Peavler: Game at Texas is BYU's biggest chance to shine in 2014

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  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 10:08 p.m.


    "Also interesting to read Texas papers. They respect BYU and they'll be in a game."

    It's true. I've been reading the Austin newspapers, too. The interesting thing is that the coaches, of course, give BYU a great deal of respect. But, in the comments section you'll read almost entirely comments that give BYU the same respect as the Texas coaches. The sports writers, too. You don't hear anyone back there saying anything remotely like what Chris B and the other Ute trolls say. So, you can't really take anything Ute fans say in these comments sections. They're only trying to get a rise out of gullible Y fans.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 4, 2014 7:42 p.m.

    Empty-headed trolls trying to dis BYU. Funny.

    Big Boy is as Big Boy does. Utah is not a Big Boy.

    Get used to it.

    BYU wins out, they'll get Big Boy props. Also interesting to read Texas papers. They respect BYU and they'll be in a game. Even the games BYU lost last year (except for UVA and Utah) were good tough games. No reason not to expect more this year.

    As for the comment that P5 teams will not be eliminated with a loss ... silly you. 4 teams 5 conferences. Any team losing 2 is out. PAC12 won't get there because they'll probably all have two losses or more. Big 12 probably won't get there either. Ohio State, FSU, Alabama, LSU.

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 4:53 p.m.


    "42 7 Texas Over in the first10 minutes. This will be a great opp for BYU to learn to dig deep. I think they will be this one will hurt for a bit."

    I'm really sorry to break it to you, but that's not gonna happen. I could see Texas winning. In fact that is my prediction (17-14 by the way). But Texas's offense is way too depleted to score 42. And even though their defense is outstanding (that's why I have BYU scoring 14), I really just can't see BYU being held to only one touchdown. They will still move the ball. 14, to me, is about the lowest they could score.

  • SoCalCougar1985 Tustin, CA
    Sept. 4, 2014 4:44 p.m.

    Remember the ridicule Stanford took last year for losing to the team that was invited to the PAC for the express purpose of giving easier conference wins to the real "big boys" of the Conference?

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 4:42 p.m.

    @2013 ute seniors

    Why do you keep comparing BYU to New Mexico and Wyoming? Just because we are both mid-majors doesn't mean we are anywhere near the same caliber of team. They deserve no consideration to be the same level of team as BYU.

    Kind of like how utah deserves no consideration to be the same level of team as Alabama, Florida State, and Oregon. There's a reason utah is talked about in the same breath as Colorado, Washington State, Kansas, and Kentucky.

    Generalizing the respect and power of a program based only on conference affiliation is ridiculous.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    "Clearly, BYU's biggest chance to make a national impact is against Texas on Saturday."
    Its too bad that the Cougars are facing a shell of a Texas team due to injury and suspensions. A win is all but assured. However, the national conversation will be more about "Texas is bad again" rather than about "Look what BYU did".

    This is why it is important for BYU to schedule more than a handful of P5 schools. If you want to make a national impression, you can't risk the one "good team" on your schedule having another horrible year. When they scheduled the Texas series, fans envisioned playing a Vince Young National Champion caliber Texas. Nobody envisioned the Texas program sinking so low.

    On the plus side, Charlie Strong is doing the right thing. It will be a painful year for Longhorn fans, but the program needs a good makeover.

  • dallas realist rockwall, texas
    Sept. 4, 2014 3:44 p.m.

    Byu will win this game because Texas is overthinking this game

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Sept. 4, 2014 3:15 p.m.

    U fan loves to put up the straw-man pedestal of the "epic failure" if this team loses 2 games and the "quest being over" after the first loss. Sounds a lot like the democratic party and some of the fake arguments they put up. Great strategy by putting up a nearly impossible feat, they ridicule your rival for not living up to it.

  • MarkMAN West Columbia, TX
    Sept. 4, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    42 7 Texas Over in the first10 minutes. This will be a great opp for BYU to learn to dig deep. I think they will be this one will hurt for a bit.


  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 2:39 p.m.

    Chris B:
    Wow, did you hear that gavel fall? Well done Wiscoug.

    And give us a break...if you followed the SEC, which you clearly don't, you would see that USCeasf has plenty of people laughing at them right now...especially because it was humiliating to the ole ball coach.

    "The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about."
    -Wayne Dyer

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 1:15 p.m.

