BYU vs. San Jose State: The Matchups

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 7, 2011 10:53 p.m.


    Looks like the utes will be taking the beating. Where's Chris B?

    ASU 42
    Utah 3

    BYU 38
    SJSU 17

  • goodDr. sandy, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    Didn't your team get demoralized by a WAC team last year? You really should be worrying about the odds of your team winning only 2 more games this season. The part that scares you even more is the fact that you have basketball season coming up next, and your football team may win more conference games that that team does.

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 7:00 p.m.

    It's Nelson to start! Let's hope he can keep the magic going.

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    Patriot, if you're a fair weather fan, then we don't want you anyway. Goodbye.

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Oct. 7, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    I love WAC football! Does it get any better? I'm so jazzed!!!!!

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    54-10 | 4:51 p.m. Oct. 7, 2011

    The utes can keep shouting that, but it won't erase the Huskie Humiliation. So much for NC 2011 up north.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    jarka-rus | 2:51 p.m. Oct. 7, 2011
    Layton, Utah

    ...oh the pain of the 54-10.

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    Oct. 7, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    The only good thing about this game is the start time of least the traffic on I-15 will be light going home.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Could it be there is much parity of talent among college football teams nowdays, and it is focus of doing all things well that make the difference. Turnovers should be the treat of choice for all fans at these games.

  • Runner Chandler, AZ
    Oct. 7, 2011 3:04 p.m.

    Brandon, you, and all the other DesNews writers, have said the same thing every week, i.e., "Look for this week to be the game where the offense breaks out and gets the rushing/passing game on track." Why? What has changed? Until Doman can put a gameplan together and can figure out how to call unpredictable plays that allows the offense to get into a rhythm, then it doesn't matter who starts at QB.

    Here is what you'll have:

    Heaps @ QB
    1 - Run up the middle, gain of 2-yards
    2 - Pass in the flat to the RB, incomplete, Heaps throws behind the receiver
    3 - 3rd and long, Heaps locks onto Apo & either sails one over his head or the pass is complete for 7 yards (the WR ran the route 1-yard short.)

    Nelson @ QB
    1 - Run up the middle out of the shotgun formation, gain of 2-yards - fools nobody.
    2 - QB draw, good for 4-5 yards (for the first two series of the game)
    3 - Throw to the sidelines, 50/50 chance of complete. Safe throw since Doman doesn't trust Nelson to throw.

    C'mon, Doman, mix it & turn the page in the playbook!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 7, 2011 2:51 p.m.


    Here's a prediction you can take to the bank.
    ASU destroys the Utesies 55-3
    Absolutely no offense will be generated this weekend. Hays will throw 4 INT's running game, ha please.
    The defense may keep the Utesies in the game for a quarter or two but will wear down when the offense goes three and out for the umpteenth time.
    Utesies fall off the PAC map to 0-3 period.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 2:31 p.m.

    saint george
    if you are a utah troll, you might worry about them. you seem to be an obama groupee, change the focus on something else. can't wait for u bball

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    More shoulda ,coulda, woulda the Spartans are the team that can sneak up on you ask CSU they discovered that.

    The schedule looks tuff all the way if Heaps starts. He is the opponents equalizing ace in the hole.

    BYU Should win. We will see is it Nelson or heaps ?

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    Let's see how can I put a different picture on WhatNow. Yes, the score was 54-10, but I can hardly say Utah beat BYU. BYU played so horribly bad that it was more like BYU giving the game away with their mistakes and ineptness. I would say Utah scored more because of the mistakes, but I would hardly say that Utah beat BYU. It was however, still a loss, no matter how one looks at it or however one ones to spin what happened. BYU beat themselves and continue to make those terrible mistakes.

    They say they need to stop making those mental errors, but they continue to do it and make games tight. So someone is not learning from their mistakes. Perhaps they listened to too much season hype and figured they could show up and win. They are showing up, but not playing stellar football. Let's hope this is the game that turns the corner for them and they start executing.

    Patriot, the name belies the meaning. A patriot can see the problems, but still sticks by the team. You, however clarify it with your use of you being a fair weather fan.

  • Mesa Coug Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 7, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    Hey, where is Chris B? I want to hear his prediction.

    I think they should line Riley up as a running back. That way he can run the ball but could also throw a few passes per game and really keep the defense guessing.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 1:39 p.m.


    Thank you for the comprehensive analysis.


    BYU by 50.

    BYU 500 yards passing.

    BYU 200 yards rushing.

    Oh wait, that was before.

    New prediction:

    BYU 28 SJS 24.

    BYU comes from behind to defeat one of the worst football teams in America.

    Step 1, on the way to at least an 8-4, or maybe 10-2 season.

    Has there ever been a team that finished 10-2 after getting beat by their rivals, 54 to 10, at home, in front of a national TV audience?

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    We can always do what Texas has been doing this year with dual quarterback system. They instead trading entire series will plug in the quarterback depending on the play they want to run. This will keep the defense on their heels and it's been working for Texas pretty well so far.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Oct. 7, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    Brandon, I'm so glad you are in charge of putting this analysis together. I look forward to your article each week. I think that score prediction is right on. You've been very accurate predicting BYU's score the last two weeks...even right on if I recall.

    This is for sure a defense BYU can exploit. At the same time, SJSU has not seen a defense like this all year, with perhaps the exception of Stanford. SJSU seems to be improving with a new coach, and may not be the sinch win for USU this year.

    Really looking forward to BYU's multi-headed running machine to come out this game.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    BYU benches Jake Heaps! BYU not interested in joining the Big 12! This is one fair weather fan of 25 years that is losing interest fast in the BYU football program. Have fun watching Nelson throw for 75 yards and run for 200.