BYU, Utah Utes football: For young QBs, this game is an eye-opener

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  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Nov. 26, 2010 11:55 a.m.

    BYU in a close one to make it 4 out of the last 5... BYU then heads for independence and a weak schedule for the next few years, and Utah moves to a weaker Football and Basketball Conference.

    The MWC is then left with TCU and BSU and the 7 Dwarfs (plus 2 new dwarfs) in Football, and UNLV, SDSU, UNM and the equivalent of 8 NAIA teams in Basketball.

    The MWC will then dissolve in 3 short years as they will lose TCU to Conference USA, won't be able to get a strong enough TV contract, and a League Reorganization will be demanded by the tallest pygmies in the league that are still remaining.... The current Commish will be gone.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 26, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    panamadesnewson "Sat after your Utes lose AGAIN!" Funny thing is panamadesnewson last time I checked it was your team that has done the most losing this season 5 vs. 2. Utah is going to be a 10 win season team this year while your team will be sitting at a mediocre .500. I love smack talk from people whose teams are barely average at best. BTW Utah is still ranked what BYU? Utah wins again and takes it's 20 plus head to head win advantage over BYU to the PAC 12. BYU had a nice 20 or so year run (20 plus years ago) but overall via the head to head records Utah is the dominant team; the facts speak for themselves.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Nov. 26, 2010 8:20 a.m.

    EndOfAnError said that neither team is very good. I tend to agree with that. Others have pointed out Utah's top 10 run defense - yet that ranking was against a bottom 10 strength of schedule. So that statistic is probably bogus. Utah's fall from grace was precipitous as the team was exposed as a mediocrity this year. SDSU's great passer overwhelmed Utah's defense. Two lucky plays saved the Utes from a third defeat.

    BYU started with chaos, went 1-4 and turned it around against the same teams with which Utah padded their numbers. But BYU dominated SDSU unlike anything I've seen. BYU's defense limited TCU's scoring to turnovers and short fields.

    I think the game will rest on BYU's defense which clearly seems better than Utah's. BYU's running may prove to be very real against Utah's defense. Heaps seems to have a lot of composure and has protected the ball well in the 2nd half of the season.

    I pick BYU in a close one.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 25, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    The only way to compare the Utes to the Cougs is to look at their common opponents. Utes get the edge over AFA, but that was BYU's second game. BYU gets the edge over SDSU. If it weren't for a couple of very lucky plays the Utes would have logged their 3rd loss in a row. SDSU outplayed the Utes in every aspect, except the scoreboard. But Utes were on the road against SDSU and BYU was at home, so we'll call it even. Against TCU, it is no contest. Even though both teams lost, the Utes got blown out at RES. If a few plays had gone the other way, BYU should have held TCU to 14 or 17 points. It was a real game, not a blow out. Anybody who thinks the Utes will score 30 points on the new BYU defense is either ignorant or hasn't watched BYU since Bronco took over the defense again.

  • da bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 25, 2010 9:26 p.m.

    I think Utes Fan has a good breakdown of the game. As a BYU fan, I sure hope Heaps performs because the Utes are going to force Heaps to beat them through the air.
    We know that the Utes secondary is pretty terrible vs any kind of pass efficient team, but I think the hostile atmosphere and good pass rush the Utes bring will cause heaps to make some stupid mistakes.

    BYU has 17 freshman with playing time under their belt, and as much as want BYU to win, I see them making to many young mistakes.

    BYU's defense will cause Utah to struggle... but not enough.

    Lets hope i'm wrong go cougs!

    I hope i'm wrong

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Nov. 25, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    Patriot, part of your blog is probably correct. BYU will run to set up the pass, playing ball contral to keep your defense on the field. If that is the case, they will tire, and BYU will then pick your defense apart. Look for BYU to pull away the 2nd half and win big going away.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Nov. 25, 2010 6:15 p.m.

