BYU football: Cougars aim to build on momentum from Utah State win

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  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Oct. 8, 2013 8:40 a.m.

    I'm not sure if it's more of an indication of the USU program's improvement or an indictment of BYU's settling into mediocrity, but I never thought I'd live to see the day that beating the Aggies was considered an indication of "momentum" for the Y.

  • Ldsrm Spanish fork, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 7:29 p.m.

    I think Byu is getting better as we go on

    Good luck to USU as well. Take down Boise and win the league.

  • WisCoug VERONA, WI
    Oct. 7, 2013 3:59 p.m.


    I would move Ga-Tech into the "should win, but shouldn't take for granted" category. On paper they are not as good offensively as they were last year and their defense is giving up 6.2 yards per play (8.8 per pass and 4.4 per rush), allowing opposing QBs to complete 63% of their passes and ranking 90th in sacks per game. Their best win is against Duke (3-2). Yes, BYU has a bad loss against Virginia on their resume (and that is unfortunate), but Bronco has shown to be pretty effective against the option and I don't see any reason to think things will be different than last year (except, perhaps, the margin of victory).

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 2:35 p.m.

    Bell. He never said DE was head. he just said he got picked up by the Utes.

  • CG Orem, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    Stringer Bell

    "Utah did not pick up DE as head coach, but rather as Offensive Coordinator. Laughingly"

    What's so funny about that?

  • JonnyDanger HOUSTON, TX
    Oct. 7, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    The way I see it we have an easy win (Idaho State), two games we should win, but shouldn't take for granted (Houston and Nevada), two homes games that we could win if we play well (G. Tech and Boise), and two games that we will have to play at the top of our game to win (ND and Wisconsin).

    Georgia Tech is a team we are built to do well against-our defensive strength is the run D, weakness is the pass D.

    Boise State is always pretty good, but has been down this year (did anyone else see their inability to stop the run vs Air Force? :)

    NDs front 7 could give our offense troubles, and their offense does well if they can pass without throwing interceptions...Our D struggles against accurate QBs and doesn't cause too many picks :(

    Wisconsin is probably the best team left on the schedule, and playing at CR is gonna be tough. They did pretty well against Braxton Miller's run game but got beat with the pass. So it will depend on which Taysom shows up...

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Oct. 7, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    Re: CougarSunDevil

    Utah did not pick up DE as head coach, but rather as Offensive Coordinator. Laughingly, big difference. Good luck with Fraud Graham.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    BYU should be ranked in the top 15 by seasons end.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 7, 2013 10:32 a.m.


    I agree that ASU used to fade at the end of the season. That was when we had Erickson as the coach. Now that we dropped that baggage (and laughingly picked up by Utah), I see the Sun Devils being better going forward and later in the year (as evidenced by last year's better in the end of the year showing).

    I hope BYU keeps trending upward. I think everyone on their schedule is beatable, but they need to do everything right and put together full games and not (as my wonderful mother always says) be a second half team.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Oct. 6, 2013 10:57 p.m.

    Wayne Rout

    Some teams start strong and fade, others improve throughout the year.

    After starting 2006(1-2), 2007(1-2) and 2009(2-1), BYU finished 11-2, ranked in the Top 15 each year.

    Arizona State is a good example of a team that often starts strong and fades. In 2011, the Sun Devils started 5-1, with wins versus #21 Missouri, #23 USC, and at Utah, before losing 6 of their final 7 games.

    Frankly, I'd rather start 1-2, and finish 11-2, than start 5-1, and finish 6-7.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Oct. 6, 2013 10:40 p.m.


    Final from 9/28/2013

    Sam Houston St from the Southland Conference - 49
    Eastern Washington from the Big Sky - 34

    Eastern Washington, the team that beat Oregon State, LOSES - WOW!

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    Final from 10/5/2013

    Ball State from the MAC Conference - 48 points
    UVA (Virginia) form the ACC Conference - 27 points

    UVA losses - WOW!!

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Oct. 6, 2013 7:01 p.m.

    Good to hear that BYU is getting better every game. That's the story every year. I wonder how other teams are ready when the first game is played. How do they do it?

  • Mark321 Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 6, 2013 6:58 p.m.

    @ evansrichdm

    Virginia not Virginia Tech.

  • OmahaCoug Omaha, NE
    Oct. 6, 2013 6:38 p.m.


    Check your facts. BYU played (and lost to) Virginia in the first game of the year, not Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech will play Virginia later this month.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 6:04 p.m.

    The only direction for BYU to go will be forward. In honor of the Homecoming jerseys, Go forward Spirit, Tradition and Honor and take down Georgia Tech. I am going to have a hard time next week telling who is who on the field as many Cougar fans will. As long as the three players on the jerseys do their part, BYU should be able to advance towards being ranked, topping ten wins and setting up for a shot next year at the playoffs.

    Good luck to USU as well. Take down Boise and win the league.

    And to Utah, good luck as well.

  • evansrichdm west jordan , UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 5:38 p.m.

    This game is a chance to make up for the VR Tech game at the start of the year. I figures since VR Tech beat us and they be GR Tech BYU can redeem themselves with this games.