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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3 2014 8:45 p.m. MDT

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Danbury, CT

It also wouldn't hurt to get the attention of the Big12 and make a claim we belong in their conference to beat Texas at home.


Texas may not be very highly ranked but they do average eight 4-star or higher players a year in recruiting so they are loaded with talent. Any individual player rating can be wrong, but the overall star ranking averages are meaningful. At the same time I'm beginning to believe in BYU's conditioning program, especially after listening to Harvey Jackson (Nebraska transfer) talk about the grueling conditioning.

With Strong's defensive focus and players saying they have been reminded of the BYU game every day in practice by their coaches they will be very motivated. BYU has a chip on their shoulder from not being included in the P5 in spite of being better than many P5 teams, so BYU is also very motivated.

Texas' defense will definitely be better this year but so will BYU's offense, it should be a fun game to watch! Go Cougars!

Salt Lake City, UT

This will be BYU's biggest game this year for sure. However, an unraked Texas being beat by an unraked BYU will not help BYU much in terms of BCS or national recognition. BYU can run the table this year and maybe get to a top 10 ranking but no chance to reach a top 5 spot.

I do think BYU belongs in a Big Time Conference and that is what they will need to gain respect. The Independent thing will just not work and the balance of the 2014 after Texas looks worse than a Mountain West or old WAC schedule.

Heber City, UT

Bottom line, if BYU beats Texas, they get on the national radar and slowly climb the rankings throughout the year even though they play mediocre or bad teams. They will get into the discussion for the big bowl games if they keep winning.

If BYU loses to Texas, they get no national attention this year. After a loss, the most success they could find would basically be to finish in the Top 25 at the end of the season. They would be lucky to even be talked about for a big bowl game.

A lot is riding on this game.

East Salt Lake City, Utah

"Even a spot in a New Year's Day bowl isn't guaranteed with a perfect season, although it is a possibility." -- DN

It's not guaranteed but I think BYU will make a major bowl by going undefeated. Specially considering that they would have beat all other non-P5 contenders, UCF, Boise State, and Utah State, by going undefeated.

West Jordan, Utah

That's right Taysom4Heisman. I am impressed you see it for what it is. One could argue if BYU is worthy or not by the end of the year. But this game, despite the Longhorn injuries, will likely define BYU's season in week 2. Now, nobody should be taken lightly afterward, but BYU is better than all the other teams they play from here on out, except maybe UCF.

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

not only biggest chance - ONLY chance. There isn't a single other team on there that impresses anyone. If byu loses more than 1 game this year, it should be considered an epic failure with such a horrible schedule.

Texas will win, and end byu's quest just 2 weeks into the season. Meanwhile, power conference teams will continue on quests for many many many more weeks.

Ghost Writer

No pressure . . .

Ghost Writer

Honestly, it's a little too early to be deciding which teams on BYU's schedule are worthy of respect and which aren't. Pre-season predictions are always off. There are probably one or two sleepers on BYU's schedule that will surprise the pundits.

West Jordan, UT

Taysom Hill is not a one man team. There has not been this much pressure and focus in the trenches for a long time. If BYU is to win then the team has to be assignment sound. The game will not be won by how Taysom Hill rushes or surgically passes agaunst the longhorns but how well BYU does in the trenches offensively and defensively. Against UCONN the O line had it easy. Will the O line be able to open holes for Williams, will they give Hill the time to get the ball to his recievers? Texas is going to try to make Hill beat them with the pass more so because of the yards he emassed rushing last year at LES.
Will the Defensive line stop the Long horn rushing attack? Both the D line and O line need to have nasty attitutdes because Strong will have his team focused and this will be a home game for them. This is their game of games right now. Question is will the BYU coaches have thier players mentally ready and focused as well.

West Point , UT

Did anyone go to the linked stories about how ticked off Charlie Strong is watching film or the posters all over UT facilities? So much attention being given to a non-P5 team? I just don't understand it, BYU isn't supposed to be relevant or respected by anyone, how can this be?

Ok all sarcasm aside, BYU needs to be mentally ready for this game because Texas undoubtedly is...they've been reminded and hounded about it all off-season. Their CB says BYU is literally circled on their calendar. I'm hoping for a physical "you punch us in the mouth we'll punch you right back" kind of game. These are the defining moments...no excuses BYU, get it done!

