2fer:I agree that UCF will be BYUs toughest game. Travel to the east
coast, on a short week (Thursday), against a talented team that won a BCS bowl
game last year, and returns most of it's stellar defense.As for
Boise, I agree. They will have to prove themselves now that Petersen is gone.
However, they lost Dan Hawkins at the beginning of their hay day and continued
to win, they've replaced QBs and continued to win. They didn't have as
great a year last year but remember they only had two BCS bowl years with
multiple 9-3, 11-1 or 2 seasons in between. Only time will tell, but yes, their
past history gives them the benefit of the doubt at this point.
@Uteology,So you're pointing out that Nevada will be less
competitive than Colorado. On the other hand, BYU, Boise State, and Utah State
will all be more competitive than either Utah or Colorado. Thanks for pointing
Two For FlinchingSalt Lake City, UT@ CopaceticJust
because I honestly don't know, what makes you think Boise St. and Nevada
will be very competitive?------------According to Athlon
Sports Nevada will as competitive as Colorado which is predicted to win a single
game in the PAC-12 and Boise State as good as Utah/Utah State.#35
BYU 11-1 [Phil Steel's SOS #73]#46 Boise State 7-1 (11-2) [#66]#49 Utah State 6-2 (9-4) [#107]#54 Utah 4-5 (6-6) [#8] #71
Colorado 1-8 (4-8) [#24]#82 Nevada 5-3 (7-3) [#75]
@ CougsndawgsI can see UNR taking a step forward, I just don't
understand all the love Boise is getting though. I think BSU is just living on
past hype right now.I agree completely about UCF. They return 9 or
10 guys on D, which was very fast and athletic to begin with. They just might
turn out to be BYU's toughest game.
@ DuckhunterIs there? Boise was just alright last year, and they
lost their coach and their QB. I see that program taking a big step back from
where they have been. Everybody still seems high on the Broncos, but I'm
not sure what they're seeing. Thanks for adding some good
"insight" and "value" to the conversation though. Clearly
Utah's domination over BYU hasn't made you bitter or upset at all.
2fer:I know you asked it honestly so I won't be as harsh as Duckster.
Basically the media have Boise picked to win the mtn division and the MWC
championship. Nevada was picked either first or second in the pacific division
and most prognosticators have them being a very improved team from the young
inexperienced team they had last year. That's what the "experts"
are saying, but in the end only time will tell how well Boise can maintain their
winning ways.I'm surprised no one is mentioning UCF who is
picked to win the AAC by many experts. They have a VERY good defense and look to
be loaded at WR as well, despite losing their Bortles. BYU may play at least 3
conference champions before the end of the season and several runners up
@2ferThere is a lot more reason to believe Boise St. will be
competitive this year than utah. Boise hasn't had back to back losing
bowless seasons. Boise has beaten the living snot out of utah every time
they've ever played including just a few years ago. In fact I doubt you can
find one single national prognosticator or poll that has utah ranked higher, or
predicted to be better, than Boise. Just sticking a pac12 next to utah's
name didn't all of a sudden make them better than a program they have never
If I may chime in, Boise State HAS been good but has a new coach, they could
relaod and be very tough, or they could fall off. Nevada is a bit more of a
stretch. You make your own luck, but if they had had a few more lucky breaks,
they would have had a much better season last year.
@ CopaceticJust because I honestly don't know, what makes you
think Boise St. and Nevada will be very competitive?
Y askY, Another copy and paste comment from you huh? Do you ever get bored
writing the same comment over and over?
Cool!Throwing, and especially the deep ball, is what BYU is ALL
I will have to wait and see. Articles are always possitive and with spin. The
proof will be when Hill gets into live games, before we see if he still panics
CopaceticLogan, UTAmen! We don't have to play in
Wyoming. Seriously, we have 6 games that are as good or better than we would
have had in the MWC, and I can watch them all from the comfort of my home. We
have a locked-in bowl game with a great destination and a probable decent
opponent and the possibility of an excellent bowl game.And Wayne,
you don't have to catch punts anymore, so you can stop asking. But for the
record, self-centered, me-first mentality still won't get it done.
