they just need 4 more wins over @Texas, @UCF, @Boise State, and Utah State. If they beat Texas, the go 12-0, else 10-2.

cougar76
Raleigh, NC

Jeff,
This article has been written several times this summer. The troll comments are more of the same, too.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

A better question is "Should Tom Holmoe schedule more special seasons?"

BYU is faced with a choice of trying to be a P5 independent, or being the best of the non-P5's. Playing like a P5 is a great challenge that can quickly ruin a "special season" and cost bowl eligibility.

Playing to be "best of the rest" would be much more fun for fans. Loaded for wins, blowouts against lesser teams, and a sprinkling of victories over the "mighty" P5s... that has great appeal.

North Dakota State could be a good model for BYU football. NDSU has been the FCS national champion for 3 years in a row. They're fans love having special seasons. They've found a place where they can dominate. Winning is fun, so they don't worry about moving up to the next level.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

With the cake schedule they gave themselves and an guaranteed bowl, they would have to be absolutely ridiculous to make an "appearance" of perfection.

This might be the year to bring back their "Quest for Perfection" t-shirts.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

The so called basement dwellers of the PAC-12 make more money than if they had stayed in the top of the Mountain West, beating the team down south over and over and over and over again.

The games are much more interesting. If you want a high school game, you go out Friday nights or to a team down south game. If you want a high level college game, then you go the Rice Eccles Stadium and see the top teams in the nation compete.

The team down south and her fan base just doesn't get it. Most of those fans are just closet Utah fans, that go home and watch the real games after their team takes a 40 point lead over a rural high school team in the third quarter.....

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