Bronco: "It's kind of an empowering opportunity and liberation
going into independence of controlling our own destiny"If what
bronco means by "controlling our own destiny" is going undefeated than
I agree. Anything less is the Kraft Hunger bowl on Dec. 8th.
Yea .... football!!!!
Hedge, what he meant is when you control your own destiny, you don't want to be
ranked 5th in the nation, and then go AP unranked at the end of the season,
getting waxed by a WAC team in the Vegas Bowl.I think that is what
he was talking about.That---Or even getting the HC fired
at the end of the season...Utes are poised for the PAC (?), BYU
poised for independence.Two programs, headed in opposite
directions.Not a good time to be a Utah fan, is it bro...
So I hear the team in SLC aka, Same Losing Community is going to try and hire
more ex BYU coaches....apparently, its the only way they can win. Well,
Glad spring Football is here. New coaches, new players, excitement everywhere.
Bronco= NO BCS BOWLS EVER!
@clowntownBronco=Independence and huge, exclusive ESPN contract.
More good stuff to follow :)
They are always filling holes in the secondary. Why is that? They have nice
little assembly lines for so many other areas of offense and defense but the
secondary is always filling holes. Things that make you go hmmm.BYU
is going to have a great year. They are back on track with defense, and the
offense will hit the ground running. They play teams from several BCS
conferences, and if they win-out, they will be in a BCS Bowl, no doubt.What will be interesting, speaking of that other team, can they make the jump
to the Pac-12. We know that Utah and BYU are competetive with every team in the
PAC, that is not a question. There is a difference between playing one or two
games a year, versus six or seven now. Can Utah compete week in and out? I think
it will take a few years to get there but in time Utah is competetive for the
Pac-12 title. I hope, we'll see. Fun to watch. I just hope their fans take the
jump with them. Most are great, some are beyond boorish. And yes, same for some
Hey Ute Fans, your women's b-ball team just won the MWC tourney, you finally
have something to root for!Mark it down!
Re: NC FrogsHey Byu fans you guys just choked again. . . and again.
okay kids let's be nice to each other . . .I'm thrilled to death
about the potential of this team! The new coaching staff is young and energetic,
and really, Bronco has more depth, talent and athleticism to work with on this
team tham he's ever had, EVER. Sure, there have been some real individual
superstars on past teams, but the biggest difference I see is the DEPTH, talent,
and ATHLETICISM at EVERY position on the team from first string, all the way
down to third string. Yes there are question marks in the secondary
again, but that is mostly because three seniors just graduated. The depth at
cornerback is unreal for BYU this year. Really the only position on the team
with huge question marks right now in my mind is safety. But the depth at
cornerback rocks! We have Corby Eason, Robbie Buckner, DeQuan Everrett, Cameron
Comer (returned missionary), Jordan Johnson, Kori Gaines, and the new JC
transfers in Preston Hadley and Joe Sampson. All 8 of those guys are much
bettter athletes than the walk ons that have flooded the depth charts in the
past. There will also be some decent prospects at safety though too.
So to answer your question . . . yes there are question marks in the secondary
again, but there have been more question marks there in seasons past than there
are this year IMO. A certain school up north has its own question marks in the
secondary believe it or not.
Bring on San Jose, Utah State, Idaho State, Central Florida, Idaho and new
Mexico State. I'll bet the season ticket holders are chomping at the bit. 7
home games with only one tough opponent. Utah will be tough defensively but will
still be figuring out the offense and qb position. Byu will have one of the
toughest road schedules in the nation. 8-4 will be tough.
It would be great to watch the spring game on BYUTV in High Definition. Since we
are independent I wonder if that would be a possiblitiy.
It's hillarious to see trolls from a PAC 12 team spamming an independent blog;
more proof of just how insecure they are about becoming a PAC 12 bottom
feeders.As long as you're visiting, Utah numbers to remember7-4726-234th and 180-2713 of the last 390 national championships0 national
"It would be great to watch the spring game on BYUTV in High
Definition."Unless NCAA rules prevent it, that would be fun to
I thought Utah left BYU in their rear view mirror back in June, yet here we are
9 months later and the Utah trolls are still obsessed with BYU.lol
Re: Duck Your schedule after 3 weeks is pathetic. Being Indy just
means you have to schedule the big boys and win. Will that happen? NO! Again if
you can't win in the MTN and go to a BCS bowl then what makes you think you can
when you have tougher pre season comp?
@ Hedgehog, Frowntown Holmoe said, "The BCS is not the reason
for this move. I've spoken to (executive director) Bill Hancock of the BCS, and
we know that we'll have the opportunity, if we're ranked 14 or higher, that
we'll have the ability to be an at-large team."Not a bad
deal... ESPN will probably pull some strings to get an even better deal. A 10-2
or 11-1 season would easily get BYU into a BCS game with the tough Independent
Schedule. The jump to Independence fulfills all of BYU's goals.
Going to a BCS game is not even on the list. It is all about exposure. BYU is
able to play 12-13 games ANYWHERE in the country on National Television. After
only 6 months of independence, BYU has put together a very impressive schedule.
