Texas looking to slow down BYU quarterback Hill this time

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  • Objectified Richfield, UT
    Sept. 8, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    @ Rufus T. Firefly:

    Considering that Texas has known for a week who will be their starters and also considering that BYU will win by over 30 points, then yes, I would still expect BYU to win without any couple of players in BYU's line-up.

    From everything I've heard, Christian Stewart has a rocket for an arm. And not just a rocket, but a very accurate one that has become highly developed since last year. BYU would do fine either way.

  • Objectified Richfield, UT
    Sept. 5, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    Interesting to read the comments from known Ute fans. As expected, some are trying to dismiss and downplay the quality of Texas's program... just in case the Cougars might win... especially after what happened last year after proclaiming on these same sites that Texas would trounce BYU. Now, Ute fans are giving themselves an out.

    The other angle is similar to last year... talking about how Texas will beat BYU. It's rather sad that instate college football fans can't pull for one of their own... another instate school. But that in turn makes it that much harder to pull for Utah against their out-of-state foes. What goes around, usually comes around.

    As for BYU's chances being over after 2 games, that's highly debatable. But much of what Chris says usually is. You claim, Chris, that would be the hardest part of being a mid-major. Please share with us about what is the hardest part of being a perennial conference cellar-dweller? You've got some pretty extensive experience on that issue by now.

  • Cougars - Wise Older Brothers Anaheim, CA
    Sept. 5, 2014 9:36 a.m.

    Sparkley Briefs

    RE: "Surf, you forgot to note that all of that prestige and tradition - along with another 25 wins or so in a row - will pull the Cougs to even in the all-time series department."

    True, but at Utah's current rate of one AP Top 25 finish every 15.6 seasons, it will take the Utes another 187 seasons to match BYU's current 17 AP Top 25 finishes.

  • wyoming cougar Green River, WY
    Sept. 4, 2014 5:56 p.m.

    2013 ute seniors-

    BYU's quest for a big bowl will probably be over with a loss this weekend, but I think they'll pull this one out. In any case, the quest ending now is definitely not as painful as the:

    2015 ute seniors going bowless for 4 years.

    (Could be a new moniker for you!)

  • Sparkley Briefs New York, NY
    Sept. 4, 2014 5:13 p.m.

    Surf, you forgot to note that all of that prestige and tradition - along with another 25 wins or so in a row - will pull the Cougs to even in the all-time series department.

    My pick:
    BYU 21
    Texas 13

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    @2013 ute seniors

    "If byu loses their quest will officially be over."

    Realistically, utah's quest has not only ended, but it never really started.

    Just admit it, BYU has a legitimate shot at a big bowl game this year. If they win this week, I don't see who else would beat us.

    utah, on the other hand, is going to be scratching and clawing to make a bowl game at all. And since Michigan, Stanford, Oregon, ASU, UCLA and USC are almost certain to beat them, they really can't afford a slip up anywhere.

  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 4, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    I think points are going to be hard to come by....for either team. Watch a low scoring nail-biting kind of game. BYU wins if they don't have turnovers. For u, Fresno lost last week so they think they are playing somebody on their own level this week. Could be sad for u.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Sept. 4, 2014 3:23 p.m.

    @Schnee, the only reason I threw out older history is that many of the BYU haters seem to be under the impression the only history that matters are years that skew in the favor of the utes. They would have us believe that the last 12 years has the statistics that can be used as a measuring stick to a program's prestige and tradition.

    It is comical to try and generate/manufacture a program's sense of superiority, and tradition of winning based on a dozen years. But many of those BYU addicted haters try to push this all the time.

    Like you said, most of the games have been very close, and only decided in the last few plays of the game. But there are several guys who post her (one I've mentioned) who literally believe that the utes are suddenly more superior, washed and respected. And for what? The years 2004 and 2008?

    The utes are in a power conference. But they have yet to prove they have better history, prestige and tradition than BYU, which has an NC, Heisman winner, and a ton of individual awards.

    That is all.

  • scott Alpine, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 3:00 p.m.

    Yale Jimmy

    oh goodie, another cb clone making predictions based on nothing but her own crimson-colored biases.

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 2:55 p.m.


    Whether Utah wins or loses this week, their quest for another couch potato bowl was over before the season began.

  • The Anti Chris Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    Still waiting......I guess your silence means that you will not back up your talk.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    We have more talent and depth so cougars win big.

  • Yale Jimmy Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    Texas 40 YBU? 10...Hill is completely contained the entire game and cougie fans will be in tears before halftime.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Sept. 4, 2014 1:13 p.m.

    I was impressed with the O-line and quarterback play last week, but the biggest question mark for me is by far special teams. The game will likely be won/lost there, and from what we saw at UConn, it could be ugly.

