BYU football: Cougars face most challenging 3-game stretch of schedule

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  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    Oct. 4, 2012 10:35 a.m.


    "3 high school type schools"

    It's laughable how clueless Utah fans can be about the world outside of Salt Lake Valley.

    San Jose State(4-1) barely lost at #21 Stanford 17-20.

    According to your "brilliant" analysis, the elite teams of the PAC are barely capable of beating high-school types teams.

    btw, the Utes will be lucky to even qualify for a bowl - it's back to the 80's for Utah, when BYU was Utah's bowl.

  • TruBlueAggie25 Logan, UT
    Oct. 4, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    I have no doubt that BYU will be able to go to their bowl... They play Idaho and New Mexico State in their schedule still (Worse than Hawaii) so thats 5 wins... The other is more tricky... They can't overlook USU... OREST and ND are obviously going to be huge challenges... But the sixth win I think will come against Georgia Tech... San Jose St is a very solid 4-1 team that lost to Stanford by only 3 points. People like to make fun of the WAC but it is currently ranked the number #7 conference in the nation (#1 non-BCS) Ranked above the MWC, Con. USA. That ranking is because of USU, SJST, and Louisiana Tech...

    The Other 6


    Its true that BYU gets their automatic bowl and the WAC only gets 1 automatic, so unless the Aggies win the WAC they have no guaranteed bowl... That being said, even if the Aggies don't make a bowl... The game against Louisiana Tech would be closer to a bowl game than BYU... Louisiana Tech is WAY better than BYU.

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Oct. 4, 2012 3:10 a.m.

    BYU could go 6-6 this year...

    Norte Dame
    Ore State
    Ga Tech

    Wash State
    3 high school type schools

    Go to any bowl you want after that season! The Don't Have Anything Else To Do on December 9th Bowl... Or something!

  • sportsrealist salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 3, 2012 10:33 p.m.

    @blue husky

    get a clue. you have no chance against notre dame.even osu will probably blow you out of the water.

    @the rock

    haha stop using the "riley was hurt is the only reason we lost" excuse. haha you y "fans" are somethin else. you'll think of every excuse in the book as to why you lost to actual good teams then act like you have a beast of a team when you beat up on bad teams (a la hawaii)

  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 3, 2012 10:25 p.m.


    hahahaha someone doesnt like the truth do they? it's hilarious that you y fans always say "well byu is utahs bowl game" but you hate, hate, hate when it's said back in your face huh?

  • Utes 27 USC 21 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 3, 2012 8:05 p.m.

    Usu 24
    Byu 14

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Oct. 3, 2012 6:44 p.m.

    BYU's defense will keep them in all the games, including USU, OSU, and ND. So I give them a chance to win all of them. Those who discount the importance of defense usually wind up losing.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 3, 2012 4:20 p.m.


    Get with the times, my friend. Even real trolls criticize the Y that we will go to a bowl game, but it will be on the backs of a bunch of JV wannabe high school opponents.


    Whipping up on Hawaii does not necessarily make Hill a better qb than a healthy Riley. Of course, we may never see a healthy Riley again. I think we can agree that Taysom is already a better runner, but his throwing still has huge, yet unproven potential. He seems to make fewer mistakes, but also doesn't create opportunities as well.

    In short, the decision is not as simple as you make it sound. Playing a freshman, even one who is 22, too soon, too much, against too stiff competition can be detrimental to long term objectives. Win the battle, lose the war, ala Jake Heaps.

    Mostly I'm just being argumentative to make a point. I don't think Riley will be healthy any time soon. Ready or not, I too think it is Taysom time, and I think he is probably more ready than not.

  • Black&Blue St George, Utah
    Oct. 3, 2012 2:36 p.m.

    Glad to see some competitive games on the schedule. Utah State and Oregon State are toss up games. If BYU can put a decent-good offensive game on the field, both are very winnable, especially with our #5 ranked defense. Notre Dame is a different story, on the road in south bend will be a HUGE challenge. I don't see us coming out of there with a win. GT will be another win if we can score points.

    If the offense can pull it together we are looking at 10-3 season with a bowl win.
    Otherwise it's 8-5 or 9-4 depending on who we face in the bowl game.

    As our friend Chris B always says, mark it down...

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 3, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    BYU's next three games are much tougher than the rest of their schedule. Interesting to compare. USU - both Utah and Y plays. Utah played at Utah State whereas the Y gets them at home (because they demanded a two home games to one). Oregon State - both Utah and Y plays in the next three games. A home game for the Y. An away game for Utah. Utah hosts USC (13th randed) at home. The Y travels to N.D. ((ith randed). So two of the three games should be considered more difficult for Utah. Not to mention the U must still play top 25 teams UCLA (away) and Washington (away). Conclusion: My compliments for the Y scheduling these three games - it will give you some idea of what the U faces 9-10 games every year.

  • AZCoug Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 3, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    The Aggies have their own Chris B. now too? Spooky!

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Oct. 3, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    BYU might be lucky to finish the regular season with 7-8 wins. The next four could end up a 50-50 deal, and SJSU won't be easy at their place.

    Bronco hasn't yet shown he can play talent over loyalty to players who've "earned it." His early season record against better teams is likely a victim of that. It takes guts to tell a successful QB in Spring practice that a better player (frosh) will replace him his senior year. I don't think Bronco is that type of "gambler." He's too conservative (and loyal) to make such decisions. Had he done so, Hill would be much better prepared to take the helm than he is now.

    Other than that, I'm a Bronco fan. But, that's a pretty big "other."

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Oct. 3, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    RE: Aggie84

    You're a little late to the trolling party. Chris B. has already cornered "mark it down" so stating that victory for a BYU opponent is "guaranteed!" feels a little too copycat. However, we BYU fans truly do appreciate these grand claims because they usually work to our benefit (i.e. Chris B's all-time prediction record is 6-94) so feel free to keep 'em coming. Go Cougs!

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Oct. 3, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    Aggie, just because this is USU's bowl game does not mean it's BYU's. Get a clue.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Oct. 3, 2012 6:38 a.m.

    The only reason that BYU lost those two games is Riley Nelson's unwillingness to stand down when he was hurt. A health Riley Nelson or Taysom Hill playing for the entire game would have made all the difference.

    Utah State is a class act. It should be a good game. Utah gave the Aggies all they could handle and an ailing Riley Nelson did the same to the Utes. BYU plays the Aggies in Logan and past performance does not predict future results; nevertheless, I expect BYU to do well.

    It should be a good game.

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 2, 2012 10:39 p.m.

    Dare I say, the only team in Utah going bowling this year is USU. This game will be the Y's bowl game this year. It's called the Wagon Wheel Bowl Game. There will be a parade in Logan on Saturday for the victory. Guaranteed!