BYU, Utah Utes football: Rivalry game changed on 1 day

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  • Scoreboard Anchorage, AK
    Nov. 24, 2010 7:52 p.m.


    Nice analysis. One problem the Yewts will have is they aren't getting alot of their sacks from their DL's or from blitzing LB's. Their leading sacker is CB Lamar Chapman.

    If they continue that trend and bring corners and safeties on blitzes and Heaps folds they win. If Heaps handles the blitzes he'll expose them and we'll win.

    I think this year the Yewts will do an about face defensively and stack the box to stop our running attack and hope that their secondary can play man well enough on our WR's to shut down Heaps and the passing game. It should be an interesting battle.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    This is honestly how I see this game. I can't wait to see if I'm right.

    BYU has some momentum, Heaps is improving, Quezada is a find (get him the ball more). The receivers have improved but (see remarks later)...BYU's defense has been mostly solid all year long. If you look back, they held Wash down, Nevada down (compared to most of their games), held TCU in check (bad clock management doomed the Cougs). Yes they were gutted by Air Force and Utah State but put up a good effort against San Diego State.

    Now back to those receivers. They are the key along with Heaps. The Ute secondary has been proven the last three games to be overrated. The D-line for the Utes overrated as well, meaning the Utes have to blitz more to put pressure on the QB. So can BYU's receivers get open, can Heaps deal with the blitz packages that will be thrown at him? Utah is capable of scoring 21-28 points with its offense but can the Cougs generate the offense and a running game. I'm not so sure.

    Prediction: Utah 27 BYU 17...

  • Scoreboard Anchorage, AK
    Nov. 23, 2010 5:52 p.m.

    @Texas Ute Fan
    Not just those games but your entire schedule as a whole was full of cupcakes including your OOC games. Leading up to the TCU game the only team that had been ranked was obviously highly overrated and has been out of the rankings for months.

    I think most BYU fans are taking these wins for what they are, with one big caveat. They've turned the corner and aren't squeaking by in those wins and instead are pounding them like they did in seasons where BYU went 11-2 or 10-3. I think most BYU fans are seeing these wins as markers that this year's team has returned to that level of play, which is btw the level of play that was good enough to beat the Yewts 3 of the past 4 yrs.

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    Nov. 23, 2010 4:54 p.m.


    "In the words of the 1 delusional utah fan (yes, there is one) - Mark it down!"

    For example of delusional Utah fan, see mirror!

    As usual, you're full of hyperbole, but devoid of substance.

    The truth is, all of the pressure is on Utah.

    If a previously Top 5 ranked Utah team with an experienced QB and a boatload of seniors playing at home can't beat a 6-5 BYU team starting a true freshman at QB, it will be epic defeat for the Utes.

    Utah's swagger could quickly disappear in an avalanche of Wynn turnovers.

    You, and every other Utah fan knows its possible, and it has U running scared.

  • Seattleview Federal Way, WA
    Nov. 23, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    If Heaps ( and Anae) trys to put it all on the queaterback BYU will be in trouble. Heaps is not that accurate of passer and turnovers is what Utah lives for.

    If they find success running the ball they have to stay with it as long as it works (75% of time). A couple of years ago Una was running through Utah but Anae kept calling passing plays. Hall took a tie game and gave Utah 3 interceptions.

    As for rivalry, keep the comments football related and it shouldnt get out of hand.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    Nov. 23, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    Yes, it's been an admittedly bad season for byu and frankly I'll be shocked if byu makes this game close.

    I'll continue to find find it hysterical that zaney taylor claimed the yewties were one of the 2 best teams in the nation though.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Nov. 23, 2010 1:22 p.m.

    Personally, I think the game will be great. Utah has been good this season, but the early schedule was too easy. They got smacked and brought down to earth. BYU's schedule was too tough for the young team they were and the, shall we say, lackadaisical approach the coaches took before Bronco took over.

    Today Utah looks about like the Utah of last year, and the Cougars are a big question mark. I don't see Utah having much fun against the BYU defense. I don't see big running plays that kept Utah in the game last week. BYU's running game has looked great against mediocre run defenses, but Utah is ranked 10th nationally. Of course, that ranking has been made against the same bad teams, so who knows? BYU probably has the best running game Utah will face this year.

    So it may fall on Wynn and Heaps to make the difference. I like Heap's arm and poise better than Wynn's, but Wynn has an extra year of experience.

    Vegas is giving Utah by 10. I'll take the under on this one. BYU in a miracle finish.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Nov. 23, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    it´s a miracle, byu has turned their program around. How is it that the same hypocrisy remains? anyone with a group of 11 people, whether senior citizens or girl scouts, could have had those wins that BYU had. And with a paid employee in the replay booth for one of those games, it´s amazing the game was even close.

    Utah by 17.

    In the words of the 1 delusional utah fan (yes, there is one) - Mark it down!

  • YtxPat Sugar Land, TX
    Nov. 23, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    The game this week will be the same for many fans accross the nation. Rivalry week. WHo will win? As most fans know, you can throw out the records and stats for this week as they don't mean much. If I were a Texas Aggie or a Longhorn it would be the same as a Utah Ute or BYU Cougar. All four teams have played well some games and poor on other games, but the real game is this week. Enjoy!

  • optimist Sun City, CA
    Nov. 23, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    I totally agree with SLS Watch. When we don't respect each other and when we act like grammer school bullies towards each other, the rivalery becomes sick in nature. We look like fools to those outside our network and to many of us inside our conference as well. It is embarrasing and not a fun place to bring our children and grandchildren.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Nov. 23, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    I am curious to see how BYU does against Asiata. That guy is a load if he gets running downhill.

    Utah has some speed at receiver but BYU did okay against better receivers from SDSU. Could be another nail-biter.

  • Rock Chalk BYU Lawrence, KS
    Nov. 23, 2010 8:41 a.m.

    @ SLCWatch, well put.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Nov. 23, 2010 7:27 a.m.

    My initial impression of the SDSU game was that Utah was out played and won as the result of a bone-headed pass in the last minute. Then I remembered the final play of the first half. When most coaches would have taken a knee and headed to the locker room, they gave it a go and completed a beautiful pass (off a defenders helmet no less). Utes won the game fair and square.

    Give the team props for their victories this season. I call the half ending Hail Mary the Ute's play of the year. Am I missing a better or more important play?

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2010 7:06 a.m.

    I think all the fans could take a lesson from the coaches and players who see this as a rivalry game where they respect their opponent, recognize strengths, understand the quirks of schedule and the power of momentum. Then go out and play the game for bragging rights.
    The introduction of name calling, disrespect, vicious attacks against personal beliefs, moral values and one's own family have no place in a game that is of no relevance to 99% of daily life. If you think it does have really need a life.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Nov. 23, 2010 12:00 a.m.

    To Texas Ute Fan: You are stretching the fact as all good Ute fans do. What we said after the first 4 games was, that if BYU's and Utah's games had been reveresed, their record would probably be reversed as well. Now it turns out that statement is probably more correct than not. Get your facts right and don't just be needling BYU fans with powder puff comments that mean nothing.

  • Texas Ute Fan Austin, Texas
    Nov. 22, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    That's funny! When Utah was beating up on the likes of UNLV, Wyoming and CSU, you zoobs were saying those games were meaningless because they were nothing but a bunch of cupcakes. Now that BYU is beating up on those same cupcakes, they are now somehow great victories by the mighty cougars. Get real!