@Chris - I hope that isn't what we see. It could be what is seen in the
Utah, Idaho St game as well, except that I won't see that game. :)
Taysom has improved as a QB. The question is how will his line hold up? And
how will the BYU secondary do? Who is UCONN's QB?I call this
game a Tossup due to BYU's insistence of starting out their seasons with
their left foot. Utah should blow out Idaho State though.
It's really our only easy win of the season. But it is good that we are
playing Idaho State this early in the season to get our confidence up. Not like
the TDS playing Savannah State at the end of the season.GO UTES!
Wow, Chris, congrats on being first...again. I'm not sure why this article
even matters to a Ute fan but I'm happy some of you people still care even
though you have 'moved on'. I just wish you would tell us more about
what you really think about BYU football. I'm especially interested in how
this game relates to Utah being in a Power5 conference?
As we've come to expect, Chris B's guesses when it comes to anything
BYU are not reliable at all. In fact, they are usually wrong. His guesses in
that respect are more like hopes than guesses. So his negative slant prediction
is actually a good omen for BYU. Notice that he didn't offer his usual
"you can mark it down" remark. That means he's actually a bit
worried that BYU might actually be very good.I've undoubtedly
paid a lot more objective attention to BYU's preparation going into this
game than the aforementioned person offering his guess-work assessments. As
such, I can vouch for the Cougars being a lot more prepared going into this
first game than they were a year ago for that opening game. They
have also upgraded regarding their athleticism and experience in several key
positions. The most noticeable will probably be on the offensive line. That in
turn will allow for improved performances from both Taysom Hill and the running
backs. Expect to see some impressive long-ball pass completions to faster
receivers resulting in some quick scores for the Cougars. Their impressive
performance will open some eyes.
Chris BPAC-12 PREVIEWMandel's flop team: Oregon Ducks.
The string of 11- and 12-win seasons can’t go on forever, and despite the
return of star quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Ducks’ once-unstoppable
offense showed cracks last year following Chip Kelly’s departure.
Oregon’s defense may miss retired coordinator Nick Aliotti.Feldman's flop team: Utah Utes. They have been sputtering since arriving
in the conference and don't be surprised if the bottom drops out in 2014.
The rest of the league has elevated from when Utah planned the move to the
Pac-12, and with CU improving, the hunch here is that Utah will end up in the
South division cellar.
Just heard that BYU was allotted 3,000 tickets....and returned over 1,500 of
them. That's a game being played 90 minutes from Boston and 2 hours from
New York. So much for that "national fanbase" we hear so much about.
Or is it just that they can't be persuaded to buy tickets?
Brave Sir RobinSan Diego, CAThat's interesting.
There's ample evidence of this every year but it is always quickly
forgotten by the byu faithful who continue to proclaim their fan base is world
wide. In fact, the way byu fans talk on these boards leads the
casual observer to believe that so many byu fans show up to their games they are
turned away at the gate. Never happens...way too much talk down South. Clearly
a point that is not lost on the Power 5 conferences. From a Utah
fan...best of luck on your season, BYU!
Again, I am so sick of the trash talk. Why does DN allow this garbage? This is a
BYU article. STOP COMPARING! Go speak on your own school articles. Be mature!
Good luck to Taysom Hill and Co. at UConn. Going a couple of days
early should help calm the nerves. I think this BYU team will do just fine.Go Cougars!
I just bought two tickets -- not from BYU ticket sales -- for the BYU / UCONN
game... I'm sure a lot of Cougar fans have done the same thing, i.e. bought
non-BYU-allotted tickets. Don't be surprised when the BYU cheers drown out
the UCONN cheers, and not just because the Cougar fans will have a lot more to
Robin: On a Friday night you forgot to mention and perhaps didn't think
about how many may have bought seats from other sources. But your bias prevents
you from looking at things logically. One thing we can be sure of is, the 1500
or whatever the number is at UC, they will be in better control of their
faculties that the few thousand at the u for their game err scrimmage.
