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  • wyoming cougar Green River, WY
    Sept. 4, 2014 5:42 p.m.

    re: eastcoastcoug (How many games did we lose to lesser teams than Texas last year??)

    At least one really big one last year, the very next game after the Texas beatdown-

    The other losses that came after the Texas win were to respectable programs that went to bowls at least.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Sept. 3, 2014 3:43 p.m.

    talkinsports
    Gilbert, AZ

    "Texas Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes, David Ash's replacement, was a 4-star recruit (13th QB in the country) who had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech."

    How is it that the Utes did not offer and commit Swoopes?

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    @Just the fax and Two for Flinching
    "Don't kid yourself; go back and read the comments from Utah fans during spring practice; the general consensus was that Utah fans were excited about Thompson being Utah's starting quarterback"

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    and BYU fans were excited at the news that Missouri QB Trent Hosick announced his plans to transfer to BYU for the 2015 season even though we'll have Tanner Mangum back from his mission. It's a non-issue. There's always excitement over the newbie (remember a QB named Heaps?) until they take the field and actually show what they can do.

    I think Twofer illustrated a fair point when he referenced what they've had for backups their first few seasons in the Pac compared to what they have now. Getting transfers from quality p5 power schools is loads better than getting unheralded walk-ons or DII transfers as backup QBs.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Sept. 3, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    twofer

    "We're excited to have a back up QB who isn't a D2 transfer or a walk on. But there is a reason Thompson is a backup"

    Don't kid yourself; go back and read the comments from Utah fans during spring practice; the general consensus was that Utah fans were excited about Thompson being Utah's starting quarterback.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Sept. 3, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    All the (12-0 type) comments above are from U fans just using diff names just to stir the pot. Nothing to see here. Texas should win by 10. BYU keeps it close for a while but stupid penalties and a few turnovers kill the party.

  • WON84 PLANO, TX
    Sept. 3, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    "yeah, but can we cross over without getting stuck in the mud somewhere along the way?! It takes some luck to go undefeated, sometimes that luck you make for yourself and other times it's handed to you by your opponent. Knowing that they've had this game circled on their schedule since last year makes it easy to NOT feel over-confident."

    BYU can go undefeated and perhaps get a better bowl but, they will not make the four team playoff when an unranked Texas is likely the biggest "win" (assuming it happens) on the schedule.

    Daje Johnson is still suspended. I don't see much offense coming out of Austin but, BYU will have to score against a much tougher defense this time around.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 8:23 p.m.

    @gDog3
    "Like I said, the red sea has parted for BYU this year"

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    yeah, but can we cross over without getting stuck in the mud somewhere along the way?! It takes some luck to go undefeated, sometimes that luck you make for yourself and other times it's handed to you by your opponent. Knowing that they've had this game circled on their schedule since last year makes it easy to NOT feel over-confident.

  • Sparkley Briefs New York, NY
    Sept. 2, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    This may be the big break that the Y needs to run the table this year. I thought that this and the Central Florida games were the only big obstacles on the schedule. I might just say that this game is a toss-up right now. Good luck fellas!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 4:20 p.m.

    @ backpacn

    Go read the Texas fan board and see how they feel about it. They are in full on panic mode.

    @ TroyTown

    We're excited to have a back up QB who isn't a D2 transfer or a walk on. But there is a reason Thompson is a backup

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    SoonerUte:
    Actually the poll wasn't released until Tuesday because of Monday games like Louisville vs Miami. Charlie Strong announced the injuries for Texas on Monday morning.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 3:13 p.m.

    "Texas is ranked just out of the Top 25 at #26 in this week's AP poll.
    Yes, it sounds like the rest of the country expects this to be an easy win for BYU."

    The poll was released before the injury report.

  • TroyTown Anaheim, CA
    Sept. 2, 2014 2:10 p.m.

    two fer

    "I know that Swoopes went 5-13 (38.5%) for 26 yards last year."

    Remind us what Kendall Thompson's stats were for 2013, you know, the Oklahoma transfer that Utah fans have been gushing about all off-season.

  • backpacn Sandy, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    2fer

    "I also know that he won a total of three games in his entire high school career despite the fact that he played 2A football."

    Yet, he was rated a 4-star prospect and received OFFERS from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and obviously Texas.