    The only way the Cougs get national respect this year with the way the scheduled opponents are shaping up is not just *that* the Cougars win but *how* they win. And assignment-sound offense and defense won't matter if there is embarrassing special teams play--that will be the highlight reel.

    I hope someone in Provo has worked some magic in the kicking game this week.

    Go Cougars!

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 1:09 p.m.

    There coach don’t know what he’s talking about by saying Taysom is a legitimate Heisman because byu isn’t in a power conference like us so that means it can’t be.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    @Surf Is Up
    "U guys need a few more years to overcome BYU dominance of the 70s, 80s, and early 90s."

    I'm not exactly sure why I should care about years before I was born, or for that matter years before I cared about college football (2005). The two teams have had roughly equal Sagarin ranking finishing spots in the most recent decade. As far as I am concerned the teams are thus roughly equal in skill (I'm smart enough to know that there's a reason Utah-BYU has produced so many close games in recent years). Eras of dominance by one team or the other don't really mean much of anything right now.

  • byu_realistic Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    I would love to drink the blue BYU Kool Aid as much as anyone else. Let's be realistic. We caught Texas off guard last year. If we were that dominant, we would have, at least, been competitive against Utah the next week at home. We weren't. (As much as I dislike Utah, it is what it is.) We'll have to be at our best to be competitive, let alone victorious. We won't sneak up on them again this year. I hope we're focused and prepared enough to win.

  • The Anti Chris Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    So Chris, Dare to make a wager that Taysom gets more than 5 yards rushing?

    Yeah, I didn't think so but just for grins let's say that if Hill gets more than 5 yards rushing you will not post an any BYU articles for the rest of the year and if he does not I will not post on any u articles ever again.

    I will be waiting!!

  • still_thinking Draper, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 10:36 a.m.

    @2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
    "If byu loses their quest will officially be over. I imagine that would be the toughest part of being a mid major. One loss, and your quest for a big time bowl game is over."

    I have to disagree for a couple of reasons.

    First, last years schedule and next years schedule are good enough that one loss wouldn't eliminate BYU's chances. It would certainly make it difficult, but not impossible.

    Second, this year's schedule is so weak (unless a few teams really turn it around this year) that one loss doesn't make a difference. We could go undefeated, and while ranked, the rest of the NCAA would have to crumble for BYU to get in a major bowl. So while Texas is the biggest stage for BYU this year, we are caught in an off year, schedule wise, where 11-1 and 12-0 are not going to make a difference at the end of the season.

  • cal cougar camarillo, CA
    Sept. 4, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    I read some comments from fans in Tezas. One said, "Those Mormon Pacific Islanders are going to run all over our line". That is a paraphrase from what I remember. I can tell you this much, new quarterback and new second string offensive line is a recipe for disaster. There will be turnovers by Texas. Our defense will score a touchdown. That may almost be enough to win the game.

    Texas defense will be better than UCONN by a long shot. But Taysom is a great quarterback with an offensive line. Minimum of 2 touchdowns in the game. The score in this game will be 21 by BYU or more and no more than 10 points by Texas.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Sept. 4, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    Last week the O line was not tested that much. I think this week will be a different story. The passing game will not happen if we're giving up sacks or Hill is running for his life. Better athletes to account for this week...and more of them.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Sept. 4, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    @Two For Flinching, I agree with you on your point. I'm still not sure BYU can win in Austin. UT is always tough there. But I do believe that the UT coach is doing some painful things in the program, but at the same time he is doing the right things to ensure that Texas will return to prominence.

    BYU can win this game, but turnovers and penalties will need to be low or non existent.

    @2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0. Chris I realize that in your mind BYU is an unworthy "mid major" program and you desperately want to sneer at BYU as if they are very different from U. If you could take off the blinders for a moment you would understand and admit that that although Utah is in the PAC, they are really the same type of program as BYU. Bowl games will be a rarity for U.

    And don't throw out that "8 of last 12 games" bit. If you examine results in the modern era of CFB BYU is up by many games. U guys need a few more years to overcome BYU dominance of the 70s, 80s, and early 90s.

  • PDX_CougarFan Milwaukie, OR
    Sept. 4, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    Actually, I agree that losing out on a major bowl after one loss 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.

  • Malihini Northern, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    Now is the time to unleash that long ball that we heard so much about during the fall camp!

    Stretch that defense and let it fly Anae!

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    Texas might have a rougher time running the ball now that they're missing most of their starting offensive line!

    Go Cougars!

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
    Ogden, UT

    If byu loses their quest will officially be over. I imagine that would be the toughest part of being a mid major. One loss, and your quest for a big time bowl game is over.

    Chris, Utah's quest for any Bowl Game ended several years ago...

    I'd be more worried about your own team really.

    Little did anyone in Uteville know the night that the Utes won the Sugar Bowl, their were shifting fates, to rarely, if ever, return to a Bowl. And it's not like the PAC doesn't have enough Bowl Tie-ins...

