Talk of BYU getting a CFP berth is crazy talk, even if BYU were to run the
table, which they won’t.The best that BYU can realistically
hope for this season is to finish 9-3, with a bowl win and a final Top 25
ranking in both polls.That would be a huge improvement from last
season, and a solid foundation to build on for 2019.
I do expect Wilson and Hall to see some reps in this McNassy game, they've
both got 4 games to play on a redshirt. I hope Critchlow doesn't go in,
Wilson and Hall are the future.Washington has amazing DBs, BYU will
need to pass to them just enough to keep them honest in terms of play - the jet
sweep is a formidable weapon, the OL can push Washington around if they can push
Wisconsin around, and the TEs have a play that we really haven't seen much
of yet but would be ideal against Washington.To those wondering why
BYU is running so much - it's called an SEC running game coordinator as OC,
and it's safe.For next week, I hope it's a QB exhibition
game where they go out, have fun, and the new guys put numbers on the board.
"I think I’m going to wait for a few more wins before crowning them
national champs."Let's be crazy and say we go undefeated
from here on out, end result is BYU finishing in an NY6 bowl game, no higher and
maybe not even that.So 2019 BYU plays Utah, Tenn, USC, Washington,
Toledo, USF and Boise to start - so undefeated would put BYU in the top 5, but
maintaining that is impossible playing USU, Liberty, Idaho State, UMass and
SDSU, perfect numbers still drop BYU, they'd be lucky to finish in the top
10 but not in the top 5 with that schedule.So 2020 BYU would need to
again run the table to get to an NC after running it in 2018 and 2019.The system is stacked against outsiders - 1984 was a total fluke which BYU had
the fortune of taking advantage of. That was great, without a P5 affiliation
it's nearly impossible.enjoy the top 25 ranking - should go to
about 21 after next week then comes Washington where BYU faces hard odds and a
loss kills a ranking despite their ranking. i was going for better
than last year in terms of competition - I've already got my smile for the
season come whatever may from this point on.
I love my Cougs and loved the win. But, after a 4-9 season, I think I’m
going to wait for a few more wins before crowning them national champs.
What a great win but we can’t expect to beat Washington, Utah St, Utah and
Boise St without a legit passing game. Mangum threw some nice balls but
he’s not consistent. Plus his mobility is lacking big time. I still think
we need to give Wilson and Hall some reps. If we don’t develop a passing
game, I’m afraid what happened to us against Cal will repeat itself with
some of the other oppenants. .
I would venture McNeese State is scrambling to reconsider their game plan. And
everyone else isn't going to take BYU lightly anymore. BYU's season
is one game long from now on. One game. That's all. For those
"dissing" Mangum, consider what you would think if Hooker had made his
catches, if the other long balls weren't dropped, if he hadn't thrown
the ball away but tried to force the ball into tight coverage while Wisconsin
was pressing with every full blitz they owned. He was playing what the coaches
called. He was doing what it took to win. We're not coaches. Let's
let them run the team.
What happened against Cal? 3 turnovers and dropped passes on 3rd down. What
happened against Wisconsin? No turnovers and fewer drops. Fix the drops against
Wisconsin and BYU outgains Wisconsin through the air. It looks like the
coaching is there and the wins and losses will depend on the execution.
Great win BYU. The line play was good on both sides of the ball. Loved the
trick play! Got to see more of that especially when the passing game is so bad.
Reminds me of Boise State of old.
It is highly likely Wilson will see some playing time this week (assuming BYU
can build a lead) as one of his four freebies the NCAA allows without burning
eligibility. That will give coaches — and fans — a look at what he
BYU v Wisc was like a Harvey weight fight where the two stood toe-to-toe and hit
each other in the face all day long. Wisconsin was stunned that the Y
didn't go down after the first punches, the FBS was shocked (the TV ticker
on ESPN only focused on the 5th year senior's missed FG and nothing
detailed about BYU's stats in their upset), and the announcers were taken
aback at how physical BYU was playing v the big hogs of Wisc on both fronts--the
Y O-line playing bully ball and the Y D-line absorbing blows from the Wisc
O-line--and Takitaki numbing the Wisc Heisman hopeful running attack.
