Oklahoma’s defense is capable of putting up 50 points a game easily (as
seen last year). BYU’s offence isn’t going to win this game. If and
when BYU wins this game it will be the BYU defense that will be holding the
winnings. The BYU defense will have to hone their attack on an unproven OK
offensive line, the only kink in a team ranked 3rd nationally. The BYU corners
will have their hands full with extremely talented OK receivers. The defensive
line and line backers are going to have to put up a package of pressure
consisting of blitzes to get to QB and Heisman winner Sam Bradford. BYU safeties
will have to cover the deep ball and help out the corners while showing in a few
key blitzes. BYU safeties will be flying all over the field to win.
They will have to be used in all conventional and nonconventional ways. There is
no stopping the big play the Oklahoma offence will dish out. But the defense
will have to keep their head in the game in spite of Oklahoma fire works.
Applying pressure to the QB is essential. Something that has not been done, but
that’s not to say it can’t be done. BYU’s offence will
have to contribute threw controlling the clock and scoring on every drive. The
cougars will need a running game to chew up the clock and keep the ball out of
the OK offensive hands. The game in Texas is essentially a home game for OK.
Controlling the tempo and momentum of the game is not as essential as keeping
control and momentum with in team.
Ok, ok... I can try to understand the decision to not change the game
preparation from one game to the next, but this is Oklahoma! It's not like the
cougs are playing Utah State or Northern Iowa. What would have happened in the
Sugar Bowl if the Utes would have prepared the same way? Definitely not a 31-17
beating that's for sure! Come'on Bronco, wake up and smell the decaffeinated
coffee! Bronco, seriously... "The focus is still on us"? Football is a chess
match, and exploiting the other team's weakness is crutial.After Max
Hall threw 1 or 2 interceptions against Utah, why didn't you change your
offensive strategy? Why didn't you run more? Didn't you know that in the past
2 years against the Utes you were running all over the field? Why don't you
find and exploit the weaknesses of Oklahoma? Why does ever other team in
America watch film of the teams they play? Isn't that what coaches are supposed
to do?I sure hope we aren't preparing ourselves for failure...
Does that mean we can still expect slow, unathletic, skill position players?
Not even a poster of Sam Bradford with a bulls eye on it hanging by the D lines
locker room? nothing? COme on cougs. you need to get up for this
game. Its the big game! The biggest of the season. Bigger than the one against
that other red team up north. no wonder why we have a 1-5000 record
against ranked teams. nothing special to prepair for this special game?Rise and shout the cougars are out! GO COUGARS!
Anybody remember the last time BYU opened the season against the #3 team on
ESPN? BYU vs. Pittsburgh 1984.
means the Cougs will lose to another ranked team in their quest for dominating
"Anybody remember the last time BYU opened the season against the #3 team on
ESPN? BYU vs. Pittsburgh 1984"No, that was a long time ago. This is
2009! We need the win this year.
If BYU can get the job done at this game they have the skill to run the table.
Just saying, this is the BIG GAME!
Oklahoma's defense is NOT all that great,I would Look for a high
scoring game where anything could happen.
Both BYU and Oklahoma have great Offences. It's the team who brings the deffence
who is going to win this game. Its all about who wants it more.
"Oklahoma’s 'OFFENCE' is capable of putting up 50 points."
I know that the BYU defense has a goal of holding opponents to 24 points or
less. I am not sure that is realistic against Oklahoma, a team was held under
that total exactly 1 time last year by Florida. They were held under 40 only 3
times. And held under 50 only 4 times, with 49 being one of those scores.
Basically, this team is an offensive juggernaut on the level of the early 80's
BYU teams, only more skilled. But in order to win, BYU one to hold then under
35 which is a very tall order. I hope they can do it. If not, I hope the
offense can keep up because they are going to have to be flawless.
BYU plays very solid defense we can keep the Sooners at 35. That would be really
good considering Oklahoma's offense. I would honestly be happy with a close
28-35 loss. I would be ecstatic with a win.Business as usual? I can
understand that rationale with conference games but this is a big game. A
business as usual approach will not win this game. A business as usual approach
is just walking in and thinking that if you just play football you will win.
That's NOT how you win big games! I can see wanting to keep the players emotions
in check and keep them focused on proper execution, but against a monster team
like Oklahoma, there needs to be emotion and urgency to win the game.
