@ Bluto - Sandy, UT - Jan. 11, 2017 11:00 a.m. - "Word has it that Utah
coaches have hired an expert to instruct all coaches and players in the Heimlich
Maneuver, to prepare for every November."HaHa! Good thing I
wasn't drinking anything when I read that because if I was my laughter
would have blown it right out of my mouth.Go Cougars!
@Spokane Ute - Spokane, WAJan. 12, 2017 4:43 p.m."Word has
it that BYU has contracted Klenex in preparation for the Utah post game."Well, it is our home field and we are required to clean up all messes,
even if you make them at the Utah post game.Now at the BYU post game
we will be cleaning up confetti and sparkling cider bottles.
Word has it that BYU has contracted Klenex in preparation for the Utah post
The Cougs go 8-5 at best. And that is if they don't have one of their bad
games that they lose to someone they shouldn't. Second half of season
should go really well though. They should cruise the second half of the season.
But LSU, Wisconsin, Utah, Boise, and Mississippi State, those are losses.
Word has it that Utah coaches have hired an expert to instruct all coaches and
players in the Heimlich Maneuver, to prepare for every November.
@ekuteThanks for the encouragement and the good tone. All the best to
your Utes, hoping they get over the hump for a conference or at least a division
title next season. Not expecting miracles from my team with this schedule but
still hoping for more improvement.Go, Cougs!
Utah fans.I know you don't have the fanbase or the coverage
that BYU has, so you choose to troll, why don't we just sum up Utah's
season now:Wins a bunch of big games, high ranking, then November
hits like a load of bricks.Accurate enough?In the mean
time, I'll enjoy seeing BYU take on LSU, takes guts to hit a huge team like
that early on. My ego isn't attached to the record, I love the games, some
losses are more entertaining than wins. I loved this year's games and look
forward to next season.Wish the Utes luck as well!
"Winning football games against the U or any final ranked team is not
something we see from the mighty cougies pretty much ever."Or
losing at home to 2-10 teams that haven't won a road game in 3 years when a
chance to play in a championship game is on the line.Also, although
BYU is not winning all their games against ranked teams, for the most part they
have been very competitive in them, usually keeping the margin of victory to
within a touchdown. So making the claim that BYU "can't compete"
@Duckhunter......."Well if what we want to see is an instate team losing a
lot then that is a great suggestion, thanks for it. Winning football is not
something we see from Utah in the second half of seasons."Welcome back always Nice to hear from you January - Cougies annual loss to
Utah in September. Winning football games against the U or any final
ranked team is not something we see from the mighty cougies pretty much ever.
I like the fact that Utah will have 9 days, following their warm up game, to
prepare for the game at LES. The Cougars have seven days to lick their wounds
coming off a likely loss to LSU. Good luck next season cougar
friends, and Go Utes!
BYU has proven that they can't beat Utah so I don't expect them to do
so next year either.
@uteololgyIn fact Kalani was 2-1 against Utah in his post mission
years. 1998 - win1998 - loss2000- winNot
sure where you got the "lost 3 in a row as a player" "fact"
from? Maybe from Chris b's imagination? Lol
I think BYU is going to have a special season in the next couple of years I
don't know about this year. Once Sitake gets a couple of recruiting classes
under his belt, it should be exciting. As a Utah fan, we know what Sitake can do
on defense. The wildcard for both teams is QB play. Tanner was less than
impressive against Wyoming. Troy is gonna be learning a new offense. I'm
already looking forward to next year.
@uteologyIf you actually knew what you were talking about you'd
know that Kalani's final regular season game as a player, was Lavell's
final game as a coach and it was a win over Utah. Kinda like that "Mike
LB" thing I guess. Lol
@ftWell if what we want to see is an instate team losing a lot then
that is a great suggestion, thanks for it. Winning football is not something we
see from Utah in the second half of seasons.
I see 10-3, and a nice bowl game. They could go 11-2, if they can beat Utah and
Boise. I see them winning one of those, but Whitt has had their number since he
"UTAH's traditionally strong D and a revamped O will end the hope and
I would hope for an 9-4 season; but I'm guessing BYU will end as 8-5 before
the bowl season. Until I see how they play against LSU and Utah; can't
really tell what they will be like. Either way, still can't wait for
football to begin again!
