BYU football: Top 10 storylines for spring practices

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  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 4, 2014 2:38 p.m.


    "Middle Tennesse [sic] is too good to be called a cupcake."

    You know you're super midmajorey when you consider Middle Tennessee "too good to be called a cupcake." I'm sure Savannah St, and maybe even the Nevada schools, would struggle against the Blue Raiders as well.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 4, 2014 2:26 p.m.


    And UConn isn't a Power Five school either. They're AAC. So they're midmajors too.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 4, 2014 2:25 p.m.


    "Both Houston and UCF are now members of a BCS conference..."

    No they're not. The BCS died 8-wks ago today. And the new system does not include the AAC as an elite league -- aka, the Power Five. The "elite" conferences (Power Five) are the SEC, ACC, BigTen, Big 12, and Pac-12. The AAC was too midmajorey to be included.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 4, 2014 2:03 p.m.

    CougarSunDevil's comment and five likes for him already. Sure shows how important Utah fans' opinions about the cougars' program are to cougar fans.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 4, 2014 7:39 a.m.


    Midway, UT

    "Glad to see Zac Stout get things together and get back in the program. I hope he really gets an opportunity to play."

    Agreed. I'm glad to see that he WANTED to get things together and get back into the program.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    March 3, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    Re: RAW

    Southern Miss is not in a BCS conference. They were 1-11 last year and are in conference USA.

  • R.A.W St George, Utah
    March 3, 2014 6:13 p.m.

    Two For Flinching,

    I actually mixed up southern miss with USF (Southern Florida) who is not much better, but is a member of the American conference.

    And I will have to agree to disagree about Boise. I think Harsins will do a great job and I fully expect Boise to win the MWC in 2014 and will likely experience similar success in bowl games.

    I left USU off the list as well who I think will stay consistently good.

    My point is that BYU's schedule is not as atrocious as some Utah fans like to say.
    Is it comparable to a grueling PAC-12 schedule? Not even close!!
    But is it better than a MWC schedule? Absolutely!

    Plus it is worth mentioning that future schedules are coming together very nicely. Independence is not ideal, but it beats being stuck in the MWC 10000X over.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 3, 2014 4:46 p.m.

    @ R.A.W

    I disagree abut Boise. The Broncos will continue to be a 'good' team, but I think they are going to take a step back without Peterson. UCF was solid least year, but they lost a ton of talent. Houston is good, not great. Utah didn't opt out of playing BYU, they just didn't schedule the Cougars. Southern Miss is not a BCS opponent. They are members of C-USA, and are complete garbage. The Golden Eagles have won ONE game in the past two seasons.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    March 3, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    BYU's schedule isn't bad. If a few teams have solid seasons and BYU goes undefeated, they will be ranked high. Tough to get in the top 4 but stranger things have happened. Beating Texas by 20 again would do wonders.

  • sticks17 Midway, UT
    March 3, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    Glad to see Zac Stout get things together and get back in the program. I hope he really gets an opportunity to play.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 3, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    I like the schedule for 2014. Not as much as 2013, but much better than the MWC or WAC days. Texas, UCF, and Boise St are potential Top 25. UConn, Houston and Utah St will be solid. California and Virginia will be opportunities to prove how easy it is to beat an AQ team. Middle Tennesse is too good to be called a cupcake. And yes, there are a couple of cupcakes in November.

    This is better than playing Wyoming and New Mexico every year.

    I hope one of the other storylines is special teams, especially the kicking game. Our punting was weak last year, and losing Sorenson leaves a big question mark. These can be the difference in a close game.

  • R.A.W St George, Utah
    March 3, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    Chris B.

    I agree that this schedule is much less than ideal. But it is also not as awful as you would lead to believe.

    Texas is a premier program whom BYU beat soundly last season in Provo. Texas went on to throttle Sugar Bowl Champs Oklahoma 34-20. Texas has consistent top 10 recruiting classes (which is a HUGE deal to you) and a new coaching staff that has the resume to turn the program around.

    Both Houston and UCF are now members of a BCS conference (which is the biggest factor of quality according to you) and UCF is a BCS quality team that beat BIG-12 champ Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.

    Boise State is another BCS quality opponent that has been in more BCS games than almost any AQ team. They'll return to form with Harsins back in Boise.

    UConn and Virginia are both members of an AQ conference, which automatically makes them superior to any team we could schedule from a non-AQ conference right?

    Also, we would have two other BCS opponents if Southern Miss and Utah had not opted out of playing us...

    Jeez Chris, I'm starting to think you are hard to please.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    March 3, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    Chris B's Comment and five likes for him already. Sure shows how important BYU is to Utah fans. Thanks CB for demonstrating that BYU is still Number 1 in the state of Utah, no matter what Utah ends up doing.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    March 3, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    @mcsticks, just playing such a weak schedule would be worse. I'm not a fan of either team but I appreciate my Nebraska team being in a real conference and playing tough games most of the season. Sure we lose some but I'd rather lose a couple against top ten teams than brag about beating cupcakes.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    March 3, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    What if Texas is top 10, and UVA. and Cal are top 30 this year. If BYU is unbeaten, would they be ranked?

  • McSticks Orem, UT
    March 3, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    What would be worse going undefeated and left out of the playoffs or not making a bowl game three years in a row?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2014 11:56 p.m.

    With a schedule that only has texas(good game), cal(last in PAC 12) and Virginia(last in acc and zero division I wins all year last other than against byu) as the only power conference opponents, one storylines is how will roscoe get the guys excited to play this season?

    Terrible schedule and no conference title to play for? And even if byu did go undefeated(lol you won't) a team with this bad of a schedule wouldn't beat out a 2 loss team from a power conference for a playoff spot.

    But look on the bright side, at least you won't lose to your rival this year.

    5 years losing to your rival in a row would be unbearable