Controlled, focused, psyched up BYU players have a much better chance of winning
than a just another day at the office attitude. I somewhat agree with Bronco's
approach but there needs to be some flexibility and adaptation to the game plan
come game day. And for heaven sakes GET EXCITED FOR THE GAME!!!
Okay, I will admit it......we are jeolous of the Y getting the opportunity of
playing against a #3 nationally ranked team.This will be a
rebuilding year for us and I only hope that we don't lose more than 4 games!!!!
This is why BYU never beats the good teams, they act like it's business as
usual. When you are playing a team that is better than you, you have to mix it
up, you can't just be business as usual. The way you pull an upset is by
pulling out all the tricks, think Boise St v OK in the Fiesta. Oklahoma is
going to score and score a lot, BYU has a slim chances but must do the following
three things 1) make at least one or two major special teams plays, 2) win the
turnover battle 3) run trick plays all night long.
BYU's only real chance in this game is if OU's talented but relatively
inexperienced O-line struggles. It's possible, if unlikely. Otherwise, it will
be a long game for BYU. OU has tremendous players at the skill positions, and
team speed on defense that will be very difficult for BYU's (even more)
inexperienced O-line to handle. The defensive ends, in particular, will have
Hall running for his life or on his back.Regarding the comment that
OU's defense isn't all "that great," I would agree that last year they had
problems after losing Ryan Reynolds, the middle linebacker, in the second half
of the Texas game. That was the one position where they didn't have depth, and
every team thereafter tried to exploit it. Only Florida succeeded, mostly by
running Tebow up the middle late in the game. But, Reynolds is back, fully
rehabilitated, and his fellow linebackers have developed into formidable
players. I don't see BYU scoring a lot of points against them.And
don't even get me started on what Bradford and the speedy OU receivers are going
to do to BYU's smallish, juco-transfer defensive backs.
Bronco is so inspiring.
This is why we seem to enter the conference schedule with 2 losses. This is why
BYU is vunerable to good teams in the conference. Some teams need special
preparation - like OU.
I'm traveling from Florida to attend this game. Unfortunately, the only thing
Bronco seems to get excited about anymore are the Firesides the night before the
games. What gives, this is football right? What are the requirements to be head
coach at BYU? Wait, thats right, showing no emotion!
How big are the ramifications of this game? Well, should BYU beat OK and win out
the season and should OK win out after BYU, they will meet again in the NC game
if there is no other undefeated team. (I know, lots of ifs). On the other hand
if we lose, even if we win the rest of our games, we won't have a chance at the
NC game. I'm just saying Bronco has a lot riding on the business as usual
approach to this game.
Give Bronco a break. You think he isn't thinking of new ways to win the OU game?
Why would he reveal anything new so OU has a chance to see? He'll get the team
ready and then give the players some new ideas to think about and plays to work
on - say a week before the game.Oh and Cougs got Drew Phillips from
AL! The kid was wanted by a ton of D1 programs! Oh, and U wanted him too. Boo
Hoo for U."The 6-foot, 174-pound Phillips also received scholarship
offers from Wyoming, Idaho, SMU, Central Michigan, Louisiana Tech, Samford and
Tennessee-Martin.Other schools who expressed interest in him were
Illinois, Louisville, Birmingham-Southern, Jacksonville State, Memphis, Central
Florida, Mississippi State, Florida State, Stanford, North Alabama, UAB, Troy,
Utah and The Citadel."For the next 5 years (minimum) U will be
looking up from their backsides after getting run over by the Cougs!
You all are probably believe everything you read. I agree with "Pretty Lame."
Bronco does not owe you or the media the courtesy of even hinting that he is
doing anything different. If OU thinks BYU is preparing for business as usual,
all the better. Bronco is not a stupid man. Why didn't BYU make different
adjustments in big games last year? Maybe it was the end of the season and some
key players were banged up, which he didn't want to reveal for the other teams
Anybody remember the loss to the Utes in 2005? It was a home game, and the
Cougars came out so pumped they couldn't do anything right. Too much emotion
can backfire. The Cougars will be up for the Oklahoma game. They don't need
Bronco to do cartwheels in order to be up for the game. My only question is if
they have the talent to stay with Oklahoma.
Bronco is a great team Leader/Manager, a great role model and a good
representative for BYU. He also seems to be doing well in the recruiting area.
