BYU football enemy camp: 5 questions with a Texas insider

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  • lixircat Indianapolis, IN
    Sept. 4, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    My bet is that this will be a close game until early in the 4th quarter. This is such a high stakes game for both sides. One team will crack under the pressure. It may come down to a few plays that will swing the momentum.
    Texas needs this game. They will come out fast and angry, but their emotions might get the best of them.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Sept. 4, 2014 1:40 a.m.

    Whichever team wins, it will be by about 17 points... Whichever team develops the momentum first will carry the day... If BYU gets an early 2 TD lead, I certainly hope that we don't shutdown our passing offense like Anae so often likes to do...

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 7:47 p.m.

    Texas shook things up after the game last year because the realized it wasn't a fluke...the better team won and Texas can't stand the thought that BYU was the better team, they needed to change to try to get better (even in a year when they beat Oklahoma).

    Stanford made no changes after losing to Utah because they understood they gave the game away, it was a fluke, and the better team didn't win...ergo, no need to make any changes.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Sept. 3, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    This is going to be one heck of a tough, tough game. Texas is literally playing for pride (and in Texas that pride is indeed as big as the media makes it out to be) after getting crushed last year.

    BYU will have to play very well against Texas to beat them.


    However, I think BYU will take it. I say that in part because I think Texas's pride is (even 1 yr later) causing them to think that BYU (primarily) got lucky last year instead of beating them with skill and talent. I think BYU is going to play very well and surprise Texas again and that Texas's shock will be slow to recover from and BYU will be able to take advantage of their surprise and be able to put some points on the board before Texas knows fully what's going on.

    BYU - 27
    Texas - 24

    Go Cougars!!

  • KSUBYU Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 3, 2014 2:18 p.m.

    The first games of the season for both teams are not a good indicated on how this game will play out. BYU had too many mistakes and Texas played a far inferior team. If Texas comes out too hyped up it could cost them, if BYU does not execute better it could be a long day for them. I see this one being a 3 or 4 point game with a turnover being the winning or losing difference.
    Win or lose BYU would make a great representative for the Big 12.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Sept. 3, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    @ bournesupremecy "you say you just don't see BYu "getting lucky" again, let me ask you a question - Is that kind of like how utah got "lucky" last year in beating Stanford?"

    Stanford wasn't in shambles. Stanford didn't fire their Defensive Coordinator the next day and revamp the entire team, including a new Head Coach, the following year. I don't think you will surprise them this year.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Sept. 3, 2014 8:03 a.m.

    Bronco usually prefers disciplined, workman like mentality over raw emotion. On the whole, that's been successful. Against Utah, not so much. Against Texas?

    I say, absorb the punches and do what we do best. I imagine they will defend by attacking, 8 men in the box and press coverage. I can see some big running plays, but by and large, not much success on the ground for either team. I think it will come down to whose qb can make the quick read and deliver the ball.

    I like BYU by 7 in an upset. There's a surprise...

  • IrieUte west valley, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 12:54 a.m.

    Enemy camp? You're not facing the ASU sun devils or anything.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Sept. 2, 2014 8:29 p.m.

    "In what way is 40-21 lucky?"

    I think he means, "Lucky! (not fair tone) You beat the ranked Longhorns! You also beat the ranked Sooners awhile back and have also beaten ranked TCU and ranked KSU in big games in the last many years. I wish my team had a history of beating all these big boys from the same big conference like you can. Lucky."

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 5:46 p.m.

    @respect the Pac 12

    In what way is 40-21 lucky? We smacked them last year. There's nothing else to it. We were flat out better than they were for 60 minutes straight.

    If you want to talk about being lucky, look at utah's wins over BYU and Stanford last year. Against BYU, a fake holding call took a touchdown away from Adam Hine, and a muffed punt recovered by BYU should have put us in field goal range. There's 10 points and a 23-20 BYU victory. That ref crew was the most corrupt and Pac-12 biased crew I've ever seen. If you don't believe me, re-watch the BYU vs utah game or watch the Wisconsin vs ASU game last year. I know the ute fans won't believe it though since they don't want to.

