BYU football: Cougars preparing full speed for Sooners

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  • Sevenmm
    Aug. 14, 2009 12:30 a.m.

    I'm as fervent an OU fan as exits; BYU did beat us once; that was then, this is now. OU has one of its best teams of all time for OU, this is not going to be an upset, though not a pushover either, BYU, will be tough, we like that.
    the boise game was against an avg OU team, Utah beat ALA after their emotional loss in the big SEC game.
    This one is almost a home game for OU and many of its players; BYU will show up and play strong and lose by 3 to 7 tds most likely 3 or 4 as it will not be an easy game for OU unless OU jumps em early, then no limit.
    When OU has time to focus on a team (but for the BCS games admittedly) we usually beat them very badly and for the idiot who said OUs offense is weak, he will get tired of seeing our guys in their end zone with the ball in their hands; oh and the scoreboard......last yr OU had the highest scoring team in NCAA history.....7 starters back on offense.........duhhh

  • Just show up
    Aug. 13, 2009 11:49 p.m.

    As long as BYU doesn't get embarrased, this will be a great game.

  • Neutral Field?
    Aug. 13, 2009 11:05 p.m.

    Dallas is about 2 or 3 hours from Norman. That is like a quick road trip for Sooner fans to fill that stadium. OU 45 BYU 17.

  • Silence
    Aug. 13, 2009 6:57 a.m.

    First, I doubt that OU Fan is really an OU fan. I suspect he is Cougar in Sooner clothing. I agree with "Hit First, Hit Hard," the key to a BYU victory is to hit first and hit hard. That is exactly what Florida did to them and OU played like little girls the rest of the game. BYU can definitely win this game.

  • Odds
    Aug. 12, 2009 11:31 p.m.

    Vegas has Oklahoma by 21.5

    Fans on faniq

    15% like BYU
    85% like Oklahoma

    Bronco is dull and just doesn't light the fire of intensity that produces champions.

    Oklahoma is very tired of the "Choklahoma" stigma.

    My guess- Oklahoma 55 BYU 21

  • reality check in Provo, please
    Aug. 12, 2009 9:17 p.m.

    re: RR | 4:45 p.m. Aug. 12, 2009

    //Love how no one is mentioning OU's new offensive line.//

    OU just reloads. What about BYU's inexperienced OL? How well did their experienced do when it one counted last yr?

    //Samford will get sacked a few times.//

    You mean Sam Bradford?

    //BYU is good at getting pressure at the QB.//

    Enough Max Hall dishing out ice cream after team scrimmages.

  • twisted yootie
    Aug. 12, 2009 9:11 p.m.

    re: OHIOBYUFan | 8:31 a.m. Aug. 11, 2009

    //I think BYU can win.//

    I know BYU maybe in it for a qusarter

    //Especially if our defense steps up to the challenge since OU offense is weak//

    The team with the player that should've won the Heisman and probably will this year. The team with a RB corps that the Zoobs can only dream about.

    BYU's defense? The same one that handed AZ the LV Bowl and has NEVER stopped let alone contained a fast athletic team?

  • Eric Moutsos
    Aug. 12, 2009 7:36 p.m.

    Eric Moutsos said: OK should be very afraid. A team with nothing to lose is a dangerous team. :)

  • RR
    Aug. 12, 2009 4:45 p.m.

    Love how no one is mentioning OU's new offensive line. Samford will get sacked a few times. BYU is good at getting pressure at the QB.

  • Cosmoisillegitimate
    Aug. 12, 2009 12:52 p.m.

    BYU 2

    OK 77

  • Overlooking
    Aug. 12, 2009 12:19 p.m.

    One thing the cougars probably won't have that the Utes had is Nick Sabanesque arrogance. It's great the Utes earned some respect for the conference, but I fear that means the element of surprise is gone.

  • Miami Dolphins Fan
    Aug. 12, 2009 11:37 a.m.

    Like Nick Saban, Stoops only melts down in big games at the end of the season.

  • casual fan
    Aug. 12, 2009 9:38 a.m.

    BYU will lose to OU because BYU has too many students on their team.

  • Max Hall will be MVP of the game
    Aug. 12, 2009 9:07 a.m.

    Max Hall will be MVP of the game. He will be OK MVP like he was for Utah last year.

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 12, 2009 7:44 a.m.

    In that venue, against that team, wide-eyed, lambs to the slaughter.

  • WHAT?
    Aug. 11, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    Someone posted a comment that BYU would be the toughest game OU plays all season? WHAT?

    BYU is a solid team BUT they will rank somewhere above Idaho State, maybe Tulsa and Baylor... the other 9 on the schedule will be more difficult than BYU!

    I'm not saying BYU can't win, anyone can beat anyone, but lets not make more of this game than what it is... a pre-season, non-conference game for both teams!!!

    The real novelty is the stadium in which they'll play.

  • OU 56 BYU 35
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:57 p.m.

    Max Hall does relatively well throwing for slightly over 300 yards and gets some high praise from the big time announcers. Dennis Pitta shows his stuff but bottom line the Sooners are too fast and too good. Their defense gives up some chunks but OU's offense led by Sam Bradford overwhelms the Y for a comfortable win.

  • another soonerfan
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:41 p.m.

    As a "true sooner fan" I just want to say that the OU football program respects BYU and all of their opponents and that 99% of the OU fans do also.Don't judge the sooner nation just because a few loud mouths like to boast.Believe me, this is a great match up for both teams to start the season off with. I wish more teams played a tougher schedule.I think it makes the teams or lose.Kudos to both programs for scheduling the game.

  • byu fans hope to stop ou's o"
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:19 p.m.

    come on, ou was the highest scoreing offense in the hestory of football last year, yes they lost a few players but they have alot of skilled players returning, and then there D only lost two starters, look at what they did to texas tech, not to mention in the first five games they took out five QB's for atleast series, same D line returning, same LB'ers retuning, i think byu is replaceing four o linemen?
    if thats the case then i wish max the best of luck coming out unscafed,

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:10 p.m.

    I will tell you BYU fans this..OU will be fine w/their O-Line and the WR's. They will be ready. OU's O-coordinator stated that OU must be ready to play because BYU is coming to town, No room for error. OU has been practing with a sence of urgency as well. So long as OU runs the ball well, they will be fine. I kknow BYU will not be scared. OU will be ready.

  • RE Cougar
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:12 p.m.

    "BYU 28 OU 24"

    With 7 returning starters on D you better hope the other 4 are NFL prospects otherwise D will get rolled just like it did last year againt UNLV, CSU, UofA, and Washington!

