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BYU football: Cougars looking for bounce-back victory over Boise State

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  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    BYU by 30.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    Boise by 14+

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    Please! I'll be happy with BYU by 3.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:28 p.m.

    BYU cannot win if Riley Nelson is the quarterbback. As I have said many times and have been proven right, Riley cannot defeat a DI team with even average defensive skills He lacks the arm strength, composure, and discipline. We probably will not see James Lark any more because he is so much more effective than Riley.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:40 p.m.

    Sorry BYU fans but the Cougs had their chance for a confidence builder last week because they "prepared for it like any other game". Well we're in for a 7-5 season now and the rocky road begins sorry to say. I hope I am wrong!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 10:13 p.m.

    What now,

    I think you are right, and Utah will win by the same margin at least.

  • jasonlivy Orem, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 10:43 p.m.

    We are in for a long season. I love the Cougars. I want them to win. I really do want them to be successful.

    Riley Nielson. He does love football. He likes getting hit. I tip my hat to him for that. But he's way over his head. He's too sporadic and panicky. He doesn't give the ball up to his running back on the option. The opposite team doesn't have to watch much film to know exactly what to expect from him. They've got him completely figured out way before game day.

    In order to win, the defense has to step up already stellar play. The offense has to show up and then play out of their minds. But we all know nothing's going to change. The offense won't show up, stupid mistakes will be made, turnovers will ensue, and we'll all be slumped over in our easy chairs banging our heads against the coffee table.

    My vote: 35 to 6 for Boise St.

  • 86&90UTE Holladay, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 12:13 a.m.

    What? BYU article states that undefeated seasons are magical? Well, Utah has had two such "magical" seasons in the last nine years! It's obviously not that hard for the Utes!!! What's bYU's problem???

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 6:47 a.m.

    Wow, I hope no one gets hurts jumping off the Riley bandwagon, as it seems they are jumping in droves.

    And, yes, a 3 point win is just as satisfying as a 44 point win. Take it from experience, either one makes you smile.

  • Manny Saint George, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    Note to BYU coaches: If your QB takes a hit and looks around lost and dazed, take him out. Let a back up take over until he gets his senses back, or keep him out. Last week after the hit in the first few minutes Riley didn't snap out of it until the 4th qtr. It was too late then, game over.

  • bballjunkie Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    There is no way you can get to excited for any game that Riley is QB for. Sorry guys I have said it and been ripped on for over the last year plus for saying Riley is not a D1 QB and some fans are finally seeing that. Until Bronco and Doman put Hill or even Lark who has an arm in to throw the ball in, enjoy what you what you all wanted.

    And yes Heaps leaving will hurt and hurt bad. lol

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Sept. 20, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    TheNun

    Amen!

    Riley goes the distance, has two turnovers but otherwise plays well enough to win in the final seconds. Defense plays stellar, cougars win by 3.

    Wayne goes back to the "returning punts" schtick. Again.

    Bet I'm right two out of three. Hope I'm wrong about Wayne.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Sept. 20, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    Big Test for both Utah and BYU this week. Both are at least a 7 point underdog. I hope they both win, but they will have to play better than they did against each other.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Sept. 20, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    OK, I like BYU, but y'all are delusional if you think the Cougs have a chance in this one. Props for effort against the Utes, but Boise State has a top 4 in the nation win percentage over the last 5 years. They don't make mistakes, and the Y D is not good enough to force mistakes. BSU by 25 over BYU.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 20, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    BYU has a chance to redeem itself against a team and fans that play with as great as intensity as the Utes. I see our boys still struggling with key mistakes by Riley and Special Teams.

    Utah, on the other hand, will be overwhelmed by the Sun Devils. I predict a 2 TD margin for ASU. The Utes will also lose to UCLA, USC and at least one other PAC 12 team. They have spent all their emotional energy on the "rivalry".

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    Sept. 20, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    One of the accompanying photos was snapped in December 2011, according to the caption. Seems unlikely to me; too many trees in the background covered with pretty green leaves.

