- BYU Football will be on the National Stage this Weekend – Ready or Not
I wrote in my season preview post that I thought the Missouri game would end up being the biggest game of the year for BYU football. I figured they’d have two or three losses already, be out of New Year’s 6 Bowl contention and have nothing left to play for except improving their national brand against the two-time defending SEC East champs – Missouri. I think this still holds true for the most part. BYU only has two losses but they really don’t have a shot at a big bowl game. Missouri is still the two time defending SEC East champs but they’ve turned out to be a very mediocre football team this year. What’s obviously going to make this game so important and watched is the recent racial unrest at Missouri and the interest in the protests that resulted in the resignation of Missouri’s President and Chancellor.
The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network at 6:30 Central time. The game is being played at the home of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs – Arrowhead Stadium. So it’s basically a home game for Mizzou. It’s really not a big game but folks are sure gonna tune in because the ...
- The Case Against the BIG12 – Why they’ll be left out of the playoff again and why that’s good news for BYU
Guest writer, Rob Gray has put together a fantastic piece on how the BIG12 really does not stack up well against the other power 5 conferences. He’s got great data to back up his point.
With the College Football Playoff rankings being released this week there are opinions coming from around the country on which teams were slighted and which teams got lucky. I can see arguments that the SEC may have again benefited from “SEC bias” and that the PAC12 should be higher with two one loss teams in a very strong conference. I understand if people think that Ohio State is simultaneously the beneficiary and victim of being the returning national champion. What I cannot understand is any argument that the BIG12 has been graded unfairly, if anything I think that they have been given too much credit.
TCU and Baylor have had very weak schedules to this point in the season. Combined they have only played one team outside their conference from a Power 5 conference, the mighty (.500 record) Golden Gophers from Minnesota. Neither team will play an out of conference game again the rest of this season which means they are relying heavily on the reputation and ...
- BYU Begins the “Boring” and “Soft” Part of Their Schedule – BYU UCON Preview
BYU kicks off at 8:30 tonight against UCON at Lavell Edwards Stadium. This is the annual “General Conference” game that they have often played against Utah State. The LDS Church is hosting their semi-annual 2 day conference on Saturday and Sunday so the Cougs play tonight. It’s not that big a deal anymore since they’ve gone to Friday night game so much anyways.
I don’t know a ton about UCON other than they are better than last year when BYU went to Connecticut and beat them 35-10. BYU is favored by 17.5 points. I’m afraid it could be a little closer than that. The game will be televised on ESPN 2.
The real story of the game will be if BYU can get up off the mat after the embarrassment last week, re-establish themselves and come out and beat a team they should.
The other thing to watch will be the mood of the fan base. After the awesome slate of games in September, BYU now plays five teams in a row not from the Power 5 conferences. A bunch of these are gonna be the 8:30 Saturday night ESPN2 type games. Will fans still come out in droves to support the team? ...
- BYU’s 31-0 Loss to Michigan is an Embarrassment to the University
If anyone asks me what I did this past weekend, I’m simply letting them know I took a great trip to the Midwest. Saw a ball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, visited Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, had a great meal in Ann Arbor, Michigan and got my picture taken in front of the Big House. The only thing I missed was actually seeing a college football game.
The sad reality is the entire BYU Football team seemed to have the same mindset as me and my traveling companions. The boys from Provo seemed to forget it was a business trip for them and I’m not sure they ever got off the bus to play the game.
The game was an abject disaster. A 31-0 loss to Michigan. There is nothing to sugar coat. BYU got destroyed by a superior Michigan team. They were beaten in every phase of the game. Their offense barely gained 100 yards. The defense again failed to tackle and gave up some huge plays. And perhaps the most glaring deficiency was that Jim Harbaugh completely out-coached Bronco Mendenhall. Michigan had a better scheme, they were much more ...
- BYU Lets One Slip Away in 24-23 Loss to UCLA
BYU more than held their own in a tough one point loss to UCLA Saturday night but many Cougars fans have to be wondering if that was one that got away. The Cougars were a 17.5 point underdog and certainly garnered respect with the way they played. However, BYU was the better team much of the night. The loss does not doom the season; it’s just that the game could have so easily been a win.
So what are the takeaways?
- BYU is a legitimate team. The Cougars proved to everyone they are for real by hanging with, and often out-playing a very good UCLA team. UCLA may win the Pac-12 this year. BYU is going to win 9 or 10 games this year.
