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  • tlaulu Taylorsville, Utah
    Oct. 13, 2013 8:21 p.m.

    I think our cougar's going to turn their cougar blue at the end of the competition. Taking a line from Chris B (not so famous Ute Fan) "Mark that down". LOL!

    Go Blue Coug.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Oct. 13, 2013 9:48 p.m.

    Using Sagarin's predictor values puts Houston at 75 (including home field advantage) and BYU at 82, so BYU should win this game. But, while I didn't check, I'm pretty sure Sagarin's predictor showed Utah losing to Stanford and we all know the Utes did a great job of scheming for Stanford's weaknesses. BYU will be the best opponent Houston has faced so far and it should be a fun game to watch!

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Oct. 14, 2013 1:54 a.m.

    Not really excited about playing another team that is wearing red. We haven't had much luck against red in the past few years.

  • WON84 PLANO, TX
    Oct. 14, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    "Kralon

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

    Using Sagarin's predictor values puts Houston at 75 (including home field advantage) and BYU at 82, so BYU should win this game. But, while I didn't check, I'm pretty sure Sagarin's predictor showed Utah losing to Stanford and we all know the Utes did a great job of scheming for Stanford's weaknesses. BYU will be the best opponent Houston has faced so far and it should be a fun game to watch!"

    ESPN's game preview (iPhone) shows BYU -10.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    For the toughest schedule in byu's history, that certainly is living up to the hype.

    One and only one team currently in the top 25: 25 Wisconsin

    LOL

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    I wouldnt get too cocky. 4 of the last 6 on the road. First time your team gets on a plane. Season is only half done a lot of teams could end up in the top 25 that either team plays or out of it for that matter.
    What is kind of funny Stanford loses again they could be out of the rankings?
    Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Both teams have beaten a ranked opponent this year. Where those teams end up nobody knows.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    I am 100% sure the Cougars will win this game.

  • Turtles Run Missouri City, TX
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    I will be at the game supporting the Red Cougars. Frankly, I never thought I would hear the term "defensive-minded Houston" since high speed pass-happy offense is generally our trade in stock. As a fan I say the red Cougars will win the day because of home-field and if the defense can control Hill's legs then Houston should win.

    As a realist BYU is a 9.5 point favorite and I have to agree as of now the blue cougars seem to be the better all-around team. Either way I think it will be a fun game and I hope to see many more match ups between the two schools.

    Good luck.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    Despite Chris B's constant put down of our Cougars on every article, I'm wildly proud of them and wish them luck this weekend. Hope there's no underestimating those Houston cougars!

    Go Cougars! Good luck to the Utes and Aggies too the rest of the season!

  • SoUtBoy25 Cedar City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    Wait wasn't it Wisconsin that got snookered by some Pac 12 home cookin'? Of course, we aren't surprised this has been the M.O. for Pac 12 officiating and athletics in general.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    @Chris B - "For the toughest schedule in byu's history, that certainly is living up to the hype. One and only one team currently in the top 25: 25 Wisconsin"

    U are right, but four of our opponents are in the next 10 (also receiving votes). Don't be surprised if Texas wins the Big12, they are in the drivers seat. Notre Dame has an easier month ahead, they will be back in the Top 25. How will U do the next four games? Will U show that you can make a run in the PAC and get to the Top 25? Or will the results show that Stanford was an aberation and U are not very good, weakening our schedule?

    Houston is no pushover either. As Chris B likes to point out, another game against a BCS school. Looking forward to the game. It should be a good one.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    GT is not a passing team and seemed to light up our secondary at will, especially on 3rd down. I think Houston will cause a lot of problems for our secondary. Not too confident in our ability to defend the pass. Not happy to say it, but BYU loses by 10 on Sat.

  • Voodohound99 Provo, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    LOL. SoUTBoy. Yes, it takes PAC-12 Officiating crew to skew the wins in favor of the mighty PAC10.2. PAC officials are in a couple of controversial games every year. Wisconsin won that game and should be ranked.

  • LEDSFW Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    BYU's offense sputtered in the 3rd quarter because on 5 consecutive drives he spent 9 of 14 1st and 2nd down plays DIVING INTO THE 7 MAN FRONT (A GAP READS). ANAE continually left the team in 3rd and long situations like he had during the entire UTAH and Virginia games. Oregon State had given BYU the perfect game plan to defeat UTAH and Robert Anae still pounded the ball into the A-GAP on 70% of 1st and 2nd down plays. Finally against GT he threw 50% of the time on those downs in the first half and raked the Jackets for 357 yards. His team gains 9 yards in the 3rd quarter and GT did not change their defense AT ALL. They simply stayed in their base 7 flex front and crowded the A GAP. Now Bronco better figure out that if his FANS are smarter than his unbelievably stubborn OC, what does that say about his OC?

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    Voodohound99
    Provo, UT
    LOL. SoUTBoy. Yes, it takes PAC-12 Officiating crew to skew the wins in favor of the mighty PAC10.2. PAC officials are in a couple of controversial games every year. Wisconsin won that game and should be ranked.

    __________

    Wisconsin also lost to Ohio State. Should they be ranked losing to them?

  • LEDSFW Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    Pavalova makes an interesting point, but not a valid one. BYU gave up the long passes just like every other team that has played Tech. Tech was averaging 18 yards per completion coming in, all on

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    LEDSFW
    Spot on assessment of Robert Anae! I couldn't agree more! Now if only Bronco would open his eyes and see this and if only Anae would come to the realization, the offense could finally be a force to be reckoned with!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 14, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    @Chris B
    you must have missed Texas thrashing of ranked Oklahoma, haha, where's USU and Weber State ranked?

