Dick Harmon: BYU football: Jake Heaps makes the most of his opportunity after Riley Nelson is sidelined

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  • Noblepromise PROVO, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    For 2011 season, Utah played a tougher schedule than BYU and when BYU played against Utah, it was defeated badly. That is the cold hard facts! PAC-10 teams schedule is tougher than BYU, look at the power rankings. If BYU wants to stay indedepdent and not accept an invitation to the Big East, than please schedule teams that are from BCS conferences instead of teams from Football Championship Subdivision as it dilutes BYU strength of schedule and the possibility of playing in a BCS Bowl. If BYU is trying to emulate Notre Dame than it needs to follow they way they schedule teams. BYU game ticket sales are down from previous years, because of the schedule and it was noticed on ESPN. It will impact recruitment as players want to be seen by NFL scouts playing against teams going to a BCS bowl or from a BCS conference.

  • Levin Hightstown, NJ
    Nov. 14, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    If Houston wins C-USA, they are on track to an auto-bid to a BCS bowl. SMU is in third place after taking Houston out of the mix. (And of course, Armed Forces Bowl isn't locked into third place, it's third choice.) But combine location and history, and I think SMU is BYU's bowl opponent.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Nov. 14, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    Jake did everything he was called on to do. He came into a situtation where the starting quarterback was injured and stepped in to engineer 5 scoring drives. He has a little rust, but it is a challenge to take it from the practice field to the game. The next question is: Will OC Doman be able to put in a game plan that will match the NMS high scoring team.

    And for those who think the Armed Forces Bowl is not going to be a good game, the team that will represent the C-USA will be the third place team in the C-USA. And no matter who that is it will be a pretty good team.

    The top three teams in the conference are:

    #11 Houston 10-0
    #20 Southern Mississippi 9-1
    Tulsa 7-3

    Tulsa's three loses were to #5 Oklahoma, #2 Oklahoma State, and #10 Boise State.

    Playing any of these three teams would be a real challenge and a game worth seeing.

    Facts speak louder than rhetoric.

    "Enjoy the moment, even when it's wrestling in the mud with the pigs"
    --Will Rogers

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    Utah is far more interesting to ponder about than BYU at this point.

    The Nelson injury was easy to predict (which I did immediately after the USU game), although I know we all wish him a quick recovery.

    I think the attention in Provo needs to shift to hoops. The big games for the football season have been played for the Cougars . . . although I would bet a nickel that there's at least one more loss that BYU Football will absorb on the gridiron before we see the end of 2011.

    I would like to see Samuelson and the Board show more leadership in pushing BYU toward a more defined plan of action. Independence has not worked out. Lipstick doesn't help this pig.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    Nov. 14, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    I came to the comments hoping for a discussion of Heaps and his performance on Saturday since I didn't watch it. Sadly, the discussion got derailed before it even left the train yard.


  • ConferenceofChampions Herriman, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 4:46 a.m.

    Cross Country, Really Guys? OK, if it makes you feel better.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 9:37 p.m.

    Everything BYU does is more relevant than Utes, they have 10 times more fans.

  • brcougar Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    You utah fans are a little too full of yourself's after 3 wins vs. bad teams. As recently as 2 years ago utah fans talked smack on the pac10 saying how overrated they were, now winning vs. any pac10 team is now so impressive... hm ok. You are in 4th place in the SOUTH division, which is the far less impressive division this year no doubt. Do you want a freakin cookie? Very very impressive! You may be better than byu this year, although I think if they played again the outcome would be much closer. That's not even the point. Stop acting like anyone nationally gives a crap about you because you're in 8th place. You are middle of the pack at best in a conference that is very top heavy, and after that is not all that impressive, and you didn't even play the best two teams. Also, you guys try to act like you don't care about byu anymore... you're not making it very believable.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    The 2013 home schedule looks a bit more interesting for the Cougs with home games vs. Texas, Georgia Tech and Boise State on the schedule.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    Nov. 13, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    What a sad game. Are our opponents any better next year or do we have to sit through this again. Where I was watching even ESPN cut to a different game.

  • goodDr. sandy, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    Look at me, Look at me... I have a losing record in my conference, but due to the ineptitude of all the other teams in my division, I have a chance to get worked by Oregon.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    "I think most BYU fans prefer to roll up the score on inferior competition and then self appoint themselves champions far too often."

