@ Rufus T. Firefly:Considering that Texas has known for a week who
will be their starters and also considering that BYU will win by over 30 points,
then yes, I would still expect BYU to win without any couple of players in
BYU's line-up. From everything I've heard, Christian
Stewart has a rocket for an arm. And not just a rocket, but a very accurate one
that has become highly developed since last year. BYU would do fine either way.
Interesting to read the comments from known Ute fans. As expected, some are
trying to dismiss and downplay the quality of Texas's program... just in
case the Cougars might win... especially after what happened last year after
proclaiming on these same sites that Texas would trounce BYU. Now, Ute fans are
giving themselves an out. The other angle is similar to last year...
talking about how Texas will beat BYU. It's rather sad that instate college
football fans can't pull for one of their own... another instate school.
But that in turn makes it that much harder to pull for Utah against their
out-of-state foes. What goes around, usually comes around. As for
BYU's chances being over after 2 games, that's highly debatable. But
much of what Chris says usually is. You claim, Chris, that would be the hardest
part of being a mid-major. Please share with us about what is the hardest part
of being a perennial conference cellar-dweller? You've got some pretty
extensive experience on that issue by now.
Sparkley BriefsRE: "Surf, you forgot to note that all of that
prestige and tradition - along with another 25 wins or so in a row - will pull
the Cougs to even in the all-time series department."True, but
at Utah's current rate of one AP Top 25 finish every 15.6 seasons, it will
take the Utes another 187 seasons to match BYU's current 17 AP Top 25
2013 ute seniors-BYU's quest for a big bowl will probably be
over with a loss this weekend, but I think they'll pull this one out. In
any case, the quest ending now is definitely not as painful as the:2015 ute seniors going bowless for 4 years.(Could be a new moniker
Surf, you forgot to note that all of that prestige and tradition - along with
another 25 wins or so in a row - will pull the Cougs to even in the all-time
series department.My pick:BYU 21Texas 13
@2013 ute seniors"If byu loses their quest will officially be
over."Realistically, utah's quest has not only ended, but
it never really started.Just admit it, BYU has a legitimate shot at
a big bowl game this year. If they win this week, I don't see who else
would beat us.utah, on the other hand, is going to be scratching and
clawing to make a bowl game at all. And since Michigan, Stanford, Oregon, ASU,
UCLA and USC are almost certain to beat them, they really can't afford a
slip up anywhere.
I think points are going to be hard to come by....for either team. Watch a low
scoring nail-biting kind of game. BYU wins if they don't have turnovers.
For u, Fresno lost last week so they think they are playing somebody on their
own level this week. Could be sad for u.
@Schnee, the only reason I threw out older history is that many of the BYU
haters seem to be under the impression the only history that matters are years
that skew in the favor of the utes. They would have us believe that the last 12
years has the statistics that can be used as a measuring stick to a
program's prestige and tradition.It is comical to try and
generate/manufacture a program's sense of superiority, and tradition of
winning based on a dozen years. But many of those BYU addicted haters try to
push this all the time.Like you said, most of the games have been
very close, and only decided in the last few plays of the game. But there are
several guys who post her (one I've mentioned) who literally believe that
the utes are suddenly more superior, washed and respected. And for what? The
years 2004 and 2008?The utes are in a power conference. But they
have yet to prove they have better history, prestige and tradition than BYU,
which has an NC, Heisman winner, and a ton of individual awards.That
Yale Jimmyoh goodie, another cb clone making predictions based on
nothing but her own crimson-colored biases.
SweepWhether Utah wins or loses this week, their quest for another
couch potato bowl was over before the season began.
Crissy,Still waiting......I guess your silence means that you will not
back up your talk.
We have more talent and depth so cougars win big.
Texas 40 YBU? 10...Hill is completely contained the entire game and cougie fans
will be in tears before halftime.
I was impressed with the O-line and quarterback play last week, but the biggest
question mark for me is by far special teams. The game will likely be won/lost
there, and from what we saw at UConn, it could be ugly. The only
way the Cougs get national respect this year with the way the scheduled
opponents are shaping up is not just *that* the Cougars win but *how* they win.
And assignment-sound offense and defense won't matter if there is
embarrassing special teams play--that will be the highlight reel.I
hope someone in Provo has worked some magic in the kicking game this week.Go Cougars!