My predictions:1. BYU loses to LSU by 7.2. BYU upsets Utah by
3.3. BYU loses by 2 to Wisconsin.4. BYU beats Boise St by 4.5. BYU loses by 3 to Miss State.6. BYU wins everything else, and no
game is closer than 7 points.
2017 is going to be a difficult season. BYU has yet to shown me enough to
believe that they are going to beat the best three teams on the schedule (LSU,
Wisconsin and *sigh* Utah). I would love to see them beat a few of those teams,
but building BYU up to national prominence is going to be a process and I think
BYU is still a few years out from competing with good P5 teams.
Looks like another fun season under Sitake. Can't wait. Go Cougs!
@Xoltar"However, the non-P5 teams, most of which were pretty decent
teams when the schedule was made, have really tanked. "East
Carolina, San Jose State, Fresno State, yeah they all really dropped off a
cliff. Unfortunate for the schedule maintaining some semblance of a challenge to
get to bowl eligibility.
I love all the comments about Sitake "guaranteeing a win against the
UTES"!! I though Sitake had used up all his eligibility.
Drafting inferior players year after year spells our little blue brother's
doom. UTAH's traditionally strong D and a revamped O will end the hope and
fantasies of oh so many in Provo.
@So. Cal Reader - San Diego, CA I don't see Sitake losing to Utah two
years-in-row, particularly at home.-----If you took off
your blue tinted glasses , you would see Sitake has lost 5 straight to Utah
(three as a player and two as a coach).
Since BYU hasn't beat a final ranked P5 teams in 20 seasons, we can
basically count LSU, Utah, and Wisconsin as lossese and everything else is a
tossup, 7-6 or 8-5 is a great year.
Good schedule; as I see it:Wins: Portland, USU, SJSU, Fresno, UNLV, U
Mass, HawaiiLoses: LSU and WisconsinWin/Loss: Utah, BSU, Miss St,
ECUBest case: 11-2Worst Case: 7-6My Prediction: 9-4
LSU, Wisconsin, Utah, Boise St, and @Mississippi State. If BYU wins 2 of those
I will be happy. If they win 3, they will finish 11-2 and be ranked, but that
would be a reach and if they play over their heads. This schedule is much
tougher than 2016 turned out to be. The game many are forgetting is at Miss St.
That one really worries me.
Playing 6 MWC teams. Why don't we rejoin the MWC already? Am I missing
something? Keep the ESPN and BYUtv deals just add a meaningful October and
November. I'll go to unlv and sjsu games if they are keeping us in a title
competition and not just buying time for a subpar bowl. Which reminds me point
number 2: why do we contract to play in a bowl like the poinsettia bowl?
There's no chance that a bowl on that level would not give us an
invitation. Seems like chances of filling in for a vegas bowl or holiday bowl
(both which needed a fill in this year) is a better upside then byu fans knowing
to schedule San Diego plans a month more in advance (and most being hesitant to
do that too far in advance in case a team like Wyoming is selected)
10-3 is where I have them next year.Portland - WinLSU -
LossUtah - Win *I think, I think, they finally get oneWisonsin -
LossUtah State - WinBoise State - WinMississippi State - Win,
I think they get it done. I think this game is scary however after Boise. They
could lose one or the other or both also.East Carolina - Win, but
don't under estimateSan Jose State - WinFresno State - WinUNLV - WinUMass - WinHawaii - Lose, yep, I think they lose on the
Island. In fact, I don't think they lose, they get beat by a good up and
coming Hawaii team.10-3
TJ: "I like the balance of this schedule with one exception. The last half
of the schedule is weak."So, you like the "balance" of
the schedule except for the whole second half? I believe that's called
Ah yes, time for the all the overly optimistic predictions to come forth.
