Friday, October 31, 2008

In other hilarious news...

Funniest headline of the week: Singletary dropped pants at halftime to make point to 49ers

Here's the best quote from the article:

"I used my pants to illustrate that we were getting our tails whipped on Sunday and how humiliating that should feel for all of us. I needed to do something to dramatize my point; there were other ways I could have done it but I think this got the message across."

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday: The day in sports

As promised, I caught the Cougar Tip-off last night with my pal Justin. If you don't have a friend like Justin, I highly recommend finding one. Having a buddy who has no attachments, no wife, and a great love of BYU sports can come in quite handy.



I quite enjoyed the chance to get a sneak peek at the BYU basketball team last night.

Coach Dave Rose did something a little strange, however. For the scrimmage he put all the experienced players on one team, and the newcomers on the other team. It was clearly lopsided. Here are the lineups used last night.

White team:
Lee Cummard
Jonathan Tavernari
Chris Miles
LaMont Morgan
Gavin MacGreggor (switched to blue in second half)
Michael Loyd Jr.

Blue Team:
Jimmer Fredette
Noah Hartsock
Charles Abouo
Jackson Emery
James Anderson
Matt Pinegar
Michael Boswell

The white team star was definitely Tavernari. JT Monaaaaaay scored a game-high 23 points, and was 5-11 from three point land. He also picked Jimmer Fredette's pocket and ran down the court for the only time I've ever seen him dunk.

Justin seemed pained every time JT did well. Looks like I'll have to fight the battle again and defend JT's game to all my buddies, who are absolutely intent on hating Tavernari regardless of play.

For the blue team, I'll give the game ball to Matt Pinegar. A walk-on, Pinegar was all over the court and finally gave the blue team a spark after starting out incredibly slow. He played solid defense and made some big threes.

Charles Abouo also looked good. He is very athletic and made some great moves to get to the hoop.

I was also impressed with Morgan's ability to play point (even though he is definitely not a scorer), and Chris Miles' moves in the post.

All in all, it's going to be a good year for BYU basketball. I can't wait for the season to start.

In other sports news, the Jazz won their season-opener last night against the Denver Nuggets. The game went down to the wire, and I was impressed with the Jazz' ability to close it out even when the game was close. As far as the Nuggets go, I only have one question: Who in the heck is this guy?



And finally, the Phillies won the world series last night by taking game five 4-3. I have to be honest: this was one of the most uninteresting World Series' I've seen in a long time. I think I speak for every living human being on earth when I say "Finally. Baseball season is over."

... for three months or so.

Clarification

Just to clarify, I do not watch Gossip Girl and only occasionally watch Tim Gunn's Guide to Style.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cougar Tipoff

Who’s going to the Cougar tipoff tonight?

If you do end up going, make sure to track me down somewhere. I’ll buy you a coke.

Yes, I’ll be there. Did anyone doubt? The wife has plans, I just passed Guitar Hero Aerosmith, there’s nothing good on TV—the stars have aligned to allow me to enjoy a night of Cougar basketball.

(Well, I guess I shouldn’t say there’s nothing good on TV tonight. I mean, you’ve got the potential final game of the World Series and the Jazz season-opener. By “nothing good” I guess I meant no Gossip Girl or Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style.)

I’m sure there are no surprises here, but I am seriously loving on Cougar b-ball right now. Coach Rose has me in the palm of his hand. He could ask me to vote Obama in a week and I would do it.

Actually…

Anyway, I’m pumped to see the basketball season begin. I know a lot of people like to concentrate solely on football this time of year, but I love the overlap. The more nights-per-week I can fill with BYU sports the better.

I’m particularly interested in seeing the newcomers get some action tonight (and I don’t mean the action they already get every weekend at King Henry, if you catch my drift).

Here are the newcomers:

Jackson Emery—Not really a newcomer, but new off his mission. Love this guy.

Charles Abuo—Freshman from Logan. I’ve heard people compare him to Mike Hall.

Noah Hartsock—Oklahoma player of the year in HS. Fresh off a mission.

LaMont Morgan—RS JuCo transfer. Supposedly very quick—good for defense.

James Anderson—Meh. We’ll see about this kid.

Michael Boswell—Never heard of him.