  • Live across the green
    Aug. 11, 2009 7:21 p.m.

    I'm Utah red through and through but I was pulling hard for the Cougars in their bowl game and was very angry at their lame effort. If BYU goes out and loses by 35 it will completely negate the Utes effort in the Sugar Bowl just like Hawaii's bowl humiliation destroyed the work Utah and Boise State had done. Come on Cougars, pull your weight and quit living off the work of the team up north.

  • Run ball every time
    Aug. 11, 2009 7:14 p.m.


  • Cougar
    Aug. 11, 2009 6:11 p.m.

    BYU 28
    ou 24

  • John
    Aug. 11, 2009 5:09 p.m.

    All i can say is this and i promise i will never say it again.... I promise is this.....GO SOONERS!!!!

  • Jann
    Aug. 11, 2009 4:55 p.m.

    I was born and raised in Nebraska so I should be a died in the wool cornhusker fan; Im not because I am a die hard utah fan.OU usually beat the crap out of nebraska many times and nebraska won a few times. OU is nothing to reckon with and they are a power house. If byu can get it togther it would be cool if the cougs won. I think it would be funny if OU got sent packing home to Norman. Good luck cougs and go U of U.

  • The eye patch? what
    Aug. 11, 2009 4:44 p.m.

    What are you talking about? Explain what you mean by "I get tired of these college minor league's for the NFL schools that without a football program would be a community college or junior college"? Be specific... which schools are you talking about?

  • Captain Jonathan Beauregard III
    Aug. 11, 2009 4:43 p.m.

    BYU 3
    OK 56

  • Ernest T's Gass
    Aug. 11, 2009 4:39 p.m.

    The reason we see so much about theOu-Byu game in Utah is because we really can't get excited for the powerhouse the Fr(Utes) get to play in their opener.

  • Chadders
    Aug. 11, 2009 4:20 p.m.

    I really expect the Y to win. Maybe I'm fanish but I think the BcS teams are overrated. BYU has a great chance to show everyone we are a real football school and we have held up the conference more than anyone else wants to admit. I would love nothing else than for us to go undefeated and TCU, OU and FSU to only have 1 loss the U with 2 and BYU get left out of the National Championship. That would really put the pressure on the NCAA to cut the B(c)S and have a playoff already. It would be fitting since most people think it is because of BYU that it was started, that we would end it.

    The only positive from the BcS is I HAVE to root for everyone in the conference. I even have to hope Alex Smith stops being a bust and finally comes through. I wish the U could have played for the NC and in the old system they probably would have won it, oh well. The quest to destroy the monopoly continues. Let's all bring down the BcS already!!!

  • nelscomm
    Aug. 11, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    Gee, if Boise State can beat the Sooners, the Cougs ought to be able to poke out their spokes, don't ya think?

  • Dave
    Aug. 11, 2009 3:53 p.m.

    I'm a die hard Ute and graduate but I truly hope the Zoobs can put up a good showing and maybe give themselves a shot at pulling this out by staying close into the 4th qtr.

    It's the first game of the year and anything is possible especially with the experience you guys have on offense.

    Just don't embarass yourselves and the rest of the league.

  • RE: Hard work | 1:54 p.m.
    Aug. 11, 2009 3:38 p.m.

    And yet, all the talent in the world WITHOUT hard work and discipline is absolutely useless... and don't sell BYU's talent short before you've actually seen it at work. Maybe it'll be good enough and maybe it won't, but let's take a look first, shall we?

    As you doubtless know from your expertise in football, the team that gets to play its own game generally wins. That might well be Oklahoma--the odds and smart money, as it were, are certainly on that. But don't count out a surprise from BYU. It's happened before. (Next post--a Ute troll will say that it would truly be surprising if BYU actually pulled it off.) :)

    We'll see what happens on the field, one way or the other!

  • Football Season is coming!!!
    Aug. 11, 2009 3:37 p.m.

    I'm just ready for some football. Both teams come into the first game of a season undefeated. Anything can happen from there. Neither team is going to just lie down. Teams have to will their way to every victory against programs like BYU or Oklahoma. These programs win most every game they play. But someone has to lose.

    I just can't wait until the pigskin flies; hopefully it bounces my team's way all day long. But talk aside, and win or lose, its going to be great to see two great college football programs back in action, playing the story out on the field where it belongs and where it matters. And this one has the makings of a great story:

    Oklahoma is a great team and may even be the very best team this year, but they haven't beaten anyone just yet. If BYU gets its way, BYU may prove to be the best team Oklahoma faces all year. September 5th will be the start of a great season for each team, because both are great teams regardless. For the winner the season will just be that much better. Go Cougars!

  • THEeyepatch
    Aug. 11, 2009 3:22 p.m.

    I'm not a BYU fan. Not even if they were the only team from UTAH to make a Bowl game. I wouldn't watch it or care if they won or not, but I get tired of these college minor league's for the NFL schools that without a football program would be a community college or junior college. Most of these kind of schools players don't belong in college and only because they can run a 4.2 are recruited. I know at BYU, student athletes get a proper education and moral foundation. OU talked a big game last year and I don't remember watching them win a National Championship. If BYU wins that's great, it they lose, well, that great too.

  • Dog To Re: Dog
    Aug. 11, 2009 3:17 p.m.

    Funny how easy words just slipped by you. I was referencing the obvious Utah vs. BYU speed and athleticism, but you just didn't see that. Sorry for your obvious mental impairment. No question Alabama was and is very talented. Also: "deceptively talented and speedy Utah"--another hard one for you to get--sneaked up on Alabama. That means Alabama was surprised!

    For your information and read this carefully maybe three or four times so you can retain just a little:

    Both Utah and Alabama had 4 draft choices in last year's draft, to help you that means "deceptively talented Utah." Utah had three skilled guys Sean Smith-CB 4.5 40, Brice McCain CB 4.28 40 and Freddie Brown who only caught 12 passes against the, to you, so much more talented Alabama team. Paul Kruger was the other pick at DE, another quick big guy 5.0 40.

    Alabama had two behemoth linemen taken and two skilled guys one back 4.58 40 and one safety at 4.53. Obviously a talented crew.

    So to review for your cloudy brain; the reference was Utah vs. BYU and deceptively means: weren't looking for it.

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 11, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    This ought to be a good game.

    Go Cougars!

  • Preparing?
    Aug. 11, 2009 3:08 p.m.

    For what? For giving up 70 points?

