BYU football: Cougar defense stunningly shuts down Georgia Tech's option

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    Oct. 29, 2012 2:00 p.m.

    I can buy Utah's SOS being in the Top 10 based upon who they've played to date. But, after it levels out over the next few weeks it will be very similar to BYU's. Though neither school should be pleased with their season.

  • BlacksburgCoug Blacksburg, VA
    Oct. 29, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    The ncaa's official stats actually have Utah's current strength of schedule at 65. If you account for future opponents, it drops to below 100. Now, BYU's is slighty worse, but just slightly (in both cases). I'm not arguing for BYU's schedule this season, but I am more than happy to point out that Utah's is not the 3rd toughest in the nation.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Oct. 29, 2012 10:33 a.m.


    Sagarin does have Utah's SOS ranked #3

    What "two for flinching" conveniently left out is that Sagarin ranks BYU's SOS #31

    More importantly is where Sagarin ranks BYU and Utah

    #22 BYU
    #44 Utah

    It's funny how Utah fans only cite rankings that favor Utah.

    btw, Sagarin ranks #36 San Jose St. higher than Utah, and higher than any opponent left on Utah's schedule except for #19 Arizona (#49 Washington, #87 WSU, #155 Colorado). #171 New Mexico St and #182 Idaho are only ranked a little lower than Colorado.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Oct. 29, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    RE: Two For Flinching

    "Utah has the 3rd ranked strength of schedule in the country right now. This just isn't the year for schedule smack."

    That is an interesting statistic... can you tell me where you found it? Where does BYU rank? Utah State? (I'm being genuine here, I tried to find SOS rankings but didn't have much luck--would be curious to know how the Utah schools stack up). Thanks in advance.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Oct. 29, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    Two For Flinching

    It doesn't matter how tough your schedule is if you don't beat anybody.

    The truth is, BYU is the signature win of your season, and you were lucky to pull that one off.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 8:42 a.m.

    It's PAC 6+6. The lower half would struggle in the MWC. As noted in a recent editorial, the PAC expansion hasn't worked out.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 11:31 p.m.

    PAC man

    Utah has the 3rd ranked strength of schedule in the country right now. This just isn't the year for schedule smack.

    Good luck with Idaho by the way.

  • byufan1993 Provo, , UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 5:00 p.m.

    Oh I'm sorry mighty mite, but what about our defense doing the same to Utah state? And the Aggies beat U. As well as only having lost to BYU and Wisconsin this year

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Oct. 28, 2012 4:49 p.m.

    "good luck closing out with that D-II schedule"

    It's laughable that a team that bookended their schedule with D-II Colorado teams should be whining about anybody else's schedule.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Oct. 28, 2012 4:40 p.m.


    "Georgia Tech is an aweful team. Mediocre defenses have shut them down all season."


    Before the BYU game, Georgia Tech was averaging 350 yards RUSHING per game!!!

    3rd best in the country!

    BYU held George Tech to only 117 yards rushing, and only 157 yards TOTAL.

    for comparison, Georgia Tech's rushing and total yardage versus their other opponents:

    Va Tech 96/326
    Presbyterian 469/712
    Virginia 461/594
    Miami 287/419
    Mid Tenn St 238/425
    Clemson 204/601
    Boston Col 391/563

    Until BYU, NOBODY had held Georgia Tech to less than 300 yards total offense, including 10th ranked Clemson. BYU held the Yellow Jackets to LESS THAN HALF of what the next best defense had held Georgia Tech.

    Before spouting off, next time try doing a little research first.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    Georgia Tech is an aweful team. Mediocre defenses have shut them down all season. This is no big shakes. It is very telling this is BYU's "signature" win of the season against a team that will be lucky to win three games. This whole independence thing looks like it is working out very well, good luck closing out with that D-II schedule.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 28, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    Their best game of the year. It is obvious that the defense was extremely well-prepared for that game. So was the offense. In fact, based on pregame and postgame comments by players and coaches, it was a much harder and more intense week of practice. One defensive player actually said it was the hardest week of practice since the season began.

    I think that is great! But it begs the question--why can't they prepare with that kind of intensity against Utah?
    Why was Utah "just another game" according to Bronco's words?

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    Great defense! That was fun to watch!

  • tlaulu Taylorsville, Utah
    Oct. 27, 2012 8:55 p.m.

    The yellow jacket stinger turned blue today. Way to go Cougs.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Oct. 27, 2012 8:45 p.m.

    The stat that jumped out to me was that Van Noy only had 1 tackle. With Van Noy facing so many double teams he is really disrupting the opposing team's offense. While I appreciate what Ziggy brings to the defense I'm getting tired of hearing his story over and over and over. I am afraid that his climb up the the draft boards may be negatively affecting the draft stock of Ogletree and KVN. I believe all three should be first day picks.