What he and the other coaches at BYU have not established is their ability to
win a big/huge game. They have not shown any ability to adjust the game plan or
take advantage of the weakness of other teams. It will be interested to see
this coaching staff going forward and if they can be flexible and improve with
game day preparation and emotion. Do they have the X and O’s knowledge to
get the job done??? We will see. GO Cougars get up for this game!!!
The way some are posting here, one would think that they are head coaching
authorities. Perhaps, those of you who feel Coach Mendenhall doesn't have a
clue about the Oklahoma game (or any other game) should apply for a position on
his staff. Or for the head coaching position.After 4 years, you
still don't have confidence in what he has done or is able to do. Have you
forgotten where the program was when he took over? What he has done is nothing
short of amazing.I, for one, like Coach Mendenhall and what he has
done with this program, from top to bottom. He is the right man for the job at
the right time. He is not perfect and is aware of his shortcomings far more
acutely than any of us are. Even still, he is far more capable of leading this
team than any of us are or ever will be.
That may be true that Bronco doesn't want to give away any game plans. I don't
know, who's to say? Here's to hoping that this is an amazing win and hopefully a
W for the Cougs!
I would hope that BYU would run the ball more and not depend on Max "where is
the ball Hall" to make the big plays. He has not shown that he is capable to do
this without fumbles or interceptions in the big games. The game with OK is a
real big game, and if "where is the ball Hall" can't protect the ball early in
the game, then run the ball and keep the ball out of his hands as much as
possible. "where is the ball Hall" has to show he can work under real pressure
and he has not done so to date.
We have two very capable teams playing on September 5th. The key for BYU is to
with-stand the emotional onslaught of the tens of thousands of Oklahoma fans,
and beleive me the UO fans will be loud. BYU will need to stay focused and
continue to execute as if they are at home. Oklahoma is a very good team, but if
BYU does this it is possible for them to win.
Some of these comments make me shake my head. Who knows the importance of this
game more than Bronco and his staff? Do you think they have not been looking at
film of Oklahoma since the game was announced? Do you think they won't have
plays to try to exploit any weakness they see? And by the way, the trick will
not to get the Cougars up for the game, but to keep their emotions in control.
I support Bronco 100%--win or lose. I support his emphasis on
character and true principles, and I believe that this emphasis will result in
consistently good performance. BYU is getting better athletes each
year--including ones with speed. There is incredible progress on recruiting.
We're getting there, so hold your water, folks. BYU will probably
get killed by Oklahoma, because it is essentially a home game for Oklahoma, and
it has better athletes. The reason we get beat in these games is that we are
playing better teams! We have the best chance by playing disciplined ball. And,
I truly believe that the gap is narrowing.Putting all your eggs in
I too hope they'll run and not abandon it so quickly. I hope they'll run from
under center and let the o-line do its job (could have pummeled TCU's d-line and
somewhat neutralized the speed of their LBs last year if they would have done
that). Realistically, though, a lot will have to go right for the Cougs even to
have a chance.
My only problem with business as usual is this, you typically get the same
results from doing the same things, I am not satisfied with previous results. If
we are not trying to be better then what's the point. Maybe Business as Usual
isn't the right approach. I am tired of coming out early in the season and
having high hopes only to have them dashed on the shoals of mediocrity and
failure by the time we get to November. I can't complain much about the the
start of the season, but if we close this season like we have the last few I
will have to start wearing black.
OU will not let them score until they pull all their starters. The Defense is
the best since 2000. Offense is just as good the O line could have started last
year but had NFL talent up front prevented that.. Good luck cougars. I have yOU
losing 66 to 10. The Points and the Over safe bet.
And I'm not pretending to be the coaching staff but I'm sure they've already
thought of this, but I'm just putting in my 2 cents.Establishing the
run game against Oklahoma is important for 3 huge reasons. Number 1, it breaks
in the new offensive line. It easier to tell the new guys to just pound the
opposition. Less thinking, more butt kicking. Number 2, it keeps OU's pass
rusher's off of Hall. They could be on him all game, not because Hall isn't
good, but it again comes down to the O-line being new and playing against a
really good team. The pass game is high risk/high return. You can get a big
gain, or the other team can get sacks/interceptions. Number 3, it runs the clock
down. Our best chance to win is to keep OU's offense off the field. Our best
defense really just might be our offense in this game. It also gives our defense
rest and allows them to play optimally when they have too. Short passes might be
necessary to convert on 3rd down but running the ball early is our best chance.
