10 reasons not to give up on BYU's season

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  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    Chris B:

    Following your same line of reasoning toward BYU games...

    A opponent who had already lost to a division II school wasn't supposed to pose a problem at all for Utah, either.
    But it (OSU) did... at home no less. Utah is now off to an 0-1 conference record, which is as close as they're going to get to a winning conference record this year.... again!
    Got a prediction for Utah's bowl game at the end of this season? Will it be more impressive than the one last year?


  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    @ Who am I sir?

    Why are you wasting such great writing talent in this online comment section? With your wonderful sense of humor, you should be preparing and submitting resumes to all the network and cable channels as a late-night talk show host. Yes, truly hilarious sarcasm.

    It's more than interesting that even after the game with BYU, you and Chris B still remain obsessed with all things BYU.
    Is that obsession because you know in your own sarcastic way that things will soon be going only downhill for Utah while things are likely to get better for BYU from this point on? Good choice!

    @ Chris B:

    Yes... a respectable goal for Utah would be to just finish with any kind of winning record whatsoever... especially considering they haven't done so since 2011. Nor have they ended the past few years nationally ranked as highly as BYU. Changing that might also be another good goal to consider. But unfortunately, most of your conference games are forthcoming, meaning the rest of the season will be mostly downhill.
    As such, you might be better off continuing to inspire BYU fans rather than trying to fool Utah fans.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    Utah 95,

    It's not respectable if in their five biggest games(Utah, Notre Dame, Texas, Wisconsin, and Boise) they go 1-4.

    Frankly even going 2-3 with wins against a bad texas team and a struggling Boise team should hardly be considered a success.

    There are still 6 games on their schedule that shouldn't post a problem at all. However, Virginia was one of them


  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Sept. 27, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    I expect BYU will finish 7-5. That would be a respectable record, considering their schedule.

    Good luck BYU - except against Utah State.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:40 a.m.

    to Steven S Jarvis

    Byu could win 10 but they wont.

    Byu is looking at a 6 or 7 win season (same for the U).

    Byu can beat GT; the Jackets looked horrible last night.

    Byu may have a chance in S Bend but NOT in Madison.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 10:31 p.m.

    10 (more) reasons:

    1. BYU's objective to run the fastest plays resulting in BYU being # 1 in the nation.
    2. Fan's can guess to which player the pass was intended.
    3. Fan's can guess if at any point in the game Coach Anae will call an unpredicted play.
    4. Chance for coaches and fans to wear retro slogan shirts one more time.
    5. Watch the team line up on the sidelines and upon the signal storm onto the field. No one does it - better.
    6. Watch the best independent this side of South Bend. (Sorry Idaho and New Mexico State)
    7. Who will win the rivalry game with Idaho State?
    8. Resole the question are those live fans on the West side or mannequins in suits and tie?
    10. Watch the free enterprise system at work in the supply/demand for tickets to Idaho State game.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:14 p.m.

    @ Aggie238:

    You make some very valid points. The Cougars definitely have a tougher second half of season schedule this year. It will make it a much bigger challenge.

    @ Ernest T. Bass:

    Sarcasm is only funny when not overdone. Yours have been way overdone for quite awhile. It's getting really old. Please consider changing your MO.

    @ Chris B:

    You had 3 of the first 8 posts on this article that is 100% about BYU. Utah already beat BYU this season. Why continue the obsession? Why try to discourage BYU fans concerning the rest of their season? What's the real purpose to continue denigrating BYU after the rivalry game is over?

    As far as Utah's PAC12 season, a lot more will be known and determined after their next game. I wish them well.... now that their games with BYU and USU are over.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    @Chris B

    BYU fans aren't so fickle. BYU had a year in basketball where they won a single game. Did that kill the program? Did the fans stop coming? Take a look at the Huntsman Center. What happened there? Utah has to do something in order to keep football viable.

    BYU is the premier program in the state with the highest interest inside and outside of the state. Sure Utah has proven it beats BYU when the two have matched up. Yet the Utes have not proven anything outside of their victories over BYU.