    If byu won us this year that would be real impressive more than Texas because we are big boys now and that would make byu look good on the national radar but they can't win us anyways so they won't be radar material now..

    Go Utes!

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Sept. 4, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    RE: Chris B.

    "Right. A team like Texas wouldn't be anymore embarrassed losing to a mid major like New Mexico State or Wyoming or byU than they would be losing to a big time program?"

    Lane Kiffin of USC was fired midseason last year after an ASU beatdown. Are you saying that USC isn't a major program, or that ASU is on par with New Mexico State and Wyoming? It must have been even more embarrassing for USC to lose to ASU than the BYU/Texas game because the head coach was immediately fired at USC (only the assistant was fired at TX).

    Syracuse fired Greg Robinson after losing to UCONN (BCS team at the time).
    Michigan State's John L. Smith was fired mid-season after losing to Indiana (BCS team).
    Florida's Ron Zook was fired mid-season after losing to Mississippi State (BCS).
    Arizona's John Mackovic was fired mid-season after losing to a ranked TCU team.
    Michigan State's Bobby Williams was fired mid-season after losing to a ranked Michigan team.

    All these head coaches were fired after losing to P5 teams (some of them ranked).

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    @ Johnny Triumph

    Is that the same ESPN that called BYU's coach Roscoe Mendenhall during a live game broadcast?

  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 12:04 p.m.


    Right. A team like Texas wouldn't be anymore embarrassed losing to a mid major like New Mexico State or Wyoming or byU than they would be losing to a big time program?

    Keep telling yourself that! The nation mocked Texas after losing like that to byu. You don't see anyone mocking South Carolina for having just lost big time to Texas A&M. You see everyone praising Texas A&M. Same with last year - the nation didn't explode in praise to byU after beating Texas - they laughed at Texas and TExas fired their coaches.


  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Sept. 4, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    "...coaches wouldn't have been fired last year if they had lost to a team like Oklahoma or Oklahoma State or Notre Dame or another well respected team."

    Seriously? You don't think it would have embarrassed Texas to get destroyed by a team like Alabama, who broke all sorts of rushing/offensive records in a 41-20 beat down? I think a win like that says "you're not in our league." Texas was embarrassed but it wasn't because BYU wasn't a BCS team, it's because they destroyed them.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    It's about the return of Williams.

    It's about the continued improvement of the O-line.

    It is about Taysom.

    It is about play calling.

    One of the strangest sequences from last weekend was the one fade route to each side followed by a swing pass, punctuated by a missed field goal, all of this inside the red (blue) zone.

    If the person calling the plays will refrain from this kind of play calling, BYU should win by 30.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 10:40 a.m.

    BYU will be ready for this game and will win. Texas is shorthanded on the O-line and thus won't run the ball well, and the backup QB won't have great luck throwing the ball.

    Sorry to post this here but I can't find a Ute article to put it on. It's a bad sign when ESPN can't even get your starting QB's name right in its Eliminator list:

    Utah: Talk about happy returns. Utes quarterback Trevor Wilson returned from a scary concussion suffered last season, and Kaelin Clay returned a punt and kickoff for touchdowns, helping Utah roll past FCS foe Idaho State 56-14 on Thursday night.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    @ Uteology

    I'm not sure I would call UCF, BSU, and USU contenders after what happened in week 1. I think ECU will have a chance to earn a berth in a January bowl, even if they lose one.

  • PDX_CougarFan Milwaukie, OR
    Sept. 4, 2014 10:30 a.m.

    Actually, I agree that losing out on a major bowl after one loss is a tough part of being a mid major. However, if you want to get to a New Year's bowl, you have to have a really good team, whether you are in a P5 conference or not. Both BYU and Utah have been pretty average recently--although their records differ based on the competition they each face. Maybe this year BYU does have a really good team, but we won't know until we watch the games. We might not even know then because of the SOS. However, if they win them all, it will certainly help their chances of getting in a New Year's bowl this year or next year. Remember that Boise State had several seasons of really nice teams before they got respect. Sadly, it was the type of respect that hasn't endured well. If BYU can continue to add speed and solid QB play, I can see them earning respect, but it might take a while and might actually be given to a BYU team that isn't as good as this one is.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    Did anyone go to the linked stories about how ticked off Charlie Strong is watching film or the posters all over UT facilities? So much attention being given to a non-P5 team? I just don't understand it, BYU isn't supposed to be relevant or respected by anyone, how can this be?