@ Brave Sir Robin:The game is being played on ESPN to a national
audience. The fanbase can't get any bigger than that. Playing on national
tv is something that Ute players and fans can only dream about. And BYU will do
it multiple times this season. Even BYUtv plays to a bigger audience than
the PAC12 network does. Because I have DirecTV, I have to read about Ute games
the next day.I also noticed that once again you offer no backing to
your assertions. Don't necessarily believe everything you hear...
especially when it comes from a Ute fan known for being very biased against
everything BYU.It is interesting that a supposed BYU hater would
spend so much time learning so many small details about upcoming BYU games.
Maybe you're actually a bigger fan than you let on. I know for an absolute
fact that I and most BYU fans couldn't care less about how many tickets
Utah gets and gives back for any of their games. Makes no difference
whatsoever.That Ute fans obviously care so much is quite a
compliment to BYU and it's sports programs.
Go PAC12! Yeah baby! I'm smelling roses this year. Good time to be a
UtePAC12 enthusiastUtes Rock!
Wow, I'm a big BYU football fan... have been reading 80% of all the almost
meaningless preseason articles about BYU football to attest to that. But I haven't read more than maybe 2 about Utah football. Some of these Utes have a problem, either they read more about BYU or they
spend so much time on the computer that they probably don't have a job or
go to school or anything.
B. Sir Robin and My perspective,When BYU visits Arizona State, or
plays anywhere close down here, I typically don't buy through BYU. I buy
through the local markets or on stub hub and other places. All because tickets
are returned doesn't mean BYU fans won't be out in droves. Granted,
this is Boston and New York area where some of the most liberal minded people
live who are typically not members of the LDS church. I know
it's hard, but try and be objective and real.
UCONN is a basketball school, not a football school. Therefore, BYU will win.
@ TheGreatPAC12:Speaking of smelling roses this year. The only you
and all other ute fans will be doing that is from your gardens. Of if someone
sends you a bouquet. Time to get a bit more realistic. With
Utah's schedule this year, that's simply the way this year is going to
play out. It would actually be a very pleasant surprise just to end up with a
winning record and go to a bowl game for the first time in years.
My sister lives in CT and she bought something like 50 tickets for friends and
Church Ward members who are BYU fans. I personally have over 15 family members
attending the BYU-UCONN game. When I look up tix I do so on StubHub, so maybe
that is more of the issue of coordination with the BYU Athletic Dept to all the
BYU fans attending.
Hey Chris B,"Strong like the mountains!" Ha! Classic.
Smack from Utes about BYU fan attendance at UCONN? Please.I
can't make it because of work, but I know plenty from my area who are
going. Most found it cheaper to buy through the opponent's ticket office,
which has been my experience as well (I'm attending another game later in
the season and did just that).BYU has a groundswell of supporting
fans from up and down the Atlantic Seaboard in attendance when they play out
here. I've been and will continue to be part of it. Everywhere are dozens
comments from the local team fanbases dumbfounded at the number of Cougar
faithful, and many have asked where we all came from (most are surprised
we're not from Utah, and we're darn proud of that). For
Utes to choose away attendance as smack not only reeks of desperation, but is
completely ignorant. They mock BYU's "The world is our campus"
motto, but BYU's widespread alumni base can't be disputed. I'd
love to see Utah put fans in seats on the East Coast at *anywhere* close to the
levels BYU does.
"Brave Sir RobinSan Diego, CAJust heard that BYU was
allotted 3,000 tickets....and returned over 1,500 of them. That's a game
being played 90 minutes from Boston and 2 hours from New York. So much for that
"national fanbase" we hear so much about. Or is it just that they
can't be persuaded to buy tickets?"Can you provide a source
please? I know that the BYU game at Cal this year is only second to
Stanford on ticket cost. They used a tiered pricing and the BYU, UCLA and
Washinton games are $30 to $105 per seat compared to Stanford at $35 to $110 per
seat. In comparison the Colorado and Sacramento State games are $25 to $100
through the ticket office. Other PAC 10 schools know the value of
bringing BYU to town.
Brave Sir, Its called ESPN national televison pime time 7:00 est. Get out
your popcorn and enjoy !
