Thank goodness UCONN is a much better team than idaho state .Infact the Y has
the best 1st three game schedule in the state hands down .
Chris B"UConn is a much better team than Virginia..."And you know this how?Real Time RPI's 2014 Power
Rankings#39 BYU#48 Utah#93 Virginia#115 ConnecticutSagarin's 2014 Pre-Season Rankings#35 BYU#48 Utah#85 Virginia#101 ConnecticutWhich 7 of Utah's opponents
will the Utes be better than this season?
As long as they don't wear the cursed all-white uniforms!
This will be a great chance to have a very successful season. Let's hope
the Cougars show up for this game, play hard, and get the W! Go Cougars!
Be careful Peavler.If you're not worried about Uconn being a
repeat of Virginia... how bout Virginia being a repeat of Virginia?Be very careful. Virginia is improved this year.
Kick off can't get here soon enough! I love college football!GO
So, BYU gets no benefit by beating a hapless Conn team ranking lower than 100
and loses the whole season if they lose or it's a close game. That is why
this is a scary game.
I really like the "go long" concept. It was FIRST used by Coach Edwards
and from a purely behaviorist perspective it creates the dynamic of putting a
team on their "heels." However, it needs to be done early and often.
Just one successful completion causes the defense to run back; that opens the
short pass across the middle and the run game. I don't mean to tell Anae
how to do his job, but a early "go long" mixed with a unpredictable play
action will so confuse the defense as to make them ineffective! Remember the
days when BYU started slow, didn't move the ball, and the came on strong
and couldn't be stopped. It was a result of "go long" and being
Didn't know uconn played football...#kevinollie
@Unreconstructed RebBring back the bib!
BYU wins this game easily. UCONN is terrible.
Friday weather... Partly cloudy, mild temps and no rain... it's a win!
Chris B:Recruiting wise Virginia is a much better team than Utah with more
4-5 star athletes...isn't that what you're always preaching? 5 stars
are better than 4, 4 stars are better than 3, blah blah. However, like Utah
Virginia underachieves with their supposedly superior talent. Is it coaching, or
poor recruiting evaluations? You're the expert in such things, so
we'll await your response with bated breath.
I think BYU will win, but we have a history of close games to start the season
when we are on the road/neutral:2006- lost by 3 at Arizona2009- won by 1 vs Oklahoma2011- won by 1 at Ole Miss2013- lost by
3 at VirginiaI know those are all P5 teams and this is UConn. We
usually do very well in season openers at home, as we have won 4 in a row with 3
of those being against power 5 teams (and we dominated 2 of them). But it's
a whole different story on the road.If history is any indication, it
will be a close game and the offense will struggle. In all 4 of the above listed
games, both teams scored between 13 and 19 points. Whether it's the #3 team
in the nation in Arlington, or the worst team in the ACC, it has always been a
low-scoring, close game when all is said and done.
The writer says BYU will win because UCONN has not had a recruiting class ranked
higher than 65 in the past few years. That's funny, BYU has been ranked in
the 70's range for the past 3 years on the Rivals website, last time I
checked 65 is better than anything in the 70's.
@Taylor MadeBest schedule in state hands down (first three games)?
Not so fast. Sure UConn is superior to Idaho State but both opponents are weak.
Utah has their only automatic win of the season there. BYU should roll but
it's not automatic on the road (Eastern Time Zone). Even though
the Longhorns are rebuilding, Texas is a solid match up. I get that. But when I
compare them with Michigan I see it as close to being equal, but I might venture
Michigan being the better opponent over Texas. And then we have
Houston being compared to Fresno State. The Bulldogs are breaking in a new QB
and Houston's QB is a year more seasoned after having an impressive season
last year. Still, Fresno State might be better. Houston is a good opponent why?
I think some BYU fans think Houston is solid because they were 5-0 going into
that crazy 47-46 BYU win last year. They went 3-5 after that. Look at
Houston's schedule last year. Their first five games are like BYU's
last 5 games this year. Talk about cakewalk (Southern University, Temple, Rice,
UTSA, and Memphis). Despite the close score, BYU dominated Houston last year.
Ucon will win byu really bad.Ucon 97byu 8Go write
If BYU loses this game, somebody other than players needs to be held
accountable. And please, no more excuses about the weather upsetting the rhythm
of the offense, blah, blah, blah. That offense had no rhythm in Charlottesville
@ bigutefan:Another utie who struggles with numbers. What a
surprise. The article said UConn has not a recruiting class since 2011 better
than 65. It also mentioned that last yesr's class was at 117, and were the
only 2 numbers given. The average of those numbers is 91, well above the
70's number that you made up. Therefore, BYU does recruit better, and
doesn't underachieve with their quality level of recruits... as both
Virginia and Utah are known to do.@ Two For Flinching:That's the first positive comment about BYU I can remember reading from
you. Thank you.@ Chris B:Nothing new. Still sitting
around all night waiting for another BYU article to come out, so you can be the
first to comment again. Predicable obsession and also very lame. If
you feel UConn is much better than Virginia, then BYU's soon-to-be win
should really impress you and allow you to finally understand that the opening
loss last year was a big upset fluke. Remember to give credit where credit
is due... the day afterward in a comment to an article reporting the game.
It's the fair thing to do.
Cougs win this one going away. Bronco is a good enough coach to make sure the
Virginia fiasco does not happen again. I can see Hill having a great night
running and passing the ball. The Cougar defense is not going to have any
trouble with stopping UCONN. I would like to see the Cougs get back to the
offense of their glory days. Big opening night for the Cougars, and although I
am an Aggie fan I do wish the best of luck to the Cougars for this game.