(Isn't this the 2nd Heisman hopeful we've played this year that
we've exposed?--maybe Sione Takitaki should be in the Heisman conversation
because he's the heartbeat that has squelched both the UofA QB and the
Wisconsin RB's run toward FBS's most prestigious award). I love
watching the new BYU, pro offensive style and their attitude of "I'm ok
with getting punched in the mouth because I'm going to punch you in the
mouth too all day long, too). This is exactly what what I as BYU fan love to
Okay, pat BYU on the back for well-deserved recognition for what they just
pulled off. And Tomorrow get to work. If BYU is going to have a
prayer against Washington however, they need a balanced passing and rushing
attack. And to do this BYU needs to tap into a different QB. Yes, Tanner
"led" the team to a win against Wisconsin, but I submit that the team
won in spite of Mangum. Put a quicker thinking, more agile and more accurate
passing QB in and BYU would have a lot better potential to beat good teams.I love Mangum the man, but come on coaches, do the right thing and be
willing to make the switch.
The game ball deservedly went to the strength and conditioning coaches.
I agree with CY1951 that BYU needs a better passing game, but his assertion
that BYU can’t beat Utah without it is dubious. I had to turn
off the Ute-Husky game because it was too painful to watch so many Utah
mistakes, penalties, ejections, fumbles, dropped passes, etc, etc.
Celebrate today, then get back to work. Forget this game, destroy McNeese State
and then get ready for the real test: Washington.Wisconsin is in the
past and Washington is in the near future. But don't let up and lose to
McNeese. One step at a time.
Man! Who would have thunk?... WHO? The coaches and players! Coach
Roderick last week: “For me, I think the margin is so slim between teams
at this level. The margin between a ranked team and us isn’t that much.
Just like teams you may think we’re better than, they’re not that
far behind us, either,” he said. “Every week at this level, you have
to be ready and you always have a chance."If we go in there and
take care of our issues, we’ll be in that game and have a chance to win.
We’ve got to take care of the ball and we’ve got to execute.
We’ve got to worry about our stuff and improve from last week.”Kudos to the coaches for this kind of positive attitude which has been
passed on to the players and is key to building their confidence. Your mind-set
is so much a part of the battle! And your preparation is next. You CAN compete,
even if the other team has supposedly 'superior' talent. So happy for team BYU who believes great things can happen! It showed in
Wisconsin yesterday in a big way.
As a BYU fan, I was happy to see BYU look pretty good. Biggest thing missing
from their game plan was stupid mental mistakes. They played good, even almost
really good. But I wouldn't go to great yet.And Wisconsin
looks lost. I'm not sure if they simply looked past BYU, remembering last
years game too much, or what the issue was. But they looked really ill
prepared. I remember last year watching warm ups knowing that BYU was in
trouble because the Badgers even looked like a tightly trained machine - agains
- in warm up. That was not the case this year. Don't know
the reason why. But BYU exploited that fact. Thats what a good team does. Not
willing yet to say this team is "good" yet, but they looked lt saturday
afternoon. Hopefully this was not just a "sought the team on the right
day" and is rather the beginning of this coaching staff finally coming
What a great win. I think I may have an answer to last weeks game Coach Grimes
put in several easy to read plays and gave Wisconsin a feeling that this game
would be a push over then we came in this week and dropped the hammer on them. I
love BYU football and I will support them win or loseBut this was an
historic win and I am so proud to be a cougar.
I must agree that the passing game still needs some major improvement if we want
this season to have more memorable wins. We have to find ways to get the ball to
Bushman. Zero catches is a major problem considering his talent. 80 yards
passing and a 4.4 yd per attempt is not good. Mangum made some decent throws
today, but it's obvious that the offensive staff does not have a ton of
confidence in Tanner right now. I love Mangum, he's a solid young man, but
he just doesn't look comfortable out there. The offensive line, especially
Hoge, have made great holes for Squally and along with the our stellar defensive
play, have made this nice start to the season possible. I really hope that
Mangum improves and gets more comfortable in Grimes' system and is able to
lead this team to more impressive wins. If the Cougs can play solid offense and
get a lead going into the second half against McNeese, I hope that coach Grimes
gets the freshman in there to get some actual game reps to see how he does when
it counts. Some kids just have intangibles that can only be discovered in the
real game situations. I love what I see in the re-vamped O-line and hope the
Cougs continue to improve.