  • CBT
    Aug. 11, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    I have been to games in Norman back in the dark days (Schnellenberger and Blake). Yeah, they have talent. But talent alone does not win it for you. Last time I checked, BYU wiped the filed with the Sooners the only time the teams met. Who had the better 'talent'? Yeah, it is 2009, and OU is really, really good. But they are also beatable. Every team is. And the Sooners looking past BYU is exactly what I want to hear. All I know is that TCU went in Norman a few years ago and won. And no one gave them a chance. And this BYU team is better than that TCU team was.

  • What if?
    Aug. 11, 2009 2:55 p.m.

    If BYU could borrow Utah's defense for the OU game then they would actually have a chance. That is as long as Maxi pad doesn't through to the crimson.

  • OU 47 BYU 14
    Aug. 11, 2009 2:49 p.m.

    OU is going to pound the kewgs. It will be over by halftime and BYU will embarass themselves on national TV AGAIN. OU is returning one of the top QB's in the nation and a great O-line. BYU defense is so slow it probably could not slow down Bingham High School. I forsee a 2008 TCU - BYU game like outcome. Kewgs will score their only points in the 4th qtr against OU backups. How is BYU's matador, stuck in the mud defense going to fare against the team that basically led the country last year in offense and returns the Heisman winning QB?

  • Utah Fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 2:42 p.m.

    Don't be a hater because I am a Ute fan, but seriously, you guys are going to have some major trouble with OU. "IF" you make one mistake you will lose? name one game where any team hasn't made a mistake. BYU needs to get themselves a respectable testimony about winning. Much respect to you cougs this year though, see you in Nov.

  • Cougs
    Aug. 11, 2009 2:39 p.m.

    This game is going to be our Alabama. We are going to sock them so hard in the face early on that they won't ever be able to recover.

    BYU will dominate this game mark my words.

  • Huge Implications
    Aug. 11, 2009 2:36 p.m.

    As a Ute fan, I hope all Cougar players and fans realize the implications of this game. Win or loose if it is respectable, (within7) BYU can still have hopes of a BCS bid, as well as set up TCU and Utah for the same if one of the three runs the table or finishes with one loss. SO please BYU for once, step up and play a big game against a non conference opponent. Good Luck. GO UTES!!!!!!!!!

  • RE: Pathetic
    Aug. 11, 2009 2:26 p.m.

    too long...didn't read

  • Herb Gravy
    Aug. 11, 2009 2:25 p.m.

    "Psych" - Thanks you so much for your incisive analysis. I'm sure we all feel better now and will elevate our performances as a result of you wisdom.

  • Fact is
    Aug. 11, 2009 2:22 p.m.

    Lamb before the Slaughter. BYU is dead meat!!! This is going to be hard to watch. Hopefully the team will be able to rebound.

  • YtxPat
    Aug. 11, 2009 2:21 p.m.

    I believe last time we played OU, we beat them handily. It might not be so easy this time, but it can be done. I will be in Arlington, just like I was in Provo when we beat Miami. We have done it before, we can do it again.

    OU is fast, but like in the Cotton Bowl, Kansas was supposed to be faster. Our defense will step up and shut them down like we did in the Copper Bowl and our offense will shine. Mckay will have loads of fans and will turn a bomb into a touch down.

    It will be great to see Hall outshine Bradford like Detmer did Erickson?

    Do we live in the past? No, we remember it and learn from it.

    Keep the turnovers in the positive for BYU and this is a winnable game

    We did it before, we can do it again.

  • BYU will win
    Aug. 11, 2009 2:20 p.m.

    Hey OU fan - All Time Records, head to head:

    BYU = 1 OU = zip

    just so you know.

  • Barry Switzer
    Aug. 11, 2009 2:19 p.m.

    The head coach of OU in years past complained about the BYU players being about 3 years older,and it was a maturity advantage. I think he has a point,when I was 21 and in Vietnam I was a bit more mature than guys 18 in my squad,they might shoot first and ask questions later. "Rifles up"

  • BYUtah fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 2:18 p.m.

    Folks, these games are played on the field not on comment boards. We are way too early in the season for anyone to predict how good a team is going to be. No one predicted that Utah would finish at no 2 with a ligitmate case for No 1. No one thought BYU would fold late in the season after a 56-0 tromping of UCLA.

    OU looks good on paper. They have experience and talent. BYU has a Senior quarterback and an experienced offense. If BYU's defense can improve over last year this could be a terrific game.

    Footballs are funny things. They are oddly shaped and bounce in strange ways. A funny bounce or timely break can change the course of a game. Football is way too chaotic for easy predictions.

    I love the fact that BYU opens against a nationally ranked oppoent. OU is exactly the kind of team we need to play year end and year out. There is no better way to see the progress of the program.

    So, let's put away our big mouths, show some respect for our opponents and appreciate some college football.

  • UNLV
    Aug. 11, 2009 1:57 p.m.

    When is the last time that BYU won a big game that could really help the program?

    Ernest T. Bass, your comments are not even funny.

    BYU is going into the game with a huge opportunity to quiet the mouths of the UTE fans on here. Problem is, I don't see any confidence in your quarterback's talk. Sorry this game is over before it starts.

  • The Present
    Aug. 11, 2009 1:56 p.m.

    All this prediction of the future is useless chatter. No one knows what's going to happen.

    After taking all the crap BYU did last year for opening their season against a lower-level team, I'm glad they are taking on a tough team this year.

    And anyone who follows college football knows teams from the MWC have a history of surprising big teams--it happens every year. Not every time, but it happens enough to keep the big teams honest.

    One thing is for sure, this game will be worth watching. Go Cougars!

  • Hard work
    Aug. 11, 2009 1:54 p.m.

    A number of you have commented that the Cougars intensity, desire and hard work will fuel an upset. I hate to break it to you but hard work cannot begin to compensate for the talent disparity that there will be on the field that day. I know the there are quality men on the BYU team and they have been schooled that effort will win out in the end but this is a myth. It's sort of like the old joke, "How does a BYU grad make a million dollars," answer, "Work a million hours." Sorry, but the work ethic just isn't enough.

  • Sheesh!
    Aug. 11, 2009 1:49 p.m.

    For the posters questioning why BYU would schedule Oklahoma: Oh, come on. Stop cringing in your little corners and act like grownups. This is football, for crying out loud!

    Of course BYU wants to play the best if they're claiming to be among the best. You find out just how good you are that way. If you lose, especially big, you know you've got work to do. And if you win, you know you're doing something right.

    There's no shame in playing the best in college football, even if you lose. The REAL shame is losing to the teams you know you ought to beat if you were playing better. (As in several BYU games against ranked and unranked opponents alike during the Crowton years--and fine, maybe even all three losses last year, but certainly Arizona.)

