"it's like we can read each other's minds," Sept 17th
can't come soon enough. The tandem 'beasts' will be unleashed!
Good to hear that Pendleton is healthy and ready to go. LBer is extremely deep
and will definately be the strength of the D. Im excited to see this defense now
that Mendenhall will be DC for the entire season.
"Sept 17th can't come soon enough. The tandem 'beasts' will be
unleashed!"They better be unleashed Sept 3rd, or do you think Ole
Miss and Texas are gimmes?No worries, sammyg. Like many Cougar
fans, you're still getting used to this idea of independence. Hopefully as the
season progresses you'll realize that Sept 17 isn't the pinnacle of the Cougar
season.Looking over that schedule though... maybe it is. Thank
goodness basketball season starts October 26!!
Weird. Jordan Wynn just turned to me and asked if I heard footsteps coming
closer. It was quiet as a tomb here at Barnes & Noble.
This defense might have the best back 8 we've ever had. The front 3 aren't
anything to shake a stick at either, especially with Romney Fuga and Hebron
Fangupo at nose tackle also. I hope that Alani Fua can work his way into the
rotation at outside linebacker also behind Kyle Van Noy, and then we'll have a
real solid rotation at all 4 linebacker spots. Go Cougs!
It will be great to see Pendleton back in action! He is easily one of my
favorite players on the Cougar defense. Good luck Jordan!
where is Zac Stout is he or has he gone on a mission
Jonas;Great comment and very funny. Once a QB has been injured, they
always hear footsteps. How well they do after they heal determines how much
nerve they have. I expect Wynn to handle it pretty well. I expect BYU's defense
to be very aggressive from the first game this year. They are going to be very
good. I hope JP can stay healthy all season.
I have a feeling that the rivalry will not remain a yearly event, especially
since it doesn't really benefit Utah that much (unless BYU can build a Notre
Dame-like reputation over the next 5-10 years). My guess is that BYU and Utah
will play each other 6 out of the next 10 years. However, despite playing every
other year, I believe the rivalry will only get more bitter and hateful (on both
sides), which is really too bad.
re: Moderate "Hopefully as the season progresses you'll realize that Sept
17 isn't the pinnacle of the Cougar season. Looking over that schedule
though... maybe it is."With games against the SEC, Big12, and
TCU in Jerry Dome; I'm not thinking that Sept 17 is any type of pinnacle.
Hopefully it will be a good game, but not the pinnacle of our season. Maybe you
meant to type the pinnacle of U're season?re: BP"I have a
feeling that the rivalry will not remain a yearly event. I believe the rivalry
will only get more bitter and hateful (on both sides), which is really too
bad."Oh, so U think U are going to cancel this rivalry series
like you cancelled your basketball series with USU? Not up for the level of
competition? It would be a shame for fans in Utah if this game did not happen
every year.Personally, I think both schools will keep the annual
rivalry intact.With regard to the article, I think it will be
interesting to see how Bronco uses Pendleton and Van Noy. They are both great
talents competing for time at the same position.
re:BP I think the U has more reason to keep the rivalry game now than ever.
Most of their recruits still need to be from Utah and some will need to be
Mormon, and this is the only game where they can show they are the premere
program in this state. When they fail to do that and become totally "west
coast oriented", they will lose the local interest and fade just like the
basketball program did. PAC-12 membership gives them a couple of years of PR,
beyond that it is still the same thing they must win, and they particularly must
show they "own" their own back yard. If you do not think this is true
look at what happened to UCLA (recruiting in their talent rich backyard of LA),
when it ceased being top dog or even competing to be in the city. Just the way
it is and you can not change the U's geographic location even if that is what
most University folks and the media would like.
