It's great to play teams like Notre Dame, Texas, and Wisconsin, and it
makes for a great trip for the fans. But unless BYU starts winning some of
these high-profile games it will end up hurting BYU's program in the long
Shame he isn't fulfilling bringing BYU back into national prominenece as an
elite football program the way it was for many year under Lavell Edwards.
Shame he hasn't replaced Bronco with a gutsy, determined coach who treats
all players the same and yanks any player when they don't perform. A
contract doesn't saying "Winning" is part of the job but it is
inherently the #1 goal of any coach. I want a coach that when he has a great
program like he has the last two years does everythign to be undefeated or
finish the season with 1 loss, that's means yanking ANY player at any point
in the game. I want a coach who beats Utah 56-6, 9 in a row and 19 of 21, and
doesn't allow blowouts at home like: FSU, BSU, Utah, Nevada, and Oregon St.
have done in the last three years!
"It's great to play teams like Notre Dame, Texas, and Wisconsin, and it
makes for a great trip for the fans. But unless BYU starts winning some of these
high-profile games it will end up hurting BYU's program in the long
run."That's definitely true though the argument could also
be made BYU is a QB from having a couple of high profile wins this season. So,
while next season could prove extremely difficult I feel better about Hill at QB
against Notre Dame than I do Nelson against GT this coming weekend.
Good News, Bad News:Good news: Nobody at the beginning of the season
anticipated that ND and OSU would be undefeated and top-10 ranked by the time
they got to play BYU.Bad News: Playing top-10 teams respectably
while losing is not enough. There are no moral victories. BYU needs quality
wins. Why?1) The fan base and TV contracts will diminish if they
continue to put out a sub-par program.2) If they continue to be a laughing
stock opponent among good teams, they will no longer be able to schedule good
teams, because BCS teams are looking for strength of schedule, and BYU will
bring that down.
I like having the tougher schedule. Coach Edwards' teams would have had
problems against these teams. The National Championship team or Utah's
best team would not have bean undefeated against this schedule. They beat noone
that was even close to Oregon State or Notre Dame's quality (except maybe
UT vs TCU). BYU has played very well against these teams, and BYU finally has a
defense.BYU started the year with at least two good QBs, but was
unable to defend them because of a bad, and injured offensive line. BYU should
not have risked a freshman QB to that line. They should have played Lark and
let him get injured; not risk the future QB, and a red-shirt year. Riley hasn't ever had the greatest arm, but in the second half of the
post-injury games his passes have been weak. His back may be fine at the
beginning of the game, but after a couple hits and a half of playing football,
he has problems.Lark (or someone that can throw the long-ball)
should have played the last couple offensive series. I am still a Riley fan,
but he is still hurting.
I still think football independence will prove to be the best path for
eventually getting rid of football altogether.
We win almost all of these big games so I hope Holmoe keeps them on the
schedule. Other big teams like to play us to see how they measure up.
"BYU football: Tom Holmoe fulfilling vision of independent
scheduling"If Tom Holmoe is satisfied with a one loss season and
going to a third tier Macaroni and Cheese Bowl every year. Then I say mission
accomplished!Atta boy Holmoe!
Another article to reassure BYU fans of their terrible position in the College
No, we fans can actually live with losing to Top 10 teams if we feel we have
exhausted every possibility to try to beat them. What has many of us up in arms
is that we have another senior quarterback who is probably a better passer
sitting on the bench--and better passes might very well have made this team
undefeated right now. Given how many times we have seen the coaching staff
apologize after the fact for mistakes in judgment--including playing Riley
Nelson while hurt for two games this year--we want to see them address problems
*now* and take a chance on James Lark. It would certainly not be the first time
that a guy sitting on the bench ended up being the better quarterback on the
field. Even Brandon Doman knows that from his own experience.
BYU should try to get a deal with the BigEast like Notre Dame has with the ACC.
We get to remain independent, but we play 5 games against BigEast opponents.
Boise State and SDSU would then be every year opponents with a rotation against
Houston, SMU, Louisville, Rutgers, and Navy. This would be good for BYU and
good for the BigEast.I'd also like to see Utah State, Hawaii
and Air Force every year. This would then leave BYU with four open slots for
teams like Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Texas.
Learn from Notre Dame... keep your stadium focused on the team and not a
blizzard of advertisements. Those ribbons are annoying and useless except to
flash obnoxious colors and shapes while trying to watch the game. And having the
PA announcer be a shill for companies sponsoring "this 1st down sponsored by
CarFax" and "it's another State Farm 3rd down." Shameful and
degrading. Notre Dame has ZERO ads in the stadium and no phony announcers --
it's all focused on football.
Conference is still the way to go. It means that every game has significance
even if it is a team like UNLV or New Mexico State. The Big East must be
sounding better and better for the time being for the fans and for the players.
Independent scheduling does not allow for any rivalries. Notre Dame has build a
few rivalries because they play teams like USC, Navy, Boston College nearly
every year for the past 70 plus years. BYU plays New Mexico State and San Jose
nearly every year but that is not the rivaly BYU wants. Also doesn't allow
for good bowl games. I don't see it happening this year but if Utah wins
the last three home games and their game with Colorado, they still get a better
bowl than BYU. Shows the unfairness in college football.
I do not think independence has been all that great. Almost none of the games
are on Saturday afternoon in LES so I did not renew my season tickets. Our
football coaches have not been able to meet the challenge of playing better
teams. The bowl opportunities are way below average. I prefer being in a
I would prefer to be in a BCS Conference, even the Big East is looking better
and better. There just isn't anything to play for in Independence after one
loss. At least in a conference, you can look forward to a conference titla and
a bowl game. All we have now is a crappy bowl game to look forward to.
I love playing these better teams and if we don't beat ourselves we should
I love independence and the wide range of teams the Cougars have and will be
able to play. Holmoe has done a great job with the schedule. Now we need wins
against these teams. I am very disappointed in our coach and our QB who
continue to make up excuses for bad football (speaking of the offense). And I am
tired of a head coach and QB who hate the fans. Sure, fans can be hard on you
and even stupid at times. I see them every game and and am one myself at times,
but remember, we are fans, we, the fans are the only reason you get to play in
that 60,000 seat stadium, we get to shell out the money to support the football
program and your free-ride for school. So if coach and QB could show a little
more class and respect for the fans that would be nice... even if you don't
Belonging to a conference means your football schedule is mostly set.An
independent has to find 12 opponents every year.Who knows, they
could get a Notre Dame-ACC type of deal.Ditch the ESPN contract, or
wait for it to run out, and find a conference that will take BYU.
Notre Dame will become an ACC team, leaving BYU out to die off.....better get in
with a conference soon...or Cougar fans will have to be lucky to play NMSU,
Texas State, Northern Arizona, UTSA, Weber State, SUU, etc....If
they continue to play the way they have on ESPN lately, ESPN will take back
their generosity and money as well...nobody is interested in 13-6 games on
Thursday or Friday nights!
We win 50% of all the big games almost 5% of the time. Go Cougs.
Lark could be the answer for the yellowjackets. But after this game it should be
about preparing Munns for next year even for a backup role. Just look up at the
School North Of Town. They have a true freshman playing instead of an average
Get some decent coaches that know how to implement a passing game and a QB that
can hit the mark. Then Holmoe might sustain some hope for what is currently, a
less than mediocre program.