BYU has played about as well as they were expected to this season. It has been
a good building year and Hill and Co. can gain some momentum going into next
season by finishing these last two games strong. I hope the mediocre year
hasn't hurt KVN and Hoffman's draft stock--I still see them as first
day selections. Maybe Nevada will be Van Noy's Poinsettia bowl this
season, I'd love to see him fill the stat sheet. BYU 49 Nevada 13 Go Cougs!
If the Y keeps recruiting 70% of their players from the Wasatch Front and ignore
the other 49 states, they will continue to have trouble matching up against
other major D-1 schools. I think the U has discovered this now since they have
realized that they don't have too many cupcakes in the Pac 12.
RE: Dixie Dan"If the Y keeps recruiting 70% of their players
from the Wasatch Front and ignore the other 49 states, they will continue to
have trouble matching up against other major D-1 schools."2014
BYU Recruiting class (per Scout and Rivals)From Utah = 2From
Texas = 3From Arizona = 2From California = 6From North
Carolina = 1From Kansas = 22015 Recruiting... One from CA, one
from UT, and one from HIIs it just me or has the Wasatch front
Just for fun I checked BYU's roster. 43 of 120 players from the state of
Utah. Where did you get your 70%?
I must be bored. I checked UofU's roster. 51 of 120 from the state of
Long time Coougar, can remember Pre-Edwards days. BYU will never be a huge D-1
program, I think that the program is focused on other goals more in line with
the School and Church's mission (who underwrite the program).Playing in a league would be nice to get some order out of the chaos but to
really hope to go toe to toe with major programs who have money and recruits to
burn, so to speak, and produce ten win seasons is not going to happen.I think that the program will land in some league or more organized setting in
the next five to ten years. The chances of BYU or UofU going to a
BCS bowls game are slim and none, and Slim just rode out of town.Nevade Reno is no push over, ask Gary Crowton when he flew in to town and left
like most people who visit the Biggest Little City, a loser.
I'm becoming a BYU doubter. I love to cheer them on, but until they can
bring the hype and talk to the field, instead of coming out flat, I'll be
expecting every season to be a 6 to 9 win season. BYU plays some good teams, but
they build their schedule to win at least six to go bowling. Even though the
wins don't come as expected (i.e. losing to Virginia but beating Texas).
Last time BYU came into Nevada they went in with half their offense. Should be
a better game this time around.
BYU wants "to finish the regular season strong"? Too late for that.
Even if BYU wins in Nevada (I expect it to be a little tougher game than Idaho
St), that still means BYU went 2-2 in its last 4 games, with the 2 wins coming
against progams with losing records.
It's too late for a strong finish. BYU failed to show up against 3 of its 4
best teams (Utah, Texas, Wisconsin, ND). Our offense was pathetic vs. quality
competition all year and even against mediocre competition (e.g. Virginia).
I'm not buying the idea that our boys can't be competitive against the
best because of "other priorities" or the Honor Code. If anything, those
things should give us competitive advantage. No, it comes down to coaching - a
better system and better game-to-game prep would make the difference. The
hurry-up keeps our QB from making good reads, and our play calling is boring and
predictable (never an Anae strength), We've got to get rid of
Anae. He will never take BYU to the next level.
For those who say BYU will never be a big time program, especially if you have
been around since pre-Edwards days, you have a short memory. One
year Air Force and BYU were in the Top 10 and playing in Provo late in the
season. There was a deal proffered before the game that each team would go to a
certain bowl regardless of who won but since BYU was ranked higher (I think they
were #4 at the time) than Air Force, AFA wouldn't agree to it. AFA thought
they could win and get a much better bowl. As it turned out, AFA lost and
didn't get as good of a bowl match-up. When Lavell started I had fellow
high school football officials tell me that BYU would never win a conference
crown because they had "too many returned missionaries and not enough black
players." After I was told that BYU went on a tear with the Holiday Bowl,
won many conference crowns in the WAC and MWC, produced a Heisman Trophy Winner
and a National Championship. They also needed to expand their stadium.Doubters and skeptics were wrong in the past and will be again.
BYU should win this, I wish them luck in the Bowl game!
I am pretty sure that finishing strong means winning the last game of the year
only. Also, BYU is competitive with the big boys. Wisconsin did not walk over
BYU and neither did ND. This is a young team, Hill only a sophomore and a young
offensive line and look at the injuries to the cornerbacks before the season
even started. I think they did very well with the schedule they had. Also,
this was a new offensive system to these players and I think they will get
better as they play it more. I think our coaches and players are doing fine,
they just need some time. I think the offense will do better next year with
Hill more experienced and a more experienced offensive line. I love the
direction the program is heading.
The state of Utah has officially become a soccer state. Soccer is the only sport
where a team from Utah is considered top tier in it's sport. RSL regularly
competes for a championship. No other sport can even come close to being
slightly above average.Football BYU AND Utah are somewhere between
35 to 50 best programs that puts them better than just 60% percent of the D1
teams.Basketball the Jazz are the worst, Utah , Utah State and BYU
aren't going to be top twenty schools consistently any time soon.The best of the rest Utah's gymnastics not what they use to be,
BYU's men's cross country team never win a championship but are top
program.I take flak because I'm not an expert and the so called
experts say different. but I thought Utah would be 5 and 7. I only missed on BYU
with the Utah State, Texas and Boise State games so they were a little better
than I thought. Yes these are my opinions about things, but I hate to see people
get their hopes so high that they are never going to realize, then blame it on
RE: eastcoastcoug"It's too late for a strong finish. BYU
failed to show up against 3 of its 4 best teams (Utah, Texas, Wisconsin, ND).