Returnees:

Lee Cummard—Lee! Deliver us!

Jonathan Tavernari—JT Monaaaaaaaay!

Chris Miles—Love this guy. Just ask Brett.

Gavin MacGreggor—Love the defensive position. Remember the squat?

Jimmer Fredette—Jimmer is the man.

Michael Loyd—The master of the alley-oop.

Archie Rose—Hope Archie sees a lot of PT this year (meaning, I hope we blow a lot of teams out).

Matt Pinegar—I think BYU puts a guy named Pinegar on the team every once in a while just to keep donations coming in.

Solid group. I can’t wait to see how they play tonight.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Slumpin'

I'm going through my traditional mid-season slump.

I want to write about the Cougs. I want to write about the World Series. I want to be witty and informative... but I just can't can't find the motivation.

Any suggestions?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pick 'em update

Call me crazy, but I loved the game on Saturday. Granted, our defense looked a little scary and it was painful to watch UNLV move the ball so seamlessly, but BYU stepped up when they needed to the most, and we won a thrilling game.

I mean, no game against UNLV should be that thrilling, but at least we won it.

There was one person, however, that didn't think we'd win.

Can you believe that? Some poor sap actually picked BYU to lose to UNLV this week. That sap, ladies and gentlemen, is my brother-in-law Ty. If anyone would like to harrass him in person, please email me and I will give you all his contact information.

In Ty's defense, though, he's really more of a basketball guy. Watch out for him come BYU basketball season.

Here are this week's scores:

Boyle - 30
Cindy - 30
Andy - 29
Dave - 27
Rock - 27
Eliot - 26
Lesley - 26
Trizz - 26
Becky - 23
J-Snow - 23
Justin - 23
Rod-Dawg - 23
BUS - 22
Mars - 22
Aaron, Cousin of Trevor - 20
Ali - 20
Buffalo - 20
Gus - 20
Jeremy - 20
JonathanD - 20
Katie - 20
Knipps - 20
KO - 20
Seth - 20
Ty - 0

One more thing, I won't mention any names, but some of you out there are not sending me your picks. It's your own choice, but I warn you: When the winner starts strutting around in his or her brand new BYU t-shirt, I bet you'll wish you were a little more dilligent in the ASB pick 'em game.

Next game: BYU at Colorado State.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New MWC Tourney venue?



Ah, a subject that is near and dear to my heart.

I hate that we play the MWC basketball tournament in Vegas. Actually, I take that back. I don't mind that we play in Vegas, but I hate that we play on UNLV's freaking home court, the Thomas & Mack Center.

The MWC has a contract with the T&M Center through the 2010 tournament, and after that season the conference has some decisions to make.

According to a news release distributed earlier today, there are six venues under consideration for the 2011-2013 MWC tournament:

Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas
Cox Arena - San Diego
Energy Solutions Arena - Salt Lake
E Center - Salt Lake
Pepsi Center - Denver
The Pit - Albuquerque

What's your vote? Personally, I'm throwing all my weight behind either of the Salt Lake venues. If it's not in Salt Lake, then I support the Pepsi Center. In essence, I support any venue that is neutral. In fact, I'd support a venue in Las Vegas if it were a neutral court.

I just hate that we play on UNLV's home court.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Officiating needs a revolution

Get on the horn and call Ron Paul, because someone needs to start a revolution.

I want everyone to watch this video:



Now think: what happened in that video?

*South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia took the snap and started running
*He rolled to the left
*Umpire Wilbur Hackett Jr. (SEC official) shuffles his feet toward Garcia
*Hackett throws his shoulder into Garcia, slowing the quarterback and allowing LSU defenders to finish the job
*Hackett looks down at the fallen quarterback making absolutely no attempt to apologize or play innocent

Raise your hand if you think the official was trying to get out of the way of the South Carolina QB.

Raise your hand if you think the official was raising his arm to protect himself.

Raise your hand if you think Hackett, the umpire, did absolutely nothing wrong in that play.

Really? No one thinks so?

My question, then, is this: If we intelligent sports fans can CLEARLY see that this was, at best, a suspicious play by the official... why can't anyone else?

