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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Springville, UT

Thank goodness UCONN is a much better team than idaho state .Infact the Y has the best 1st three game schedule in the state hands down .

Christy B
Salt Lake City, Utah

Chris B

"UConn is a much better team than Virginia..."

And you know this how?

Real Time RPI's 2014 Power Rankings
#39 BYU
#48 Utah
#93 Virginia
#115 Connecticut

Sagarin's 2014 Pre-Season Rankings
#35 BYU
#48 Utah
#85 Virginia
#101 Connecticut

Which 7 of Utah's opponents will the Utes be better than this season?

Unreconstructed Reb
Chantilly, VA

As long as they don't wear the cursed all-white uniforms!

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

This will be a great chance to have a very successful season. Let's hope the Cougars show up for this game, play hard, and get the W! Go Cougars!

Tomahawk Red
San Francisco, CA

Be careful Peavler.

If you're not worried about Uconn being a repeat of Virginia... how bout Virginia being a repeat of Virginia?

Be very careful. Virginia is improved this year.

Salt Lake City, UT

Kick off can't get here soon enough! I love college football!

Omaha, NE

So, BYU gets no benefit by beating a hapless Conn team ranking lower than 100 and loses the whole season if they lose or it's a close game. That is why this is a scary game.

Wellsville, UT

I really like the "go long" concept. It was FIRST used by Coach Edwards and from a purely behaviorist perspective it creates the dynamic of putting a team on their "heels." However, it needs to be done early and often. Just one successful completion causes the defense to run back; that opens the short pass across the middle and the run game. I don't mean to tell Anae how to do his job, but a early "go long" mixed with a unpredictable play action will so confuse the defense as to make them ineffective! Remember the days when BYU started slow, didn't move the ball, and the came on strong and couldn't be stopped. It was a result of "go long" and being unpredictable!

Hey Baby
Franklin, IN

Didn't know uconn played football...#kevinollie

Central, UT

@Unreconstructed Reb
Bring back the bib!

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

BYU wins this game easily. UCONN is terrible.

Springville, UT

Friday weather... Partly cloudy, mild temps and no rain... it's a win! LOL

Go Cougars!

West Point , UT

Chris B:
Recruiting wise Virginia is a much better team than Utah with more 4-5 star athletes...isn't that what you're always preaching? 5 stars are better than 4, 4 stars are better than 3, blah blah. However, like Utah Virginia underachieves with their supposedly superior talent. Is it coaching, or poor recruiting evaluations? You're the expert in such things, so we'll await your response with bated breath.

Heber City, UT

I think BYU will win, but we have a history of close games to start the season when we are on the road/neutral:

2006- lost by 3 at Arizona
2009- won by 1 vs Oklahoma
2011- won by 1 at Ole Miss
2013- lost by 3 at Virginia

I know those are all P5 teams and this is UConn. We usually do very well in season openers at home, as we have won 4 in a row with 3 of those being against power 5 teams (and we dominated 2 of them). But it's a whole different story on the road.

If history is any indication, it will be a close game and the offense will struggle. In all 4 of the above listed games, both teams scored between 13 and 19 points. Whether it's the #3 team in the nation in Arlington, or the worst team in the ACC, it has always been a low-scoring, close game when all is said and done.

Las Vegas, NV

The writer says BYU will win because UCONN has not had a recruiting class ranked higher than 65 in the past few years. That's funny, BYU has been ranked in the 70's range for the past 3 years on the Rivals website, last time I checked 65 is better than anything in the 70's.

West Jordan, Utah

@Taylor Made

Best schedule in state hands down (first three games)? Not so fast. Sure UConn is superior to Idaho State but both opponents are weak. Utah has their only automatic win of the season there. BYU should roll but it's not automatic on the road (Eastern Time Zone).

Even though the Longhorns are rebuilding, Texas is a solid match up. I get that. But when I compare them with Michigan I see it as close to being equal, but I might venture Michigan being the better opponent over Texas.

And then we have Houston being compared to Fresno State. The Bulldogs are breaking in a new QB and Houston's QB is a year more seasoned after having an impressive season last year. Still, Fresno State might be better. Houston is a good opponent why? I think some BYU fans think Houston is solid because they were 5-0 going into that crazy 47-46 BYU win last year. They went 3-5 after that. Look at Houston's schedule last year. Their first five games are like BYU's last 5 games this year. Talk about cakewalk (Southern University, Temple, Rice, UTSA, and Memphis). Despite the close score, BYU dominated Houston last year.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

Ucon will win byu really bad.

Ucon 97
byu 8

Go write it down!

Salmon, ID

If BYU loses this game, somebody other than players needs to be held accountable. And please, no more excuses about the weather upsetting the rhythm of the offense, blah, blah, blah. That offense had no rhythm in Charlottesville last year.

Richfield, UT

@ bigutefan:

Another utie who struggles with numbers. What a surprise. The article said UConn has not a recruiting class since 2011 better than 65. It also mentioned that last yesr's class was at 117, and were the only 2 numbers given. The average of those numbers is 91, well above the 70's number that you made up. Therefore, BYU does recruit better, and doesn't underachieve with their quality level of recruits... as both Virginia and Utah are known to do.

@ Two For Flinching:

That's the first positive comment about BYU I can remember reading from you. Thank you.

@ Chris B:

Nothing new. Still sitting around all night waiting for another BYU article to come out, so you can be the first to comment again. Predicable obsession and also very lame.

If you feel UConn is much better than Virginia, then BYU's soon-to-be win should really impress you and allow you to finally understand that the opening loss last year was a big upset fluke.
Remember to give credit where credit is due... the day afterward in a comment to an article reporting the game. It's the fair thing to do.

Nibley, UT

Cougs win this one going away. Bronco is a good enough coach to make sure the Virginia fiasco does not happen again. I can see Hill having a great night running and passing the ball. The Cougar defense is not going to have any trouble with stopping UCONN. I would like to see the Cougs get back to the offense of their glory days. Big opening night for the Cougars, and although I am an Aggie fan I do wish the best of luck to the Cougars for this game.

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