Utah, BYU football: Which will falter first — the Utes' passing defense or the Cougars' passing offense?

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  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Sept. 21, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    The way our secondary has looked, it won't take a great game by Hill, just the ability to throw it over the top, which about half of the high school kids locally can do. I'm worried about their ability to run the ball, and our lack of ability to defend the mid to long ball. I want to be wrong so badly, but I'm worried that I won't be. That being said. I also think that Wilson needs to be used more, and hopefully we will quit trying to run into the heart of the defense, because it hasn't worked in 3 games. Even Weber defended it.

  • armchair quarterback DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 20, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    All this talk about how horrible Taysom Hill is as a passer is too premature. They played in a soggy/rain delayed game at Virginia where conditions were not favorable to a prolific pass game and against Texas...Why would you even bother to throw when you are successfully running at will? I think he simply needs more reps/throws before we know what his abilities are. We know that he can run. There is no doubt there, and he has some very capable receivers.

    When the rivalry game was played at the end of the season it was much easier to make a logical prediction. But even then it almost always comes down to a few little things here and there. It is the same with Utah's team. They've played 3 games. Playing Weber State seems to make everybody look like a superstar. The other 2 games are probably better predictors but too soon to say. All these "mark it down" and chest pounding remarks are silly. Just sit back and enjoy and likely very competitive and unpredictable game. Be civil.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 6:04 p.m.

    BYU will be the toughest defense Utah has faced...especially with the pressure and different looks they will give Wilson. Those running lanes that were wide open against one of the weakest defenses in the PAC12 will not be open against BYUs run defense. BYUs pass defense may be better than utah fans are giving credit for. Two aspects of pass defense which no one seems to be discussing is pass rush and safeties. BYU has the best safeties in this game hands down, and the best pass rush Utah has faced this season. Another item not being discussed is the fact that Utah has not left the friendly confines of RES this year, so we have yet to see how all the inexperienced players for Utah deal with a hostile environment. They also havent faced a team that averages 96 plays a game, and thats after slowing it down the whole 4th qtr against Texas. I dont care what anyone says that is eventually going to ware on a defense. Should be a great game, especially from my seat in the 8th row, 45 yard line...behind the Utah bench.

    Lets Roll! Go Cougs!

  • spokaloo Adin, CA
    Sept. 19, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    Taysom Hill does not have the worst passer rating in the country. That honor belongs to Adam Dingwell of SDSU.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    I think Steve Tate nailed it on Talkin' Sports last night. Utah will load the box to stop the run. That said, they'll make sure there's one guy on every play, beside the assigned corner, keeping an eye on Hoffman. If BYU is still able to run, Utah's in serious trouble. If BYU is unable to run well, it'll come down to BYU pass protection and the ability of Taysom Hill to complete balls to his tight ends and receivers not named Hoffman.

    I believe it's a bit less complicated as far as Utah is concerned (not that it will be any easier). It's simply pass protection. If Wilson has adequate time, he'll complete enough balls to make BYU adjust which will likely open up the running lanes.


    If Utah can't get the passing game going fairly early, they're in trouble. If they can't stop BYU's running game, they're in serious trouble.

    If BYU can't get their running game going early, they're in trouble. If they can't pressure Wilson, they're in serious trouble.

  • BYU sports on TV in Missouri Lebanon, MO
    Sept. 19, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    BYU game is going to be fun to watch. We all know that Taysom is a better passer than his current numbers reflect. I expect his numbers to pick up substantially against the Ute secondary. Bronco has proven that he can put a great defense on the field. Not too worried about Wilson putting up big numbers. As long as BYU wins the turnover battle BYU wins the game. Go cougars!

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Sept. 19, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    I'm glad this game will be decided on the field. One thing is certain - the team that scores more than the other team will win. Mark it down! Which team will come to win and play accordingly? This could be a great game.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Sept. 19, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    The team that scores the most points will win.


  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    Stop trying to fool us with your other names you have.
    "Taysom Hill 33% completion rate against a Ute program who routinely sends secondary guys into the NFL draft."

    Just because there have been DB's in the past that have played in the NFL does NOT mean that any of these current db will go, especially when you rank 112 out of 123 in pass defense. Thats not really NFL material. Hoffman goes off for 175 yds and two tds. mark it down christy.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    I will be honest - it will be difficult for Utah to "fix" its pass defense problems in one week. This is Taysom Hill's opportunity to redeem his passing deficiencies. However, Utah knows that, and while "fixing" the problem probably won't happen, being "just good enough" for Utah's defense could happen.

    I am surprised that the article did not mention BYU's own deficiencies at defensive back - the numerous injuries there. However, Bronco's zone defensive schemes sometimes lessen these problems. But look for Utah to use speedy Dres Anderson to exploit that also.

    Anyway, the important thing is to have fun as fans. Win or lose, maintain your respect for each other.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 19, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    Both BYU's pass offense and Utah's pass defense stink. This matchup will be a non-factor. This game comes down to two things:

    1. Can Utah keep Hill from running? If Hill has less than 150 yards rushing, Utah wins.
    2. Can Utah's o-line give Wilson enough time to throw? BYU's secondary is slow and soft...if Wilson has time to throw, he will pick BYU apart and Utah's scoreline will be large.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    What passing offense? ha ha, man that was a good one, oh wait...
    What passing defense? oh, man.

  • u25 West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    I will take Travis Wilson big in this game, also its time for Mcgill and Rowe to step up.

  • jej SANDY, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    I think this article is spot on. This game is going to be decided by whichever teams allow their weaknesses to become strengths.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 8:52 a.m.

    I am so going to enjoy yet another byu meltdown.

    Van Noy, Hoffman, and many others will NEVER know what its like to beat their rival.

    Is that more embarrassing for the players or the fans who still act like they are a national powerhouse program on these boards?


  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    The passing defense and passing offense for both teams will make the difference. Let's look at the matchups.

    Taysom Hill 33% completion rate against a Ute program who routinely sends secondary guys into the NFL draft.

    Edge: Utah

    Wilson against a byu secondary that is not know for being very good(see any BYU corners playing Sundays?)

    BYU's first string corners are not known for being very good

    But now with second or third string?

    Wilson will be throwing all night!

  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    Considering taysom hill has the worst passer rating in the entire country, I'm less than worried.

    I was more worried about the Weber game