Here, according to an article on ESPN.com, is the reaction from South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier:

"He was trying to get out of the way," Spurrier said of Hackett, according to The State in Columbia, S.C. "Stephen sort of cut back right into him. Sometimes that will happen."

Here is the reaction from the SEC office:

When contacted by ESPN's Joe Schad, the Southeastern Conference office said after reviewing the play, it believes the umpire was in appropriate position. A spokesman said the umpire raised his arm to defend himself after a change of direction by the runner.

Do those eggheads in their ivory tower really expect us to buy that crap? I don't buy it. Not for a second. And if I were coach Spurrier I would be out-of-my-head livid about that kind of action from the officials.

Not only was the official not in the "appropriate position," the dude flat out threw his shoulder into the SC quarterback!

But I guess Spurrier is a classier guy than I am. The 'Cocks did, after all, end up scoring on the drive.

Still, this kind of behavior is absolutely unacceptable. More and more, starting with NBA official Tim Donaghy and continuing with officials in every sport, referees and officials are becoming suspect in their calls and their professionalism. Officials should be impartial rule-enforcers, not emotional participants in the contest. Increasingly it's becoming apparent that human bias is creeping into officiating.

So how do we cure this illness? Well, if conferences, coaches and media continue to give officials like Hackett a free pass then there's no way to cure it. Officials will continue to carry on with business as usual because right now they are untouchable. Coaches, players and media members can't criticize officials because if they do they get reprimanded and fined (just ask Rocky Long). No one, absolutely no one, holds officials accountable (except us fans--which is why it's totally acceptable to boo officials at games).

I believe the NCAA needs to remove the sanctions against those who speak out against referees and officials. Coaches and players need to be able to bring poor officiating to public attention. Officials need to know that their poor performance will be recorded and reported. If the love of the game won't keep them on the straight and narrow, maybe public humiliation will.

Anyway, videos like the one above make me sick. It just reminds me of the current abysmal state of officiating in the sports I love.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Quick bites

I'm just going to jump right in.

1. BYU needs to play with some emotion.

2. What is it about our defense that makes sub-par quarterbacks look like superstars?

3. I used to think BYU could hang with any team in the nation based completely on our offense. I don't think that anymore.

4. One thing I like about Bronco: He does not make excuses. He knows it was his responsibility to get his team ready to play, and he admitted his failure.

5. Utah is up, BYU is down. Now we Cougar fans can do nothing but sit back and take all the crap that Utah flings our way. I hate it, but we have to take it.

6. Do you realize we could be 11-1 at the end of the season, playing in the Poinsettia Bowl?

7. Back to the emotion thing. TCU was fired up on Thursday night. They had this game circled on their calendar, and they were determined to rip our hearts out. They did. BYU needs to match that emotional intensity, because every team we play--especially in the MWC--is going to come after us like we just ate their children.

8. I hate weeks like this.

9. What are you feeling right now? Seriously? Anyone have a shot of optimism they can send my way?

I don't wanna talk about it

Let me give you a little glimpse into my Thursday.

As some of you know, my wife and I decided to take a vacation to Orange County last week just to get away from it all. It was beautiful, relaxing and a lot of fun.

All but one very bitter night, that is.

Thursday began well enough. The sun was out, the palm trees were green, the Disney Kettle Corn mist they spray in the air to get you to crave the stuff and thus buy it was plentiful.

Becky and I spent the whole day in Disneyland (we actually spent the whole vacation there. The "Orange County" remark was kind of an inside joke. You're on the outside, apparently). I was proudly wearing my BYU "The Quest" shirt, and was very happy to see dozens of people around the park also wearing their BYU gear (we counted at least 35). My fellow BYU fans and I all had big smiles on our faces. It was game day.

The game started at 5 pacific time, so we eased on over to ESPN Zone at about 4:45. We got a nice seat right in front of a TV that would be showing the game, we ordered some wings, and I settled in for an evening full of my favorite thing in the entire world: BYU football.

Then I was shaken, slapped and shocked back into reality. The game was only two minutes old and BYU already had a turnover and was down 7-0. A few minutes later it was 14-0. Then 17-0. Then 23-0.

Whaaaa?

Was this happening? Is TCU the best team on the planet? Is BYU really playing so badly? Are we really that emotionless and slow?