RE: Johnny Moser "I can't complain much about the the start of the
season, but if we close this season like we have the last few I will have to
start wearing black."Last year the Cougars finished poorly with
losses to the Utes and Arizona. Two years ago the Cougars finished with a win
over the Utes and a bowl game win. Same thing in 2007. Save your black for the
What a bunch of cry babies complaining about the coaching staff having the
business as usual attitude!! What the staff is trying to say for
those of you too immature to understand is that you don't do anything out of the
ordinary or you can cause the team to be out of sync and not ready to play. You
don't get overhyped or you will play poorly. Are you catching on yet?
is this. If BYU comes out fired up, which Bronco relies on the team captains to
do, like they did against UCLA last year, BYU can win this game. That is the
only way they win. They would have to execute perfectly to do this. I personally
give BYU a 3% chance of winning. If BYU and Oklahoma played 100 games, OU wins
97 of them. BYU can win, they just need to be crisp, and actually score a lot of
points in the Opener, something Anae's offenses haven't been great at.
You're all so funny - I love reading these posts. If any of you would be a
better coach than Bronco, why didn't you get hired to coach? Go back to your
lazyboy's, hold tight to your soda (or beer for you ute fans) and get ready for
an amazing game against OU.You're all just so funny. BTW - I'll bet all you ute fans will be watching the BYU game.. who does utah
play in their first game? (who cares?)
As I Bleed blue I can only see us winning this game buy doing a couple of
things. First we need to play a good field position game. If we can have OU
start back from there 20 to 30 yard line each possession and limit touchdowns to
field goals. Its unrealistic to think the Y will score each drive, but to pin
them back and make it longer for OU to score. Second we HAVE to run the
football. I dont mean the lame HB draw plays that dont get anywhere. Line up in
the I formation and pound the ball. It will open play action and passing lanes.
Third the Y needs to punch OU in the mouth on the first offense drive and
defensive series. I respect the U and how they came out and just shell shocked
BAMA and got them on there heels. It will take a great game to wim OU. I am
excited and hope we will respresent the MWC well.
Business as usual:Max Hall - Throw couple INT's en route to a major
choke jobRobert Anea - dink and dunkBronco - "execute at a higher
Come on, pull your heads out. Of course the Cougars are preparing for this
game. Obviously, it all starts with themselves and preparing to put themselves
in a position to make plays. The entire season doesn't hang on this game, we
simply have to prepare and the atmosphere and adrenaline will take over. If you
think there won't be a few new wrinkles and everyone putting it all on the line,
you are sadly mistaken. The Cougars will be up for this game and will take every
opportunity to exploit OK.
Yes, by all means, BYU should run the ball at the heart of OU's defense. The
Sooner front 7 is easily one of the best in the nation, starting with monster
tackles up front in Gerald McCoy and Adrian Taylor. BYU's young and
inexperienced O-line should be up to the task. Good plan, Cougar
Wake up BYU stop endorsing such a defeatist attitude (keep it
close-whatever)...We are going to win and win Fantastically!!!
Obviously your not a true Ute Fan more like one of our many bandwagons jumping
on board. We are never jealous of our so called "older brothers" we
are kicking their trash nationally. Hello did you forget about the Sugar Bowl,
Fiesta Bowl, etc?There is no way we are losing 4 games next year.
Utah doesn't rebuild we reload. Watch us continue our win streak. WE AINT
"I'll bet all you ute fans will be watching the BYU game.. who does utah play in
their first game? (who cares?)"Your right no one cares about our
opener bc its essentially already won (USU).Let me guess you didn't
watch the Sugar Bowl...right-I believe that. Of course we will watch and root
for you to finally pull your weight nationally.And if you lose of
course we will laugh in your face that you chose to continue your 10 year losing
streak against ranked teams.
The phrase is "wild hare," because rabbits act nuts sometimes.
I suggest that BYU holds off putting the 25th anniversary commemorative sticker
on their helmets until they get past the FSU game. Otherwise, it could backfire
just like last year's "Perfection" slogan did.
For those that care, there will be about sixty to sixty-five thousand OU fans
compared to about 15000 BYU fans. Anything but neutral. BOOMER SOONER!