    ConferenceofChampions, you obviously don't know how BYU rolls. They don't run up the score. In fact, they were often passed up in the polls because they didn't while the power house schools did run up the score.

    Anyway, I didn't realize that BYU self-appointed themselves the 1984 National Champions. I always thought it was a consensus National Championship awarded by all the major organizations because all evidence showed that BYU was the best team in the nation, and there was not enough evidence to show otherwise, even to this day.

  • MUSSing with U Baltimore, MD
    Nov. 13, 2011 3:11 p.m.


    Utah was never competitive in the WAC or MWC in the Olympic sports; only a delusional Utah fan would really believe that will ever change in an even stronger conference.

    BYU beat a Top 10 conference opponent to win their conference championship. Who did U beat?

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    Irrelevance? That would be independent teams that make their own schedule."

    Really? Most people would say the opposite is true. How many times in the future will Texas, Notre Dame, Florida State, or Virginia Tech come to Rice-Eccles Stadium? Can Utah even get a 2-for-1 with any of those teams? Or are they too irrelevant?

    Also, note that BYU is ranked higher than the Utes yet again this week. I'm sure you know what that means.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Nov. 13, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    Heaps pass to end the 1st half was perfect. He was getting a little air under the ball and his touch seems to be improving.

    Don't feed the trolls.

  • atlcoug Atlanta, GA
    Nov. 13, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    ConferenceofChampions - I know a lot of BYU fans, and I don't know any of them that would prefer to roll up victories over inferior competition and then appoint themselves champions. The first part of your comments made some sense, that Utah has only been a member five months, and there will be growing pains, but Utah will gradually become more competitive. And so it is with BYU. They have just been independent a few months, and this schedule had to be put together in a hurry. Future schedules will be more difficult. So why did you have to end with such a ridiculously false slam against BYU fans? Why don't you give BYU a break? Both schools have good programs, doing their own thing now, rather than being in the same conference. Both schools have some embarrassing fans. Quit making snide remarks about all or most BYU fans, and maybe the rest of your comments would be more readily acknowledged.

  • ConferenceofChampions Herriman, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    Snack PAC

    I am confident that Utah will make a respectible showing in some of the "olympic" sports initially, and not so well in others, possibly indefinitely. In some of the larger universities markets in the Pac 12, there is quite simply a competitive advantage, history, and larger athletic budget that Utah will have to compete against in these sports. The gap can certainly be narrowed however, over time, and I believe that it will. Why don't you give Utah a break? Utah has only been a memeber of the Pac 12 for 5 months. I certainly don't mind the growing pains. I would rather be invited into the "Conference of Champions" which Utah was, and face difficult competition to improve and become better. I think most BYU fans prefer to roll up the score on inferior competition and then self appoint themselves champions far too often.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 12:28 p.m.


    "comparing BYU's and Colorado's cross country teams, only illustrates your obsession with everything Utah."

    Obsessions-R-Us - I wonder if you even grasp the irony of a Utah homer posting that on a BYU blog.

    It's laughable that Utah trolls whined so much about BYU moving its minor sports to the WCC, when, in reality, Utah's minor sports will obviously be completely irrelevant in the PAC 12.

    BYU's Cross Country team is headed to the NCAA chamionships with conference and regional championships already under their belt. Where will Utah's Cross Country team be?

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2011 12:19 p.m.


    The Pac 12 adopted that title because of championships won in ALL sports, not just football. Pretending that Cross Country championships are "irrelevant" just proves how disconnected Utah fans are to the reality of Utah's new conference.

    Call us when Utah wins its first conference championship in ANY sport in the "conference of champions". Until then, you're nothing but faux champions, living in the shadows of the real champions of the conference.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Nov. 13, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    Hope Nelson heals well, Heaps does well and Lark is ready; he will be next up given just the right hit... it's happened before, it'll happen again. This is a season of irrelevance for BYU really. 1st year independent, had to get a schedule from thin air. I think it's been a really good thing to see Idaho State and the UofI get a shot in Provo given their regional proximity and the density of BYU fans in Idaho, and number of Idaho students at BYU. Hopefully more of the smaller regional teams will get a piece of national attention by playing BSU, BYU in the future.

  • ConferenceofChampions Herriman, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 11:52 a.m.