There coach don’t know what he’s talking about by saying Taysom is a
legitimate Heisman because byu isn’t in a power conference like us so that
means it can’t be.
@Surf Is Up"U guys need a few more years to overcome BYU dominance of
the 70s, 80s, and early 90s."I'm not exactly sure why I
should care about years before I was born, or for that matter years before I
cared about college football (2005). The two teams have had roughly equal
Sagarin ranking finishing spots in the most recent decade. As far as I am
concerned the teams are thus roughly equal in skill (I'm smart enough to
know that there's a reason Utah-BYU has produced so many close games in
recent years). Eras of dominance by one team or the other don't really mean
much of anything right now.
I would love to drink the blue BYU Kool Aid as much as anyone else. Let's
be realistic. We caught Texas off guard last year. If we were that dominant,
we would have, at least, been competitive against Utah the next week at home.
We weren't. (As much as I dislike Utah, it is what it is.) We'll have
to be at our best to be competitive, let alone victorious. We won't sneak
up on them again this year. I hope we're focused and prepared enough to
So Chris, Dare to make a wager that Taysom gets more than 5 yards rushing? Yeah, I didn't think so but just for grins let's say that if
Hill gets more than 5 yards rushing you will not post an any BYU articles for
the rest of the year and if he does not I will not post on any u articles ever
again.I will be waiting!!
@2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0"If byu loses their quest will
officially be over. I imagine that would be the toughest part of being a mid
major. One loss, and your quest for a big time bowl game is over."I have to disagree for a couple of reasons.First, last years
schedule and next years schedule are good enough that one loss wouldn't
eliminate BYU's chances. It would certainly make it difficult, but not
impossible.Second, this year's schedule is so weak (unless a
few teams really turn it around this year) that one loss doesn't make a
difference. We could go undefeated, and while ranked, the rest of the NCAA would
have to crumble for BYU to get in a major bowl. So while Texas is the biggest
stage for BYU this year, we are caught in an off year, schedule wise, where 11-1
and 12-0 are not going to make a difference at the end of the season.
I read some comments from fans in Tezas. One said, "Those Mormon Pacific
Islanders are going to run all over our line". That is a paraphrase from
what I remember. I can tell you this much, new quarterback and new second
string offensive line is a recipe for disaster. There will be turnovers by
Texas. Our defense will score a touchdown. That may almost be enough to win
the game. Texas defense will be better than UCONN by a long shot.
But Taysom is a great quarterback with an offensive line. Minimum of 2
touchdowns in the game. The score in this game will be 21 by BYU or more and
no more than 10 points by Texas.
Last week the O line was not tested that much. I think this week will be a
different story. The passing game will not happen if we're giving up sacks
or Hill is running for his life. Better athletes to account for this week...and
more of them.
@Two For Flinching, I agree with you on your point. I'm still not sure BYU
can win in Austin. UT is always tough there. But I do believe that the UT coach
is doing some painful things in the program, but at the same time he is doing
the right things to ensure that Texas will return to prominence. BYU
can win this game, but turnovers and penalties will need to be low or non
existent.@2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0. Chris I realize that in
your mind BYU is an unworthy "mid major" program and you desperately
want to sneer at BYU as if they are very different from U. If you could take off
the blinders for a moment you would understand and admit that that although Utah
is in the PAC, they are really the same type of program as BYU. Bowl games will
be a rarity for U.And don't throw out that "8 of last 12
games" bit. If you examine results in the modern era of CFB BYU is up by
many games. U guys need a few more years to overcome BYU dominance of the 70s,
80s, and early 90s.
Actually, I agree that losing out on a major bowl after one loss 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.
Now is the time to unleash that long ball that we heard so much about during the
fall camp!Stretch that defense and let it fly Anae!
Texas might have a rougher time running the ball now that they're missing
most of their starting offensive line!Go Cougars!
2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UTIf byu loses their
quest will officially be over. I imagine that would be the toughest part of
being a mid major. One loss, and your quest for a big time bowl game is over.------------Chris, Utah's quest for any Bowl Game ended
several years ago...I'd be more worried about your own team
really.Little did anyone in Uteville know the night that the Utes
won the Sugar Bowl, their were shifting fates, to rarely, if ever, return to a
Bowl. And it's not like the PAC doesn't have enough Bowl Tie-ins...
