Is bad BYU already back? Twitter sounds off

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  • Howard S. West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 10:52 a.m.

    Funny... the DN notes the "optimism surrounding the BYU football program"... apparently oblivious to the fact that it enthusiastically participated in an explosion of celebration and hype following BYU's narrow victory over a horrible Arizona team.

    One DN headline went so far as to declare that BYU had "reset its football foundation".

    I wonder if the DN will ever gain the wisdom of restraint in its coverage and hype of the still struggling BYU football program.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 5:34 p.m.

    Well we found out that Arizona is not good and we also know what we always knew...Mangum is not that great

    It’s going to be a long mediocre year BYU

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    Sept. 9, 2018 4:14 p.m.

    UteinIdaho - Sandpoint, ID
    Sept. 9, 2018 11:34 a.m.

    The sad fact is, Sitake was never a great D coordinator.


    That's right. It's ridiculous how overrated Sitake has been.

    He was good at Utah because he was playing with Whittingham's defense. At Ore State he showed he was bad, and at byu-p he's shown hes still bad.

  • UteinIdaho Sandpoint, ID
    Sept. 9, 2018 11:34 a.m.

    @ pipes
    "He used to be able to prep a defense when he coached at the U. What happened????"

    The sad fact is, Sitake was never a great D coordinator. He was thrown into the DC job after being, if I remember right, a running backs coach. He got a little bit better every year, but he was never a great DC. His defenses were never anything close to the Gary Anderson ones.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 10:00 a.m.

    Game #1 the receivers played like the legends of old. Game #2 the receivers played like last year.

    The receivers failed the whole team last night. Once Cal figured out that the receivers were allergic to the ball, they were able concentrate on BYU’s Running game.

    The defense, offensive line, and running backs could have won the rest of the game with just a little more support from the passing game.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 9, 2018 9:56 a.m.

    "Is bad BYU already back?"

    Already back? They never left. One nail biter win over a bottom 10 team is not enough to declare - even temporarily - the return of "good BYU-P".

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Sept. 9, 2018 9:34 a.m.

    Pipes - It is possible that Sitake at Utah was just following Whitt's advise or orders concerning defense. Sitake has never demonstrated he was a great (or even good) defensive coach, much less a good head coach. I think the best description of Sitake is that he is a wonderful person and, at best, a mediocre coach of anything.

  • UteinIdaho Sandpoint, ID
    Sept. 9, 2018 8:48 a.m.

    I want to feel bad for you byu fans, but you do this to yourselves. You acted like you just beat Alabama after your 4 point win over a really, really bad Arizona team. Byu hubris at it's best.

    As for the references to Utah's game, please remember coug fans, you guys play this NIU team too. As pathetic as Utah's offense and special teams is, this NIU team is good, and they very likely will beat you guys on your home field. So be cautious with your smack talk about Utah only beating them by 11 on their home field.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 7:48 a.m.

    Painful to watch. Grimes is no better than Detmer. Play calling was inept at best especially on 4th down. Defense is vanilla and not creative or disruptive at all. Sitake made no adjustments at half time. Once again Mangum throws more picks than TDs. Wisconsin will destroy the Cougars next week. Someone needs to light a fire under Coach Sitake. He used to be able to prep a defense when he coached at the U. What happened????

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Sept. 9, 2018 6:39 a.m.

    There's no reason to get excited about this team.
    After last seasons showing do you really expect something different?
    Utah State is probable the team worth getting excited about.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Sept. 9, 2018 5:11 a.m.

    I try not to get too excited until the 3rd or 4th game of the season.

    The Cougars are looking painfully similar to last year—ineffective offense, mistake prone, and only the defense making any noise.

    Final score looks close. But, it really wasn’t.

  • cougar engineer Alpine, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 12:47 a.m.

    very simple explanation: quarterback with erratic arm, no feet, inability to see and hit the open receiver, and generally poor judgement under pressure. Always looks good in practice, not a gamer. His passes are generally underthrown or behind the receiver. His heroic hail mary passes as a freshman were underthrown, but were successfull because the receivers came back for the ball and umped to catch at a high point. get wilson into the games!!

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 9, 2018 12:09 a.m.

    After watching Houston thump Arizona I figured that maybe BYU wasn’t quite as far along the road to recovery as it appeared last week. They still played a great game that went down to the wire.

  • Caddis Terry, MT
    Sept. 9, 2018 12:01 a.m.

    We done got beat... with the exception of 2 or 3 brick wall stops, it seemed difficult to get a clean hit and stop. Cal was very slippery and moved the ball patiently and with smarts and I hand it to them. Actually we handed it to them fairly often. I dont think the game was as close as the score showed it to be.
    One call was really puzzeling... Ghanwoloku was called for a late hit, on the replay, the guy held back, purposly missed contact with the runner. Didn’t touch him at all. Just a point of interest. Would not have mattered. Congrats Cal.
    A bowl game can still happen. Here is to hoping for that outcome!

  • jmac77 West Valley City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 11:51 p.m.

    Back? Good grief. BYU beat a bad Arizona team and just lost at home to a mediocre Cal team despite getting three turnovers in the second half. This team will still be hard-pressed to win six games.

  • softbear Olympia, WA
    Sept. 8, 2018 11:41 p.m.

    What has happened to our Star tight end, Bushman, unless I’m wrong only one pass was thrown to him. And #4 was a great runner last week but only had 3 or 4 touches. Seems like play calling needs to be reviewed. Won’t even start on the defense. But there is always next week and we can hope things will be better

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2018 11:30 p.m.

    What do you mean "back"?

    They had one good quater against a horriable Arizona defense.

    Houston 45
    Arizona 18

  • BlueBlood2002 St Cloud, FL
    Sept. 8, 2018 11:29 p.m.

    Shame on me for getting excited too soon. The offense's execution has been pitiful and the defensive line hasn't been able to apply any pressure on the Cal qbs in the 2nd half. Congrats to Cal for outplaying our team in every facet of the game. They're looking very impressive.