    So enough chatter about how good we are (and aren't, from the trolls and fair weather fans). Let's play the darn games and find out.

    BTW: You UT and OU fans are absolutely classy compared to the smackers from Utah/BYU. Sure wish the fans in Utah would grow up someday.

  • Hmmm...
    Aug. 11, 2009 1:46 p.m.

    Homework for the Oklahoma and Texas fans posting: Go check and see what your schools' all-time record against BYU is. Then report back. Thanks.

  • BYU fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 1:44 p.m.

    I think it is hilarious that at this time of year armchair quarterbacks come out of the wood works and start making predictions. This game will be won or lost on the field. No matter what either teams fans say, the scoreboard will be the ultimate decider... period. It is fun to have playful banter on these blogs, but in reality it never changes the outcome of the game. I am really looking forward for the chance BYU has to play Oklahoma. That is all i'm going to say. And to all of you Utah fans that constantly check BYU blogs and articles, you had a great season last year and in 2004. Quit preaching to BYU fans for remembering 1984. We all need to live in the present and see what this season brings... PERIOD!!!

  • Sugar Bowl
    Aug. 11, 2009 1:28 p.m.

    I seem to recall a lot of "experts" last season saying Utah shouldn't even be on the same field as Alabama. On paper, OU should easily handle BYU. The game is played on the field for a reason. Until the game clock hits zero, BYU still has a chance! Go BYU!

  • staypuffinpc
    Aug. 11, 2009 1:04 p.m.

    re: OU Fan
    Didn't the mighty Bobby Fischer disappear for years at a time?

  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T
    Aug. 11, 2009 12:55 p.m.

    As one of the OU faithful I'd like to apologize to BYU fans for some of the ridiculous remarks from other "supposed" OU fans. IMHO, it is an honor to be playing a school with such a prestigious history in college football as BYU. My guess is, the academic requiremeents of BYU prevent many top athletes off campus. That doesn't take away from the prestige of the school and football program in my mind.

    Some BYU fans seem to be questioning the school's sanity scheduling such a powerful opponent. My feeling is, the BYU coaches/officials obviously want to compete at the top level and know the only way to becomes the best is to play the best!

    Lastly, I'm a bit surpised to see so many longhorn followers posting smack here. But then, that's the way they roll.

  • A rose colored view?
    Aug. 11, 2009 12:50 p.m.

    Lets see, TCU crushed the y and OU was on cruise control against TCU last year. Interesting.

    Now you have the Heisman winner from last year that was embarassed in the title game coming out with a huge chip on his shoulder. A team that averaged 51 points last year playing against the most grossly over-rated team from last year.

    Well, as a cougar fan if you don't fear this game, maybe you're the type of special individual that would climb over the lion's fence at the zoo saying here kitty kitty.

    The only ones to be surprised by the Dallas thrashing will be the blue cougar fans still dreaming about 1984.

    The Dallas game will a good tune up for OU, nothing more. Look on the bright side, at least it wont be as brutal as when Texas travels to Wyoming.

  • Only1OU
    Aug. 11, 2009 12:38 p.m.

    For all of you BYU fans that think OU isn't even thinking about BYU and that there are no stories at OU about the BYU game you could never be more wrong. I found this article through the OU site. I read another article before this one about what BYU is doing in their practices that had nothing to do or even mentioned OU in the article but was posted on the OU site. Trust me OU will definitely be prepared for this game!

    Aug. 11, 2009 12:32 p.m.

    This could be a really intense game if BYU plays with the right mindset. One of my favorite games ever was the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. There was a tangible intensity about the game. Both teams played with a big chip on their shoulder. OU because they were "stuck" playing Boise, and Boise because they knew they weren't respected coming into the game.

    If BYU plays aggressive and hits hard that's the best chance we've got. If we come out expecting to loose we will. If we play our tails off and loose than so be it. I would rather that we loose biting and scratching for 4 quarters than to just curl up in the fetal position and die.


  • Dr. Bob
    Aug. 11, 2009 12:25 p.m.

    Last year before the sugar bowl, no rational college football follower believed, with good reason, that Utah would beat Alabama. Now before I get stoned by Utah fans, many rational people believed that Utah could win.

    BYU also has a similar chance this year. BYU can win. They probably won't but they can. If 1) Oklahoma underestimates BYU, like Alabama underestimated Utah, 2) If Oklahoma isn't motivated, like Alabama wasn't motivated last year, 3) If BYU comes out of the blocks strong and accumulates a couple touchdown lead early, like Utah did last year,

    Then BYU has a very good chance of pulling off the upset. Is it probable? Absolutely not. Oklahoma is significantly more motivated than Alabama was and is less likely to be caught of guard in light of Utah's fabulus performance against Alabama.

    Is it possible? Definately. Max Hall is capable of lighting up almost any defence and with a wealth of talent and experience in the skills positions surrounding him, the offence will be difficult to stop. BYU's defence has the potential to slow down the Sooners. Critics say their slow, but the 2006&2007 teams were slower, yet very effective.

  • BYU Cougars
    Aug. 11, 2009 12:24 p.m.

    I've actually seen it. BYU is clearly on the schedule but no OU fans are talking about it. They're probably talking as much about us as we talked about playing Northern Iowa to start the season last year.

    BYU needs to GET UP for this game, big time. I am assuming that's what they mean in the way they write the article. It wouldn't surprise me if OU looks at this game the same way we look at playing UNLV. We say we need to focus but we know if we go out there and play we'll win. BYU needs to come out swinging and set the tone for the game. If both teams play hard and mistake free, OU wins the game. But, if both teams play hard and OU makes mistakes, while BYU plays mistake free, BYU can win this game. Here's to hoping.

  • Hookem
    Aug. 11, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    As a Longhorn I hate OU, but you have to respect the damage they can do. The Sooners are not going to have an off day after the thumping they received from Florida. They will be a serious force to reckoned with. I give USU a much better chance against the U than the Y has against OU.

    The real excitement in college football this year will be to see what happens in the title race between McCoy Bradford and Tebow. It will be explosive. The BYU v OU game will just be a small side note.

    As for the best quarterback in the nation comments, my money is on Colt. No other player has meant more to his team since . . . oh yeah Vince Young in the Rose Bowl. Here's to a #5 championship season.


  • A different view
    Aug. 11, 2009 12:14 p.m.

    First. There is no longhorn, nor has there ever been a longhorn fan who would wish anything for Oklahoma other than to have them whipped and whipped bad. Hook-em Horns Baby! So, weewilly and Utefan, try to write something with your own name, at least we know to skip over the stupidity.

