Bombs being thrown and converted, some for TDs, is a great sign this offense
will turn around. This team is pushing really hard, and it's needs to step
up a notch for a better schedule. I'm thrilled how the team is doing,
especially the offense. An improved offense will make the defense that much
better. This is starting to get exciting now! I'm still cautiously
optimistic, but things are good now.
Striker, agreed. It's only a start, but it's a real good start.
We have needed some of that swagger for a long time. Like when we had leads on
the road at Texas two years ago and Notre Dame last year. Those games it felt
like our offense didn't know what to do with itself so it pulled its head
back into its shell...Obviously a lot remains to be seen-like doing
it in a real practice, doing it in a game, and (heaven forbid) doing it in the
Holy War, but at least things are moving in the right direction. If this year
continues the string of disappointing offensive production, it could be a
loooong year. Go cougars!
I take this positive talk with a grain of salt. We have seen the BYU marketing
machine in action pre-season for too many years now to get too excited at this
point. Though Harmon isn't "officially" part of the BYU marketing
machine, he still offers up plenty of pre-season good news each year. Then as
the season starts fans end up disappointed.So I'll watch the
team on game day and not get up too much with these articles.
Yea, if there is anything that BYU needs it is more celebrating after every
play. It's OK to be pleased with your performance but a celebration after
every catch, punt or tackle? Please just play the football game! If you are good
it will be recognized.
Three weeks boys, three weeks. There is a lot still to do. Hope the offensive
line really comes together and rotations are set soon.Its good for
the defense to face up-tempo because I understand Virginia and Texas both are
going to play up-tempo offenses as well.
Its hard to move the ball against BYU's defense. It may be even harder for
opponents to slow down our boys on offense. The kickers are hitting and
everything seems to be ready for the season to start.I am extremely
excited about this year. BYU has made the best schedule possible for success
with breaks inbetween the bigger games which hopefully will keep the troops
healthier. Play fast and hard on both sides of the ball, avoid turn overs and
score consistently. Do these things and the Cougars will be ranked, win 10 or
more games this season and have one of the best years they have had in a long
Man, I really don't want to buy too much into the hype this year after the
last few disappointing years, but with 3 weeks to go until the season opener I
am devouring these BYU football articles. Go Cougs!
At this time of year every team looks good and most players are healthy and not
banged up. Optimism abounds and I don't mind falling for it every year, it
is always good to have hope and dreams. Sometimes those dreams get fulfilled,
but even if they're not, I hope I never stop stop dreaming! Here's to
the new football season, go Cougs!
Let's not get ahead of ourselves. BYU plays 6 BCS opponents and 6 non-BCS
opponents this year. During Bronco's tenure, BYU's record against BCS
opponents is 12-14. BYU's record against non-BCS opponents is 62-15.
Applying these BCS/non-BCS winning percentages to this year's schedule, BYU
is predicted to win 2.77 games against BCS opponents and 4.83 games against
non-BCS opponents for a total of 7.6 wins. I'm going to round down to 7,
given the prior year's disappointments, for a predicted regulator season
record of 7-5.
During Bronco's tenure, BYU averages 23.73 points/game and allows 23.92
points/game against BCS opponents. BYU averages 34.52 points/game and allows
18.88 points/game against non-BCS opponents. Using weighted averages, BYU is
predicted to score 29.13 points/game and allow 21.40 points/game in 2013. Last
season, BYU averaged 28.69 points/game and allowed 14 points/game. Thus, the
2013 offense is predicted to be marginally better than last season (29.13 vs.
28.69 point/game), while the defense will be about a touchdown worse than last
season (21.40 vs. 14 points/game).
steven s jarvis--"BYU has made the best schedule possible for
success with breaks inbetween the bigger games which hopefully will keep the
troops healthier."Does anything else need to be said?
Here's where I'm predicting the 7 wins will come from (2 BCS wins, 5
non-BCS wins):BCS Wins:August 31 - VirginiaOctober 12 -
Georgia Tech Non-BCS Wins:September 27 - Middle TennesseeOctober 4 - Utah StateOctober 19 - HoustonNovember 16 - Idaho
StateNovember 30 - NevadaThe Utah State game and the Nevada
game are iffy, as they are road games.
@Carolina CougYou should add three more wins to that total-all home
games. BYU is not going to let the Utah game slip by this year. Texas and Boise
State slipped away on their home turf just as Utah did last year. All three
contests are on home soil.BYU likely loses to Wisconsin and/or Notre
Dame. Those are away games. BYU takes all its home games this year.
Just got back from seeing the Cougs in pads and scrimmaging and drilling at LES.
There are some minor issues getting the O-line up to snuff but they looked good.
Taysom still needs to polish timing and accuracy especially on the deep out
routes, but his arm looks good. The offense is break neck pace. To those ute
trolls worried about celebrations after every play, u don't need to
worry...there never any time for the fans to finish cheering let alone the
players. Easily Oregon pace, between 11-12 seconds between snaps. Defense looks
good, seems to be very little drop off from last yr. Daniel and Leavitt looked
good at the BCB, and Fua, Unga, Pikula, and Beck looked good at the LB spots. I
came away pretty encouraged, but there just needs to be some polish in the
passing game & the Oline in the coming weeks. GO COUGS!
cng--"Easily Oregon pace"BUT, w/2-Star talent.
Had I been stranded in some third world prison with no Internet for the past
year, then suddenly given access to the Web, I would know it's August by
the posts on this page. There are those that rival Pollyanna in their optimism,
and some from Carolina that put forth a valiant effort to suppress their
excitement with a heavy dose of statistics (as though the scoring average of a
year ago under a different coaching team and different QB determines the
future). I'm just a little concerned for those fans whose
self-identity and level of happiness is intrinsically tied up with how well a
sports team plays. We as fans have absolutely no control over that. Unless you
have Fortune 400 type wealth, even your donations are only a drop in the bucket.
I've followed the Cougars since the late 50s, through good times and bad
times. My father got so discouraged with the almost-successes that he tuned out
- and therefore missed out on a national championship and a Heisman Trophy
season. Sports are meant to enjoy, not control one's life.
AZUTE:As always obsessed with stars...work ethic and execution will always
take a player further than stars...just ask Ross Apo. But from what I saw there
is plenty of speed and athleticism on offense at BYU this yr, I don't need
some publication's star rating to tell me. If u don't think so, oh
well.Osgrath:Well said. In the end it's all about fun and
memories. I took my boys with me to the stadium today, like my dad used to take
me. It's those memories and the joy of the game that matter. When the final
whistle blows it doesn't change your life or mine. Cheers.
RE: AZUTE1Even though you're obsessed with stars you should
still ground your comments in reality. FACT: BYU has far more
three and four-star recruits on the offensive two-deep than two-star
recruits.FACT: BYU's 2014 class is ranked higher than Utah'sFACT: BYU somehow manages to consistently rank in the top 25, despite having
lesser (star) recruits than the other ranked teamsFACT: Utah hasn't
beaten a BCS team with a winning record since recording their two best
recruiting classes of all time. It's great to be a 2-star
Sounds like more excuses being prepared to explain more offense problems.
AZUTE:BYU just landed a WR that Oregon coveted...does this demote Kurtz to
a 2-star now? Lol