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BYU football: BYU vs. San Jose State from an insider's perspective

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  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    Can anyone comment about the quality of defenses SJSU has faced compared to BYU's, and specifically players like Ziggy and Van Noy? Their ability to pressure quarterbacks may be key to this game.

  • royalblue Alpine, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    SJSU runs a high octane offense that could run BYU out of the stadium if the Cougars don't take this game very seriously. The Spartans have a much better offense than Notre Dame and about the same as Georgia Tech, the difference being, where Georgia Tech's run-heavy offense played into BYU's defensive strength, SJSU's pass-heavy offense plays into BYU's defensive weakness. It'll be a long day for the Cougars if BYU gives San Jose State time to throw.

  • byufan1993 Provo, , UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    Well they did face USU's defense which I know isn't as good as BYU's but it still is nationally ranked. Or at least the time I checked it was. I need to look that up... But they did put some points up on Utah State's defense. Something we barely did....

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 15, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    The key to beating San Jose State is pressuring their QB. Utah State set the tone early by sacking Fales four times on SJSU's first three possessions, including the first play of each of SJSU's first two possessions.

    Even so, BYU's defensive will only be good enough to slow down SJSU's offense, not shut them down.

    BYU's offense is going to have to score early and often to keep pace with the Spartans. Anything less than 35 points and the Cougars will be in serious jeopardy of losing this game.

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:27 p.m.

    Should be a good comparison of coaching philosophies. SJSU - Passing game with exciting offense, outscore the opponent, compensate through the air for player personnel disadvantage. BYU - Run & Option based offense, use the clock, brute strength, have an opportunity to win at the end.

    I know which philosophy I prefer.