"With games against the SEC, Big12, and TCU in Jerry Dome; I'm not thinking
that Sept 17 is any type of pinnacle."Texaskewg,Byu's goes against the 12th ranked (last) team in the SEC. Texas is ranked 6th
in the BIG12 (just ahead of Baylor). TCU is not projected to win it's non AQ
conference.These are your big games?
hedgehog - And the best team on Utah's schedule: BYU. Granted,
that's a pretty darn good team.
re: hedgehog"Byu's goes against the 12th ranked (last) team in the
SEC. Texas is ranked 6th in the BIG12 (just ahead of Baylor). TCU is not
projected to win it's non AQ conference. These are your big games?"And U are picked to finish 3rd in the So, and 7th overall in the PAC12.
Do you believe all the pre-season polls?Mark it down, Ole Miss will
not finish last in the SEC, Texas will finish no lower than 3rd in the Big12,
and TCU will finish either 10-2 or 11-1 depending on whether or not they beat
the non-AQ team that whipped U in the Las Vegas bowl last year.
hedgehog- I wouldn't pound that drum too loudly...Utah isn't even playing the
top two teams in their own conference! I think the Ute's schedule in the PAC is
a great blessing for their first year and I hope they do well with it, but you
can't dog on BYU's schedule for not including the top-ranked teams in four
different conferences when your team doesn't even play the top teams in their
This LB corp has better talent and potential than any I have ever seen at BYU
and I can remember back to 1980, when a certain coach up north was the WAC
Defensive player of the year. Go Cougs, and Hedge what? Utah's schedule is not
very tough and if I remember right, you were so antimate about how pre-season
polls mean nothing when your utes were picked 3rd in the south division of the
Pac, and you are trying to down play how good TCU is? You're kidding right? Go
@ COUGARNATE | 1:35 p.m. July 29, 2011 Lyman, WY You are right
on. BYU's schedule with all of those WAC teams is brutal.BTW, what
does antimate mean?
Scheduling favors BYU in the second half playing lots of home games against
lower ranked opponents. The Utes only have two soft games on their schedule. The
rest should be dog fights. If the Cougars can beat both Texas teams then they
should have a great record. Scrappy games against Utah, CF, OSU and Hawaii. Both
teams have good schedules but not great ones. Utes face the overall tougher
schedule. I expect the Cougars to have at least two more wins than the Utes
based on opponents.
"Byu's goes against the 12th ranked (last) team in the SEC. Texas is ranked
6th in the BIG12 (just ahead of Baylor). TCU is not projected to win it's non AQ
conference.These are your big games?"What was the
utes big out-of-conference games in 2004 and 2008? The utes only credible win
was against an unmotivated Alabama team. The rest were doormats.
Very astute JonnyDanger very astuteEnough with downplaying
schedules, lets see the season play out. Alabama was a very good
team and was beat, plain and simple. Both teams should be good, I
think BYU starts strong and the utes take some time getting out of the gate (new
OC and Offence) but will do well at the end of the year. Too bad for the utes
the game is on Sep 17th this year.
The LB corp is going to be game changing. They are going to be animals. Glad to
see Pendleton back. He brings a lot of experience to the D. BYU's D is going
to help them win a ton of games.
BYU's defense will be scary good this year! Kaveinga and Pendleton will be in
Jordan wynn's nightmares for weeks/months/years after they send Jordan to the
bench with multiple injuries. If Jake Heaps can run the new offense
as well as they are talking, this BYU teamCould be really, really good, if
not great!As far as scheduling goes: Ole Miss & Texas >
Montana State & USCGo Cougars!
Nice insight, JonnyD.I am particularly intrigued with the way our
critics play both ends of the spectrum against our boys in blue. "Who do
you think you are? You don't belong on the same field as Texas."
"Texas is so down this year, you can't count them as a quality
opponent."Not unlike two years ago with Oklahoma. You'll never
beat them in a million years... oh, wait, they just aren't that good.Of course my favorite by far is the mantra - "You only played cupcakes at
the end of last season." One of those cupcakes we barely lost on the last
play of the game even with their home field advantage. Cupcake. And yet Utah
was CLEARLY superior to BYU last year.Logic, reason or even basic
math skills are clearly not taught at the school on the hill.
You're right Y Grad / Y Dad, but when the trolls froth up about BYU, logic and
common sense disappears.