Dick Harmon: Cougs, Utes need great QB play Saturday

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  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Sept. 10, 2011 4:15 p.m.


    I'm not sure if by "most unbiased article" you've ever seen by Harmon, you meant "blue-blood biased, but not as bad as his usual tripe." After all, he opens with this:

    "The setup is like this: BYU is in the heart of the Big 12, where teams are cannibalizing one another, and the Utes are visiting the hallowed Coliseum, where the storied USC Trojans are battling NCAA sanctions as the Utes open an exciting future in the Pac-12."

    But Big 12 teams are NOT cannibalizing each other. Not ONE Big 12 team faced another, and apart from the Missouri @ ASU game late last night, not ONE other Big 12 team even left their stadium. Furthermore, of the 15 games scheduled to date, 53% were vs. mid-majors, and 27% were vs. FCS teams. And NONE were vs. ranked teams.

    On the other hand, the 33% of the Pac-12's opponents were mid-majors, 25% vs. FCS teams, and 4 teams ranked in the last released polls. Additionally, 75% of the Pac-12 institutions will have played an AWAY game by 10pm EDT tonight. And, with Utah @ USC tonight, it seems pretty clear who's "cannibalizing" one another.

    Sept. 10, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    This is one of the strangest toss-ups I've ever seen--at least when it comes to sportswriters. The local writers in Texas are predicting woes for the Longhorns, and the Utah writers are pessimistic about the Cougars' chances. Are they simply trying not to sound biased, or do they really hold these views, because they cannot both be right.

    Here's hoping the Cougars get it together on offense (and I think they will), because if that happens this will be a 'W' for BYU. Most Texas fans see this as a re-building year for the Longhorns.

    Frankly, I'm surprised the Cougars are not more confident. I know we must show them the proper respect, but seriously, we have a very good chance to win this game!

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Sept. 10, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    I hope BYU wins and Utah blows out USC. I only want Utah to win if they lose next week though. Go Cougs!

  • Jeff ls Farr West, 84404
    Sept. 10, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    The Ute defense is capable of holding USC to less than 17. My question is, can Wynn engineer four 80 yard drives? He certainly has not shown it. The IV is really good but USC can defensively shut him down.
    BYU, Hmm. Defense is the most physical I think I have ever seen from them. They will need as least second gear on offense. Heaps is capable of sustained drives. It the O line gives him time and the receivers get open consistantly better then last week I think BYU walks away with a win.

    Utah USC 17 Utah 13 If Wynn gets in trouble early with turnovers and the natives get in a feeding frenzie, it could get ugly.

    BYU BYU 20 Texas 16 Defense again is outstanding and very physical. Texas says BYU could be one of the most physical teams they will see all year.
    Heaps getting better but need to improve a lot. Good O line protection.


  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    All things being even except for (on the USC side) home field---and on the Utah side (much better coaches)--I can't call it for the life of me. Best thing to do is take my medication and get down there to watch. Go Utes and good luck to the Coogs. Not a Saturday for the weak of heart--but you just never know....

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    I think Dick's 21-20 pick in the Utah game is optimistic. I think USC will whomp us good and the final will be closer to 35-14.

    The Cougars have a chance if all the pieces fall into place and the team can avoid miscues and mistakes. But win or lose I think the spread won't be more than 1 touchdown.

    I'm throwing my support to both teams this weekend.. let's make the State of Utah proud with a couple w's today!

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    This could be a tough weekend for me. UW at Hawaii - gotta agree with Harmon's pick. BYU at Texas - well, I think it's a tossup. Texas has a young team and BYU is a very hard-nosed team. I think BYU's O-line will open holes and protect Heaps. BYU's front 7 on defense is really really good. And it is directed by Bronco. Texas will not have fun on offense.

    The question marks are Heaps on offense and the secondary on defense.

    If Heaps is as good as he was at the end of the year, BYU scores a lot. If the secondary can't cover, Texas will score a lot.

    We'll see.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    Good luck to both local teams. I am looking forward to watching two great games on screen-on-screen.

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Sept. 10, 2011 8:54 a.m.

    Unfortunately I have to agree with Dick but I can hope that he is wrong. Both our teams can win and should win if the entire teams show up to play. Only time will tell.

  • daddman54 FARMINGTON, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    This is actually the most unbiased article I've seen out of Mr. Harmon. Hope he's wrong on at least one of his picks but have to admire he's not picking the Cougars to win.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Sept. 10, 2011 6:08 a.m.

    The Key is still going to be stretching the field and opening up the middle. The short yardage passing just doesn't cut it. Doman needs to start developing Jake's mid and long range capabilities. A big part of that is the center...which against Ole Miss looked pretty weak while Jake was in the Shotgun. The timing, accuracy and the sharpness of the snaps have to be there for Jake to connect and they weren't. Jake's got his problems as well...his timing was terrible... his checkoffs were non existant and he wasn't anywhere near his deep recievers. Jake's got to learn to be an actor as well... making the rushing defense earn thier plays. Same with the defensive secondary...there were no pump fakes for them to even have to consider last week....but Jake did provide an easy pick 6 with a telegraphed look at only one receiver. Too much emphasis is being placed on the short outs. Jake needs to develop his attacking the secondary and the safties. Doman needs to start being a little more aggressive...otherwise Heaps isn't going to become a great quarterback. It's not going to happen over night.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Sept. 10, 2011 5:10 a.m.

    Let's shoot for 3-0 vs. that powerful Texas team! Even if they lose, they'll still have a winning record against them. It's impossible for BYU to schedule better than this, so let's all sit back and just enjoy it!

  • SoCalUtahFan Utesville, CA
    Sept. 9, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    Dear Dick,
    ...USC 21, Utah 20: The Trojan defense is capable of making the Utes one-dimensional and if it's the run that's the dimension, the Utes have a chance. But I wouldn't bet on it. Utah's hopes have to be in the fact Kyle Whittingham is a better coach than Lane Kiffin....

    ...Utah 21, USC 18: 30 secs left in the game...Wynn finds Devonte alone in the end zone. TD! PAT good.