    Second. Last time BYU played the all powerful OZ, oops, I mean OU, they were sent out of Tucson with their tails between their much for the 'mighty OU football program'.

    Last. Miami was ranked #1 preseason. Texas was top 10. A&M was top 20 before falling out of the polls. And they all lost. UDUB was ranked end of season #2 and pre-season top 5 and left Provo bruised, battered and embarrassed. USC was behind at half. But they, unlike the above 4, actually pulled it out at the end. Why would any intelligent sports fan think the BYU team would be shy or worried to play BIG 12, SEC, ACC, PAC10 or any other 'has been' conference? The worst loss BYU has had in 3 years was from TCU first and the U second.

    Bring it Sooners!

  • Last year
    Aug. 11, 2009 12:09 p.m.

    Last year Texas won against OU 45-35... Texas went on to win against Ohio State 24-21 in the Fiesta Bowl. That was a close game and Ohio State only lost because they made a lot of mistakes at the end of the game. Ohio state is a team that had close games last year with teams like Ohio (26-14), Minnesota (34-21), Wisconsin (20-17), Illinois (30-20)and a big lost to USC (35-3). Now, Ohio State was good... but to have a close games with some of the teams I just mentioned and then come into the Fiesta Bowl and almost win against Big 12 power house texas longhorns. Point is, you don't know what to expect. Big 12 looks very good when playing eachother, but they do not look as impressive when matched against other conferences. BYU needs to avoid the touch down shoot out type of game that OU and Oklahoma state had last year. They don't want to try to out-do Sam Bradford. The goal should be to slow OU down... same as Ohio State's Defense slowed Texas down.

  • UGLY
    Aug. 11, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    The OU game is going to be - in a word - UGLY for the Y. I'm fearful of a 28+ blowout and humiliation on national TV. Why did BYU even schedule this game???

  • CougarBlue
    Aug. 11, 2009 11:47 a.m.

    "I admire the BYU fan's courage and desire to win, but frankly, there's no chance for them to win. Especially this year, our team and fans have a winning tradition and attitude that can't be overcome by the competition, especially the likes of a Mountain West Conference team like BYU. You MWC fans think you're intense, well, it's nothing like, not even in the ballpark like OU's intensity. Just read part of OU's fight song:

    I'm a Sooner born
    And a Sooner bred,
    And when I die
    I'll be Sooner dead.

    Rah, Oklahoma! Rah, Oklahoma!
    Rah, Oklahoma! O-K-U!

    Now that's intense!"

    I'll bet you told the same thing to Boise St. a few years back. First, it takes more than a fight song to win games. Seond, no team is invisible, and thinking you are makes you more vulnerable.

    Go Cougars!

  • Brian Scott
    Aug. 11, 2009 11:45 a.m.

    I am a Mormon and a Texan, born and raised. UT is my team. My home Temple is Lubbock and I can cheer for Tech when I want to. OU is just the devil. They have what it takes to be National Champ. BYU fans, I am sorry, but unless you flat out mow OU down, stomp on them, chew them up and spit them out again and then continue to beat the tar out of them with your second string, your hopes of a National Championship are going to be blown on opening day.

    I love the Church. I want my son to go to BYU when he returns from his mission. He is not a football player. If he were, I'd do my best to steer him to Texas and I'd flat disown him if he went to OU. BYU is a great school and I am proud of it, but not its football team.

  • Mr. Bass
    Aug. 11, 2009 11:41 a.m.

    Trolling on a BYU article. Anti-LDS garbage. Anti-BYU garbage. Never shying away from half-truths and innuendo.

    Really, go find something better to do.

    BYU may well lose this game, but leave your emotional baggage and obvious bitterness at the door.

  • @ OU Fan Back...
    Aug. 11, 2009 11:33 a.m.

    "Again, no offense given, just the facts." No, by your own admission these are not facts they are predictions. And I thought you said you had better things to do than sit around a troll a comment board for a paper that helps represent an "inferior" team than yours.

    Sounds to me that your mother's basement is getting a little boring so you thought you would go try to tick off a lot of other people.

  • Lone Peak Larry
    Aug. 11, 2009 11:28 a.m.

    Bronco and Bobby A. aren't smart enough to come up with a game plan that will work against OU. Nice guys, good motivators, great sculptors of young men's characters but football minds? Nope, nope and nope again.

  • Ryno
    Aug. 11, 2009 11:28 a.m.

    A month to prepare for a Big Game in a Big Stadium as the featured game in College Football? We don't know how BYU will do in that scenario but at least we know OU doesn't show up for those. What is their BCS record again?

  • OU Fan?
    Aug. 11, 2009 11:16 a.m.

    Sooner born? Most of your players are from Texas.

  • How soon we forget
    Aug. 11, 2009 11:15 a.m.

    ALL I know is I watched OU take apart TCU last year like they were a junior high team--and then TCU came back and took apart BYU like they were a co-ed team. Anyone with an average intellect would know what the outcome of this game is going to be--total disaster. Until Coach Mendenhall disciplines these players for thier turnovers and penalties and instills within them a win metality, your not going to see any changes in this team!!!!!

  • Ben White
    Aug. 11, 2009 11:14 a.m.

    I agree with Andrew. Remember, "great moments are born from great opportunities." That is what BYU has. You just never know what will happen. If BYU played them 10 times, OU would probably win 9. You just never know.

  • To Ernest T. Bass 10:07
    Aug. 11, 2009 11:14 a.m.

    don't be stupid, let me explain. A #24 MWC team playing a #3 Big 12 team = BIG STORY. A #3 Big 12 team playing a #24 MWC team = no story.

  • 1-0
    Aug. 11, 2009 11:10 a.m.

    All I know is that BYU owns a 1-0 record over Oklahoma. If it is so IMPOSSIBLE for a lowly team like BYU to beat a might power from the Big 12 like Oklahoma, then how did the cougars do it before?

  • Watch Out!!!!!!!!
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:58 a.m.

    Do I think BYU can win, yeah!!!! Do I think BYU will win, I am not sure. I think it depends on alot of factors. What team in going to show up? Is it the team from the last 2 games of last season. If it is then BYU will lose, if it is the team that played UCLA maybe. The last time BYU played OK we won in a bowl game. BYU has played some big time teams and won. Like Miami, OK, ND, UCLA. But they have also played hillbilly teams and got the snot kicked out of them.
    So I still say what team is going to show up? The team from the last 2 games of the season, or the team that knows they have a fighting shot at beating OK!!!!!!!

  • Re: Ernest T. Bass
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:57 a.m.

    It is because Oklahoma is underestimating BYU, which from what I have seen in football (or any sport for that matter) is not a good thing!