Third, the weather surrounding BYU’s loss to Virginia is unlikely to
happen again.----Lafe, that is the lamest excuse ever.
Weather is an equalizer. Virginia had to play in the rain just like the Cougars.
BYU is a 17 point favorite. I don't think it will be much of a game; BYU in
@ Rufus T. FireflyThat is absolutely not true.They will
blame the refs.
redthunderWhether you want to admit it, or not, weather was a factor
in BYU's loss to Virginia and here's why:- BYU was
installing a new offense with a QB who was playing his first game after
returning from season-ending knee surgeryAs anyone who knows
anything about football knows, rhythm is an important factor in an offense
developing moment.BYU was just starting to get into a rhythm with
their offense in the first half, when a two-hour lightning delay disrupted that
rhythm.- A muddy, rain-soaked football is difficult to throw and to
catch.Despite the delay, BYU was still winning the game until a wet,
slick ball slipped through the hands of a BYU receiver and was intercepted deep
in BYU territory. A few plays later, Virginia scored to pull out a narrow 16-19
win.Anybody who claims that weather wasn't a factor in
BYU's loss to Virginia either didn't watch the game, or is simply
being dishonest.On a dry field, in a game not interrupted by a
two-hour lightning delay, BYU probably wins that game by at least a couple of
Chris: Apparently you missed my point that you're quote, "UConn
is a much better team than Virginia" doesn't have merit. It lacks merit
because in terms of athletes and players Virginia has a quantifiably better team
than UConn. You give no valid reason for stating UConn is better other than
insinuating that UConn had a better record last year (by one game). Isn't
it you and some of your friends that have made it clear that playing a
"weekly grind" in a "power conference" is more difficult? I gave
you a valid reason why Virginia is actually a better team than UConn...and yes,
I compared them to Utah's futility to further the point for a ute fan like
you. You speak opinions and nonsense without any good reason or justification
for it. How is UConn quantifiably better than Virginia...they don't have
near the athletes and didn't win a game last year until their 10th game of
the season (btw UConn's 2014 recruiting rank was 117).I also
never suggested you didn't think coaching was a factor, I simply asked you
for an opinion as to why Utah underachieves given their "superior"
Ummm didn't both teams play on the same field. Anything, and I mean
anything, but admitting you lost to a better team on that day and giving your
opponent credit. Always and excuse, always an alibi. Good Grief!
As posted on another article, it appears that at least SOME officiating crews
want to slow the pace of the game which could negatively affect the "go
fast, go hard" approach. Any thoughts?
Spokane UteIf you knew anything about football, you'd know that
weather can have an more adverse affect on one team than the other. As the stats
prove, Virginia wasn't a better team, they just caught a fortunate break at
the end to pull out a win in a game they should have lost:Total
YardsBYU 362Virginia 223PassingBYU 175Virginia 114RushingBYU 187Virginia 1091st
DownsBYU 21Virginia 14As we saw with Utah/Stanford last
season, or Utah/Colorado in 2011, or Utah/UNLV in 2007, the better team
doesn't always win.And don't pull out your tired "on
that particular day" argument; despite Utah's upset win, NOBODY, not
even die hard Utah fans, actually believes that Utah was a better team than
Stanford in 2013.
BYU - 35UConn - 10Go Cougars!
@ Spokane Ute and redthunder:Yes, both teams played on the same
field. They always do. But Virginia is much more used to practicing and
playing in rainy, wet conditions. It's just an ordinary part of their
regional climate, as it is in Spokane.Utah, on the other hand, is
known as being a desert climate. All the college teams here seldom practice or
play in rain. Therefore, it was a disadvantage to BYU to play in
conditions that that their opponent was much more acclimated to. It's not a
"lame excuse", but a simple and easy to understand fact. Only Ute fans
seem to have a hard time understanding and accepting it... until Utah ends up
losing under similar conditions in a tight game.@ Herbert Gravy:Until rule changes are officially made, officials can't slow the
game up based on their personal wants. The "Go-fast" part of the
equation is safe for this season.@ Two For Flinching:"They will blame the refs".How do you know that? You actually
don't. Sadly, it's just you getting back to making another
unfounded and unsubstantiated anti-BYU opinion appear to be fact when it's
Should be a fun game to start the season.Hey Chris, I admit losing
to Virginia was a very ignominious occurrence. It shouldn't have happened.
Really, Taysome doesn't make that last pass and BYU wins.But
then again even Stanford is forced to deal with the embarrassment of losing to a
team they should have completely destroyed.
Connecticut will win this game and football season in Provo will once again be
over just as soon as it began...T-minus until utter disappointed consumes Utah
County and parts of Idaho.
CGI know, the better team always loses; especially if it's BYU
and they don't want to give their opponent credit. The excuses grow old and
tiresome. Keep telling your self you didn't lose that day, but the
standings say otherwise. a loss is a LOSS!
I'm afraid I have to agree with Spokane Ute on this one. As a BYU fan
I'm sick of hearing excuses also. BYU lost because they didn't make
plays and Virginia made the most critical play at the most critical time.
I'm tired of the rain excuse...Virginia played in the same conditions.
Bottom line, BYU was not mentally or schematically prepared and got beat on the
field and on the sidelines in that game...time to move on.
I'm guessing BYU will have a .500 season. Win a few lose a few and look
forward to next year. Bronco will get blamed when in reality they just
don't have the players to get to the next level.