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Sept. 4, 2014 8:59 a.m.

    " .......... The guy knows how to stop running QB's. And he'll stop Taysom.... "

    Wishful thinking and reality can't coexist. Hill will rush for at least 100 yards.

  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    If byu loses their quest will officially be over. I imagine that would be the toughest part of being a mid major. One loss, and your quest for a big time bowl game is over.

    Charlie Strong has given up like 600 total yards to rushing QB's in the last 5 years - or some insane number like that. I couldn't believe it when I read it - it translated to 5 yards per game for QB's. That has to be one of the most impressive records of all time. The guy knows how to stop running QB's. And he'll stop Taysom.

    Go Texas! End byu's quest just 2 weeks into the season!

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 4, 2014 7:58 a.m.


    "Taysom has a chance to really put himself and his team on the national map with another strong performance against Texas.

    BYU 31 Texas 24"

    I agree with your whole post except the score. BYU scoring 31 points infers that BYU would make a field goal. Therefore, I disagree because I'm not sure that's possible. Perhaps BYU 28 Texas 24 would be more accurate. Kicking game has been pathetic. ASU has had the same problem. Weber state's kicking game was better than ASU's...

    Sept. 3, 2014 11:59 p.m.

    Altitude is a factor in Provo - but heat will be a factor in Austin. Its 1:00 am in Austin right now and the temperature is a brisk 81 degrees.

    This game will be played in heavy heat. That may be a factor. I'll let you know how hot it is when I come back from Austin - but my bet is hotter than it was at Ole Miss and that my friends was hot.

    Sept. 3, 2014 10:55 p.m.

    "Unfortunately, your comment was not approved for the following reason:

    * Comment included ALL-CAPS shouting, overuse of punctuation, extreme length or violated other formatting rules."

    Perhaps you might want to look at it again and explain how it violated some formatting rule? Are there really too many all-caps? Are you using some automated software to deny comments? Thanks!

    It will be a fun game to watch, this game will really tell us how good the O-Line is this year. If they can give Hill anywhere near as much time as they did against U-Conn then BYU will win. I would like to see a few Fusi Baptism moves against Texas! Go Cougars!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 10:28 p.m.

    Texas just dismissed both of their starting offensive tackles.

    BYU should be favored to win. Like I said, Texas is done this year. The W/L record is taking a back seat to Charlie Strong changing the culture and attitude of the players.

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 10:28 p.m.

    The good thing is this year Texas can't afford to only focus on Taysom. Last year, to be honest, if they had an ounce of ability to stop Taysom and Jamaal from running it, we probably would have lost. We had a horrible passing game.

    This year they will almost certainly be better at stopping the run and they will pay attention to it as well. The thing is, we can finally throw. Taysom was incredibly efficient and spread the ball all over the place. There was an evenly spread out attack using the inside wideouts, outside wideouts, tight ends, and running backs.

    People will say that UConn is a terrible opponent so it doesn't matter. Sure, UConn is bad, but Taysom couldn't throw for 78% last year against teams who were worse than UConn. Taysom is a better passer, has better receivers, and has much better pass protection.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 10:02 p.m.

    First-year Texas coach Charlie Strong called Hill a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate. "I looked at last year's game and the quarterback is an unbelievable player," Strong said.

    Longhorn defensive coordinator Vance Bedford compared Hill to former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman winner.


    Taysom has a chance to really put himself and his team on the national map with another strong performance against Texas.

    BYU 31 Texas 24

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 3, 2014 9:58 p.m.

    I'm looking for a close game, say BYU by 3. But they'll need a clean game. UT will run. They'll get maybe 3 TDs that way. I don't see a lot of luck running against a Mendenhall defense. If the kid QB can't pass, it will be tough for them.

    Lots of unknowns, but I expect a really good game.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Sept. 3, 2014 9:10 p.m.

    BYU also wont have the elevationn of cougar stadium. Make no doubt that played a part in that game.

    A great opportunity for BYU. Lets hope the "back up QB" jinx doesnt kill BYU again like it has in the past.

    BYU 35 Texas 31

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 8:46 p.m.

    We're gonna destroy Texas, just like last year.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 3, 2014 8:13 p.m.

    That's fine. While they focus on Taysom, Williams will run all over them.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Sept. 3, 2014 6:33 p.m.

    Take nothing for granted... Texas is and will be a very good team this year... If we are able to pull this one out in the 100,000 seat Texas Stadium filled with 110,000 screaming Texas fans we are going to have to make every play count and take advantage of every opportunity... We can't have mindless fumble and interceptions...

    Texas will be the best running team that we have played in a very long time (since the days of Reggie Bush)... The Defense is going to have to be quick and plug the holes.