  • Pathetic
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:57 a.m.

    The game has not been played yet. Trash talking and Predictions are for idiots. Not even those who get paid to predict the outcome of games have a clue half of the time. Close your mouths and your tiny little brains until the game has been played. Spend your time doing something worthwhile.

  • Harry
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:54 a.m.

    This is a match-up of two teams that choke in big games. Since this is only a big game for BYU, OU should win easily.

  • Lesson #1
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:54 a.m.

    I have followed BYU football for 30 years and one thing I know is never count BYU out. Yes OU is good and will be favored and probably will win the game, but you never know and thats why they play the game. BYU is 1-0 against OU. It should be fun to watch.

  • Ute & Y Fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:50 a.m.

    All the "you don't have a chance, BYU" talk seems very much like what we all heard before the Utes crushed Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last year. On a neutral field, a well prepared BYU absolutely have a real chance of beating OU. Boise did. Utah probably would have last year. Bronco has to have a stellar game plan and execution on the field has to be 99% perfect. Just go do it

  • Hit First, Hit Hard
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:48 a.m.

    OU is nothing to be scared of. They are strong and talented and a good program, but is BYU and most other D1 programs.
    The key is to go to Dallas confident and with the mindset of smacking them in the mouth first and smaking them hard. So what if OU gets mad, so what if they don't like it, bring it on. They are no stronger than the BYU players. Most of them came from the same recruiting pool and they generally train the same way. For the most part, there is not a huge difference in a D1 College player, maybe speed, maybe technique, but most of it is hunger and aggressiveness.
    So, go for it BYU. Take it to them. Hit them first, hit them hard, and hit them often. Maybe they are the ones that should be scared.

  • Recognize these names?
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:48 a.m.

    For all those OU fans (and unfortunately even some BYU fans) that think the upset is impossible, let me throw out some school names for ya...

    Utah (most recent upset)
    Boise State (OU fans should remember this one)
    Appalachian State
    Standford and Oregon State (USC fans definitely will remember both of these)

    the list goes on and on...

  • Deja vu
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:47 a.m.

    I was at the game at the Copper Bowl in Tucson the last time BYU played Oklahoma. BYU kicked their butts. I expect the same to happen this time. Oklahoma was favored in that game also.

  • GA-Cougar
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:46 a.m.

    To OU Fan (re: 9:01 am post):
    Hmmmmmm. So, if I understand correctly, you're equating Col. Jessep (Nicholson) with OU and Lt. Kaffee (Cruise) with BYU. That's a very interesting analogy really. If you'll recall, Jessep spouted off his famous, "You can't handle the truth!" in response to Kaffee's baiting him into it (and his subsequent fiery crash and burn). Jessep had zero respect for Kaffee and it ultimately destroyed him. I hope the scenario holds up as you've alluded. Here's to another "Jessep" (OU) crash and burn -- on national TV in Cowboy Stadium.

  • Longhorn
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:45 a.m.

    I am far from a Sooner fan and I'm not rooting for them but I hope BYU understands that OK will have them for breakfast.

  • Sooner Nation in Draper
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:44 a.m.

    BYU fans are deluding themselves if they think OU is thinking about the BYU game at all. It is interesting to see how many stories in the D-News about BYU playing Oklahoma there are. If you look in the Oklahoma papers there are NO stories about Oklahoma playing BYU.

  • Mountain West Fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:41 a.m.

    Dear OU -

    Enjoy beating BYU because your not going to win any other big games this year. Remind me again how many straight BCS games you've lost in a row now (including games against powerhouses like Boise and WV)? And nice game against Texas last year. So... enjoy your win against BYU - that is as good as will get for you this year.

    MWC Fan

  • Andrew
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:39 a.m.

    The only game that SEC, PAC 10 and Big 10 teams are winning anymore is the psychological one. It is a complete myth that they are all that much better than teams in the WAC and MWC. Utah and Boise State have shown that. Furthermore, they hardly ever play anyone of note outside their conferences; if they do, it is usually at home. I mean look what happens to them when they play at places like Utah or BYU. They aren't so invincible. When you look at those conferences from top to bottom, they are actually pretty weak once you get beyond the top two or three teams. The thing Utah has figured out that BYU hasn't is how not to be intimidated.

  • Bob2
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:34 a.m.

    If BYU can half match the mindset that Utah took into the Sugar Bowl last Jan, they stand a chance. Remember, the Utes didn't do a lot of talking. They didn't overpraise themselves OR the Mighty Crimson Tide. They didn't cowtow to tradition and the ghost of Bear Bryant was something they respected, but did not fear. In the end, they balled up their collective fist and punched the big bad bcs bully right square in the jaw. When the bully stood there shocked and wondering who this little upstart thought he was, they took the occasion to give him a left hook to the temple. And Alabama crumbled. Now, BYU will most likely do nothing of the sort with the Mighty Sooners, but let's not forget that--"It can be done." Good luck against OU!!!

  • Re: Daniel
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:20 a.m.

    Just like Top of the SEC (Alabama) is a lot better than a school from the MWC (Utah)?

  • To Daniel...
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:08 a.m.

    The biggest negatives for BYU are: (1) Low "We know we can win" belief (2) Prone to stupid mistakes (3) Prone to lack of on-field self-control of emotions which results in penalties and mistakes, (4) Lack of desire to win and do what it takes to win (5) Bronco Mendenhall.

  • Ernest T. Bass
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:07 a.m.

    It's interesting how many articles in the Deseret News have to do with BYU playing Oklahoma. It's also interesting that there are absolutely NO stories in the Oklahoma Newspapers about Oklahoma playing BYU. I wonder why.

  • Believe
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:07 a.m.

    I think that we can do without many of you "BYU fans." Isn't the point to believe in your team? Not say "uh, I'm a BYU fan and I hope they don't get crushed too badly" or "another 10-2 or 10-3 season, ho hum." What a bunch of spoiled whiners! They have everything they need to beat Oklahoma. It should be a great game. Now all you fence sitters, get off the fence one way or the other!

  • BYU not on same level as OU
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:06 a.m.

    BYU shouldn't be playing OU. Nebraska yes but not OU. OU is the #3 team in the country with the best QB in the nation and along with Florida probably the most NFL talent in all college football. The Y isn't all that good any more - even in the MWC and I'm not sure why you schedule games you can't win and can only get humiliated on national TV. It will do BYU no good to get beat up by 28 points or more so I really question why Tom Holemoe decided to schedule OU.

  • OU Fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:03 a.m.