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    Memphis held Houston to 39 rushing yards this past weekend. There's a reason Houston has no AP points even though they're undefeated. So far their best opponent is Rice which they beat by a touchdown. I would expect BYU to win this. I imagine Houston will be a 3-4 loss team in the end (BYU, Louisville and Rutgers should beat them, and maybe UCF too).

    As for BYUs schedule as a whole, it was looking pretty bad but with Texas, Wisconsin, and Utah winning in rather notable fashion last week that'll strengthen things. At this point Boise, Wisconsin and Notre Dame are the only remaining games I would consider BYU an underdog in so they should be comfortably at least 7-5 at season's end.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Oct. 14, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    I think most Y fans would like to see Hill run as effectively as he is doing, but also go through the progressions of being a passing QB at the Y. He appears to be fixated on Hoffman 7 out of 10 times. Occasionally, he will divert to other targets. Makes me wonder where Apo goes each game. He only gets one ball thrown his way, and it's usually in the first half. As for the other receivers, it's good to see other targets emerge.

    If the line can give him time, he should be able to move the ball against Houston. It would be interesting to see him, look targets off, and deliver the ball on target. I see the ball being thrown behind receivers, low, and other-wise off target/timing. i'm sure he did those things in high school and through the off season. Perhaps that will start to happen Saturday...hopefully.

  • WaybackCougar Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    @LEDSFW

    Not true on GT not changing up their D in the second half. They went from zone to man coverage and Taysom Hill said after the game that's what threw off the O in the second half.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 14, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    Chris B
    Time in MWC BYU 140 championships
    Utah 61 (0 since entering Pac-12)
    Football isn't everything
    Go all Utah teams

  • ChristoperB Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 3:23 p.m.

    @BeSmart,

    Yes football is everything.

    Go ask every power conference

    LOL

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:00 p.m.

    Stanford was over rated. They wouldn't beat Georgia Tech, or Texas.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:36 p.m.

    Congrats to BYU for getting a 3 star tight end's commit today. Had offers from 3 Pac-12 schools.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    Should be another easy BYU win.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    Turtles run:
    Thanks for commenting about the game at hand, and the article. It should be a great game. BYU will be ready for Houston defensively. I think this will be a lower scoring game than most people realize.

    To the troll...if football was everything why in the world is Utah in a power conference when BYUs resume makes the ute's look like a part time concessions cashier at Lagoon? Obviously research and academics matter...it obviously had nothing to do with sports, let alone just football where the utes have a whopping 6 WAC/MWC championships since the days of Woodstock & Watergate, compared to BYUs 26. It's no wonder Utah fans make fun of the WAC & MWC...U have to resort to something to hide your ineptitude and mediocre history against them.

  • arand Huntsville, u
    Oct. 14, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    I think BYU is a totally different team now that they have their passing game working. Hill is now a double threat and that is hard to defend. I just don't know why they got away from that short passing game in the second half with GT.

    Wisconsin and Notre Dame will be the tough ones. Notre Dame is for real this year. I'll be torn in that game because I'm a fan of both teams. I just hope everyone on both teams remain healthy for that game and no honor code violations for BYU. Notre Dame use to have one, but not so sure anymore.

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Oct. 14, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    I feel like BYU will win this game, but it has trap game written all over it. If BYU plays well, they win by 14-17 points, but I feel this is a 7 or under game. I hope I am wrong. If we win it will be a good win, but I agree that Houston will end up more like 7-5 or 8-4 at best. They are hitting the meat of their schedule now. Go BYU Cougs!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 14, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    LEDSFW
    Spot on assessment of Anae's management of the GT game and other past games. The only thing I might add is that the O-line has yet to arrive. They pretty much laid down in the 2nd half and have been hit and miss throughout the year.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 14, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    Christopher B
    If football is everything then we won't see posts during basketball season?

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 14, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    Great comment cougsndawgs
    for what BYU stands for it is great in their athletics.
    For Utah I am happy for them in the Pac-12 and their victory but have some respect.
    After all you were the Pac-12s back up plan.
    If you don't think BYU being a private institution that won't play on sundays doesn't effect their conference affiliation go back to when the Big 8 expanded to 12

  • Turtles Run Missouri City, TX
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:55 p.m.

    @alt134 wrote "Memphis held Houston to 39 rushing yards this past weekend."

    What you forgot to include was that Houston got two touchdowns from those 39 yards. As for Rice, they are the same Rice that had Texas A&M in trouble for 3 quarters. I won't pretend Houston has had a tough schedule but do not think for one minute this will be a cake walk for BYU.

    Hoping for a good clean game.

  • Turtles Run Missouri City, TX
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:07 p.m.

    @BeSmart - I do not believe that BYU's refusal to play on Sundays is affecting their ability to join any conference. I know the Big East (now AAC) were trying to woe them but BYU really had nothing to gain there. The Big 12 would be a great fit and would open up the fertile Texas recruiting region.

    I think BYU is doing fine as an independent. Sure the none BCS label hurts but I do not see this team being able to consistently play with the top teams from the SEC or Big 12 anytime soon. No insult intended.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:18 p.m.

    @ Chris B - Salt Lake City, UT - "For the toughest schedule in byu's history, that certainly is living up to the hype. One and only one team currently in the top 25: 25 Wisconsin LOL"

    Hey, Chris, you know that list of Cougar opponents NOT in the top 25 includes YOUR team, right?

    Oops....

    GO COUGARS!

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 15, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    @ Turtles Run
    I agree BYU would have a hard time competing week in and week out, but that is unknown.
    I disagree, when A&M and Missouri left the first team the Big 12 flew to was BYU.
    Don't know why it didn't work out, but rumor (I know it is just a rumor) is that BYU didn't want to give up their tier 3 tv rights and sunday play were the issues.
    (plenty of articles if you google it)