One more question: Does Coach Riley know that there's an In-N-Out in Orem?
If not, please nobody tell him.
As a BYU fan, I'm cautiously optimistic about our chances in this game. For
Oregon State, they have to have some sort of running game if they are to score
offensively 10 points or more in this game, and knowing Oregon State is 103rd
nationally in running the football and BYU is 1st nationally in stopping the
run, that will be a tall task. BYU's defense forces offenses to be
one-dimensional and that is what they want and that is what has made them so
effective in keeping the other team from scoring touchdowns. The real answer for
BYU winning this game is our offense. Oregon State is no slouch on defense
either, but if BYU can get generate some good drives than I think BYU will win.
I agree with the Oregon State insider in this article that Oregon State has to
generate turnovers to beat the Cougars. Unfortunately for me as a BYU fan, that
is not outside the realm of possibility. Riley takes a lot of risks that pays
off at times or costs us the game. I hope he plays it a little more safe.
Since BYU can't pass the ball and won't give the best running back a
chance to run the ball, it will be up to the defense to win this one if BYU is
to win. Hopefully Doman will call the game from the parking lot since the
pressbox and sideline has not worked for him. Calling plays without seeing the
field can't be any worse. If we beg, maybe Robert Anae would come back. I
seem him in a whole new light after the past two years.
Wayne,BYU may not be effective passing the ball with Riley, but OSU is
111th in the country in pass defense and has given up 5 TDs through the air in 4
games, so it isn't like BYU is going up against a stout pass defense on
Saturday. We'll see, but I think BYU just might win this one.
@WisCoug Yeah right, put Nelson back on the sideline with his cap on backwards
running around like a fool and put a real QB in "Lark" and maybe you
might have a fighting chance.
Dr Rush,Lark is, without question, a better passer than Nelson. Better
arm, better height, better accuracy. Nobody with half a brain will argue that.
The problem is that the O-Line play has been bad and Lark is a statue. He would
get hit so many times it would make your head spin.Against the WSUs
(before the injury), Nelson completed 66% of his passes (43-65) for 529 yards, 3
TDs, and 1 INT (no fumbles). Assuming his back injury/pain really did have a
negative impact on his performance and that he really has recovered to a point
where he can play without pain, there is not reason to expect OSU's weak
pass defense is going to be able to stop him or Lark, the difference being that
Nelson might be able to extend a play.
Thank you WisCoug! I see this game as really seeing if we can blame Riley's
back for those two losses. Riley was throwing the ball decently until that
happened. I guess we find it in a little more than 24 hours! Go COUGARS!
@WisCoug Totally agree with Nelsons mobility but I saw Lark play several times
in high school in a spread offense and ran the ball well when needed,
definitively not a statue. I know several kids on the team and the main question
is with all the big, good wide receivers why has Lark not been given a chance,
he has looked good in spring ball and practices so there is no logical
answer.Look has the offence has fared against the decent teams, your just not
going to win consistently with a running QB in D1 or the NFL unless it's
against a inferior opponent, give Lark one chance, just one!