Mitch Mathews out for season with shoulder injury; Spencer Hadley could be back for Notre Dame
Ross Apo really needs to step up now since Matthews is out.
It was a decent game and I congratulate the Cougars for living up to my
expectations. It was a hard game to watch because the Cougars took too long to
find themselves and the deficit was too large to overcome by that time. I would
have loved to be jumping around the room and yelling and shouting for joy at
great plays and outstanding effort. But alas, I remained on my couch more
somber than I wanted to be. I think BYU can win out, so I'll be hoping for
that. I expected 3-5 losses this year and if it stays at 3, my expectations
will be met on the good end of it. I did not expect losses at Virginia and
Utah, so BYU won some good games I didn't expect. I enjoyed those games,
such as Texas and Georgia Tech. I hope the injured players come back and finish
the season strong. Thanks for giving us a good game against Wisconsin. Good
luck the rest of the year.
The game ended up as I imagined. I was "hoping" & rooting for a
Cougs victory, but I honestly don't recall any other time this season
we've gone up against such a formidable opponent on both sides of the ball.
We have to admit that Wisconsin is the better team; period. My prediction was
27-10 Wisconsin (my BYU son wasn't too happy with me!!), so I wasn't
too far off. Coach Andersen has a great team. We have a good, solid team as
well. There's no doubt we'll finish the season strong with two wins.
Notre Dame is very beatable this season.From this article, can
someone kindly explain what an "adductor injury" is? I've never
heard of that one before.
I characterize this as successful season, but with missed opportunities.Virginia - what happened? This loss should have never happened.Utah - they were the better team in September, but any objective viewer
would agree that the Cougs are the better team now, after finding their offense
in October.Wiscosin - clearly the better team, but BYU was never out
of the game. Wisconsin is playing like a Top 10 where Sagarin has them ranked.
But a couple of extra stops on defense or a couple of extra completions and the
Cougs could have stolen this one.Idaho and Nevada - should be
wins.Notre Dame - this should be a good contest. But BYU clearly
looks like the better team this year. If ND plays like they did against Pitt,
it will be an easy win.Bowl - I'm betting on either USC or
Oregon State.And believing we will finish the season 4-0 which could
put BYU in many pre-season Top 25 polls for 2014.
BYU is a team that is still trying to find itself on offense. I hope Anae's
tenure there is shortlived as he really has no clue how to lead an offense, call
plays or get the best from his players. His hurry up offense is just that: a
faster version of an Anae offense that has no tricks up its sleeve, and goes so
fast his QB can't make reads and his receivers don't seem to know
where they're supposed to be. Hill is a better QB than Nelson
or Heaps but he is so inconsistent and plays like a guy who hasn't been
prepared. The Offense also doesn't adjust when things aren't going
well. If anything, they make the Offense less interesting as the game wears on
(far too many running plays).
There are a few teams in the nation better than BYU. Wisconsin is one of them.
I preducted Wisconsin 42-24 over BYU and was hoping it would not be a blow out.
I was afraid for a 7-5 season, but it looks like at least 8 wins now.
There was disappointment in the game and less confidence in Bronco leading a
team to victory over a superior opponent; again he had two weeks to prepare and
it wasn't rocket science to know from film that Wisconsin runs the ball and
we did nothing early to stop that.Then again, his conservative calling
when we should have gone for a firstdown mid-field late in the 4th when we
needed points--instead it was a punt that only changed the field 20 yards--and
Wisconsin could just run those twenty yards in two plays. Whit would have gone
for it and made it. Time for Bronco to step up and play football and stop with
the excuses and tell us the team failed to "execute" and "we
didn't make plays"--we have heard this before.
Eastcoastcoug. I agree with you that I hope Anae is short lived. He is not
college OC. I say this because almost every OC in the country is in the press
box during the game. He is on the field and you can't get the entire
picture standing on the sidelines. His offense is terrible and his play calling
is worst and his offensive passing routes are not much better than a junior high
football team. If any of you watched the Utah State v UNLV you would have seen
both offenses play like a college football team. I was not in favor of bringing
Anae back. He wasn't any good when he was here before. I just don't
understand Bronco's thinking.
The Anae criticisms are pretty funny. Clearly a successful offense depends on
the players' actual execution of the plays, and the team has improved
admirably at that over the course of the season, going from looking hapless vs a
crappy Virginia team to stomping a perennially strong BSU squad and playing an
elite Wisconsin team close. Anae's Offense was R&P ranked #18 in 2005,
#4 in 2006, #14 in '07, #8 in '08, #6 in '09, and fell to #80
during the Heaps/Nelson QB carousel debacle of 2010. In contrast,
Doman's offenses were ranked #55 and #44 respectively.Also,
cdchttrtn, did you really cite to Utah State v UNLV for examples of great
offense? You do realize we destroyed Utah State with our sub-par Anae offense
and would do the same to UNLV, right? No wonder you don't understand
Bronco's thinking; you apparently don't understand football.
Wisconsin was clearly the better team, and while I was severely disappointed
that BYU did not play better, Wisconsin deserves full credit for that win. They
are under-rated. I hoped BYU would win, but I am not surprised that they
didn't, especially considering that it was on the road @ Wisconsin.However, the coaching could have been better. Still so many penalties
against BYU. And I disagree with Bronco's decision to punt when there was
about 3 minutes left. I agree with the ESPN commentators that that call ended
BYU's chances of winning (although I doubt Bronco actually "gave
up" by punting). In addition, Anae's play calling is STILL questionable
at times. Running it on 3rd and long not once, but at least THREE times!? (3rd
and 9, 3rd and 13, and another 3rd and 13 I believe, or something similar). And
why do the receivers keep dropping passes? At least they're not tipping it
up to be intercepted.On the other hand, while Anae's play
calling is suspect much of the time, his offenses are good. His play calling is
pretty much the only thing holding him back.
Not ready to give up on Anae yet. But if we struggle offensively against the
Irish, Nevada or our eventual bowl opponent I will be. Taysom and
our defense have incredible upside for next year. It would be a crime to waste
that through a lack of imagination and daring.
@cougiefaninTX..."Utah - they were the better team in September, but any
objective viewer would agree that the Cougs are the better team now, after
finding their offense in October."LOL sure they are Utah won the
game head to head to prove who the better team was. As far as right now Utah is
still the better team and it's not close. As far as the cougies finding
their offense of course they found it against bad teams. When they played a good
D however like wisconsin and Utah it shows exactly how good they are.
@2BCSWINSIt was close in September.Utah can not throw the ball.To say it is not close is crazy.good luck
"LOL sure they are Utah won the game head to head to prove who the better
team was."And apparently Utah is better than Stanford; they
proved that head to head.And last year LSU was better than Alabama.
They proved that head to head. And Alabama was better than LSU. They proved that
head to head.Eastern Washington is better than Oregon State. Oregon
State is better than Utah. Utah is better than Stanford. Stanford is better than
Oregon.So Eastern Washington is better than Oregon and Stanford; it
has been proven by head to head games. The pollsters have no idea what
they're talking about!