    Ok all sarcasm aside, BYU needs to be mentally ready for this game because Texas undoubtedly is...they've been reminded and hounded about it all off-season. Their CB says BYU is literally circled on their calendar. I'm hoping for a physical "you punch us in the mouth we'll punch you right back" kind of game. These are the defining excuses BYU, get it done!

  • Idahotransplant West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    Taysom Hill is not a one man team. There has not been this much pressure and focus in the trenches for a long time. If BYU is to win then the team has to be assignment sound. The game will not be won by how Taysom Hill rushes or surgically passes agaunst the longhorns but how well BYU does in the trenches offensively and defensively. Against UCONN the O line had it easy. Will the O line be able to open holes for Williams, will they give Hill the time to get the ball to his recievers? Texas is going to try to make Hill beat them with the pass more so because of the yards he emassed rushing last year at LES.
    Will the Defensive line stop the Long horn rushing attack? Both the D line and O line need to have nasty attitutdes because Strong will have his team focused and this will be a home game for them. This is their game of games right now. Question is will the BYU coaches have thier players mentally ready and focused as well.

  • Ghost Writer GILBERT, AZ
    Sept. 4, 2014 9:04 a.m.

    Honestly, it's a little too early to be deciding which teams on BYU's schedule are worthy of respect and which aren't. Pre-season predictions are always off. There are probably one or two sleepers on BYU's schedule that will surprise the pundits.

  • Ghost Writer GILBERT, AZ
    Sept. 4, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    No pressure . . .

  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    not only biggest chance - ONLY chance. There isn't a single other team on there that impresses anyone. If byu loses more than 1 game this year, it should be considered an epic failure with such a horrible schedule.

    Texas will win, and end byu's quest just 2 weeks into the season. Meanwhile, power conference teams will continue on quests for many many many more weeks.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 4, 2014 5:18 a.m.

    That's right Taysom4Heisman. I am impressed you see it for what it is. One could argue if BYU is worthy or not by the end of the year. But this game, despite the Longhorn injuries, will likely define BYU's season in week 2. Now, nobody should be taken lightly afterward, but BYU is better than all the other teams they play from here on out, except maybe UCF.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 3, 2014 11:46 p.m.

    "Even a spot in a New Year's Day bowl isn't guaranteed with a perfect season, although it is a possibility." -- DN

    It's not guaranteed but I think BYU will make a major bowl by going undefeated. Specially considering that they would have beat all other non-P5 contenders, UCF, Boise State, and Utah State, by going undefeated.

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 10:33 p.m.

    Bottom line, if BYU beats Texas, they get on the national radar and slowly climb the rankings throughout the year even though they play mediocre or bad teams. They will get into the discussion for the big bowl games if they keep winning.

    If BYU loses to Texas, they get no national attention this year. After a loss, the most success they could find would basically be to finish in the Top 25 at the end of the season. They would be lucky to even be talked about for a big bowl game.

    A lot is riding on this game.

  • BallJunkie Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 9:38 p.m.

    This will be BYU's biggest game this year for sure. However, an unraked Texas being beat by an unraked BYU will not help BYU much in terms of BCS or national recognition. BYU can run the table this year and maybe get to a top 10 ranking but no chance to reach a top 5 spot.

    I do think BYU belongs in a Big Time Conference and that is what they will need to gain respect. The Independent thing will just not work and the balance of the 2014 after Texas looks worse than a Mountain West or old WAC schedule.

    Sept. 3, 2014 9:17 p.m.

    Texas may not be very highly ranked but they do average eight 4-star or higher players a year in recruiting so they are loaded with talent. Any individual player rating can be wrong, but the overall star ranking averages are meaningful. At the same time I'm beginning to believe in BYU's conditioning program, especially after listening to Harvey Jackson (Nebraska transfer) talk about the grueling conditioning.

    With Strong's defensive focus and players saying they have been reminded of the BYU game every day in practice by their coaches they will be very motivated. BYU has a chip on their shoulder from not being included in the P5 in spite of being better than many P5 teams, so BYU is also very motivated.

    Texas' defense will definitely be better this year but so will BYU's offense, it should be a fun game to watch! Go Cougars!

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 3, 2014 9:11 p.m.

    It also wouldn't hurt to get the attention of the Big12 and make a claim we belong in their conference to beat Texas at home.