Personally, I liked Riles with a silky, flowing mane. It was dreamy. I think
he may have lost some of his powers when he cut his hair. Wait, we're
talking about football???All Riles has to do is pound the beavers
and we'll forget about all the damage he has done.
Riley's success embodies perfectly what is byu. Very dominant
over WAC teams, gives hope(albeit false) everywhere to cougar fans that a
national championship is not far off. 0 - whatever(and acounting)
against good teams.My guess is after OSU handles riley and byu, all
byu fans will be calling for a new QB and new offense coordinatorThe
Notre Dame game will be a blood bath. OSU 24byu 6utah 30UCLA 21Notre dame 40byu 10
Provo critics wrong?LOLBecause a 1-5 record against good
teams would proove doubters wrong?LOL
So, the fans realize that Doman isn't cutting it, from this article (and
several other local writers) it is clear that the sports beat writers realize
that Doman and his offense isn't cutting it. Is the last person to realize
that Doman and his ill-concieved offense won't cut it is Bronco?
I think BYU has enough to win this game, especially with Mannion out. Everyone
at LES will be cheering for Riley Nelson, but if he turns it over and loses the
game, I fear the boo birds will be out in force. I still think Doman's idea
of creating a system that calls run plays for QBs is a very poor decision.
I'm all for having mobile QBs who can scramble, as long as they can throw.
The long term bet given the # of good QBs who want to come to BYU is on a strong
passing attack, with short yardage mixed in heavily as a near-running play.My predictions: BYU wins this OSU game by a few, but doesn't score
20. Riley gets hit enough that he is banged up for ND next week, but he will
still play. He will turn the ball over and get pulled, but too late for a BYU
Lark-led comeback in South Bend (the defense will keep that game close though).
Have we forgotten how thrilled and supportive we were when Riley replaced a
failing Jake Heaps?
If you say "we need to keep Riley healthy", that means run less.
If he runs less, you take away Riley's effectiveness. That's is the essence of Doman's philosophy and approach. The
inherent nature of that philosophy is to beat up and jeopardize the health and
effectiveness of the most important player on your team. Fault
Bronco (who I really do like) for exhibiting poor judgement in allowing a rookie
OC (and mediocre QB) to have so much latitude. No one can keep a QB
perfectly healthy. Period. Basing our entire livelihood on the above
perspective . . . ? Well, we can see how that's turning out . .
. Plus, Don't prospects say, "BYU is only recruiting
running QBs, I'll look elsewhere"? Weird.
Hmmmm. "Riley Nelson can disprove a theory his critics regularly throw at
him — that he is not physically capable of leading BYU's offense to a
win over a quality, ranked, respected opponent" I don't think he needs
to. Oklahoma (#3) & Miami (#1) aside, when has any BYU Quarterback beaten a
team ranked this high? This game will not change Riley's legacy as a
"gamer." He's nothing more, nothing less. His football career will
be over at the end of this season and then it's on to "real
job/career" time. Interesting take, Mr. Harmon. You make it seem like
Riley's entire legacy comes down to this one game. I just don't see it
that way. With that being said, BYU has far from shown the ability to beat such
a quality opponent this season. I like my Cougs, but I put this game at 17-9
I am one Reilly doubter. I'd love it if he proved me wrong against Oregon
State. I'm not silly enough to make wild predictions but some in this
Comments section LOVE to boldly predict arrogantly again and again after being
wrong again and again. Yes, oh vain one, we "marked your words" and
you're mostly wrong. Instead I'll just go to the game tomorrow and
cheer and hope.
Chris B has all but guaranteed a victory for the Cougars! I was worried before
but after his unbiased analysis, I am now totally confident that the Cougars
will win! His track record speaks for itself!
Go Beavers, from a Ute fan! LOL
Has Chris B ever predicted a score that had BYU ahead of their opponent, or Utah
below theirs? I don't think so.Chris B is 13-22 since last
year in football predictions alone, so with those odds BYU has a rather high
chance to win tomorrow.
So we will see Lark as starter for Norte Dame. Riley won't last. Even if
he survives and wins OSU is without its starting qb which taints this game.