    Against Stanford, the Cardinal simply had crazy play calling right at the end. They threw it for some dumb reason and then threw it again on 4th down. Bottom line, if they run, they probably punch it in for a 28-27 victory.

    I don't think I've ever heard someone call a 40-21 win "lucky" before.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Sept. 2, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    Going to be a tough game. Anytime emotions are as high as Texas, this could get real ugly - real fast. Hope the cougs can weather the storm. If we can keep it close for a couple quarters, they will get anxious and will make mistakes. If not, it could be a blowout for Texas.

  • oddman ,
    Sept. 2, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    Texas is proud and doesn't like to be the laughing stock of the league, ESPN, of antiTexas fans anywhere. I say protect Taysom because by eliminating him from the picture gives them a shot and begins the full fledged revenge spoken of in the article. O line, tight ends, blocking backs listen up. If Hill goes down for the count, game over. Protect your hope for a special season as if your life depended upon it for I believe Texas will aim for him as though their lives depended on it, and that isn't far from the truth.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 3:43 p.m.

    As I said in another post...BYU is going to get everything Texas has, QB or not. Cougs better be ready for a war out there!

  • kennewickcoug Alpine, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 3:20 p.m.

    I think BYU is much better than last year with a very experienced offensive line, very experienced group of running backs and a much improved QB and receiving core. I think the DB/Safeties are better and probably equal to last year at linebacker and d-line. So all in all a big upgrade from last year. Texas however is a bit unknown. New coach, inexperienced QB, etc. The big advantage is that it is a home game for them and they are tough for anyone to beat at home. BYU needs to win big games much more often than it does today. This is the biggest knock on Bronco that he doesn't get his teams up for big games. We have had the better team 3 of the last 4 games against Utah and Utah is simply bad! We must win more games against Big 5 schools if we want to be able to make any case. It is as simple as that. Utes 4-8 this year! One Pac 12 championship ( in four years. If you are going to move conferences and have billboards up and down I15 touting your good fortune please at least compete and stop embarrassing the state.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 2:02 p.m.

    Texas's defense is not going to be the total sieve it was last year. Their offense still has a lot to be desired though. It'll probably be a close low-scoring (by Big12 standards at least) game. I'd give Texas a slight edge, mostly because they're at home. Neutral site it'd probably be a tossup.

  • cougarsrock Springville, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:55 p.m.

    I am pretty certain that you have absolutely no idea how much better BYU is as a team this year from last years team.You are correct in 1 comment however, Texas better be ready to play this game or it will get ugly for them.oh and by the way 200,000 screaming fans will not win the game for texas. May the best team win Saturday !

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:42 p.m.


    You Said: "That would require the BIG12 to expand to at least 12 teams and might get BYU an invite." Well, it is up to the board such as from General Authorities when one person did reject it. Missionary tools is very important to the church and they don't want tv exposers to go away. So yeah, they may reject it again. I like the idea to move on to P5 League but it is not up to fans and medias and nor to Bronco M.

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    This game has that feeling of the TCU game of 200? (7 or 8) after BYU had won the last 2 MW titles and went undefeated in conference both years. In the off season, Patterson had BYU helmets and uniforms on all the weight lifting equipment and all over the football offices reminding his team who they wanted to beat that year. I hope that BYU comes out to play or it could be a beat down a la 2007. It will be a tough game, but I think we compete because we want to show the Big 12 we would be an upgrade.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    BYU's got a good shot at it, we still don't really know the new Texas. And with Ash and the starting Center out it'll be tougher for Texas. Go Cougars, seize this chance!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:20 p.m.

    SEC Rules,

    byu couldn't beat their old rival... So "Looks like BYU has a new and (better)rival." lol.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:09 p.m.

    @Respect the 12(Pac)

    I don't think it was luck at all. BYU had a one dimensional offense yet Texas couldn't stop the running game or tackle worth diddly, so BYU rolled all over them.