By the third quarter, some Ute fans had trickled into the Zone and were starting to cheer for TCU. One emo kid in a feaux-hawk was particularly annoying. I wanted to get up and break a pitcher of water over his head, but then I realized it: he's right to mock.

BYU looked so bad, and TCU deserved every little bit of that win. BYU was exposed, humiliated and beaten to a pulp--physically, emotionally and otherwise. The Cougs lost the game 32-7, as I'm sure you're all well aware, and I slunk out of the restaurant in a daze, realizing that BYU had lost much more than a game.

Gone are our BCS dreams.

Gone is our nation-leading 16-game winning streak.

Gone, even, is the chance of winning an outright MWC title.

Gone is the Las Vegas Bowl.

Gone is our MWC dominance.

Gone is my confidence.

Gone, gone, gone. In one poof. In one night.

After the game, and in the days following, I got several phone calls from friends and family wanting to talk things out.

I screened them all.

The last thing I want to do after a horrible loss like that is relive it. Complaining does not make me feel better, it makes me feel worse. Talking about how bad we played is not therapeutic. I am not a believer in catharsis when it comes to college football.

So I forgot about it, and had a great vacation with my wife.

But now I'm home and I can't run away from what happened on Thursday. I am forced to face the reality that BYU, once again, fell short of their potential and their fans' expectations. I am forced to face the fact that BYU just couldn't do what teams like Boise State, Utah and Hawai'i did and go through a season undefeated. I'm forced to think about our horrible loss, and the absolute worst? I'm forced to talk about it with every schmuck that comes by my desk at work.

Painful, painful stuff.

(For any co-workers that may read this post, the word "schmuck" is not meant to be a put-down. In fact, I consider it a term of endearment.)

Anyway, I am sick about BYU's loss. Just sick about it. I know it's just one loss, but it was a very big loss. It means much much more than a few spots in the polls or a BCS game.

That's all I want to write for now. Sorry for opening the old wounds again.

Pick 'em update

A lot of people were humbled this weekend. The players, the fans, the coaches--everyone in the BYU universe.

And you valiant pick 'em players are no exception. There was only one person, my brother Andy, who profitted from Thursday's madness, and he has now taken over first place.

Others scored some paltry points, but Andy was the clear winner this week.

May those who pick BYU to lose never, ever win again.

Here are this week's scores (I'm only including those that actually did score points):

Andy - 27
Becky - 9
Ty - 7
Cindy - 5
Boyle - 2
Justin - 2
Aaron, Cousin of Trevor - 1

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I'm off

Just a quick note to tell my dozens and dozens of loyal readers that I will be off blogging until Monday.

Don't expect any new material from me--I'm going on a much-needed vacation.

In the meantime, check out www.CougarCrazies.com for all your BYU football needs.

See you later, Crazy Dogggz.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Another big one

I would consider myself a poor BYU fan if I didn't mention another gigantic recruiting success for the BYU basketball program and Coach Dave Rose.

Provo's Brandon Davies, a 6'9" power forward/center who was recruited heavily by teams all over the country committed to BYU and Rose on Sunday morning. Davies is a 4-star basketball recruit, and was considered to be one of the state's top prospects along with Lone Peak's Tyler Haws (who committed to BYU last month).

In other words, Davies' commitment means BYU landed without a doubt the best two players in the state.

Davies was heavily considering Utah State, Cal, Gonzaga and BYU. He chopped Gonzaga off the list a while ago, and soon it became a two-school race between BYU and Cal. BYU won out, however, and Davies will sign on as part of the best recruiting classes in BYU basketball history.

BYU basketball is a force, and is here to stay. Congratulations to Coach Rose for securing another very good recruit from an in-state kid, and kudos to Brandon Davies for making a very solid decision to don Cougar Blue.

Pick 'em update: Week 7

I actually liked the win on Saturday. It was a cold, grimy, gut-busting game, but the 21-3 win was character-building for the Cougs.

The low-scoring affair caught some pick 'em players by surprise, though. The highest score recorded was by the two people that picked New Mexico's final score correctly. Those two people are BUS Nelson and Aaron, Cousin of Trevor.

Everyone, including myself, overestimated BYU's final score. I guessed it would be 52. I should have realized that New Mexico would speed up the game by running the ball 500 times, thus keeping our offense off the field.