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 12:59 p.m.


    BYU has "bounced back" in recent years because the level of competition has taken a nose dive over the latter half of the season. That's not true of this year as much as the last couple of years. Where is BYU going to get the easy wins this year? Utah State? Wisconsin? Georgia Tech? Perhaps Notre Dame? Sure, they'll beat up on Idaho State and MTSU, and probably Nevada, but based on what's happened so far, games against teams like a questionable Boise State and even Houston are starting to look a little scary, let alone the real heavy hitters left on the schedule. The defense will keep BYU in games, for sure, but many of the offenses they still face are very capable of putting points on the board even against great defenses, and the defenses remaining on the schedule present nearly impossible odds against the struggling BYU offense. BYU simply isn't going to win the war of attrition against most of these teams unless Taysom Hill suddenly becomes a Chuckie Keeton clone, which isn't going to happen in one season, let alone 2-3 games against practice squads.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 26, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    "Why would Utah's quest be over after Oregon State?"

    Because the Utes haven't won a single game against a PAC 12 opponent with a winning record since joining the conference and there's no chance that the rest of the PAC south (except ineligible USC) will finish with a losing record as happened in 2011.

    U missed your one and only chance to back into a PAC south title with a mediocre 5-4 conference record.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 10:54 a.m.

    Im not ever giving up. They are so dang close to being undefeated and so so dang close to the national title.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    Just Truth,

    Why would Utah's quest be over after Oregon State? Our quest is for a Pac 12 title and Rose Bowl. Why would those be over with a loss to Oregon State.

    Your quest was for a BCS bowl, or at least I hope it was. Your quest is over.

    Utah's is very much alive. What was so difficult about that to understand?

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    NO doubt Ute fans are in the catbird seat now. It will take a while for this team to gel. 8 new offensive linemen and new line coach and offensive coordinator make things a little more difficult. For some reason I have no interest in watching Utah football the rest of the year, but I will be very interested in how BYU does. I am looking forward to Middle Tennessee.

  • Just Truth Saratoga Springs, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    So Utah's "quest" was over after Oregon State? Double standard? I love BYU regardless of whether they win or lose. I like watching them get better and I still think they have more upside possibility than any other team in the state. Good luck to Utah, but if Chris B. is any indication of the caliber of your fan base then what a sad standard to cheer on.

  • The Solution Las Cruces, NM
    Sept. 26, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Anae does struggle with opening the playbook. It feels like he runs the same 10 plays over and over. However, I agree with the author... let Hill focus on short passing plays (more screens, meshes, and comebacks), bring back in the tight ends, and let him develop confidence and chemistry with his receivers. Then he can introduce more complex, big gain yardage plays.

    Also we need more misdirection plays like the double reverse and wildcat. I would love to see a statue of liberty every once in awhile with the how good Taysom is with his fakes. The rugby pitch needs some work, but could become a weapon once perfected.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    BYU has a rather bad habit of often starting seasons out slow. It happens more often than most fans would like to admit. But the good thing is, is that they then often go on to have very successful years, even sometimes finishing up nationally ranked in the top 25. Considering the level of competition still on the schedule, that could very well happen this year too... assuming the coaches get those wrinkles worked out of the passing game. I'm still confident Hill has the ability to be a better-than-average passer.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    The main reason for byu fans to give up on your season:

    Your quest is over. Virginia ended your quest just hours after it started, and then your entire season was ruined when you lost to your rival, for the fourth time in a row, giving Van Noy, Hoffman, Taysom Hill, and many others a grand total of ZERO wins their entire careers against their rivals.

    You don't have a conference title to play for.

    You aren't playing for a BCS Bowl.

    May I suggest you begin supporting the team in Utah that is still very much alive for both of those things: Utah!

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    No fan has given up on BYU. BYU still can get to 10 wins, a bowl game, national ranking and should play ranked teams Wisconsin and ND later in the year with a possibility of Houston and/or GT also being ranked. BYU's QB and RB are just Sophmores and will continue to develop.