    Texas' media site says Swoopes came out of high school as the No. 2 QB in the nation by MaxPreps, No. 6 by FoxSports and No. 13 by Rivals and 247 Sports.

    His limited play in mop up duty in 2013 is basically meaningless as far as judging his talent. He is a dangerous run threat, and Charlie Strong has already said that Texas will adjust their offense to take advantage of Swoopes running ability. In other words, expect to see lots of read options. BYU is going to get a taste of their own medicine.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:24 p.m.

    @ Truth Machine

    I know that Swoopes went 5-13 (38.5%) for 26 yards last year. I also know that he won a total of three games in his entire high school career despite the fact that he played 2A football. Also, Texas fans are in full-on meltdown made over this news. Let's not forget Texas's center is also out, and will be replaced by a Freshman.

  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    Last year, Texas came to Provo, ranked #14 and was at full strength and lost 41-20, while BYU was unranked.

    This season #24 Texas plays host to unranked BYU with their starting Center and starting QB out of the game.

    Las Vegas still has Texas favored by 4.5 points. Neutral ground translates into only 1/2 point.

    This is BYU’s game to lose. Texas will not win this game. If we lose it, it will be because we beat ourselves with penalties or sloppy play on our part. We must execute to win.

    This year, at this time, for what ever reason, we are the better team.
    Go Cougars. ------ Go Coaches. Just do it. Make it happen.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:43 p.m.

    Respect the 12(Pac)
    Salt Lake, UT

    All Utes are Texas fans this week

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    At least two are. Most are pretty classy by pulling for in state teams...

  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    Objectified
    Richfield, UT

    Come on Objectified. Give me a break Mr. Authority!!!!

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    Texas is ranked just out of the Top 25 at #26 in this week's AP poll.

    Yes, it sounds like the rest of the country expects this to be an easy win for BYU.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    Remind us dear Utah fans when the Utes last signed a 4-star QB who had offers from a dozen big name programs.

    Sorry, but I just don't see Texas being a pushover simply because the Longhorns lost Ash.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 11:56 a.m.

    twofer

    "There is no reason BYU shouldn't win this game comfortably. Texas is done this year."

    Do you even have a clue who will be replacing Ash at QB and whether he's any good?

    For all you know, he could be much better than any QB who plays for Utah.

  • Respect the 12(Pac) Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    All Utes are Texas fans this week

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Sept. 2, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    Anybody who claims that Texas will be a gimme in Austin simply because they're missing a few players doesn't know much about college football.

    Texas Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes, David Ash's replacement, was a 4-star recruit (13th QB in the country) who had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

    Swoopes is a 6-foot-4, 245-pound dual-threat quarterback whom Coach Charlie Strong has a lot of confidence in.

    "Tyrone can handle it," Strong said. "I'm not concerned about that. The team will rally around him."

    It wouldn't be at all unusual for a team as loaded with talent as Texas is to play even better than they would have with Ash as they rally around their new starting QB.

  • CougOrUte..Naah Nibley, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    Cougars are looking good this year. If they can beat Texas they do have a chance at going 12-0. The rest of the big name teams they have on their schedule looked very beatable. Houston looked bad, Boise was definitely over-matched, my Aggies looked like they were playing with the big boys and are probably not as good as projected. Surprisingly the only team that played really well was lowly Virginia, they gave one of the best of the Big, Bad, PAC 10+2 teams all they could handle. So there are a few potential pitfalls, but 12-0 and is possibility. I would be more happy if they went 11-1 with a loss to the Aggies. But in the rest of their games, Go Cougars!!!

  • Live From the Swamp Holladay, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    @Mufasta

    A voice of reason. The Y beat a bad UConn team that was predicted to finish near the bottom of the AA conference. Texas is an interesting game; but even if the Y wins, and they should, Texas was picked no higher than 5th in its conference. Boise looked sad in their loss to Ole Miss. The Y's SOS just doesn't for a shot to play for the national title. Let's not forget Virginia, sho looked tough against UCLA -they did a great job of containing a mobile QB.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 2, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    And then there's Virginia. No pushover!

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 2, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    I wholeheartedly disagree with "SaneFan".

