Nice article. It is hard to pick out the stand outs in fall camp when so many
players have performed so well.
The Y is going to have a formidable team this year. They have a ton of talent
coming back, and they have a very managable schedule. They just need to prove it
in their first 4 games, then the other 2 games against decent competition. If
they start 1-3 or 2-2 and lose one of the other 2 games, and win the rest of
their games against the lower WAC teams, then it will be a lot like last year. I
dont think that will be the case though. I honestly think that the Y will be a 9
to 10 win team this year for sure. Hopefully, and I really hope and pray that 1
of those losses come from the UTES.
PapaSUVery classy. I am not over-looking the Old Miss game but I think
that the Texas game will be the key to the entire schedule. TCU will be the next
biggest challenge with Utah, Central Florida and Hawaii all being games they
could lose if they don't play well. Who knows what OSU will be this year. The
Texas teams and Old Miss likely won't have top QB play. I wish Utah the best but
think their offense will not be as good as what we have seen over the past
several seasons. Their defense could win some of the close games for them
Fair enough, Papa Smurf. At least in this one thing, our prayers cancel each
other out!Any loss this season is going to sting. Will we probably
lose at least one? The odds are never good for running the table, but I agree
with you. First four games, and the cougs have to explode out of the blocks.Then don't get over-confident, don't look past anybody, which will be
hard with a showdown in Dallas looming. Then just don't lose focus in the
islands.It is a manageable schedule, and good things could happen.
Let it start!
To PAPA Smurf UTE: I agree with you with one little difference - that one of
the only loses for Utah is to BYU. It is my wish that both BYU and the Utes
have great seasons this year.
I hope for an undefeated season, but don't expect one. Sure our home schedule
should be a breeze, except for Utah and UCF. But we have some tough road games.
I think it's unrealistic to play Ole Miss, Texas, TCU, OSU and Hawaii on the
road and expect to win them all. Also, we have a lot of talented
players, but many still lack experience. A 9-3 or 10-2 record would be a great
season. But with the experience we gain this year, next year could
be amazing. Look at the starters for this year and we only lose a couple of
them for next year and there are solid replacements to back them up.
I think the cougs will go 11-1 if they over-achieve, 10-2 if they play well and
win games that they should win and loose games they should loose, or 10-3 if
they get a little unlucky somewhere. They WILL loose to TCU and will
loose to either Texas or Utah, or possibly all three. I have looked
into UCF, and I really don't see a problem winning that one at home, the cougs
are simply the better team hands-down. TCU seems to have the cougs
number, so I can't ever see myself picking the cougs in that game no matter what
the teams records are going into it. If OSU turns out to be the
fourth loss, and the cougs loose to Utah, that would seem like a way
dissapointing season to me. If i were a coug fan, 10-2 would be the
mark that would make me happy, even if Utah is one of the losses.As
a utah fan, 9-3 is the mark that will make me happy, even if one of the losses
come to the cougs. I've been spoiled lately.
That TCU game is actually one I want as much as the UTah or Texas game. Give me
a win over TCU and I would accept an unexpected loss to OSU. I dont
think TCU will be as good this year and if Doman really has changed the offense
and is less predictable then BYU has a good chance in Dallas.
Wow, classy comments from the Ute fans so far! Props to forreal and Papa Smurf.
I cant argue with either of your assessments. I think 10 wins is possible for
this Cougar team, but not very likely. I think 8 or 9 wins is a more realistic
expectation for Cougar fans like myself. They have 5 tough road games plus Utah
and UCF at home, and the most likely outcome outcome of those 7 games is they
lose to Texas and split the other six. That would leave them with an 8-4 record
and a chance to get to 9 in the Armed Forces Bowl. I think 10 wins is certainly
possible but that would be over-achieving. Any Cougar fan who thinks they will
go undefeated this year is drinking the blue kool-aid. I do think BYU will beat
Utah this year though. I just think Utah lost too many play makers on offense
from last year, and their offense struggled even then. This season I expect it
to struggle even more, in spite of having the great Norm Chow calling the plays.
Rhen Brown was my companion in Argentina a couple years ago.He was
one of the best missionaries I ever saw. That kid was so stinkin funny. We
would exercise everyday to keep him in shape. I hope he does well.Go Cougs!
But I LIKE the blue kool aid! I have a two years supply of blue kool aid.
It's hard to justify saying "12-0", but individually, each game is
winnable. So, to borrow a cliche, just play them one at a time and see where
this whole thing ends up.