" .......... The guy knows how to stop running QB's. And he'll
stop Taysom.... "Wishful thinking and reality can't
coexist. Hill will rush for at least 100 yards.
If byu loses their quest will officially be over. I imagine that would be the
toughest part of being a mid major. One loss, and your quest for a big time
bowl game is over.Charlie Strong has given up like 600 total yards
to rushing QB's in the last 5 years - or some insane number like that. I
couldn't believe it when I read it - it translated to 5 yards per game for
QB's. That has to be one of the most impressive records of all time. The
guy knows how to stop running QB's. And he'll stop Taysom.Go Texas! End byu's quest just 2 weeks into the season!
BlueCoug"Taysom has a chance to really put himself and his team
on the national map with another strong performance against Texas.BYU 31 Texas 24"I agree with your whole post except the score.
BYU scoring 31 points infers that BYU would make a field goal. Therefore, I
disagree because I'm not sure that's possible. Perhaps BYU 28 Texas 24
would be more accurate. Kicking game has been pathetic. ASU has had the same
problem. Weber state's kicking game was better than ASU's...
Altitude is a factor in Provo - but heat will be a factor in Austin. Its 1:00
am in Austin right now and the temperature is a brisk 81 degrees.This game will be played in heavy heat. That may be a factor. I'll let
you know how hot it is when I come back from Austin - but my bet is hotter than
it was at Ole Miss and that my friends was hot.
"Unfortunately, your comment was not approved for the following reason: * Comment included ALL-CAPS shouting, overuse of punctuation, extreme
length or violated other formatting rules."Perhaps you might
want to look at it again and explain how it violated some formatting rule? Are
there really too many all-caps? Are you using some automated software to deny
comments? Thanks!It will be a fun game to watch, this game will
really tell us how good the O-Line is this year. If they can give Hill anywhere
near as much time as they did against U-Conn then BYU will win. I would like to
see a few Fusi Baptism moves against Texas! Go Cougars!
Texas just dismissed both of their starting offensive tackles.BYU
should be favored to win. Like I said, Texas is done this year. The W/L record
is taking a back seat to Charlie Strong changing the culture and attitude of the
The good thing is this year Texas can't afford to only focus on Taysom.
Last year, to be honest, if they had an ounce of ability to stop Taysom and
Jamaal from running it, we probably would have lost. We had a horrible passing
game.This year they will almost certainly be better at stopping the
run and they will pay attention to it as well. The thing is, we can finally
throw. Taysom was incredibly efficient and spread the ball all over the place.
There was an evenly spread out attack using the inside wideouts, outside
wideouts, tight ends, and running backs.People will say that UConn
is a terrible opponent so it doesn't matter. Sure, UConn is bad, but Taysom
couldn't throw for 78% last year against teams who were worse than UConn.
Taysom is a better passer, has better receivers, and has much better pass
First-year Texas coach Charlie Strong called Hill a legitimate Heisman Trophy
candidate. "I looked at last year's game and the quarterback is an
unbelievable player," Strong said.Longhorn defensive coordinator
Vance Bedford compared Hill to former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, the 2007
Heisman winner.------------Taysom has a chance to really
put himself and his team on the national map with another strong performance
against Texas.BYU 31 Texas 24
I'm looking for a close game, say BYU by 3. But they'll need a clean
game. UT will run. They'll get maybe 3 TDs that way. I don't see a lot
of luck running against a Mendenhall defense. If the kid QB can't pass, it
will be tough for them.Lots of unknowns, but I expect a really good
BYU also wont have the elevationn of cougar stadium. Make no doubt that played
a part in that game.A great opportunity for BYU. Lets hope the
"back up QB" jinx doesnt kill BYU again like it has in the past. BYU 35 Texas 31
We're gonna destroy Texas, just like last year.
That's fine. While they focus on Taysom, Williams will run all over them.
Take nothing for granted... Texas is and will be a very good team this year...
If we are able to pull this one out in the 100,000 seat Texas Stadium filled
with 110,000 screaming Texas fans we are going to have to make every play count
and take advantage of every opportunity... We can't have mindless fumble
and interceptions...Texas will be the best running team that we have
played in a very long time (since the days of Reggie Bush)... The Defense is
going to have to be quick and plug the holes.