@ Y ask Y, no qb factory in the last several decades. Several means more than 3
and decade is 10 yrs. What do you call John Beck, Max Hall, Ty Detmer or Steve
Sarkesian. Jim McMahon, Steve Young and Robbie Bosco. All in the last SEVERAL
decades. It will be fun to see how this offense develops. This could be a really
@ Y-Ask-Y:Come-on guy. Quit feeling sorry for yourself and
emphasizing negative things. Just because our schedule is not as tough as last
year and there is no conference championship involved, there are still a dozen
football games to get excited about.BYU takes on Texas, Virginia and
California from Power-5 leagues. Plus they play 4 other very competitive teams
in Utah State, Boise State, Houston and Nevada. Depending on how those opponents
end up doing, BYU's strength of schedule could jump up significantly as the
season progresses. USA Today already has BYU ranked in their Top-35
(out of 128 programs). Plus, BYU's schedule has enough in it that it could
allow them to jump into the top-15 at some point.The schedule this
year might allow BYU to take somewhat of a breather after their tough schedule
last season and build some momentum going into tougher schedules the next two
years. All things considered, if a person isn't a natural
pessimist, there appears to be plenty to get excited about and to make this a
very fun football year for BYU fans. Lift your head up.
Throwing deep and long on a regular basis reminds me of the days when BYU
acquired notoriety from other football programs as developing the pass as a
viable offensive weapon. It started with Virgel Carter and Gary Sheidi, and then
onto Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon and Steve Young who all became
College Football Hall of Famers... and also included Heisman Trophy winner Ty
Detmer.Many passing records still standing today were set in those
days when BYU football came of age. It eventually led to BYU achieving a
National Championship. On 7 different occasions BYU quarterbacks finished as
NCAA total offense leaders. Also, 3 of the top 5 college career passing
efficiency leaders are quarterbacks from BYU.It would be fantastic
if similar times were to start resurfacing. It will take throwing the deep long
ball regularly and with some consistency. Nothing seems to ever excite fans
more. To hear that's what's been happening in training
camp this fall... with the QB's, receivers and coaches all excited about
implementing this into the offensive could make this an exceptionally exciting
year for both BYU players and fans. I'm getting excited already.
"The Quarterback Factory" has been out of commission for several
decades. It is time to ramp it up again!But that's not likely
without a great Offensive Line, unless we have a real scrambler in Hill.I just have a hard time getting excited about a weak schedule, no
Conference standings or championship to fight for, and meaningless Bowl
What's the status with Mangum? Is he on a mission? Will he return for
"But with two QBs jumping ship already to other schools..."I
hadn't really thought about that, but really isn't it four QBs that
could be on the current depth chart that have recently transferred? Jake Heaps
(to Kansas and now Miami), Billy Green (to Weber State), Alex Kuresa (to Snow
College), and Ammon Olson (to SUU). That's a great tribute to how solid
Taysom is (and with Mangum coming soon), but I still wish we were a little
Sounds like it will be another great year for football in the state. I am
excited to see what Bronco and the cougs have in store this year.
But with two QBs jumping ship already to other schools, are two left enough?
Just don't hear enough about the 3 or 4 and how qualified they are should
there be injuries to 1 and 2. I remember a season when we had to use 5
quarterbacks in the season. Can you give us more assurance about those backups?
Hope we won't miss Kurtz too much right now and wish him well. How soon
will Kaufusi be ready to play, with his hamstring injury?
So throwing is now more important than catching punts in practice?
@Taysom4HeismanPearson may surprise you. He's athletic and has great
hands and a good upside.
I still like the receivers, but losing Kurtz to injury and Davis to the defense
will hurt. I expect Mitch and Jordan to start, and the other starter will likely
be Apo or Blackmon. Nelson and Dye also look really good.I'm
not a huge fan of Henderson, Pearson, or Juergens. They are decent, but they
kind of remind me of Skyler Ridley. The defense won't be too concerned
about them. They will catch the occasional 5-yard out route but probably
won't make many big plays.