Our offense was pathetic vs. quality competition all year and even against
mediocre competition (e.g. Virginia)...We've got to get rid of Anae. He
will never take BYU to the next level."I respectfully disagree.
At this point last season many fans were calling for Bronco's head because
of the anemic offense. We're leagues ahead of last year and Anae deserves
some credit for that. I also don't understand how you can say we
didn't show up against Utah, ND, and Wisconsin--BYU played well in all
three of those games against very good competition. Utah and Wisconsin are both
better than their records indicate and Notre Dame is pretty decent as well.
Most fans agreed in the preseason that seven or eight wins with this schedule
would be expected given most of our key players on offense are underclassmen and
we were installing a new offense. This has been an incredibly productive
building year transitioning to GFGH and with two more wins the Cougars can call
2013 a success.
The Y should print "Could-a, Would-a, Should-a" on next years t-shirts
instead of the honor stuff. All I hear and read are excuses, excuses, excuses.
I believe fan comments are ingnored by the team and they continue to wear
"rose colored glasses".
BYU WILL finish the season ...whether its considered a strong finish is up for
debate. The Y has been a decent team this year ...a close team...a competitive
team...just not a good team. I think the loses to Wisconsin and ND pretty much
spell the year out for the Y ...close but just not quite good enough. Hill is
still a year away as a consistent QB. Anyway a letter grade for the year would
be a B- I would think.
I think, for the most part, players not only ignore fans' comments, but
don't even read them in the first place. And this behavior is an indication
of their wisdom. Most of these comments are born of ignorance, unkindness, or
anger and aren't worth reading.I'll be pleased with an 8-4
season this year. We had a tough schedule and a young team. I think we'll
be better next year.
"Against Notre Dame, linebacker Uani Unga broke Aaron Francisco’s
school record for most tackles in one season with 125. Unga tallied a
career-high 19 tackles.And safety Craig Bills recorded a career-high 15
tackles."What happened to the "good run defense"? The
D-line and the D coordinator lost the ND game. D-line, because they
couldn't wrap up when they had a shot, and D coordinator because he
wouldn't pressure the QB on 3rd down, so they converted nearly all of
them.It is telling indeed when one LB plus one Safety have to record
34 tackles in a game.
Old cougar, you hit the nail on the head. The cougs lost to tough teams and
that's it. Young team that will go 8-4 and will do better next year. Fan
comments being ignored by the team? Really?
This has been a fun team to watch and hoping for a sound victory over Nevada.
Win or lose, I am proud to be a fan of this team.
estreetshuffleWindow Rock, AZI'm pretty sure they are not
"rose colored glasses". That would be utah's color. Just saying.
@ J-TX"It is telling indeed when one LB plus one Safety have to
record 34 tackles in a game."Just out of curiosity, I checked
the stats of N. Suh of Detroit, one of the best d-lineman in the NFL: 9th in
tackles on the Lions. #1 - LB, #2 - LB, #3 - SBut they run a 4-3,
so I checked the Chiefs who run a 3-4: #1 - LB, #2 - SRavens, who
run a 3-4? #1 - LB, #2 - LB, #3 - STeams pass in the 21st century,
so a lot of action happens past the line of scrimmage. Maybe Unga and
Bills just had great days. It happens.
J-TXIt's the job of the DL to occupy the OL to free up the LBs
and Ss to do the bulk of the tackling.
Why couldn't they finish strong against Notre Dame? Instead of getting a FG
blocked? And stalling every single time in the "Blue" zone? A win
against Nevada, really chest thumping material there.
I really hope Anae keeps calling the dive up the middle for no gain against
Nevada it sure is an exciting go hard offensive play.
Let's be honest here.... the reason the offense is bad is because they have
no OC with anything that resembles intelligent playing calling.When
they rehired Anae, I stopped watching BYU football for that simple reason,
"If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, it must be a ?????"When Bronco or the church leadership determines that "Winning"
the right way includes actually winning, then I will come back and watch, until
then.... well there is always basketball.
1st and goal!!! How many times does it take to learn that the play calling
stinks? Should have won.
I seem to remember an article not long ago that said our current quarterback
would be the best ever at BYU? I still don't believe it.
One statistic that kept leaping out at me during the Notre Dame game was second
and nine. I think over half of the offensive drives saw that down and yardage
figure if not more. It took up until the fourth quarter it seemed for Anae to
try anything other than running J.W. into the teeth of the ND defense on first
down almost every time. When a play doesn't work for three quarters, why
would anyone think it is going to start working in the fourth? What ever became
of backs catching passes out of the backfield? Second and nine most often leads
to third and long, at least this year. Having said that, this is a
young team and Hill will continue to get better. I look forward to seeing this
team defeat Nevada and win a bowl game. Given the strength of schedule this year
an 8-4 regular season mark is certainly no disaster.
ConfusedSandy, UT Sports has never been a top priority at BYU and never
will be, and winning is not a top priority either so i guess they won,t be be
seeing much of you, but i don.t think they really care fair weather fans are
are a dime a dozen.