    Sorry, Chris B - your crystal ball is cloudy - you got the score reversed. Have a good day, at least try to, on Sat after your Utes lose AGAIN!

  • fender Washington, UT
    Nov. 25, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    Utes will play this one just like they did SDSU. They'll bring six or seven and force Heaps to find his hot receiver. Putting defenders in every gap will also shut down the run game, and it will be totally on Heaps. If he performs like Lindley, then this will be very interesting. If not, BYU is in trouble. My call Utah 42 BYU 35.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Nov. 25, 2010 11:53 a.m.

    No 8 - 0 football team has broken the sound barrier from falling off of a cliff as this year's Utes.

    BYU by 2 TDs

    In memory of NC Utes 2010, I'll be silent for a moment...(crickets) There, I hoped you enjoyed that.

    Mark it Down!!!!

  • haunyocker Springville, UT
    Nov. 25, 2010 11:36 a.m.

    Since Jeff Call is talking about firsts, how about the first time a freshman BYU quarterback beats a good Utes team on their home field.

    Maybe it's a dream, but isn't that the fun of the game. Can anybody not respect what the Utes did in San Diego. It showed grit, determination and a bundle of talent.

    For the Cougs to beat Utah this year, they have to summon that same grit, determination and talent. This is the one of the most fun games in years to speculate about, because anything can happen. But as a Coug fan, I respect a very tough Utes team, despite their losses to tough teams.

    Three points: I hope both teams play to their maximum potential, no one is hurt, and we fans can cheer ourselves hoarse for a good football game.

    Go COUGS!

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 25, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    I am with patriot on this. BYU has yet to win a game this year in which they were really forced to win by the pass. They haven't really needed to since they have a good running game. The pass game was set up by the run game. Heaps has been able to improve due to this. BYU has a good O-line also. But with a good run game, almost any QB will do well when passing.

    However, Utah's defensive strength is stopping the run. I don't think Utah will stop BYU's run. But I do think Utah will concentrate on it and slow it down enough that BYU will have to rely on Heaps and its passing game to win. Since BYU has not done that this year, I can't expect them to do it in Utah's stadium with 45K+ fans still upset over Hall's comments, the pressure of the rivalry, with the revenge-minded Utes after losing a close one last year, and with the inexperienced Heaps.

    Utah will win convincingly. It might not be a blowout, but a good win.

    Utah 27, BYU 13

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    Nov. 25, 2010 8:37 a.m.

    Go Cougars!

  • EndOfAnError-01/20/2013 Suwanee, GA
    Nov. 25, 2010 7:56 a.m.

    Let's start with a couple of facts. 1) BYU is not very good. Yes, they are improving but that improvement has come against horrible teams. 2) Utah is not a very good team. They built their entire success around playing horrible teams. They were exposed by a very good TCU and a bad ND.

    What will this weeks game prove? Not much. Only which team is a little bit worse off than the other. Regardless of the final score, neither team is very good this year. That has already been proven beyond doubt.

    My prediction: BYU 28 Utah 17

    Go Cougars.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 25, 2010 7:02 a.m.

    A grim note for Jake Heaps... No freshman QB at BYU has ever beaten Utah @ Utah. In fact it has usually been a senior QB that has beaten Utah. This game is tough for a freshman because although Jake is much better now than he was back in September he still is going to have to handle a fierce pass rush and loud fans and I doubt he will handle either well. The worst thing Jake can do is try to force things because that leads to turns overs and touch downs. The best way to play this game for the Y is to concentrate on the run game and ball possession limiting what Heaps has to do. My prediction is Heaps will be sacked 5 times and throw 3 interceptions... Utah 33 BYU 20.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    Nov. 25, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    A whole month, huh? So until the bowl game?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    Heaps will throw 2 picks, fumble once, complete 13 of 28 passes and lose 10 to 38

    You CAN mark that one down.

    Yes, I was wrong on a couple games this year.

    If Utah loses this game I won't post anything negative about ybu for a month, but rest assured that's not going to happen!