    As a member of a family with both BYU and BSU alumni, it'll be interesting to watch the game at Mom's place tonight. (Mom is a BYU alum and a huge football fan - her two favorite teams are the Cougars and the Broncos.) I asked her if she'd be separating the fans by allegiance, or if we all just have to cheer for everybody! No matter who wins tonight, we'll all be very happy. We'll also all be very disappointed.
    (-;

  • Runner Chandler, AZ
    Sept. 20, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    Questions:

    Will Doman be able to call plays and get them to the QB in time to run an up-tempo offense?
    Will Doman consider throwing the ball to his two 6'4" receivers?
    Will Doman force the running game regardless of the outcome of each rush?
    Will Doman figure out how to call quick pass plays for his, "arm-challenged" QB?
    Will Doman treat this like any other game and focus on BYU's execution rather than actually gameplanning for a specific team?

    And better question...will Doman ever develop into a D-1 Offensive Coordinator?

  • sportsrealist salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    @eastcoastcoug

    you mean the same way the utes were supposed to be "overwhelmed" by your pathetic cougars?
    then yes i agree and see another win for them this week too. HAHA!

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    With Utah, Boise State, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, and Oregon State on the schedule (not to mention VERY tough competition coming from Utah State and San Jose State) was BYU really "dreaming" of an undefeated season?

  • MLH SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    eastcoastcoug

    I Utah doesn't have a chance this weekend, byu might as well not even show up tonight. Tonights game will not even be close. The y has NO emotion they are just like thier coach, BSU by 20 pts the cougs are in for a total beat down tonight. They will not be ready to play.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 20, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    There will be no bounce back. Doman made too many mistakes. Riley should be a safety not a quarterback. He cannot throw accurately something everybody knew from day one. The competition should have been between Lark and Heaps. Alisa (and formerly Quesada) should be running the ball, not Riley. With Riley's inablitly to see the field, our talented receivers have been wasted. We will lose to Boise State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Oregon State, and Utah State, unless there are significant changes on the offensive side of the ball.

  • Chris B. Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    I actually think that BYU have a legitimate shot at winning this game tonight. BYU's defense is strong, if they can keep cool and not get too emotional they should be able to put a lot of pressure on Boise State throughout the entire game.
    I have decided that being a true fan of a team means that you cheer for your team in every single game, but you don't have to hate the other school in your state, because strength of schedule is actually a big part of college football, so I hope that BYU wins all of their games, and I hope that USU wins all of their games. Being a true fan has never been about tearing into another school, it has been about being loud and proud of the school that you support!
    Good luck Cougars!

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    Wow how quickly the tune changes for cougie fan's. A week ago the cougies were going undefeated to the BCS and Riely was the greatest QB since Steve Young. Not even a week later cougie fan's have no faith in a win against boise and everybody's calling Riely out? Don't worry cougie fan's November is not far away you'll be able to win out in Nov. and think your team is good again....lol

  • SyracuseCoug Syracuse, ut
    Sept. 20, 2012 11:59 a.m.

    Wouldn't be lying if I said I was nervous about tonight, Riley and the offense need to clean up their game in a big and bad way. Doman needs to call some plays to get the pressure off Riley, that Utah rush was forcing Riley into bad decisions all night. Granted, this isn't the Broncos from the last four years, but they are a tough, well coached team and BYU had better come with their "A" game or else it will get ugly fast. Having said that, GO Cougs!

  • SyracuseCoug Syracuse, ut
    Sept. 20, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    Chris B.? Is that really you? Either way, I agree. No reason to hate.

  • dnay Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    Sportsrealist - Pathetic Cougars? Thats funny since the only way Utah could beat them is by a couple of big blunders. BYU beat them in all statistical categories and they're pathetic. Well maybe they are but that means Utah is as well! We all know that sometimes the best team doesn't always win, especially in the game of football where fumbles and interceptions happen alot. Do you think Nevada was better than Boise a couple of years ago when they beat them? Just in case you don't know the answer it's no. So go home you only make yourself look bad.