- BYU has a solid offense that can move the ball. Their receivers are quite good. They have some play-makers on defense – just not enough of them. BYU has opened as a 5.5 point underdog at Michigan this week. Based on what I’ve seen, BYU should beat Michigan.
- Those that have read my blog over the years know that I am often very critical of Bronco Mendenhall. I think he deserves some credit for Saturday night’s effort. I loved the ...
- A BYU Win Against UCLA is Highly Unlikely but if the Cougars do pull it off – College Football will take note
Some are calling Saturday Night’s game between BYU and UCLA, the most important game for BYU since they went independent five years ago. BYU is riding high with back-back, heart stopping wins. They have moved into the top 25. UCLA is an excellent team, ranked #10 and a squad that many think is talented enough to win the Pac-12 and go to the College Football Playoff. A win for BYU at the Rose Bowl would completely validate the Cougars. It would transform them from a media darling that got lucky two weeks in a row to a legitimate top 15 team to be reckoned with this year.
Check out this article from Matt Hayes of Sporting News. He gives a nice break down of what this win would mean, especially in the context of BYU playing one of of their toughest schedules ever this year:
So Cougar fans – it’s okay, let you mind wander a bit, dream about the improbable! Why can’t you beat ...
- BYU-phoria Takes Hold of the Country
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week or two – this just in – BYU football is taking the country by storm. Okay, so that’s maybe a bit much but the Cougars have had back-to-back wins in the most miraculous fashion the past two weeks. Football fans everywhere have found it highly entertaining. Here’s some amateur video taken Saturday night from a 15 year old kid I happen to know pretty well. This shows how ridiculous things are getting in Provo these days:
Tanner Mangum somehow managed to find Mitch Juergens in the end zone on a desperation 4th and 7 play to pull ahead of Boise State.
There were still 40 or so seconds left on the clock after the play and that’s when things got completely out of hand inside Lavell Edwards Stadium. Enjoy this clip with the fantastic call from BYU play-by-play man Greg Wrubell:
Kai Nacua’s interception and return for a touchdown sealed the deal Saturday night.
So what are the take-aways from yet another improbable victory:
- The wins over Boise State and Nebraska have moved BYU to 2-0 and catapulted them to a #19 ranking. Is BYU really that good? Maybe, ...
- Pre-season Outlook for Utah Football
The University of Utah is set to open their season Thursday night at home against Michigan in what will be one of the most anticipated games of the opening weekend of college football. Expectations are high after the Utes went 8-4 last year and won their bowl game as well. They have several key players returning this year. So what are realistic expectations?
- I believe Utah will be an even better football team this year but may win the same number of games. It’s important to remember Utah won several close ones last year. It is quite possible a few of those games don’t go their way this year and they end up only 7-5 or 8-4 again.
- I heard a crazy stat on the radio a few weeks ago that Utah had not beaten a Pac-12 opponent by more than a touchdown in the past two years. It is true. Those numbers speak to how good the Pac-12 is. The conference is easily the second best after the SEC and the Pac-12 South has five incredible teams. Colorado is the only non-powerhouse in the division.
- Close games and all, I think Utah is talented enough to be a top 15 or even ...
- Pre-Season Thoughts on BYU Football
More interesting than the win/loss record this season will be the attitude of the BYU fan base: seeing what attendance is, gauging the growing dissatisfaction with Bronco, the reaction to watching their rival have a solid year again in a power conference.
- It is highly likely BYU will be 1-3 after the first 4 games of the season
- Nebraska is the most winnable game but you don’t just waltz into Lincoln and beat a storied program. BYU will also be missing players due to suspension from the Miami Beach Brawl. BYU gets Nebraska in their first game with a new coach so that may help.
- I think Boise State is a flat-out better team and program than BYU. This is essentially BYU’s only real home game of note. If the Cougs do win at Nebraska, Lavell Edwards Stadium will be a mad house for that Boise game and perhaps they’ll have a chance.
- Though they are getting too much hype, UCLA will be more talented than BYU
- Michigan is a winnable game…..if you’re playing them week one like Utah is. However, I think Harbaugh may have that ship turned around by the 4th game. Could spell trouble for BYU
- Because of what will likely be a ...
- The Identity or Brand of Each Major College Football Team
Great read here from Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated. He states the current “brand” of each major college football team in the country, and more importantly – what their brand should be. His comments on BYU and Utah I think are spot-on. He lays this all out on an interactive map. It’s really well done.
- It is highly likely BYU will be 1-3 after the first 4 games of the season