Commentary: BYU football's way-too-early position-by-position breakdown

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  • wallyball SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 10:44 p.m.

    I like wly123's confidence but I wonder what evidence we have that the o-line will be effective next year and that Tujague is an excellent coach and motivator. Every analysis that I have read listed the o-line as the most disappointing part of the team this year, and the biggest question mark for next year.It's way too early to determine how good Tujague is.

  • sdcoug SAN DIEGO, CA
    Feb. 12, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    Chrissy B,

    If BYU was playing the red and white almost dead last team in the PAC 10 and little two next year, it would be 4, eh?

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    @ Chris B:

    Since you brought up the topic and possibility of BYU running the table next year, let me add that I would sincerely bet a lot more money on BYU's chances of running their table than Utah's chances of even having a winning season... something Ute players halfway thru their collegiate careers haven't yet experienced and may very well finish without doing so.

    And no, that's not a "lol" situation. That's just plain sad.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    @ Chris B:

    If being the first one to post on a BYU article doesn't say obsession, then what does?
    Actually, it's posting the first 2 comments to a BYU article by an avowed anti-BYU person that does say it.

    And you're right, Chris. I don't know how you forgot Virginia in your assessment of BYU's schedule, since you obviously follow BYU more closely than anyone else in the state.

    2 predictions:

    1) Utah's coach will be begging to switch schedules with BYU before next season is halfway done. By then it will be obvious to everyone that Utah won't be going to a bowl game again and BYU will have locked in their 9th in a row.

    2) Utah will replace Cal at the total bottom of the PAC12 totem pole. Utah's been in the running since joining the conference. This next season will finally put them there.

    BTW: Since schedules are put together years in advance, no one knows how good or bad any particular team will be by the time those games are played. Auburn recently went from one of the worst to one of the best in a single year.

  • wly123 Keller, TX
    Feb. 12, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    The O-line will be fine. How many yards did Williams and Hill get on the ground? You don't do that with an ineffective O-line. Stringham played injured most of the year and finally had to have surgery before the end of the season, he will come back strong and healthy, and can play at tackle. Yeck also battled nagging injuries from the Boise State game to the end of the year, and since he only played in 2, 3 and out series against Washington in the Bowl Game, it’s not fair to say he struggles against talented completion. He will be healthy next year. Additionally, Wilcox, Yeck’s back-up gained valuable experience during the year and should be able to compete for that position this fall, if Yeck is still struggling. Tujague, inherited a group that had floundered during the previous regime, but had talent, he is an excellent coach and motivator and we should have every confidence in his ability to get the most out of his O-line this coming year.

  • Black&Blue St George, Utah
    Feb. 12, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    Tom in CA,

    I actually played with Nate Carter in high school. That kid is unbelievably strong and has a legit 4.5-40. As a Junior in high school he was benching nearly 400Lbs and squatting around 600lbs. Last spring game he scored 2 TD's and had a great showing. He may be a little undersized at around 5'9" 195ish, but he has a crazy work ethic, and I think its only a matter of time before he is on the field.

  • Truebluecoug Park City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 9:38 a.m.

    Chris B just yearns to be a Cougar, who cannot talk about being a REAL member of the PAC 12 yet, because they are one of the league's doormats, whose recruiting class was DEAD LAST in the PAC 12 this year. Instead of knocking BYU's schedule, why not spend time talking about the virtues of the football program up north? Oh that's right, other than beating BYU and Stanford, what say you?

  • Ken Lee Pasadena, CA
    Feb. 12, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    Dont be too sure California will be dead last in the Pac12….there's a team up north in Utah that is always in the hunt for that spot every year. Again, Chrissy, how many times will you point to your schedule as meaningful when you lose most all your conference games? Stop reading about BYU…you have better things to do like counting your PAC12 money and worrying about your annual USC pounding.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 6:36 a.m.

    We will win are teams this year because we are in a prestegous power conference and because of that it means we will win the rose bowl.

    Go Utes!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 11, 2014 6:19 p.m.

    @cb - The mark of a good schedule is not about how many "power conference" schools U play, but how many "power teams" U play and if you can compete.

    I have no problem admitting that the 2014 schedule is not as challenging as the 2013 schedule, but it's a good schedule.

    UCF, Boise State could beat most teams in a power conference next year. Houston is always solid, and UConn has been to a BCS bowl more recently than U. Utah State will be a contender as well with Chuckie back.

    U like to slam BYU and their playoff potential, but I'd really like to hear your prediction for Utah making the playoff in 2014. I don't expect BYU to be a Top 10 team, but they have a shot at finishing in the Top 25 with 1 or 2 losses. Utah's chance of even having a winning record is about the same as BYU's chance of finishing as the National Champion.

    It's not all about who U play, it's about being able to compete against the teams U play. And Utah will prove again that U cannot compete in the PAC12.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 11, 2014 5:50 p.m.

    "byu actually plays 3 power conference teams"

    Take away Utah's gimme "Power conference games" (you know, the ones that USC, Oregon, ASU, UCLA, etc. are forced to play against Utah because of conference affiliation) and Utah has 1 (one) game against a "Power Conference Program" and that program (Michigan) is going to dismantle the #70 ranked recruited class of Utah up and down the field.

  • Mikeylikesit Davis, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 4:57 p.m.

    Man I'm glad that CB from the TUN is here to help us for the next 198 days to critique and craft our season.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Feb. 11, 2014 4:37 p.m.

    @ CB
    It is very realistic that BYU will have more wins against power conference teams than the utes will next year.
    Colorado and Washington State look like the two best opportunities.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 11, 2014 3:43 p.m.

    Anyone know why RB Nate Carter 5'9" 195 hasn't been given more consideration??

    - Prepped at Dixie High School
    First Team All-State two years All-Region three years
    Three-time First Team All-State in baseball 2005 State Champion in baseball
    Two-time State Champion in wrestling
    Recruited by Boise State, Utah, Colorado, Utah State and SUU

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 3:34 p.m.

    I forgot, byu actually plays 3 power conference teams. Texas, Cal(dead last in the Pac 12) and Virginia(dead last in the ACC)

    How could I forgot Virginia, a team that had exactly 1 division 1 win all of last year. Who was that against again?


  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 3:31 p.m.

    byu plays Texas and then the #12 Pac 12 team in Cal

    Those are the only power conference programs byu plays.

    That isn't just a bad schedule, its horrible. Not even running the table(LOL it wont happen) would qualify byu for the playoffs.

    Better call up the Big 12 again and beg them, because with these schedules your chances of touching the playoffs are 0%.