    Some of you are forgetting that Boise is young this year, they are good don't get me wrong but to say that the Cougars don't have a shot especially with the defense they have is plain wrong. When Crowton was coach they went to Boise and one of BYU worst teams in memory could've won the game but missed a field goal. I have much more confidence in this team than that one. I'm not calling a Cougar win but I won't rule it out as well!

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Sept. 20, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    BSU has a great team and this should be a good game, but those of you who are calling Boise State by 20+... are you crazy? BYU may not be a top 10 team, but they do have a legitimate top 10 defense. The only reason Utah got to 24 points against the Cougars was because of the TD on a returned fumble and another on a very short field after the long punt return. Really, the U only had 10 points that you can credit to the offense and BSU's offense is not that far ahead of the Utes. I expect a close low-scoring game. Go Cougs!

  • Juggernaut Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    Seriously, is that you Chris B? Anyway, as a Ute fan BYU needs to stop worrying about being undefeated every season. They haven't done it since 84 and it doesn't appear that will happen anytime soon. Utah hardly mentions it even though they have done it twice in the last decade. Byu is so fixated on that and they don't worry about their opponents near enough at the same rate. Seriously, every year the talk of undefeated and it happens like clock work. Does that get old as a fan of Byu? I really am curious...

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    @dnay
    Any bennift gained by Utah from BYU's "blunders" was recipricated by Utah.
    1) The Ute punt team gave the ball to BYU on the 10 yard line which resulted in a touchdown.
    2) 2 targeting penalties and a false start on the Utes left the ball on the 10 yard line resulting in a touchdown for BYU.
    3) 4rth and 12 with 30 sseconds to go and the Ute defenders let the Y's best reciever get behind them for a 47 yard reception.
    4) 3 separate chances to send the game into overtime.

    As you can see many things went in BYU's favor.
    It is typical for BYU fans to say the Y lost the game rather than the Utes won it but 3 wins in a row and 8 of 11 says otherwise.
    By the way, the only reason for BYU's statistical edge is because the Utes had 2 long punt returns setting up short fields, a fumble return and 1 play drive (Hays to Anderson. The only stat that matters though 24-21

  • BSU BRONCO!! Rigby, ID
    Sept. 20, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Coach Peterson and Bronco are both very classy coaches. Also they are 2 of the best game planning coaches in the Nation. Both teams should be ready to go and we should be in for a great game.

    I think it will be a hard fought tight game until the 4th quater, then BSU pulls away.

    One thing BYU fans that come up to Boise you wont have to worry about clasless fans coming after you or your family. Enjoy your trip.

    Good Luck Cougs
    GO BRONCOS!!

  • WON84 PLANO, TX
    Sept. 20, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    I'm a BYU fan but, there is not a chance they win this game with Nelson at QB.

    He's a good look for a backup but, he is not a top half FBS QB.

  • WON84 PLANO, TX
    Sept. 20, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad - What have you seen to give you any reason to believe BYU is going to win this game? Did we watch a different game for three quarters last Saturday night?

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    Bronco seems like a nice guy, but I've never liked him as a head coach. He's way too soft, doesn't play his best players, his offense is not fun to watch, and he doesn't prepare his team properly for big games.

  • IndyWACer 500 Eureka, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 5:21 p.m.

    BYU should use it's "Nitro Offense".

    Even then, BYU will still get hammered. Teams like Boise and Utah don't need fancy names, they just GET IT DONE. Something BYU should learn: no fancy names, just hard work.

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 5:30 p.m.

    BSU BRONCO!!,

    Bronco... one of the best game planning coaches in the nation?

    Nu uh. We saw that last Saturday, and have that week for 3 years straight, 8 out of the last 11 years too. He can't win against decent teams... we all know that. It's written in the record books. Look it up on ESPN.