BYU football: Revamped Virginia faces big early season tests

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  • FanofBYU American Fork, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 7:42 p.m.

    BYUs defensive front seven is solid. The real question is in the secondary. With all the adjustments that they have had to make, that is one area to which I will pay attention. Taysom Hill is ideal for the offensive scheme that Anae has employed for this year. The question again this year is the O-Line. You will see the offense roll to the left and right all game long, which will give Hill more time to read the defense and make decisions. We'll get to see how he does with making those decisions.

    Running backs are solid again this year. The way the offense is designed, we'll get to see if holes can be opened long enough for the backs to break through. Defenses will be challenged to fill gaps with the offensive scheme. Finally, the fast-paced nature of the offense, if successful, will really show a team's lack of depth at defense this year. We'll just have to wait to see what happens.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    Break out the pickle juice!! Its time for the game to start!!

    I don't know how the game will start out. I am just exited it WILL. BYU does well in openers. They HAVE an offense this year that could be twice as productive as last year was now that Riley Nelson won't be spotting the opposing team fourteen points. The defense has been real good for a long time and should continue. This season is the one I am looking forward to the most. Bring on Virginia!!

  • Fashion Police Olympus Cove, Utah
    Aug. 30, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    Trolls crawling out of the woodwork after gasping a sigh of relief that they survived last night's near embarrassment. Most are, of course, our resident troll christy, in some of her various incarnations.

    It's going to be fun watching BYU's revamped offense versus a revamped Virginia team.

    Go Cougs!

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 1:24 p.m.


    Rest assured. You are wrong. The Y's defense isn't taking anything for granted and will assuredly be ready to play. You and Carolinacoug need to quit worrying, sit back and enjoy the game. It's not going to be "a long season".


    And you do realize that Chris B and most other trolls will never say anything positive about BYU... no matter how much it's earned, right?. And what is earned will be starting in about 24 hours. Watch and learn. In the meantime, try not to read too much into anything Chris B (Christopher B) says... ever. He's seldom right... even in the way Utah won last night. Remember that even a blind squirrel will occasionally find a nut.

    After BYU wins tomorrow, those same trolls will try to make Virginia out to be the doormats that Utah has been to the PAC12 since joining. But they're not. Virginia has totally revamped their coaching staff with proven winners and new strategies. It won't surprise many people (other than trolls) when they end up with more wins than Utah this season.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    Go Cavaliers!

  • Tie Detmersh Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    This game is gonna be great, fer sure, man!! It's on during lunch time too, son! Pass the cornbread and a victory, ya hear!

    Aug. 30, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    "The Virginia coach recognizes BYU and Oregon and some of the best team in the country. I think he should have consulted with Chris B before making such a statement. Chris is certainly more knowledgeable than a head coach in a major conference."

    I don't know that he'll surface again for a while. Utah was fortunate to escape last night, their defense looks awful, and this isn't a Gary Anderson coached Utah St. His (8-4) prediction is on life support even at (1-0).

  • perfidemintrepidus Riverton, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    It is always difficult to analyze the first game of the week and what to focus on for each team, but I believe that BYU is prepared and has the perfect balance of young talent and experienced leadership. This should be a great start to the season with an ideal opportunity to develop the players in ACC-country and get everybody ready for a tough game against Texas.

    The defense is expected to continue dominance despite losing some key people and the offense will be a breath of fresh air after the lackluster season we saw last year.

    Go Cougars!

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Aug. 30, 2013 8:24 a.m.


    LOL at the jealous, delusional spin.

    BYU is a perennial Top 25 team; by definition, that makes BYU one of the best teams in the country.

    How many other teams have had five Top 25 and three Top 15 finishes in the last 7 seasons?

    How many other teams had Top 5 defenses last season?

    Feel free to list them and see if BYU doesn't rank in the top 20% in the country.

  • carolinacoug Durham, NC
    Aug. 30, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    I hope we can give Virginia more than a test. If we can't beat Virginia, we're in for a long season.

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 7:28 p.m.


    You do know that no coach will say anything less about there opponents, no matter how pathetic they really are, right? The Virginia coach simply isn't going to give BYU bulletin board material a few days before the game. So, try and not read too much into anything positive a HC says about his opponents.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 5:33 p.m.

    I don't know if it's players or scheme, but for some reason BYU always struggles against mobile quarterbacks. Hopefully they can figure it out, or Virginia's QB isn't as mobile as the article claims...

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Aug. 29, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    I hope I am wrong but want to go on record that I think the defense will be resting on its laurels from last year and get shocked in the Virginia game.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    The Virginia coach recognizes BYU and Oregon and some of the best team in the country. I think he should have consulted with Chris B before making such a statement. Chris is certainly more knowledgeable than a head coach in a major conference.

  • Carson Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    Go get Em, Virginia !