Rise & Shout Podcast: Is BYU any better than last year?

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  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    Sept. 14, 2018 8:11 a.m.

    Nobody knows who's a good team and a bad team yet.

    Cal played well in provo, that was a good defense and a good team. Doesn't matter how they played against NC or how NC played, Cal played well. Byu could have won but didn't take the right opportunities.

    BYU played well against Arizona but not as well against Cal.

    How good is Arizona? We'll know in a few weeks.

    The gimmies with usu, Hawaii and niu look tough, don't those teams always look tough early on? By the time we play they might not look so good, usu plays hard but typically won't win, Hawaii has never won in provo, and niu might look different after Florida state - so far the big props to niu come from Utah fans because they played the Utes hard, so we evaluate the strength of niu from the team telling us that any team Utah beats is hard and any team byu beats is soft.

    Really, we don't know yet, we don't know much of anything yet.

    Is this team better than last year - by a mile but still not perfect.

    Is the coaching staff maturing - that's my big question, that lost the game last week. Soft preparation and adjustments.

  • Michigan Cougsfan68 Ann Arbor, MI
    Sept. 13, 2018 7:19 p.m.

    Every single one of those attendants figures beats all of Utah's standing room only figures! 7 full seasons in the PAC-12 and BYU still accounts for two of the 10 largest crowds in RES history! The best being third I believe!

  • loyal-tothe-royal Panguitch, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 4:15 p.m.

    I originally predicted that the cougars would bowling with a 7-5 regular season record. However, I now believe that the cougars will be going 4-8. The remainder of the wins will come from: Mcneese, Umass, and NMSU. I originally anticipated: USU, Hawaii, and NIU being "give me" wins, however they have been playing to such a degree that I anticipate them having their way in Lavelle's house.
    Still love the cougs and will always route for them and Tanner Mangum!

  • nananana batman saint george, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 2:19 p.m.

    Heck yes they're better than last year this year they're going to beat a top 10 team at Wisconsin

  • TexasCougar San Antonio, TX
    Sept. 13, 2018 10:09 a.m.

    When I say the team is not any better than last year, I don't think that makes me a fair weather fan. I am still watching the games and rooting for the Y. I think the team will not make significant improvement until we have a head coach that can mentally prepare the team for their next game.

  • CaliCougar American Fork, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 8:57 p.m.

    Interesting tidbit, maybe somewhat related to this story....

    Attendance at the last eight home openers for BYU football:
    2018 52,602
    2017 55,427
    2016 62,904
    2015 63,470
    2014 57,630
    2013 63,197
    2012 57,045
    2011 63,742

    Draw your own conclusions....

  • PacUtes Orange County, CA
    Sept. 12, 2018 7:08 p.m.

    the best football team in town...

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 5:51 p.m.

    MUCH better than last!

    Go Cougs 🤙🏈

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 4:38 p.m.

    About the same as last year and about as good as it gets. go cougs.

  • Max-was-right Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 4:01 p.m.

    SoonerUte - Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 12:18 p.m.
    Even an improved team was expected to lose games against P5 competition.
    They lost a game (as expected) and suddenly fair weather fans abandon ship.
    "We're as bad as last year!"

    It's the u fans that are all crying that. It's also all the u fans that are posting here.
    That is what is truly sad!!

  • OldMain Saratoga Springs, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 3:41 p.m.

    The game with Utah State will really tell the story. The two programs (BYU and USU) are on the same level now. There is a very good chance of BYU losing two straight to the Aggies.

  • KSUBYU Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 12, 2018 3:18 p.m.

    I think they are better but the record may not reflect it

  • nananana batman saint george, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 2:51 p.m.

    Cougars win by six !

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    Sept. 12, 2018 1:54 p.m.

    Look at what Eastern Carolina did to North Carolina. And Cal barely beat NC. That should tell you how bad of a home loss losing to Cal is.

  • TimeFred Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 12:55 p.m.

    Fairweather fans are the ones that make programs better. If a team continues to attract money and followers even though they are mediocre what incentive do they have to get better? If your team is struggling, that is the best time to abandon them. If they care about their product, they'll get better. If not, they'll disappear, and we don't have to consider it anymore.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 12:18 p.m.

    Even an improved team was expected to lose games against P5 competition.
    They lost a game (as expected) and suddenly fair weather fans abandon ship.
    "We're as bad as last year!"

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 12:15 p.m.

    How about we let them play their games to answer the question. It is foolish to speculate after only 2 games.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 12, 2018 11:46 a.m.

    Why do you need a podcast to address a question that can be answered with just two letters: "N" and "O"?

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 11:17 a.m.

    To answer the headline:

    clearly, no.