    I decided I'd come back to this blog for a little while longer. Not a lot of heat in my regular OU blogs yet. They're talking a lot about the other games on our schedule. Everyone's predicting an undefeated season this year. Yawn.

  • OU Fan back...
    Aug. 11, 2009 10:02 a.m.

    I just heard from one of our players at OU. I told him of my prediction 56 - 23 victory for OU against BYU. He corrected me. His prediction is OU 66, BYU 20. Two TDs and 2 field goals for BYU. Then he said that "it ain't gonna be that close". Again, no offense given, just the facts.

  • ou fans
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:49 a.m.

    I'm just hoping that the ou players and coaches share your attitude about BYU not being a worthy opponent- then the fall will be that much harder if BYU can manage to pull it out. Keep up the talk and convince your team of the same-

  • Re: Dog
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:46 a.m.

    Utah's win last year had very little to do with the Utes being faster than 'Bama or having more talent than 'Bama (we all know the 'Tide' recruits among the top athletes in the country). It was all about shock and awe. The Utes played no huddle, scored quickly and got 'Bama on their heels from the beginning (scoring 21 in the first quarter). Once 'Bama figured out what the heck Utah was doing, they started coming back slowly (outscoring Utah 17-10 the rest of the game).

    BYU needs to do the same against OU. We all know the sooners have more talent and speed than BYU (as 'Bama did against Utah) but if the cougs can come out with a different style of play and throw some plays in there to keep OU on it's heels, then the result can be the same as the Sugar bowl...

  • Daniel
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:38 a.m.

    You know if BYU is a legit top 25 team why wouldn't they be able to at least stay in the game? BYU fans talk like it is some daunting task, but really if BYU fans really believe their football team is as good as they say then it should be a competitive game. My own thoughts are just that you guys won't be able to compete well because the overall talent difference between the two schools is huge! Top of the Big 12 is alot better than a school from the MWC

  • OU Fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:25 a.m.

    I'll post one more comment here and then I have bigger fish to fry. No offense, but we do have a few more competitive games than our BYU warm-up game. I know that BYU coaches and players with give it their best shot and that's what we like to see at OU. As an insider, and just to make it fun, a big part of our strategy (and I don't think I'm really giving away anything really big) is going to be intercepting at least 6 Max Hall passes. This will result in killing at least that many BYU offensive drives. Our defensive backs think there will be more. Again, no offense to BYU fans, just telling it like it is. I'm gone....can't stick around to read your comments.

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:21 a.m.

    Hey "Tyler" So OU scored 3 points in the second half. I saw that game. KSU definitely played the second half with more heart than OU?

  • montanacutter
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    There is a very good chance that Max "Where is the Ball Hall" could get hurt in this game. He has to feel that BYU can beat OU. He is not in that mind set and that gives way to complacency. OU fan, Alabama thought the same of Utah and Utah kicked their butts back to Alabama. BYU has that same chance if they prepare well and have a good game plan. And Max "where is the Ball Hall" you need to focus on ball handling and protection of the ball. If not, it could be a long for BYU and Max on the sidelines.

  • Dear OU
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:12 a.m.

    When the game is over, you will be Sooner Dead!

  • re: pads?
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:11 a.m.

    I believe they will start practicing with pads today. However I don't know that it will be full contact for a few more days. They better get some hitting in before Sep 5.
    For the record, I think BYU can win this game. They just can't let OU get up by too much. Keep it close going into the fourth qtr and we got a good shot at the upset.

  • Beating OU
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:02 a.m.

    I don't expect BYU to beat Oklahoma, but if they're going to do it, their best shot would be in the first couple weeks of the season. They're just so strong on both sides of the ball. Check out SB Nation's review at vanquishthefoe (dotcom).

  • Dog
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:01 a.m.

    To honest BYU fan:

    I think "realistic" is a better word than honest in this context. You must remember, however, the national media to a man and even most "realistic" Utah fans didn't give the Utes a chance against Alabama. The difference between this year's BYU team and last year's Utes is simply speed and "athleticism." Alabama couldn't believe what hit them. A fired up deceptively talented and speedy Utah team executed a perfect up tempo game plan.

    There is no question OU has the best quarterback in the country in Sam Bradford and is loaded with an incredibly talented offense and defense to match. Can BYU muster the same ability and cunning as Utah? Me thinks no, but as they say "hope springs eternal."

  • OU Fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 9:01 a.m.

    Hmmmmm. Touching a few nerves I see. Remember what Jack Nicholson said about the truth in "A Few Good Men". It could apply here.

  • OU Fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:58 a.m.

    I respect what CougarFan is saying. That's exactly what we do at OU. Well, maybe we're a little more In-Your-Face than most. But, we can back it up. I can see where BYU might not want to get our ire up by predicting a win or even how respectable they'll be against us. After all's said and done, it's a pretty good chess game. No offense, but in the chess game comparison, OU is Bobby Fischer and BYU is a high school freshman. Again, no offense, just the facts.

  • Public Comment Strategy
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:57 a.m.

    Let's hope the team actually has a killer instinct-type attitude behind closed doors. Hopefully, these humble, "let's be competitive" comments are to keep anything from being posted in the OU locker room. Surely, Bronco, Max Hall and the crew believe they can win every game on their schedule and expect to.

  • Tyler
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:52 a.m.

    Hey u moron OU Scored 55 in the first half against KSU it wasnt even close!.......Do u watch OU football?

  • Re: OU Fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:48 a.m.

    That's not intense - that's dumb. It sounds just like the kind of cheers we used to use at Chief Joseph JR. High. If you think that kind of weak banter frightens us then think again.

    And I think the Cougars start with the shoulder pads tomorrow and then add the rest by Friday.

  • CougarFan
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:46 a.m.

    The BYU player's and coaches comments about the OU game are absolutely spot on. The last thing in the world they should say is that they're going to beat OU as this would provide serious locker room material for them. You don't declare victory against a top 5 team a month before the game (RE: Phsych) or make any comment that could even be twisted in any way to show disrespect to such an opponent. The best thing you can do is make the other team think you are just happy to be there and lull them into a false sense of security until gametime. That's exactly what Utah did against Alabama and I guarantee Bronco was taking notes. His players comments are perfect and I can only hope OU's players show a complete disrespect for BYU in the week prior to the game.

    I too am excited that Anae will be in the box this season so he can see what the rest of us see. We might even see a screen pass or misdirection play to keep the defense honest some time this year.

  • OU Fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:42 a.m.

    Hey, in my previous post I also meant to wish BYU luck, not that it will help, but I just wanted to be courteous. We are courteous competitors, but deadly competitors. My best guess on the score? OU 56 (an average of 2 touchdowns per quarter) BYU 23 (3 field goals and 2 touchdowns) One touchdown will be in the 4th quarter after OU takes their first string players out. Sorry, but that's the way we see it.