January is the perfect time for that. I realize it's all for fun, but
it's pretty difficult to forecast something that won't happen for
8–10 months (hence the title "Way-too-early"). Who knows what
injuries will occur and how other teams will be much better or worse than we
currently think. Still, I'd be cautious to expect a 10- to 12-win
season.Of course, the final six games of the year (and the first)
are cupcake city. I give BYU almost no shot against LSU, and I wouldn't
expect them to beat Wisconsin or Utah at home or Mississippi State on the road.
Home against Boise St. is probably a toss-up. I'd put BYU at 9-4 in the
regular season, with the realization that maybe one of those victories will be
over a team with a winning record.
...and looking ahead to 2018 we have five P5 teams + Boise St so far. But boy,
that middle-of-the-pack Pac12 Washington game sure has taken a step up in
difficulty! If Coach Peterson can keep the Huskies on their upward trajectory
(and I think he can), that is going to be a much tougher game than it looked
when we scheduled it.
Hats off, ek, guess I really don't know you : ) Well played!
Wow! Six Mountain West teams? So just re-join, already!
When this schedule was first put together it was a decent schedule. The P5 +
Boise St. teams are still right about where you would have expected them to be
several years ago. However, the non-P5 teams, most of which were pretty decent
teams when the schedule was made, have really tanked. Unless some of them turn
around next season, the SOS is not going to be good in 2017. LSU, Wisconsin,
Utah, and Boise St. teams will make for great games. Through no fault of
BYU's the rest will be middling to awful.
SoonerUte - Salt Lake City, UT-- My friend, I don't know how many losses
get attributed to an OC or DC. He was the DC at Oregon State in 2015, and it was
a home game for your Utes. A little reach, there .... but under the
circumstances, to be expected.
I see Sitake winning at least 9 games again next year. Most likely losses to
LSU and Wisconsin.Against Utah I see a win. Sitake wants it and his
players want it even worse. A one-point loss, by getting stopped on a two-point
conversion, to a ranked team who is also your biggest rival? That
stung.....bad......and still does. Which is why I see that getting reversed
next season. With his fire and intensity Coach S knows how to motivate his
Curious schedule. Top 25% and bottom 25% nothing in the middle 50%. Looks like
the bowl streak will survive the bottom 25%.Blue fans, what are your
way too early W-L for next year?
you are hilarious. Are you suggesting that BYU fans should forgo
watching the weak second half of our schedule in order to watch the mighty Utes
play during that time? That will happen when h*ll freezes over
oh wait, it
does that every winter at the school up in SLC.
TJ,The article is factual and objective...so I can respond in kind.
I'll be back to my same old self when the hype begins...and you can be sure
that it won't be too long...
So. Cal Reader "I don't see Sitake losing to Utah two
years-in-row"You mean 3 in a row. He lost to Utah as an Oregon State
coach, then lost the next year as a BYU coach.
Another "Look over here" at the 2017 (8 months away) schedule diverting
ones attention away from the recruiting class (signing day 23 days away) or the
NFL draft. Seven home games - four of which had a 2016 record of
one game over .250 winning percentage. At least it does include rival UMass.
I predict improvement next season. The only skill player we lose on offense who
will be difficult to replace will be Jamaal; however, the passing game should be
much stronger. I have us at 10-2, with losses against LSU and Wisconsin. I
don't see Sitake losing to Utah two years-in-row, particularly at home.
I see it isn't too early for the BYU obsessed haters to peddle their wares
on this article.EK,Are you not feeling well?I like the
balance of this schedule with one exception. The last half of the schedule is
weak. Hope the MWC teams get better next season.My way too early
prediction is 10-11 regular season wins
Outside of Portland State, next 6 games of 2017 schedule will be much more
difficult than the first 6 of 2016. I'm hoping for a 9 win regular season.
10 would be great. 11 to 13 would be unrealistic.
Sounds like another special season next year.Go Cougs.
I'm glad they have found a new conference the Mountain West will be a good
Great home schedule in September, after that fans should head North to see some
more big time college football.
BYU will be better prepared and will do well in 2017! Sitake will make sure a U
win is on the books.
There's no downplaying this schedule. Props to Holmoe. Plenty of big games
and well balanced home and away. Motivation for an outstanding season. Even as a
detractor I can't take away from the potential. Not easy for me to say