    IF we win vs. Texas and it's a huge IF, we still have many other games to win. How quickly we forget our loss to Oregon in 1990 after beating #1 Miami, losing to UCLA and then lowly UTEP in 1985 after beating previous #2 UW. We have a long history of losing less important games after winning big ones.

    How many games did we lose to lesser teams than Texas last year??

    Let's stop getting ahead of ourselves...

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    Too bad for Ash, go Cougars! Let's build on last week and keep improving!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 7:26 a.m.

    @ Hey Baby

    Come back down to Earth. BYU may very go 12-0, but they won't even sniff the playoffs. Between the lack of a CCG and what will end up being an atrocious SOS, it just isn't in the cards.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    We would win Texas real easy because we are real good and when we won idaho it showed how real good we are.

    Go Utes!

  • mufasta American Fork, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    Whoa Sanefan, 12-0 if BYU wins this game? Seriously? I say we just enjoy the season and leave the hyperbole to others. Game by game, snap by snap. Lets keep our heads. Im a big BYU supporter and feel great about the team but lets keep this in perspective.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 2, 2014 4:18 a.m.

    Texas lost last year mainly because they dropped a lot of defenders into coverage and when Taysom couldn't find open receivers, he just ran it. Over and over. It's highly unlikely Texas will make the same mistake twice. Does BYU have a game plan that will be able to get the ball into receivers' hands? And can our line open up holes for our backs? Those are the big questions.

    Taysom had a hard time getting the ball downfield last week and our D let a ton of passes go downfield and UConn had 2 very inexperienced QB's who made our guys look vulnerable. I have no doubt Texas will be way better than UConn, even without their starting QB and Center.

  • Hey Baby Franklin, IN
    Sept. 2, 2014 2:37 a.m.

    I'll bet Ash's parents are relieved their son is setting this one out...

    He could have been seriously injured against this BYU defense. BYU will win this one by 40+...so why play anyway... I would think most of their opponents will consider setting their best players out! Save injuries...give up that one loss...and once BYU is the national champ, they can look back and feel good about losing to a national champ!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 2:10 a.m.

    There is no reason BYU shouldn't win this game comfortably. Texas is done this year.

  • AggieFan4Ever Logan, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:43 a.m.

    How convenient for BYU that they get to play against the backup QB for their tough games almost all the time. Utah State and Boise State last year and now Texas... Some teams just get all the luck, I guess. Should be a good game, though. Good luck!

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:17 a.m.

    Darn, wanted them at full strength. It will be a great game, after all, according to some folks, the second team on the P 5 Conference teams is better than the first team "mid majors." If BYU wins this one it's a 12 - 0 season and a major Bowl.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 11:29 p.m.

    I'm excited/nervous for the game this week. Texas may be motivated after last year, but BYU's season pretty much hinges on this game as well. In terms of relevance on the national stage, this is a must win game for BYU. I have an eerie feeling that this QB is better than David Ash. I actually haven't been all that impressed with Ash's on the field play, but this guy is bigger, faster and has a strong arm. I think the line of scrimmage will be key in this game. That Texas defense looked legit, even though I think we can hold the Texas offense in check for the most part. BYU just needs to fight to win the battle up front, take what the defense gives us, and try to win the field position battle with defense, special teams. This has all the makings of a possible good game. I'm hoping for a close victory for the Cougs, maybe something like BYU 21, Texas 17.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 1, 2014 11:05 p.m.

    Like I said, the red sea has parted for BYU this year.

  • Objectified Richfield, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 10:31 p.m.

    I feel badly for Ash. But after what happened to him in his game against BYU last time, it's doubtful he was anxious to face that same defense again. And no one would blame him.

    The Texas backup QB had half a dozen appearances last season. So its not like he's a complete newbie. He knows their offense and has time to take a ton of snaps this week in practice. Texas will show up prepared, regardless of what any anti-BYU detractors might say. A comment to the contrary would indicate a low credibility football pundit who isn't very objective.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Sept. 1, 2014 10:21 p.m.

    Interesting that losing the center might be more impactful than losing the QB. Sorry to hear of the injuries, but Texas is loaded with talent so I don't expect them to be impacted very much.

    BYU's offense looks much better this year and so does Texas' defense so it should be an exciting game. Go Cougars!

  • PAC 12 member by default! Harrisville, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 10:18 p.m.

    BYU is facing a backup QB. What could possibly go wrong?