@BraveSirRobin & Myperspective"Just heard that BYU was allotted
3,000 tickets....and returned over 1,500 of them. That's a game being
played 90 minutes from Boston and 2 hours from New York. So much for that
"national fanbase" we hear so much about. Or is it just that they
can't be persuaded to buy tickets?"--------------I no longer live in Utah, when I fly to Utah to attend games at LES I buy
through BYU but when I go to away games in other venues I buy through Stubhub. I
suspect many others do the same. As for traffic in the NE, I would
imagine very few LDS members/BYU fans are interested in spending that much time
in traffic, especially if they already spend a boatload of time commuting
Mon-Fri. Since the game is on ESPN I suspect many of the BYU fans living in the
Boston/NY markets will watch it on TV instead. This, however, is not indicative
of our fanbase in other areas. The game at Middle Tennessee sold out their
allotment of tickets weeks ago and had to get more (and promptly sold those out
To think that when I was at Yale, the Elis always trounced UConn. Now UConn is
playing BYU. Amazing what 30 years will do ...Wish I were there ...
planned to go but am teaching class at UCI which finishes Friday ...To those of you going: New Haven has the WORLDS BEST PIZZA. Bar none. Get to
Wooster Square in New Haven, ask anybody how to get there and get in line at
Pepe's or Sally's.You will not be sorry, in spite of the
hour or so wait. Bring a book or something to read while in line. That's
what the Yalies do (faculty, too).
BYU 27UConn 13Taysom will have a very strong game, and the new
Cougar players on both offense and defense will be eager to put a good stamp on
the season opener. Also, if Bronco is becoming more relaxed with the
media, this can only be a good thing.Thank you Ute fans for your
unwavering support of Deseret News articles about BYU. Feel free to keep the
comments coming. It only proves that BYU football remains extremely relevant,
even to those in super conferences like the PAC 12.
Here is the truth.Since living in Mexico the last four years:Number of BYU games available on television including ESPN: 1. And it
was a bowl game against Oregon State.Number of Utah games available
on television including ESPN: Nearly a dozen. Utah isn't much of a
followed team outside of Utah or even the Pac 12, but Fox Sports televises Pac
12 games here as well as Big 10 games. The BYU games are kicked off of Espn
here for a rerun of a European soccer match.
@timid robin and 0 perspective Something that you can take to the
bank... Even with BYU's admittedly weaker schedule, the Cougars will have
an average of near 30% more fans attend their home games than the utes will have
attend their games... In real numbers that means that even with Savannah State,
UNLV, and Nevada on their schedule(who represent 50% of all BYU home games this
year) the Cougs will have nearly 100,000 more people come through their gates to
watch the Cougs play in person than the utes will have to show up at their
games... In fact, on November 22, better than 10,000 will come to
see BYU beat Savannah State than will go to see the Arizona Wildcats of the big
bad pac12 beat Utah... Ouch...
@mexicanuteYou must be of about 3 people in mexico that doesn't
get byu tv with their tv connectivity service.
BYU by at least four touchdowns as the BYU crowd drowns out the UC fans.
Meanwhile the uties will try an on side kick to start the second half and try to
come up with some phony excuse as to why they did it. First Wyoming and then
Idaho fans will turn on anything u of u.
I am being realistic. The Utes are Rose Bowl bound. Travis Wilson is gonna
have a breakout season this year and will be unstoppable. But if it
doesn't happen it essentially doesn't matter because we are in a P5
conference and that's all that matters. Win or lose, filled seats or empty
seats, I'd rather be in the PAC12 than any other conference in the country.
The SEC ain't got nothin' on the PACPAC12 faithful
To TheGreatPAC12:You really don't see how desperately pathetic
it appears to ride the coat tails of your conference rather than being able to
stand on your own merits?Seriously. I have known college sports fans
from around the country and the only ones who boast more about their conference
affiliation than their own team are Utah fans.
@ idabluYou understand that is a BYU fan pretending to be a Ute,
@TwoNo. My bad. I was fooled. But you have to admit, he's got
some notorious unnamed posters pegged to a T.
@ idabluUnfortunately he does.