Milwaukie, OR

Actually, I agree that losing out on a major bowl after one loss is a tough part of being a mid major. However, if you want to get to a New Year's bowl, you have to have a really good team, whether you are in a P5 conference or not. Both BYU and Utah have been pretty average recently--although their records differ based on the competition they each face. Maybe this year BYU does have a really good team, but we won't know until we watch the games. We might not even know then because of the SOS. However, if they win them all, it will certainly help their chances of getting in a New Year's bowl this year or next year. Remember that Boise State had several seasons of really nice teams before they got respect. Sadly, it was the type of respect that hasn't endured well. If BYU can continue to add speed and solid QB play, I can see them earning respect, but it might take a while and might actually be given to a BYU team that isn't as good as this one is.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Uteology

I'm not sure I would call UCF, BSU, and USU contenders after what happened in week 1. I think ECU will have a chance to earn a berth in a January bowl, even if they lose one.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

BYU will be ready for this game and will win. Texas is shorthanded on the O-line and thus won't run the ball well, and the backup QB won't have great luck throwing the ball.

Sorry to post this here but I can't find a Ute article to put it on. It's a bad sign when ESPN can't even get your starting QB's name right in its Eliminator list:

Utah: Talk about happy returns. Utes quarterback Trevor Wilson returned from a scary concussion suffered last season, and Kaelin Clay returned a punt and kickoff for touchdowns, helping Utah roll past FCS foe Idaho State 56-14 on Thursday night.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

It's about the return of Williams.

It's about the continued improvement of the O-line.

It is about Taysom.

It is about play calling.

One of the strangest sequences from last weekend was the one fade route to each side followed by a swing pass, punctuated by a missed field goal, all of this inside the red (blue) zone.

If the person calling the plays will refrain from this kind of play calling, BYU should win by 30.

River Falls, WI

"...coaches wouldn't have been fired last year if they had lost to a team like Oklahoma or Oklahoma State or Notre Dame or another well respected team."

Seriously? You don't think it would have embarrassed Texas to get destroyed by a team like Alabama, who broke all sorts of rushing/offensive records in a 41-20 beat down? I think a win like that says "you're not in our league." Texas was embarrassed but it wasn't because BYU wasn't a BCS team, it's because they destroyed them.

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT


Right. A team like Texas wouldn't be anymore embarrassed losing to a mid major like New Mexico State or Wyoming or byU than they would be losing to a big time program?

Keep telling yourself that! The nation mocked Texas after losing like that to byu. You don't see anyone mocking South Carolina for having just lost big time to Texas A&M. You see everyone praising Texas A&M. Same with last year - the nation didn't explode in praise to byU after beating Texas - they laughed at Texas and TExas fired their coaches.


Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Johnny Triumph

Is that the same ESPN that called BYU's coach Roscoe Mendenhall during a live game broadcast?

River Falls, WI

RE: Chris B.

"Right. A team like Texas wouldn't be anymore embarrassed losing to a mid major like New Mexico State or Wyoming or byU than they would be losing to a big time program?"

Lane Kiffin of USC was fired midseason last year after an ASU beatdown. Are you saying that USC isn't a major program, or that ASU is on par with New Mexico State and Wyoming? It must have been even more embarrassing for USC to lose to ASU than the BYU/Texas game because the head coach was immediately fired at USC (only the assistant was fired at TX).

Syracuse fired Greg Robinson after losing to UCONN (BCS team at the time).
Michigan State's John L. Smith was fired mid-season after losing to Indiana (BCS team).
Florida's Ron Zook was fired mid-season after losing to Mississippi State (BCS).
Arizona's John Mackovic was fired mid-season after losing to a ranked TCU team.
Michigan State's Bobby Williams was fired mid-season after losing to a ranked Michigan team.

All these head coaches were fired after losing to P5 teams (some of them ranked).

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

If byu won us this year that would be real impressive more than Texas because we are big boys now and that would make byu look good on the national radar but they can't win us anyways so they won't be radar material now..

Go Utes!

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