    The fact that your user ID refers to the PAC-12, along with having to dig up completely irrelevant information comparing BYU's and Colorado's cross country teams, only illustrates your obsession with everything Utah. It is obvious that you are somehow trying to make yourself feel better about the state of your football team, and it's struggle to appear nationally relevant. Let's talk football. How does 7 out of the last 10 and most recently 54-10 on your home field sound? I'm sure you will be back with some completely ambiguous comparison, perhaps comparing Drama Departments at both schools.


  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Nov. 13, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    wow...as if Utah should somehow with some kind of luck even come close to making the championship game...and then as if it stands a chance to even coming close to achieving Stanford's pitiful level of play against the Ducks last night. Ssure dude... that's going to be relavent... as to how far behind the Southern division is to the Northern... but I wouldn't go so far as to envoke any national relavency. Even mice that roar are still overpowered by the greatness of silence in the outer edges of the darkest shadows...which is where Utah is playing...relatively speaking!

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    Irrelevance? That would be independent teams that make their own schedule.

    As opposed to dependent teams that play weekly on KJZZ?

    Here's a clue: beating up on the dregs of any conference doesn't make you relevant.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    @Lifelong Ute

    Is there some "nationally relevant" reason that you're spamming the blog of a non-AQ, independent?

    The harder our friends on the hill try to pretend that BYU is irrelevant, the sillier they look.

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:34 a.m.


    Dick doesn't need to imply anything. EVERYTHING BYU does is big to the kids on the hill. The fact that you're here commenting about it proves that beyond any reasonable doubt.

    btw, the WCC champion BYU men's cross country team just beat the PAC 12 champion Colorado men's cross country team to win the 2011 NCAA Mountain Region Cross Country Championship.

    now, tell us about your championships in the so-called "conference of champions" little brother...


  • Christy B Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    Lifelong Ute

    In nationally irrelevant news, starved for attention jealous Utah fans spam another BYU blog with meaningless blabber.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    Lifelong Ute and Silent Lurker

    Thanks for visiting; as always, little brothers comparing themselves to their big brother.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    Listening to Heaps post game interview reminds me why Nelson is refreshing. The kid just needs to condense his answers to to each question to under 20 seconds not the standard 2 minutes.

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    "In national relevant news utah is one game back from title game."

    lol, Only in the crimson-colored world of Utedom would a team with a losing conference record in mid November be considered "nationally relevant".

    On the other hand, in regionally irrelevant news, Utah is one game from being tied for 10th in the PAC 12.

    Ore 7-0
    Stan 7-1
    USC 5-2
    ASU 4-3
    Wash 4-3
    UCLA 4-3
    Cal 3-4
    Utah 3-4
    WSU 2-5
    OSU 2-5
    Col 1-6
    Ariz 1-7

    With WSU (37-27) beating ASU, a team that destroyed Utah at home (14-35) and Colorado pummeling Arizona (48-29) worse than Utah did (34-21), Utah's once cupcake schedule to end the season may not be so cupcake afterall.

  • Cougars - Wise Older Brothers Anaheim, CA
    Nov. 13, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    Lifelong Ute

    Thanks for stopping by little brother, although fighting to stay out of the PAC 12 basement isn't all that relevant locally, let alone nationally.

  • ConferenceofChampions Herriman, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    "Changing QBs at BYU is a big deal, whether by performance or injury."

    Why is that Dick? Do you think this event will make any headline, outside of the state of Utah?

    You seem to be implying, for some reason, that a QB change at BYU against an absolutely rediculous schedule, with nothing to play for is somehow relevant.

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    @brcougar So you are saying that the 8th place team in the PAC12 is better than your cougars? Remember that 54-10 thrashing at home by that same 8th place team?

  • Pac12Proud SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 7:42 a.m.

    Irrelevance? That would be independent teams that make their own schedule.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Nov. 13, 2011 6:32 a.m.

    First comments on all BYU articles - from Ute trolls. Big brothers usually don't care much about what the little brothers are doing. Very telling.

  • brcougar Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 1:00 a.m.

    Yeah ucla and arizona st. would have to lose their last 2 games and utah would have to win their last 2, not gonna happen. Sorry, 8th place pac12 teams aren't all that relevant.

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Nov. 13, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    "Suddenly, BYU's season got a little more interesting in November."

    Possibly true, if your job requires you to watch and write about these post season scrimmages.

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    In national relevant news utah is one game back from title game. Oregon utah for first pac12 title and rose bowl!