    @SEC Rules: "Looks like BYU has a new and (better)rival."

    And someone that BYU can actually beat.

    Texas will want to come out and embarrass BYU, like we do every year. But I think BYU has a great chance to pulling off an upset. It comes down to if Texas's defense can contain Hill and take the quick, short passing game away. If they do they win, if not then I can see BYU winning a close game.

  • Mowgli54 Santa Rosa, CA
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:00 p.m.

    I agree with "Respect the 12" about BYU not likely being lucky if BYU wins on Saturday, but I disagree with his or her implication that luck explains last year's result. BYU just flat out-played them early, perhaps because they were not prepared for Hill's rushing abilities, and Texas didn't adjust.

    If the referees behave themselves and call a fair game---I admit my concern about being home-towned---and the boys play like they can, BYU may dominate the game. This is particularly true given the unfortunate state of the Longhorns' qb and center situations. This would then likely be noticed by ESPN, considering it would be the answer to one of the early season questions.

  • 1978 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    "I just don't see byU getting lucky again."

    Why not? It worked for Utah 3 out of the 4 times they played BYU recently.

    The difference is BYU won 40-21. Not by (1) a blocked FG (2) a free touchdown from our QB to your defensive line and (3) two special teams touchdowns called back.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    Texas 24 BYU 17

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:53 p.m.

    Texas is like BYU was in the MWC. The hated team you had to beat to get to the title.

    They'll be up for revenge.

    BYU will up for recognition.

    Can Texas with a ball-control offense and a rookie QB move against BYU defense? Hmmm. Not easy.
    Can BYU move the ball against a riled up UT defense. Maybe in spurts and enough big plays to score. If BYU does move the ball on them, they can probably move the ball on anybody.

    Hard to see BYU beating Texas twice at their house. Great win if they can do it. Top 25 if they can do it.

  • never break .500 Los Angeles, CA
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    with no U on our schedule, I don't see any sub.500 spoiler teams able to jump up and upset the mighty Cougsā€¦bring on UT with or without any extra motivationā€¦.we will manage this game.

  • SEC Rules Seminole, FL
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:40 p.m.

    Looks like BYU has a new and (better)rival.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    We would for sure win Texas by a lot. just look how far we won Idaho.

    Go Utes!

  • bournesupremacy Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    @respect the 12(pac) - you say you just don't see BYu "getting lucky" again, let me ask you a question - Is that kind of like how utah got "lucky" last year in beating Stanford?

  • cy1951 Arlington, VA
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    This is going to be a monumental game for Texas. I don't think BYU has any idea just how ornery the Texas defense is going to be, or just how hard and well BYU will have to play to win this game. They better be ready for an emotionally charged buzz-saw of a team -- this is grudge match to the max. If they are not emotionally ready, this will get ugly fast -- with 100k angry and loud fans looking for revenge and a team lit on fire, the Cougs better buckle up their chin straps and get after it, because this will be no gentlemanly game. Texas has not been Top 20 of late, but they are a proud and quality program that was embarrassed in Provo last year. And if they only win one game this year, despite the history with Oklahoma, it better be this one or there will be hell to pay. Look out, Cougs. This will be harrowing.

    Sept. 2, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    It will help BYU if they win this game as most BIG12 fans cheer any team that plays Texas because they hate the power Texas has in the BIG12. Beating Texas will make most other teams in the BIG12 look favorably on you (as it did last year for BYU).

    While it will help, it won't get BYU an invite to the BIG12 because the money is still more important. The only way BYU will possibly get an invite is if the NCAA declines the BIG12's request to have a championship game with only 10 teams. That would require the BIG12 to expand to at least 12 teams and might get BYU an invite.

  • Respect the 12(Pac) Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    With a half competent defensive coordinator, which Texas didn't have last year, I just don't see byU getting lucky again.

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    His last paragraph sums up this game in a heartbeat. Texas's embarrassment vs. BYU wanting to show they belong. Should be a good game.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:01 p.m.