Wow! What a great string of comments -- realistic, yet optimistic, to include
PAPA Smurf UTE and forreal people. I too would be very happy with a 10-2 record
this year, and I also hope Utah shows well in the PAC10.2. Great to
be a football fan from Utah this year. Can't wait for the season to begin....
I agree with Y Dad: There isn't a game we play this yr we can't win, that being
said, going undefeated is unlikely. That doesn't mean I won't be hoping and
expecting to have a chance to win each game. I'll be somewhat disappointed with
any loss this yr because we have the talent to win each game. Being ready
mentally each and every game to start the season will be the key. Coaches and
leadership within the players will be the key in that department. Sept. 3rd
can't get here fast enough. Go cougs.
I don't want to look through a bunch of other articles to find out--is Dallin
Cutler Chuck Cutler's son? That would go a long way toward explaining his
I echo much of what has been said. It is a solid, but unproven team this year.
Things I look for this season:Doman: if he is average, we will
probably lose 2-4, if he is bad 3-5, if he is good 1-3. My biggest hope is that
he will mix things up enough that we can play TCU team to team. The last few
years Patterson's defensive scheme has owned our offense (in my opinion) above
and beyond any talent differences.Defense: I know the end of last
year was against weak competition, but it was impressive all the same. If the
front seven can defend the run solidly and do a decent job of pressuring the QB,
our secondary won't have to be spectacular. They may end up being more than
adequate, but I hope they won't be tested too severely.Offense:
Production. Last year at TCU our defense kept us in the game but the offense
could manage no more than 3&outs, keeping the defense on the field the
entire first half. I don't need Jake to win the Heisman, just score more than
the other guys.
You know what I am not going to make any predictions because I really am not
sure how it will go. I think they will do well, and anything 10 wins or over
will be very satisfactory, but there isn't a game on their schedule that they
cannot win. I have to assume there will be a let down somewhere and they will
lose, but they don't have to.Either way I am more excited for this
season than I have been for several years.
Cougar Passion, according to the roster by BYU Football, Dallin Cutler is the
son of Chuck and Michelle. I would assume he is one of the next generation of
greats. Classy comments above, All of BYU's games are winnable as
belived above. An overacheiving year would certainly put them at 12 - 0 for the
year. That would be awesome. However, I think they will stumble somewhere
along the way. Hoping not. Go Cougars.
Its going to be a fun first year of independence, BYU has plenty of young talent
and depth on both sides of the ball. Im not expecting an undefeated season but
ya never know, its certainly not impossible. Realistically, I would say BYU
should win 9 or 10 games. The five road games will be tough but I think BYU
should be able to win at least 2 or 3 of those and then at home of course vs
utah and UCF will be the tougher games but I believe BYU has a very good chance
to run the table at home giving them at least 9 or 10 wins.
BYU wins 9 maybe 10 this year. Losses to UT, TCU, and possibly Hawaii. BYU
struggles on the island. If they win one or more of those they probably lose one
of the other 4 tough games, Ole Miss, Utah, UCF, or Ore St. I am way excited but
I am also trying to be realistic!
With inexperience at almost all defensive positions and a young but talented
offence, I think 9 or 10 wins is a stretch. I don't see them beating Texas, TCU,
Hawaii or OSU on the road. I also think they stumble once or twice at home. If
the end up winning 8 that's good. Last time they had so much confidence going
into a season, it got very disappointing fast. BYU tends to talk the talk but
all too often that can't back it up on the field. A loss to Mississippi will
mean a downward spiral. Just don't expect too much from a young team. Next year
will be the time for expectations.
If BYU can finish the season with 10 or more wins, including their bowl game,
start next season, which will be a little harder ranked in the top 20, they will
have a good chance to reach a BCS game next year.
@UnluckyI agree with almost everything you said except the part
about "inexperience at almost all defensive positions". This is simply
not true. This year's defense returns at least 10 starters from last year's
defense (Fuga, Manumaleuna, Rowley, Richardson, Pendleton, Frazier, Van Noy,
Eason, Uale) in addition to Fangupo and Kaveinga who both have D1 experience
from USC. In fact, the only positions on defense that lack experience this
season are Kat Safety and Boundary Corner which has two talented JC recruits
battling for the spot. This should be one of BYU's best defenses in years -
perhaps as good or better than the 2007 defense that ranked in the top 10