We've got Ryder Cup fever after seeing the Americans finally pull out a victory Sunday. But first, a little college football ...

Who said the weakness of the BYU football team was its defense? With back-to-back shutouts for the first time in 23 years, the defense is for real. And with Utah State next on the schedule, isn't there a good reason to believe the Cougars can make it three whitewashes in a row? That hasn't been done since the 1937 season when they closed the year with four straight shutouts. You remember that season, don't you? ...

With Utah State and BYU each taking this week off, Saturday's game between Utah and Weber State will be getting all the attention locally. Except for those folks who are focused on the Southern Utah at Texas State game ...

Some are speculating that Utah can beat Weber by 50 points or more, considering that the Utes already knocked off Utah State by 48. However, the Wildcats aren't awful, considering they've won three games and hung with Hawaii for a half. Also, I would guess that Kyle Whittingham, if he needs to, will make sure he calls off the dogs a lot earlier against his old mentor Ron McBride, than if it was someone like, say, Joe Glenn ...

Utah has been criticized for scheduling Weber State this week. I would prefer the Utes stick to Division IA (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools. But if a major college must play down a division, like more than half of the FBS schools do, the least they can do is play a local school, which lowers school transportation costs and gives local fans a chance to see their kids play close to home ...

It was another good week for the Mountain West Conference with UNLV winning another overtime game, this time against Iowa State of the Big 12, TCU demolishing SMU and Colorado State beating Houston. The only blemish was New Mexico's 56-14 demolition by Tulsa. As BYU found out last year, Tulsa has an outstanding offense and with a fairly easy remaining schedule, the Golden Hurricane could be in the mix for a BCS berth, although they are in line behind BYU, Utah, TCU and Boise State ...

Turning to the golf, who needs Tiger Woods? Not the U.S. Ryder Cup team, which ended a nine-year drought by knocking off Europe over the weekend. It was fun to see the home-state Kentuckians, Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes, along with the likes of Boo Weekley, Hunter Mahan and Anthony Kim, beat up on the Europeans, who had won eight of the last 11 Ryder Cups ...

If you're one of those sports fans who thinks golf is the most boring thing you can watch on TV, I hope you caught some of the Ryder Cup action. It really is one of the most riveting sports events there is, especially the final day when 12 individual matches are being played simultaneously and things are changing on an almost minute-to-minute basis ...

With all 12 matches going at the same time, TV needed to show a lot of replays Sunday, usually just a few seconds later. It was nice to see as many shots as possible, but I wish the announcers — Johnny Miller included — could resist the temptation to let us know what we were about to see, as in, "Just a moment ago ... watch how close Kim hits this shot" before we see it. Even if it isn't live, don't spoil it for us ...

I feel sorry for all the fans who parked at the 18th green in hopes of seeing some exciting finishes Sunday. As it turned out just one of the matches, Match 2 between Hunter Mahan and Paul Casey, made it as far as No. 18. That's match play for you ...

Finally, on a personal note, I was thrilled to see Weekley emerge as one of the stars of the U.S. Team. Just two years ago I spent several hours with him in a pro-am group at the Nationwide event at Willow Creek CC and still remember some of the tips he offered. He was as colorful and outgoing with us amateurs as he's shown on TV. It's amazing to see how he's gone from a pretty good Nationwide Tour player to a Ryder Cup hero in just two years.


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