BYU is facing a backup QB. What could possibly go wrong?
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!
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.
Like I said, the red sea has parted for BYU this year.
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.
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.
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!
There is no reason BYU shouldn't win this game comfortably. Texas is done
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!
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.
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.
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!
@ Hey BabyCome 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.
Too bad for Ash, go Cougars! Let's build on last week and keep improving!
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...
And then there's Virginia. No pushover!
@MufastaA 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.
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!!!
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.
All Utes are Texas fans this week
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.
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.
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.
ObjectifiedRichfield, UTCome on Objectified. Give me a break
Respect the 12(Pac) Salt Lake, UTAll Utes are Texas fans this
week------------At least two are. Most are pretty classy
by pulling for in state teams...
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.
@ Truth MachineI 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.
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
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
"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
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.
@ backpacnGo read the Texas fan board and see how they feel about
it. They are in full on panic mode.@ TroyTownWe'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
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
@gDog3"Like I said, the red sea has parted for BYU this year"-------------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.
"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.
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.
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.
@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"------------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.
talkinsportsGilbert, 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?
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.