Oh well. The Quest continues. Here are this week's scores. The total score can be found on the leaderboard on the right hand side.

Aaron, Cousin of Trevor - 30
BUS - 30
JonathanD - 29
Ali - 27
Justin - 26
Eliot - 24
Jeris - 24
Katie - 24
Boyle - 23
Cindy - 23
Jeremy - 23
Knips - 23
Lesley - 23
Mars - 23
Seth - 23
Dave - 21
Andy - 20
Becky - 20
Gus - 20
J-Snow - 20
KO - 20
Rock - 20
Rod-Dawg - 20
Suzanna - 20
Travis - 20
Trizz - 20
Ty - 20

The TCU game is on THURSDAY NIGHT this week, so if you want to keep playing get your picks to me stat!

This will be a very interesting week, as I'm sure some people will pick the Cougs to lose, in the hopes that they'll spring past the rest of the competition. Someone could make a move this week, it just depends on if they're gutsy enough to predict a loss.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

MWC Picks

Predicting stuff is great. Especially when you don't have to, you know, do your research. When you can just predict a score and make a smarmy little remark, it's the best.

That being said, let's do the thing where I predict the MWC games this week.

Utah @ Wyoming: Oh Joe Glenn, raise your finger in the air and summon the dark forces of Laramie that make thine enemies quake in fear! Summon the beer bombs! Summon the ripping high plain winds! Summon the dirty Motel 6 off I-80! Summon your demons and destroy the Utes! Utah 49 - Wyoming 6

Texas Christian @ Colorado State: Trap game... The Frogs better be careful, because when they step into the empty CSU stadium and their brains lapse momentarily, thinking they showed up to play on the wrong day, the Rams could strike. TCU 31, CSU 17

New Mexico @ Brigham Young: BYU will be looking for a little redemption after last week's lackluster game at USU. They will prove to those mean Aggie fans that the Cougars are not, in fact, overrated. BYU 52, UNM 9.

Air Force @ San Diego State: Let's be serious for a moment--will SDSU ever be good again? Ever? By the way, Air Force, I'm really disappointed that the Commander-in-chief trophy slipped through your fingers again. What a disgrace. AFA 23, SDSU 14.

Non MWC Upset of the week: UCLA over Oregon. The Bruins finally figure out there's more to life than getting blown up by non-conference teams.

Record: 6-1

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Just when we thought all was lost...

...two fallen Cougars return to the fold.



Terrence, Grant, with all my soul I welcome you back to the team. Adding two tough, experienced linebackers to our painfully thin defense is the best gift the Cougars will receive all year (you know... because the BCS game will be in 2009. See how that works?)

(By the way, you know our depth at linebacker is an issue when David Nixon goes down and Bronco starts thinking about an entire defensive scheme change. Terrence Hooks and Grant Nelson could not have come back at a better time.)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

October baseball

It’s time to take a quick time out from football to talk a bit about what happened yesterday in the world of baseball.

I know baseball isn’t the most popular subject, and frankly that’s a cryin’ shame. How can you not love baseball? Especially in October?

It’s concentration. It’s coordination. It’s pressure. It’s heroism. It’s endurance.

Each team is capitalizing on the others’ weaknesses; each manager is using careful strategy to gain any advantage possible. Pitchers and batters duel—each trying to stay one mental step ahead of the other.

It’s a beautiful game.

And yesterday was a big day. The Tampa Bay Rays closed out the Chicago White Sox to continue their historic season, and the Boston Red Sox eliminated the Anaheim Angels on the backs of Jason Bay’s double and Jed Lowrie’s game winning RBI single to left field.

So now the Rays will host the BoSox in the ALCS, and the Dodgers and Phillies will meet in the NLCS.

Who are you going for?

Personally, since I really have no allegiance to any team, I was rooting for the Chicago Cubs. It’s a shame they suck and completely wasted their season (again) and got swept in the playoffs.

Now, and after watching last night’s game, I am solidly behind the Red Sox. What can I say? It’s hard not to like Pedroia, Youkilis, Bay, Drew, Varitek and of course Big Papi. My favorite Red Sock, though, has to be Jonathan Papelbon, Boston’s very animated closer. In fact I bought “Shipping up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys last night on iTunes in his honor.