@cy195,You go with what the defense gives you.@Scores,What if the BYU tight end caught the ball at the goal
line? Three MWC teams beat PAC12 teams and Texas clobbered USC.
Great day of football!
Great win for the Cougars. My take aways were that BYU can mix it up with very
physical teams and hold their own. Offensive play calling was good in weak one.
BAD last week....and good today. Grimes is learning. Mangum still can’t
throw past 10 yards accurately ...and when he does try it....he is always short.
He has happy feet and dumps too early for his outlet receiver. A senior QB
should be better. Opposing coaches know this and will continue to stack the box
because Mangum can’t throw long . We need to give the youngster QB some
time next week.Squally seems so much improved as did the O-line today. Sitake dances pretty well....and I love his desire to play big boy football.
Great job Cougs. Awesome win....!
A great day in utah sports. BYU takes down a legit #6 team on the road and a
poor utah team gets kicked by a very overrated Washongton at home. Can
life get any better?
This was a truly great win that nobody saw coming, including me. What this
shows is that, (1), last year was an aberration, and (2), talent-wise, we are
not that far off from the P5 teams. This was not just a Big 10 team -- this was
one of the best programs their conference has. Perhaps they will get hit with
the BYU curse (any team that loses to BYU goes on to have a crappy season), but
for now, this win looks as impressive as any I have seen in my 40 years as a
Great win.Has anyone else noticed that Sitake refuses to wear the
current BYU blue? Lets go back to the Royal Blue. We changed it for Crowton so
why are we keeping the Utah State color?
Sorry, but if's don't count in college football. You see, if the
Wisconsin kicker makes his FG try, we are tied and go to overtime. What you see
in college football is what you get, and BYU came up with a very good it is what
it is football win.Go Cougars!
"What in the heck did happen with Cal?"I really thought it
would take at least another year to turn around BYU's program after 2017.
But, the coaches seem to have made the players believe they could do it this
year. And, it seems to be working.Perhaps BYU's biggest
improvement this year was not from game one to two, but from game two to three.
That is what happened with Cal. BYU got motivated to prove themselves. Go
big, bad Wisconsin? Really? I like that Badger team but my Cougar team was
better. There are no bad team.
After last week's Cal game, I thought this team is no better than last
year's team. We owe an apology to the fired offensive staff, because the
new staff is doing no better. Then comes the game today against the best
offensive line and running back in college football!! Wow!!! It was amazing.
I have new hope now for BYU football. The Ute fans who hate BYU had me thinking
they were probably correct that BYU just didn't have the players who could
compete. This was a wonderful day for BYU football.
A great win over a legit Top 10 team. You want to know what happened against
Cal? Jeff Grimes learned that calling plays is not as easy as it seemed against
a poor Arizona D. But if he walks away thinking his offense can gain fewer than
100 yards in the air against Washington or Utah or Boise State and keep the team
in the game, he is dreaming. Same goes if he does not learn it is a good thing
to run a successful play more than once. What happened to play action pass to
TE all-american Bushman - the AZ game winner? It apparently is gone from the
playbook. He needs more play action passes on 1st down. More quick passes to
TEs especially off fly-sweep/Squally fakes. The OC needs to grow and learn, or
HC Chris Peterson at UW and UofU coaches will adapt and foil his predictability.
Grimes showed he is growing and learning, but he better keep getting better, or
this great win will be wasted by future disappointment. Hurray for a great win.
But come on, Coach Grimes, you gotta do better, because 80 yards passing in a
game from your fifth-year Sr QB won't cut it long term.
This sure is a far cry from the comments people were posting last week, like:"Time to bench Tanner no matter what""If BYU
plays perfectly we still lose by 20"or, "What's the
difference between this team and last year's team?"This is
why I love college football - amazing game!If you are a fan, be a
fan, stay a fan, don't let a Cal game that had many odd elements with BYU
ultimately losing by a FG ruin your season. This is an amazing ride to be on,
win or lose, just be a consistent fan.
What happened with Cal?We got lax. Period.What happened
today?We didn't.Go Cougars!