MTSU insider: Blue Raider key to victory is to force the BYU Cougars to pass

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  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 27, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    News Flash: Anae is the Asst Head Coach and OC. He calls the plays and picks the players. Bronco is the HC and DC and he calls the defensive plays.

    News Flash(2): Bronco's record equals Lavells, and his bowl record is better. We used to complain about the defense; under Mendenhall the defense is top tier.

    News Flash(3): The QB problems started with Heaps-Nelson. It has been only 3 years. Now we have a new QB and a new offense. Nobody runs the old BYU offense anymore. BYU changed years ago with Crowton.

    News Flash(4): We're out of the WAC and MWC and we're playing big boys now. Before we had 10 automatic wins, now we don't.

    The stupidest thing BYU could do is fire Mendenhall and Anae at this point. Who's out there that could succeed at BYU?

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    I disagree that both teams have bright football futures.

    Utah has bit off more it can chew when it joined the PAC-12. They have never beaten a team in conference that finished with a winning record. They aren't getting the recruits needed to compete with the upper half of the league. They have even lost to the dregs of the conference like a 2-10 Colorado team.

    Utah has already lost to the fifth best team in the northern division Oregon State, a team that has huge problems defensively. What wins are left on Utah's schedule? Every game Utah will be either the underdog or in the case of Colorado a toss-up. Utah has to improve tremendously just to find three more wins. They also need to find ways to recruit against the likes of Oregon, Stanford, USC and UCLA. Leftovers haven't been cutting it in the PAC-12.

    BYU is not as restricted as Utah is for scheduling. They can balance their schedule and improve their success rate. They can if needed schedule a lighter load if need be. Utah can't.

  • evansrichdm west jordan , UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    Chris B.

    Give it a rest.
    BYU will have a good season in the end and Hill will improve with his passing. By the end of the season BYU will be going to a bowl and looking good. You are right this is not our BSC bowl year, but I do beleive that given some time BYU will be going for a BCS bowl and playing better teams. BYU is already playing better teams then it would if it has stayed in the MWC. With the playing of better teams BYU will improve and even get better players in the future. I will agree that Utah will get the better home grown players, but BYU will get the better out of state player, which is reflective of the student body of BYU, which is made up of mostly non Utah students.
    Both football teams have a bright future ahead of them.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 7:09 a.m.

    "Blue Raider key to victory is to force the BYU Cougars to pass"

    MTSU, just play straight up, Bronco and crew will take care of the rest.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    What has become of the Cougar football program? To think that teams want to force BYU to pass. Why is the administration ok with this? Why is the fan base not in an uproar? How do Robert Anae and especially Bronco Mendenhall keep their jobs? This is not a one year thing. We experienced this fiasco of an offense last year as well. Mendenhall has stated quite clearly that he has no plans to make the change needed to rectify the situation. He is going to stick with a QB that has proven that he can not pass. My only hope is that BYU continues to lose so that something will be done to correct this nightmare that has become the BYU offense!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Sept. 26, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    As much as I dislike Chris B's hateful rhetoric against BYU all the time, here's another Cougar fan that would love to see Utah start kicking butts in their conference now. I would be elated to see them win their division then play and win the Rose Bowl also. If they do that, then there's no shame in knowing that we lost to a championship caliber team from Utah. On the other hand, it will be awful to think that we lost to an eventual cellar dweller who becomes a joke in the Pac 12. Please don't let that happen! That would be even more shameful than us losing the last chance to avoid going 0-4 against them.

    Go Cougars! And yes Mr. Chris B, here's another diehard BYU fan saying, Go get 'em Utes! Bring the Rose trophy home!

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 3:04 p.m.

    @ Chris B:

    Ya, and Utah was gonna beat Oregon State this year too, huh?

    Considering that Utah has never once beat a conference opponent with a winning record since joining the PAC12, and considering they've started conference play the last couple of years with 4 game skids, there's actually a pretty good chance they might lose their next 3 games and be 0-4 in conference games once again.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:44 p.m.

    @ Chris B:

    Why is this "So funny"? Not a single other commenter has noted anything humorous about the article. You must have a very different kind of sense of humor. One would think that since the Utah - BYU game is over, your obsession with BYU would subside a bit.
    If you really think BYU is so bad, it doesn't say much for Utah to beat them by only a single digit 1 score.
    As it is, BYU still has 3/4th's of their season (the vast majority) yet to play.

    Something to consider. If Utah doesn't beat their next game, their PAC12 quest is also over. But that's really not so funny.

    If BYU's coaches will call more plays to let Hill throw shorter slants over the middle... something he's proved he can do... his confidence would build and it will keep defenses from stacking the box so much. That in turn will open up their running game again.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    "Blue Raider key to victory is to force the BYU Cougars to pass"


    Wow! Now THAT is a sentence that would have been **very** unlikely just a few years ago.

  • 1978 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    As a long time BYU fan I never thought I would read an article with this title.

    Chris B - You have had some clever posts in the past but this one actually made me laugh until I had tears in my eyes. Thanks for the comic relief.

    In reality I root for Utah when they are not playing BYU or USU anyway.

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    Yuck it up, chris, but the Utes are going on a 3 game skid starting next Thursday. Mark it down.

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    "they will be able to change from among the not as good offenses (at least in passing efficiency) to among the best offenses in the country"

    That doesn't happen in just one game, especially with a young OL and a QB who has demonstrated that he can't complete more than a third of his passes over the first quarter of the season. I expect BYU will win this game (though nothing would surprise me at this point), but they will continue to struggle offensively against the better teams remaining on the schedule and will be lucky to make it to a bowl game. BYU will most likely lose to Utah State, Boise State, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame, and will probably lose one more to either Georgia Tech or Houston.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    @Chris B

    I am one Cougar fan who wishes the Utah Utes well. I do hope they win a lot of games, compete for the PAC 12 title and perform well in the post-season, just like they did against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl two years ago.

    But with all that in mind, I'm still a BYU Cougar fan. Yes, it was a huge downer to lose to the Utes again, but the Cougars still have nine games to go, and with one, maybe two exceptions, their opponents are hardly what Ute fans would describe as cupcake teams.

    Middle Tennessee is a good team and this game tomorrow will be an important indicator of just how well BYU can bounce back from a devastating lose.

    The Utes proved they can bounce back after losing to Oregon State. Now it is the Cougar's time to show they can do this as well.


    And Utes!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Sept. 26, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    Kind of a must win for BYU; I think they will rebound and get it done!

  • vangroovin West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    If MTSU forces BYU to pass, at least it gives Hill some practical and game-time practice which would help make him/BYU a better, more efficient passing team. If BYU rises up to the challenge, they will be able to change from among the not as good offenses (at least in passing efficiency) to among the best offenses in the country - in my simple mind anyway.

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    "MTSU insider: Blue Raider key to victory is to force the BYU Cougars to pass"

    This is what every single team remaining on BYU's schedule is thinking.