The outcome of the game does not depend upon whomever texas sticks out there at
QB.If the O-line helps to keep Taysom healthy...If
Taysom stays healthy...BYU by 30.
@Col Ute,I mostly agree except I feel that USU will recover and have a
good season, they won't be an easy win and I'm not 100% confident BYU
wins that game. I also don't feel BSU is a given win, especially playing
on the blue turf. BSU fans make that place electric and their team feeds off of
that (I know this personally because I grew up in that area, even got to play a
high school game on the blue turf, I prefer real grass any day).
BTW, any previous comments I've made about UofU's schedule or the
PAC12 is not meant to demean the Utes or the PAC12. Utah does have a tough
schedule and the PAC12 is a great conference (one I wouldn't mind being a
part of). Also, as a BYU fan I do acknowledge, like most of us, that our
schedule is weak. I think I am just tired of hearing it from a select few Ute
fans who bring these things up to make themselves feel better just incase BYU
has a good season and they do not. Personally I wish all Utah college football
teams good luck this year and my apologies if I'm offending the legitimate
OOPS! My Bad.I meant to say David Ash, not Michael.Sorry.
@Zooberific@GeneralYou two echoed my thoughts exactly.
Ash's injury might prove to be an advantage to Texas against the Y. And
it's not like Ash got injured during Thursday or Friday practice either.
The Longhorn's backup QB will have all week to prep for the Cougars.As a Cougar fan, I'm not disputing the fact my team has a less than
stellar schedule this season, which is why Saturday's game against Texas is
one of those we have circled as an important one. A win against Texas, at Texas,
will still be huge with or without Ash. If anyone thinks us Cougars
fans are thrilled with Ash's injury, we're not. He's a stand out
kid and we hate hearing about any player getting a concussion. Take
care of yourself, Michael Ash, as well as the other injured Texas players. Hope
each of you guys make a full recovery!
@ ExecutorIohLast year BYU gave up 13, points, 22 1st downs, (8-24
3rd downs), 159 yards rushing, committed 3 turnovers, and "lost" the
time of possession battle by 10 minutes. I'm not sure exactly what your
point is, but Idaho St. is a bad team, and trying to draw conclusions from the
stats really doesn't tell you anything meaningful. I'm also not sure
what you saw that makes you think Utah can't beat Fresno.
Chris,Just like last year right?
I wish Ash was still there. We had that guy figured out. We are great against
pocket-passers, but we traditionally struggle against dual-threat guys, which is
exactly what Swoopes is. I'm not saying he's better than Ash, but he
is better in this particular matchup.
This could be bad news for BYU. Very little info about this new quarterback so
it will be harder for the defense to prepare. Also, mentally, the Cougars will
let down their guard since they aren't playing their first string
quarterback. The team and coaches will say they are still working hard for the
game but in the subconscious the players will start thinking that Texas
won't score many points so the offense won't have to be terrific to
win the game.
Now, children. Can we please stay on topic? This is really bad news for Ash
given his history. It may not be horrible news for the Longhorns, however. BYU
faced the backup for Ore. St. and got our butts kicked. Sometimes a backup has
been buying his time for an opportunity and is hungry to show what he's
got. Swoopes is 6'4" and 240 lbs. and can run when he needs to. This
may be a good chance for the D to practice against Hill because they may be
facing a different version of him. None of this changes how badly UT wants
revenge for the less than subtle loss to BYU last year or the advantage of
playing on their own field. I still see BYU as the underdog. I hope the
players don't see any reason to get complacent. Go Coug's!!
Tough break for Texas but I don't expect them to make any excuses. Many
teams lose a QB during the year and no one feels sorry for them. You go with
the next man up and play the game. The Y has a very weak schedule this year but
even without the #1 qb, this is not an easy game. UCF will be difficult as well
but after that there is a big drop off to BSU and USU and an ever further drop
for the other games with the exception of Cal, possibl, being a decent team by
the end of the year.
"There is no trophy for strength of schedule."Nor bowl game.
With 11 4-star recruits just last year Texas is loaded with depth. This is a
revenge game against a deep team with a rich tradition. This is not a time to
think we have the upper hand because a couple of positions are being manned by
some of those back-ups.We will need to bring every phase (especially
Special Teams) to Austin and they will need to play at their highest level to
win this game.That being said I do believe that BYU will do just
that and win again this year.BYU 28Texas 17Gooooooooooo Cougars
Utah gives up 14 points, 21 first downs, 9-21 in 3rd down efficiency, yields 337
yards (including 179 rushing yards), loses the turnover and time of possession
battle; all to a FCS team with a 45 road losing streak. Utah's schedule is
looking harder than ever. I thought Utah had a good chance against Fresno State,
now I am not so sure. Unfortunately there is no trophy for strength of schedule.
@gonefishnMeanwhile, in the Pac 12 we had some impressive games:Colorado loses to a MWC team, CSUWashington squeaks by a MWC team by one
point, HawaiiWashington state loses to #73 RutgersUCLA barely beats
VirginiaThere were a few Amazing wins:Utah beats ISUASU beats
weberEtc....Conference of the elite!
Sorry to hear that. You never want to see a players career cut short so I hope
Ash can recover and continue playing. Like others have said, I want to face
Texas at their best, but something tells me Texas will give us their
best...unless they have very short memories.
If we were in the pac12 , we would be really really good this year cause we can
beat Rutgers,colorado state and Hawaii !
Alabama-95 SOS, Oklahoma 93-sos and BYU -97 sos . The Y is right there with some
pretty tough company wouldn't you say gonefishin ?
Texas's backup is still going to be good. Longhorns by 10.
sorry cougar fans, but some ute "fans"can't stay on subject and
bring in all things BYU. They just can't help themselves.
Utah State, Central Florida, Houston, Boise Lose, Nevada barely beats SUU and
now Texas is going to be playing their back up Qb. BYU's schedule is as
soft as baby food.
Other than my sympathy for Ash, I'm not sure how to feel about this one.
Seems that many times 2nd string QBs have break out games because they have
been hungry to play and finally get their chance not to mention it's hard
to prep for a 2nd string QB because coaches don't know what to expect. At
least BYU has a week notice to prepare for the change. Personally I would feel
more comfortable against Ash and the expected. Good luck to him and wherever
this change in his life takes him (I'm assuming after last years issues he
will not be playing anymore).
Bummer for Ash and the Longhorns. He looked pretty good week 1, hopefully his
symptoms subside and he's able to continue playing football.
Dang, sorry to hear about Ash and Dominic. Ash has had so many concussion
problems he probably needs to quit football.It is too bad this
happened, because if BYU beats Texas, they should beat them at full strength,
not when they are down. Hopefully their backups will not be a step down in
skill, but experience does count for a lot, especially at QB.Go