A win over OSU may not be enough. He is the only senior QB in recent years to
lose to uTah. Along with his other loss, the many turnovers he is responsible
for. But more importantly his lack of leadership in playing hurt. He will have
to play the rest of the year and not lose. But with Domans injure the QB play
calling he is just one victory formation or lack of it from ending his season.
Without Manion OSU is not even a top 25 team. BYU is pathetic if they can't
beat them at home.
I love reading UsU fans comments on BYU's board. It's bad enough to
deal with Chris talking out of both sides of his mouth. Be realistic
Cougar Nation. Riley can't win this game tomorrow. It's up to the
defense. Even Chris knows opposing defenses key in on Riley's obvious
weaknesses. Maybe if the offense scores 10 points BYU could win by 3. Utah will lose by at least 10 tomorrow. Enjoy the WACing Chris. Jenny do
you think you could get Sports Nutz to add his two cents also?
Doesn't matter which QB plays at BYU. None of them will succeed because the
team doesn't even practice the passing game. One dimensional running
QB's fail against ranked teams, at mid level talent schools.
Chris B you are a putty cat. You follow BYU as much as BYU fans. If only Cougar
Nation were as faithful as you. BYU would win more games with more athletic
supporters like yourself. Your positive commentary reminds me of at least one
Brad Paisley song. Go Cougars and Utes. Show us what you've got
because we don't have anything better to do other than watch your games and
argue about who has the worst coaches.
wow Dick Harmon, 14 Points for BYU souds like you have a lot of
confidence in Riley Nelson.
Riley Nelson, my hee-roh, has as much chance of beating a hot Oregon State team
as I do.No, Nelson will suck it up again...what a surprise that will
be...and he will be blaming pretty much everything but himself, or his lack of
qb abilities. My prediction for the game:Score 32-7 OSUNelson
Turnovers 5 (3 fumbles, 2 int's)Passes 5-23 (24 yds)Nelson
Rushes 15 runs for -16 ydsTtl Hee-roh Offense 8 yards.The one
BYU score will be from a defensive Pick 6.I think the numbers will be
worse than this, which makes this prediction optomistic.I can only
hope that the game will be this bad. I need a good laugh today, and watching
Nelson, "the Savior of BYU football" get his but kicked will be
It matters not. Riley can't throw, panics quickly, is short, and slow.
Doman is not the right person for his job. We need an experienced offensive
coordinator and someone learning on the job. At the rate Doman is learning it
will take years.
BYU has a ton of talent at wide receiver and tight end that is languishing in
obscurity. Heaps took the heat for BYU's offensive woes last year. This
year it's Riley. The play calling is straight out of the 80's
Nebraska/Oklahoma option playbook and doesn't utilize the talents of some
of the best athletes on the field. Get it in to the hands of Apo who is a big,
fast, Michael Irvin type receiver. Hoffman and Falslev are possession guys that
run great routes and have good hands. The dump offs to the tight end were a game
changer last were a game changer last week.
BYU fans are the most fickle, fair weather fans around.Harmon's
stories that read like Sunday school lessons can't hide the discontent in
an enthusiastic but unrealistic fan base. Teams lose and people make
mistakes.Com'on Cougs, give your young men and the coaching staff
your support.It appears sometimes you guys have a hard time
separating your faith from your football. Just sayin......
If Nelson has a fractured vertebral transverse process, he probably
shouldn't be playing football in this game or any other until the fracture
heals, which normally takes six weeks--longer if he remains athletically mobile.
His throwing motion hampered, he will be tempted to run more and risks
aggravation of the injury. Lark should stay warmed up and ready to play--he will
probably finish the season. And, given a real chance, he may prove to be just
what the Cougars need-a quarterback who can find an open receiver.
Riley and Doman are so dang awesome.
@ HCB63You have one thing wrong with your predictions. I don't
think BYU will score the extra point.
Got his chance. Failed.
Dick knowing how much you care about the Cougars and the football program
it's time to take the lead in advocating what has to be done; replacing
Brandon Doman with a real offensive coordinator who can take us back to the
historic passing attack. It's clear the man is incompetent the job is just
too big for someone with so little experience. A Steve Kragthorpe would be what
a Cats need, a steady hand with no need to reinvent himself each year. The guy
did it at Tulsa he can do it at BYU.