While BYU's football team is floundering along with an abysmal 2-8 record, basketball season is just around the corner.
Will the Cougar hoops team give fans something to cheer about after a disastrous football campaign?
CBSSports.com apparently thinks so. It ranks BYU as the No. 1 basketball team in the state, ahead of Utah, Utah Valley, Utah State, Weber State and Southern Utah.
"The return of Nick Emery is just enough to put the Cougars ahead of a Utah team that's going to miss Kyle Kuzma (currently a Los Angles Laker)," writes Matt Norlander. "For BYU, the question is: Can this team get near the level of Saint Mary's and Gonzaga? If so, it will be a bubble team. If not, it will be in WCC purgatory, doomed to be an NIT lock but nothing more."
This is part of CBS Sports.com's "Where every college basketball team ranks in each state" project. Check out other states here.
Meanwhile, in this week's edition of ESPN's "Bottom 10," the BYU football team, despite losing to Fresno State over the weekend, is not even mentioned. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Sports Illustrated has an in-depth feature on Kahuku High in Laie, Hawaii, which has produced numerous of BYU and NFL players. This longform story mentions BYU and the LDS Church's longstanding ties with the North Shore.