  • UNLV
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    Listening to Hall talk is scary. Not once did he say they wanted to win the game. Great leader. Even he doesn't believe they belong on the same field as Oklahoma. Look for a blowout.

  • James MUlberry
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:32 a.m.

    Dear OU,

    Don't forget What BYU did to Miami.

    Aug. 11, 2009 8:31 a.m.

    I think BYU can win. Especially if our defense steps up to the challenge since OU offense is weak. Also, with Anae up in the box, he will definitely have a better view of the game (then down on the ground) so he will see the movement of OU better and will be able to call more plays that will have greater impact at that moment.

    Go BYU--Beat OU!

  • Pads?
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:25 a.m.

    Does anyone know if or when BYU will start practicing in pads? I believe the whole "no pads" theory that BYU coaches adopted for last year's practices caused the team to play soft in many games, especially the later half of the season.

  • OU Fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:22 a.m.

    I admire the BYU fan's courage and desire to win, but frankly, there's no chance for them to win. Especially this year, our team and fans have a winning tradition and attitude that can't be overcome by the competition, especially the likes of a Mountain West Conference team like BYU. You MWC fans think you're intense, well, it's nothing like, not even in the ballpark like OU's intensity. Just read part of OU's fight song:

    I'm a Sooner born
    And a Sooner bred,
    And when I die
    I'll be Sooner dead.

    Rah, Oklahoma! Rah, Oklahoma!
    Rah, Oklahoma! O-K-U!

    Now that's intense!

  • Watch out!
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:11 a.m.

    History repeats itstelf? The last time BYU beat the No. 3 team in a "kickoff" game on national tv they went on to have a pretty good year (1984). IF the cougs could pull out this game it would set them up for a possible great run on the 25th anniversary of the NC.

  • Ernest T. Bass
    Aug. 11, 2009 8:00 a.m.

    Were going to be so good. Coach Borcno said we're really good and really humble so we should win a lot of games.

  • BlueCoug
    Aug. 11, 2009 7:35 a.m.

    College football is exciting and playing a "big-time" opponent to start the season just makes it that much more exciting. I'm looking forward to the season. It'll be fun to play the Sooners, Tulane and the Seminoles in our first three games.

    Legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi wrote that he never talked about luck with his players; he talked about preparation. He added, "Luck doesn’t favor the lucky; it favors the prepared..."

    Another football icon, Darrell Royal, former head coach of the University of Texas, says that "luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

    Remember that Cougars as you prepare for the season.

  • Honest BYU Fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 7:11 a.m.

    Lets be honest, I am a die hard BYU fan, but BYU has never lived up to expectations unless you love 11-2 seasons to the "amazing" Las Vegas Bowl that no one cares about. They will always be an average team or they will go 10-0 before losing 74-45 to a Hawaii like team to completley make themselves look like a joke that ESPN already thinks they are... Anyone that thinks BYU is going into Dallas infront of 70,000 OU Fans and 15,000 BYU fans to win is on a different planet. I will make everyone a deal that I will quit my job and give away my home for free if BYU wins. I love BYU though, Go Cougs to another 11-2 or 10-3 season, Cant wait for the 4th place Pac-10 team in the Las Vegas Bowl, hopefully!!

  • Attitude determines altitude
    Aug. 11, 2009 6:45 a.m.

    I like the attitude. This is much better than last year. I like not being ranked first. Mental prep is 75 percent of winning. Then physical prep is the other 75 percent of winning. And then execution is the other 75 percent. What is lacking after that can be filled in by good fortune and good luck.

    If you will prepare for each game realizing that your next opponent can crush you if you do not execute with precision, that is when you will be a genuine BCS contender. Now go fight, win.

  • RE: Psych
    Aug. 11, 2009 6:39 a.m.

    I agree.

    But I also noted the lack of comments that support the concept of actually "winning".

    If the Cougar mindset is summed up in comments like "we're going to give them a fight, we're going to play sound football, and we're going to take it to the end", then the game is already over.

    BYU absolutely MUST believe that they can not just compete with, but completely beat, Oklahoma or they will have no chance when they walk on the field in Dallas in 3 short weeks.

    If their motivation level stays at playing "sound football", they're going to get crushed.

  • BYU Fan
    Aug. 11, 2009 6:27 a.m.

    Oh we are so screwed. Hall is in complete awe of Oklahoma. He's going to consider it an honor to throw an interception to the OU secondary.
    LOVE the fact that Anae is finally going up to the box...he should have made that move years ago.

  • Minerman
    Aug. 11, 2009 1:43 a.m.

    I'm thinking that the fans might need a pssychologist more than the players after the last decade of getting dominated by the Utes. lol. But seriously, watching BYU "going to the office" last year was painful. They never once looked like they were having fun. It'd be nice to see them enjoy it. And I think it'll translate into more inspired play in games. Don't get me wrong, my Utes are still gonna crush ya. But other than that last game of the year, I really would like to see BYU do well and enjoy the game. Good luck in the season opener! Bring a W home for the MWC!

  • OU game
    Aug. 11, 2009 1:15 a.m.

    BYU will do well. They can win just as Boise state won. Just be confident and don't let the media scare you. OU is a great team, but not invincible. Who knows what will happen in this game... It is hard to tell how Big 12 south teams play against other conferences. OU lost to Texas and Florida last year and had semi close games with Kansas (45 - 31) and Kansas State (58-35)... you can't tell how teams match up until game day. Look at the Sugar Bowl last year and what people were saying. Anyways, this is a great opportunity for BYU and for the MWC. One thing to expect is that OU will play fast paced and BYU will need to find ways to slow them down.

  • I
    Aug. 11, 2009 1:12 a.m.

    Dear BYU,

    Why bother?



  • Psych
    Aug. 10, 2009 10:46 p.m.

    The Cougars need a decent sports psychologists:

    "If we make mistakes (against Oklahoma), they're going to crush us."

    That kind of exaggerated, all-or-nothing thinking gets in the way of good performance. Focus on the task, not the opponent or the outcome.

    "We want to make fewer mistakes...
    "Take care of the ball...
    "Play to our strengths...
    "Take it one play, one series at a time..."

    Those kind of statements may be cliches, but they also produce better performance.

    If you want to be a leader, learn how to think, and how you talk to yourself and say to others is part of leadership.

  • Ute fan
    Aug. 10, 2009 10:44 p.m.

    I like that attitude. We need you guys to step up in this game. Go MWC.