BYU football: Cougars look to win the war in the trenches against Utah

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  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 18, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    Let's just get this out before the game, my prediction on how the game will be called. Remember these are PAC 12 refs (Sorry to Wisconsin).

    1.Utah will hold like crazy and rarely be called for it.
    2.BYU will get minimum of two roughing the passer/illegal hit calls.
    3.There will be one bad call against BYU at a critical time that will leave everyone scratching their heads (ute fans will try to hide their smiles).
    4.One BYU player will be ejected for "targeting". One Utah player will have the same kind of hit, no flag.
    5. BYU will have at least 60 yards in penalties before the half.
    6. BYU will get a make-up call when it won't affect the game.

    Just Sayin'

  • The Solution Las Cruces, NM
    Sept. 18, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    BYU wins the blowout this year. The players have bottling it up for this game since last September, when they lost a game that the defense dominated but the offense lost, only to have classless pUkes surround them and taunt them.

    That was a dumb move by your fanbase. Now you have an angry, caged bull that's about to be let out of the gates. The offense is going to wear down the defense, but it won't be obvious until the fourth quarter, when they will score at will.

    The defense is going to sack Wilson 5 times. The pass rush is so potent that he will not get to pull off the long pass but one or maybe two times. The underneath routes will be all that he gets, and it won't be enough to keep them scoring.

    Go Cougs!!!

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 12:17 p.m.

    BYU can win the war in the trenches but it will require an A game. Utah is going to be completely prepared and very confident because they have owned BYU for the past five years. This year is different, BYU is at home, they beat Texas, they haven't played cream puffs and they know how it feels to lose (Virginia). This is going to be a great game and unpredictable,except if BYU turns the ball over, its curtains.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    That was a nice balanced article.

    Go Utes!

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    Chrissy, your comedy just keeps a coming. It was a given that Utah was going to beat OSU last week too right? My prediction is the Utes are in their last week at +.500 for the rest of this season.

    You did get one thing right though. The onward and upward part. When trying to go onward from the 11th or 12th spot in a 12 spot league there's only one way to go - upward.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    Beating byu just gets sweeter and sweeter. You would think with it becoming essentially a given that Utah will win these days, it would be less enjoyable. It's not.

    I'm going to thoroughly enjoy watching Utah dominate in the trenches and come out with yet another Ute victory, leaving Van Noy with a goose egg 0-4 against his rival.

    Go Utes!

    Onward and Upward

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 9:29 p.m.

    I wish fans could have the attitudes the players do! So often in the past two weeks, fans have seemed to always need to say something terrible about the Virginia game related to the way the team played. The team had slips in mental attitude when things became confusing and unusual due to uncontrollable circumstances, such as when the rain and mud joined the game like a Biblical plague, but overall, they seemed to do well. There were a number of plays that were shut down completely by the weather and the "first game" syndrome did its part. Overall, though, if not for those things, and one bad decision/bad execution, the team may have won that game. They outplayed the Cavs, no question about that, but you can't be lucky every time. If we examine such games as lessons learned we can be more optimistic about future games, and we may generate enough "luck" to pull out a win under awful circumstances. I hope we don't need luck against Utah, but that game is ALWAYS close, it seems, and it is always a test of just how much character and maturity the teams have. GO BLUE!

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 9:15 p.m.

    Re: Steven S Jarvis

    Well, I too doubt that BYU will improve on its rushing numbers because it was a school record, and 550 yards on the ground is a ridiculous number, even for a Navy or an Air Force. Even if BYU got half of what they did against Texas in the Utah game this week, those would be still be tremendous numbers. What may just be the difference in the game is the efficiency of the passing game and taking care of the football. Let's hope it all begins at the line of scrimmage on Saturday.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 8:24 p.m.

    I doubt BYU will improve on its rushing numbers from the Texas game since they made the Longhorns look like...well Weber State. I expect a more temperate number such as 250 to be put up, mostly done in the second half of the game when the defenses are going to get gassed.

    Utah's key defensive liability against OSU and USU was the inability to put pressure on the QB. Both QBs had the time to make the reads, find the play and deliver the ball. Hill is not quite the level of passer as the other two, yet he just might look the part if the O-line keeps Orchard out of the backfield. If he gets there, Hill will bolt for positive yardage.

    BYU's O-Line needs to be the O-line that took it to Texas and not the one that got pushed around against Virginia.