BYU football notebook: Ogletree says defense has yet to reach its potential

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2012 7:34 p.m.

    White will run all over byu, at will

    Utah 31
    byu 10

    White 2 touchdowns, 140 yards

    0% chance byu gets the win

    If I am wrong I wont post all year

    I'll post all year

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    I think as long as our defense keeps letting our opponents put points on the board, they haven't reached their potential.

    This will be a tough game, but the more I find out about it, the more I think the Cougars will win. Utah has too many question marks that it will take not one, but many miracles to win, combined with exceptional execution. Seems too unlikely to happen, but it is a rivalry.

    Of course, looking at last year you have to take BYU mistakes into account as well, but it just seems that in the whole 60 minutes of game play, Utah will make far more mistakes than BYU will. Defenses should both be solid; BYU's D won't give up again as long as we have Riley motivating the offense. Look at BYU's defense against Utah in the first half of the game last year: they can contain Utah's offense, especially since this Ute offense is weaker than last year's.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    Probably the most telling statement in the article was the comment that BYU wasn't physically out matched, they were mentally out played. BYU mistakes led to the majority of Utahs points. Hopefully BYU will be the mentally tougher team this time.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Sept. 14, 2012 7:03 a.m.

    Honest, I bleed cougar blue with the best of them, but some of the stats we come up with make even me wonder.

    "On a clear blue day at 3,000 feet or higher if the moon is waning and the temperature of Utah Lake is 68 or better, the cougars are undefeated..."

    On the other hand, what this says is that the cougars win nearly all of the games we are supposed to win. So there you have it.

    Come on , game day! Do I REALLY have to work today???

  • Meadow Lark Mark IDAHO FALLS, ID
    Sept. 14, 2012 6:44 a.m.

    I also expect it to be a low scoring game. I'm a BYU fan and I hope BYU will win. Utah will give BYU all it can handle. I guess just remember last years game.

  • ex patria cougar Tokyo, Japan
    Sept. 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.

    I agree with CougFaninTX, that this will likely be a low scoring game, but it is the strength of the offensive lines that will decide the game. The offensive lines for both teams have been criticized for underacheiving -- failing to protect the quarterback and open up the run. Both teams play tough D, so whichever O-line steps up to the challenge will make the difference.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Sept. 13, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    I expect solid defense from both the Cougs and Utes. This game will not be a high scorning affair. Nelson's ability to scrammble is key, because I don't expect the Cougs O line to give him a lot of time with Star bearing down. Nelson needs to avoid taking big hits.

    BYU also needs to find a way to run the ball. I don't expect Alisa to get a lot of yards up the gut, but if JD and Jamaal can break a couple of runs outside the tackles it will help to neutralize the Ute defense. Use Alisa for short passes out of the backfield. Keep Pritchard in for extra blocking protection.

    QB play is the key for Utes. I expect Hays to take 75% of the snaps. Cougs D needs to keep the pressure on. Blitz early and often. Utes O line has not shown the ability to protect or open holes for White like they did last year.

    BYU 24 - Utah 17.

  • donburi South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    Um...well...yeah - I don't think any team reaches their full potential after just two games. Not exactly bulletin board material.