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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 1:15 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

"How does the team regard BYU "

Well, their QB(and likely others) said that byU played in a good conference. So much like Jamaal Williams who thought byu was a division II school when he was recruited, the truth is most of UConn players probably don't know anything about byu any more than they know about SUU or Utah state or Wyoming. Most football fans on the east coast don't really follow smaller mid mid major schools, especially ones in the west.

These teams are very unfamiliar with each other

taylormade1
Springville, UT

And just exactly is it that you know this information Chris ? National Championship, National player of the year award, Davey Obrien awards, Outland trophy winners, Maxwell award winners, National coach of the years awards...etc. Oh yea, they are very familar with the mighty cougars! ESPN National television 7:00 edt. this friday. Godda love it baby! Get your popcorn out and enjoy !

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I expect to come out of this first game undefeated.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

BYU will crush U Conn. The P5 conference split hasn't been kind to either school.

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

Why characterize a noble opponent at the "enemy"? We need a new "tone" in college athletics.

Mr. Finch
Washington, DC

Actually, Chris B, while I often enjoy reading your comments (and your stirring of the pot), I'm afraid you're quite mistaken this time (okay, and often many other times). I've lived and worked on the East Coast for quite a few years now, and in multiple cities/states. As a college football fanatic, I often discuss the subject with coworkers and friends, ranging in age from mid-20s to early 60s, and in doing so, I have frequently found that next to nobody knows anything about my home state Utes. The exception was the year or two following the Sugar Bowl victory, but even that now seems a distant memory. On the other hand, I do find that many folks know something about their counterpart to the south, especially some of their recent players. And, perhaps to your great surprise, most folks that know something of college football seems to quite respect BYU. I know it's a sad reality, but Utah has still got a ways to go to build a national reputation.

souptwins
Lindon, UT

Diaco is a young coach with a bright future. I hope he turns the UCONN program around but only after losing to BYU. He should have his D ready after facing BYU the last two years at ND. Those didn't turn out how we'd have liked but here's to making sure he has a different outcome with his new team. Go Coug's!

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with you, Spokane. 2 QB system? Sounds like UCONN is about to get plowed.

BYU in Tucson
Tucson, AZ

Hate to say it but when Utah Utes play here in Tucson, most people think it is BYU.
Don't know what that says about Utah football, not knowing the difference and all.
At least they know the school BYU although they are no the visiting team in red that
KaDeem Carey runs for 250 yds on.

Serenity Now
Highland, UT

Agree with Mr. Finch.

To New Englanders, BYU is a known commodity with Danny Ainge running the Celtics and Mitt Romney running for president.

Utah? Cold Fusion.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

taylor,

How do I know UConn's QB thought byu played in a good conference?

Because he said so.

How do I know Jamaal Williams thought byu was a division II school?

Because he said so.

I've noticed you still haven't replied as to who the east coast media member is who says byu will be included in some way with the big boys within 4 years?

Your silence is deafening!

Madsen Hall Magic
Centerville, UT

Mr. Finch predicted that the Utes have a ways to go to build a national reputation...

But maybe they only need time. With a few more losing seasons in the PAC12 their national and conference reputation will be fairly well established.

Norcalman
Danville, CA

I was just in a meeting with a group of New York Bankers and we started talking about the upcoming football season. When I mentioned BYU the comment was, "BYU, I'm sure they will be good this year - they seem to be good in ever sport they are in!" Everyone agreed. True or not, that was their perception.

I think independence has actually been good for BYU if only judged on visibility. BYU is certainly known and respected throughout the country - no matter what the trolls on these boards try to make people, maybe themselves, believe.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ BYU in Tucson

I'm willing to bet that's not true.

Striker
Omaha, NE

Two,
I'm willing to bet it is true. I've lived in three states in the Midwest and when I tell them I cheer for BYU they know exactly who I am talking about. If Utah is ever brought up it's either confused with BYU or they think it's USU or some other Utah team. It's a fact that Utah is just not nearly as known or famous around the country.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

byu isn't included with the big boys like we are so that means ucon will win them really bad because of it.

ucon 57
byu 2

Go write it down!

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

Quotes from The Courant -

"BYU, a traditional power, will be a test that allows all to see where the Huskies are after nine months under Diaco."

"A big-time team like BYU coming into the Rent, Friday night, ESPN, there's no bigger stage," tight end Sean McQuillan said.

"Michigan came to East Hartford last year and escaped with a 24-21 win." UConn's team "broke down" late in the game and is determined not to let that happen again.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Striker

So you're telling me that the University of Utah is less well known than Utah St. or Southern Utah or Weber St.? I'm not buying it.

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

@chrisb

The UConn QB story is an interesting one...

I have a similar story about my time in the Dallas, TX area... I have a non-member friend in the area that has a highly touted HS football player (a Junior TE) who is beginning to get a lot of looks from Division I schools... He mentioned that a lot of local schools (Baylor, TCU, SMU, Rice and even Oklahoma State) had started to contact him... His HS coach also told him that a BYU coach had contacted him and asked about him... I asked if he was interested at all in BYU and his dad told me that he was... I asked if any pac12 schools had made contact... He said no... I said that's surprising because I had found that Utah often followed BYU around in Texas looking for prospects... He said (and I quote) "I don't think that my son would be interested in Utah... now that UT Arlington has joined the WAC, he doesn't have much use for any of the other WAC schools"...

I had to chuckle. That's what many Texas prospects think of the utes.

kennewickcoug
Alpine, UT

I for one am very concerned about this game and I think 16.5 point favorite is way too much. BYU is a better team but we start slow and I think UCONN is hungry as the underdog. BYU has lost a lot of games to lesser teams (Virginia, Utah, Boise)the last few years and i think it is due much to the coaching. The coaches make a lot of rookie mistakes. the offense has been extremely boring and weak. Anae is bad and not creative. When we played Wisconsin and Notre Dame last year we did not look ready for the games. While we didn't get blown out it was never close and we looked lethargic. The coaches need to motivate and get the team ready for these games. My wife, who knows nothing about sports, was watching a game with me and said, "Why does Bronco always look like he hates his job." I thought it was very telling and I think the team reflects his attitude/demeanor. I hope we win but I am not confident after the two last years of under performing teams.

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