BYU football: Kyle Van Noy, Spencer Hadley and Uani Unga on Butkus award watch list

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  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    July 15, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    Broom Hockey Champ, there are perhaps a couple of teams on this season's schedule that can't beat BYU (Idaho State comes to mind), but at least 10 of the teams could beat the Cougars, not just Texas and Wisconsin. Notre Dame is still Notre Dame, the game is in the shadow of Touchdown Jesus, and they always seem to bring it together. Oh, and they have other quarterbacks, too.

    Virginia requires a 3-time-zone adjustment - not easy to do. I get jet lag from flying eastward, and I haven't been required to play a competitive game after arrival. The games against Middle Tennessee and Georgia Tech are very winnable - weak teams in Provo. Houston and Nevada are tricky because they are away games: the teams are not great, but all it takes is a little extra motivation and any kind of a Cougar let-down. Both Utah and Utah State are passionate about beating BYU, and we play the Aggies in Logan - that smells like a potential trap game. With Utah, you never know, and over the past decade it hasn't mattered whether the game is in LES or RES, nor will it this year.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    July 15, 2013 8:38 p.m.

    I agree. If there is to be no change in the kicking dept, we will NOT win 10 games. I am absolutely amazed that Bronco didn't make that a priority in the off season. I bet there are at least 10 kids in the hight school ranks in Utah that can do a better job kicking the ball through the uprights.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    July 15, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    The kicking game is a big question mark, that's for sure. Even in the last couple of years when the field goal wasn't reliable, BYU still had a good punter to help with field position. That area is a huge question mark this season.

  • jimmypage Meridian, ID
    July 15, 2013 1:33 p.m.


    Love the optimism. And you make some great points to back up your claim to ten wins. While I think it's possible, it's certainly not a given. The strength and efficiency of the offense hinges on the O line. You could have the best backfield in the country, but if your O line is weak, you wont be able to move the ball. Period. Looking at our O line the last two seasons, the only way we're getting to ten wins or more is if the O line improves dramatically.

    Our other issue is the kicking game. It has been atrocious. If we don't have improvement there, we won't win the close games.

    I can't wait for the season to begin! Go Cougs!

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    So I missed how many Utah players were on the list. 0?
    Kinda thought so.

  • Broom Hockey Champ Scottsdale, AZ
    July 15, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    Has there ever been a 3-way tie? I jest.

    I think KVN is going to draw a lot of attention. Don't worry, he'll still make a lot of plays. However, I think Hadley and Unga will benefit from having KVN around and will have opportunities to make more plays as a result. One of them could have a Ziggy-type season with KVN drawing so much attention.

    Get ready for 10 wins this year from the boys in blue!

    The only teams I'm concerned about are Texas and WI (and even those games are winnable). ND isn't as tough without Te'O and the academically ineligible QB. Plus, we were one Riles play away from winning anyway. We should have won against BSU. We were the better team. U of Va only won 4 games last year. Houston's best player, its RB, has left the program. There is some team that went 5-7 last year and is coming to our place. Yes, 10 wins. You read it here first.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 15, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    Each one of these guys could easily win it.