It will only get better!Thanks for your concern though, you are both great
fans!We have a lot to look forward too! With 10 starters returning
on offense and 6 or 7 on defense, we are loaded for a great season! Really hoping there are no injuries or HC casualties in the coming months.
"The jump to Independence fulfills all of BYU's goals"Jeffe,Really jeffy? or fills in the pot hole created by the PAC12
rejection. So if the Big12 called ( I know let's pretend) would BYU say no?come on jeffy I'd love to hear your answer.
This is all nice early spring talk about all the potential and the team
chemistry, I thought the statement about " Liking each other " to be
awkward. I am excited for the new frontier of the Independent
program and all the new exposer on ESPN fun stuff on the horizon. The 2010 season ended on a high note whipping up on lowly UTEP perhaps that
will translate into a positive direction. Our fair haired sophomore will have a
plethora of upper class-men backups, a veteran "O" line and veteran
RB's, the tight end spot will again be weak in the beginning of the season but
will come together as the season progresses. The WO positions should be
solid.Nothing new at the DB positions the typical Achilles heel of
this program.Anyhow, we shall see how this 2011 Cougar squad will be
? Pre-season hype last season proved hallow and empty, I will reserve judgment
it is still just Spring Ball.
Like everyone else, I am excited about the upcoming year. However, I am also a
realist. This Independence experience will prove to be disastrous. The difficult
scheduled will definitely take some wind out of the sails with no conference
championship to shoot for at the end of the season. I also suspect that there
will be some big time injuries incurred due to the the relentless pounding week
in and week out during the first two months of the season. I predict a 7 and 5
or 8 and 4 season with the team going to a mid tier bowl arranged by ESPN.
@Cucamongan - I don't see why the WAC games will take any wind out of their
sails. If BYU is one or 2-loss team going into the weaker portion of the
schedule, they'll be looking for a win out and a potential BCS bid. In case you
haven't noticed, every NAQ bowl team (Boise, Hawaii, Utah) fattened up on weak
WAC or MTN teams with only one or two "big" wins.If BYU is
unbeaten going into the WAC portion of the schedule, they'll fatten up on big
Wow...I expected a little bitterness/jealousy from byu this year but
the haters are really ramping it up already!I don't say that to stir
things up. I'm just expressing how its coming across that way by many of the
remarks so far.Can any of you cougar fans honestly say with a
straight face that you would rather, in lieu of a pac 12 spot, have a good ESPN
contract, more (tougher) scheduling, and the prospect of playing in the Hunger
Bowl if you lose even one game?you don't see that as a tough sell to
ute fans? Come on.
Hedgehog,BYU doesn't need to rely on bigger and better programs or a
conference for its survival. (Like the U has been doing for decades) BYU has already shown in only 6 months of independence that it can book games
with ANYONE. Texas, ND, GT, you name it! That is the exposure only
Independence can bring. BYU will play games coast to coast against the best.
They wont be cooped up in a conference picking up scraps from the big boys. With
this added exposure, there is no negative way to look at it, every game on
National TV, more $, better recruits, there is no ceiling with Independence. Utah's move to the PAC 10.2 means nothing, they are just moving to a
table with bigger more greedy mouths to feed, and Utah will be stuck getting the
scraps from USC, Oregon, Stanford, and UW, UCLA, Arizona, and ASU that includes
money and recruits. I feel sorry for you!
Hey, I have an idea... let's all agree that once the new football season starts,
we quit the stupid PAC vs Independent thing, ok?Here's hoping we can
read BYU articles without ute trash commenting on every one. Go bother someone
BlueHusky -I hope your optimism prevails. However, I seriously doubt
it. BYU will not be a 1 or 2 loss team going into the WAC portion of the
schedule. They will have more than two losses. Furthermore, playing Hawaii at
Hawaii at the end of the season is no given. Historically, Hawaii gives BYU
problems. I love your enthusiasm and optimism, but I seriously doubt that they
can reach 9 wins. Like I said before, the schedule is very punishing at the
beginning and I believe that there will be some significant injuries that will
impact the squad's potential success. Independence is an intriguing concept and
the the dollars are enticing with the backing of ESPN. However, I do not believe
it is going to help the team overall. Last I heard, Coach Edwards was not all
that enthralled with the concept either.
I yawn watching your unexciting team play. And that's exactly what the voters
and the country us gonna think by playing Sun belt schools.
crowntown1"I yawn watching your unexciting team play." Hey, thanks for watching. It's devotion likes yours and Hedgie that
makes the whole ESPN deal possible.
I'm a BYU fan and enjoy reading about the Cougars. Personally, and maybe this is
just me, I have absolutely no interst in the Utes unless there is someone from
my area on the team. Seriously I don't get the bashing. Some people have too
much time on their hands.
Good luck BYU, we're no longer bound at the hip and I'll be able to become a fan
for all but one game.
crowntown1You've stated that you're not a Ute fan and BYU football
bores you. Yet here you are daily dishing on a team time zone away. Begs the