Dick Harmon: Can Dave Rose's Cougars regroup against No. 13 Oregon in Eugene?

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    Dec. 22, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    @thomas jefferson

    "BYU currently has a better football and basketball program than Utah."

    Say what?? Did you not watch the basketball game last week? I believe Utah put a sound beating on your Cougars. And a few months ago Utah's football team beat BYU for the 4th straight year, giving them 5 of the last 6, 9 of the last 12, and overall 57-34-4.

    Part of the reason why your teams continue to get beaten by quality programs like Utah's is that your coaches and even players are in self-denial, much like your claim. If you could admit that it is your team that is inferior to Utah's, then maybe you guys could start taking the steps to becoming a program that could compete with the better programs in the country. Until you do this, you guys will only be good, but never great.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 21, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    Roy, UT
    I noticed top 25 teams losing to unranked teams, and sportscasters saying everyone has a game like this, where they are just flat and unproductive, so perhaps that is all this BYU/Utah game was."

    byu was in the top 25 last Saturday night? How many of those "top 25 teams losing to unranked teams" got absolutely brutally curb-stomped like byu did by The U?

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    I noticed top 25 teams losing to unranked teams, and sportscasters saying everyone has a game like this, where they are just flat and unproductive, so perhaps that is all this BYU/Utah game was.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    I came here hoping to read comments from some BYU fans, but found only fair-weather observers. Obviously a perfect season would get a lot of people going, but those of us who truly support BYU as our school are going to get up for every, whether we expect to win or no. Although a different sport, I clearly recall taking my seat with a buddy to watch the Cougars take on Miami on Septerber 8, 1990 in (then) Cougar Stadium. The weather was perfect, so I said: "Great day to watch a football game, even though we don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of winning."

    Obviously, in that case I was richly rewarded for attending, but the point is, when the team is down is when it needs our support more than ever.

    Dec. 21, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    @Silent Lurker


  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    Sounds like Harmon and his little cougar buddies are still a little sore from last Saturdays spanking at the hands of the Utes. Harmon takes a jab at a schedule that keeps the Utes at home against lesser competition and collecting wins. But isn't that what the BYU football team is doing year in and year out? Play nobody's at home for a win and then losing to BCS auto qualifying teams on the road? Yes, I know your team beat Texas as your marquee win, but lost to Virginia, Utah, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame on the road. Looks like Rose is taking the same tac with his basketball team. Looks like BYU basketball will lose between eight and thirteen games this year.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    Don't worry byu fans, you'll be talking Sweet 16...again, once you get into conference play. I respect Dave Rose and his program, but you fans are funny.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Dec. 21, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    After the nightmare at Utah, all I want and hope for is a shocking surprise against the Ducks! Then again, like a couple of previous posters said, all my excitement and sense of optimism has been flushed out with their performance at the HC. Even so, I wish them well at Oregon!

    Go Cougars!

  • bigirish OREM, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 7:35 a.m.

    Yeah I'm one who just lost a lot of confidence in our team against Utah, of ALL the teams on our schedule - but also the coaches, who don't seem to be able to get these guys to make foul shots and be able to settle down in a game and come back before they get inundated by that opponent. I think we've believed our own hype too, showing that Haws and others just aren't consistent, and can't bring us back consistently against tough teams. I still wish them well, but I too have lost some wind in my Cougar sails and a desire to even watch these guys right now. But Utah? We had to lose to Utah?

  • tlaulu Taylorsville, Utah
    Dec. 21, 2013 1:23 a.m.

    Thomas Jefferson: You wrote: "Play with Passion, something BYU coaches donot teach! It's the system, or this or that . Sports are about channeling energy and passion, use it. Coach Whitt does 2-3 time a year". Coach Whitt does it ONLY 2-3 times a year? Maybe he ought to be teaching it all through out the year. They could be bowl eligible, right?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 11:12 p.m.


  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 9:36 p.m.

    I cannot wrap my mind around what happened against Utah. All the confidence I had in this team got flushed with that defeat. I can only imagine what it did to the players. Not looking forward to Oregon. It could get ugly.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    Seriously, does it matter. If they can't get up for and beat their rival, then what will motivate them to beat Oregon? That loss took the air out of my sails and just left me indifferent to the Cougs for the time being.