Although I admit, I would like to see the Dodgers do well so Joe Torre can rub it in the face of the Yankee front office morons that let him go. (I wonder how they feel, in hindsight, about their decision to bring on Joe Girardi? I guess they’ll have a loooooong offseason to think about it.)

More than any one team, though, I’m a fan of baseball. And now is a great time to jump on the bandwagon.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Pick 'em: Week 6

An ugly Friday night for BYU, to be certain. But a win is a win, and for some of you this particular BYU win put you in prime position to compete for the grand ASB pick 'em prize: A free t-shirt from the BYU bookstore.

One competitor in particular, Katie Nelson, showed why sometimes it's best just not to mess with the girl from Layton. Katie was one single, solitary point away from a perfect score and its accompanying mystery prize.

Oh well. There's always next week.

Trizz is still the overall leader (check out the scores to the right), but the race is getting tight! Here are this week's score:

Katie - 39
Boyle - 35
Ty - 33
Ali - 30
Gus - 29
My Mom - 29
Travis - 29
Becky - 28
Jeremy - 26
KO - 26
Mars - 26
Rock - 26
Seth - 26
Trizz - 26
Justin - 25
Jeris - 24
BUS - 23
Cindy - 23
Rod-Dawg - 23
Dave - 22
Eliot - 22
JonathanD - 22
Lesley - 22
Aaron, Cousin of Trevor - 20
Andy - 20
Buffalo - 20
J-Snow - 20
Knips - 20

Next game: New Mexico @ BYU. If you haven't sent me your predictions, follow Elder Scott's counsel and do it NOW.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Preview: Utah State


What: BYU @ Utah State University
Where: Romney Stadium, Logan UT
When: Friday, October 3; 6 p.m.
TV: KJZZ (in Utah), BYUTV (nation-wide)

Of note: The Cougars of BYU and the Aggies of Utah State have met 77 times in the past 84 years. The rivalry (if you can call it that) has been all about the Cougars lately, as BYU has won 8-straight and 24 of the last 27 (since 1975). Overall, BYU leads the series 41-33-3.

This will be the first time BYU will visit Logan since 2002, when BYU had to saddle up freshman running back Curtis Brown for the huge comeback win. Brown rushed for 217 yards and 3 TDs, and BYU scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to beat Utah State 35-34.

Some other interesting statistics:

*Utah State head coach Brent Guy is 0-8 vs. ranked teams in his tenure.
* In those eight games, Utah State lost by an average of 40.1 points.
*The Aggies have lost 21 straight games to ranked teams.
*The Aggies are 0-10 against BYU when the Cougars are ranked.

About the Aggies: The Aggies are… a division one football team. They have… a coach, a place to play their games and several players to fill each position.

Um… Utah State was founded in 1888 by some hardworking farmhands who wanted a place to raise their cows…

I kid, I kid. Relax Aggie sympathizers. I actually like the Aggies, and hope they turn the corner here real soon.

Utah State is coming off a big win against Idaho, in which USU put up 42 points. Quarterback Diondre Borel, in his first start, led the team with 191 yards and 2 TDs passing, and another 93 yards and 1 TD on the ground.

Borel was not the original starter, however. The Aggies started the season with senior Sean Setzer. The two quarterbacks’ styles are completely different; Setzer is a traditional drop-back passer, while Borel is a speedy option-quarterback.

Key Losses: The Aggies’ best playmaker of the decade, Kevin Robinson, is in the NFL this year, and veteran USU QB/Punter Leon Jackson moved on also (although, that could be a good thing for Aggie fans).

Oh… and they also lost another player who transferred away earlier this year… but that’s another story for another time.

Key Returners: The Aggies bring back several starters, including two on one of their best units, the offensive line: tackle Derek Hoke and center Ryan Tonnemacher.

Matching up: The key matchup in this game will be USU’s offensive line vs. BYU’s d-line and linebackers. The Aggies are going to play ball control to keep the rock out of Max Hall’s very capable hands and BYU’s offense on the sidelines, so USU better hope its offensive line can protect QB Borel and give him some holes to run through.

In fact, they better give the offense a LOT of time on the field. If BYU gets the ball even once in this game, it’s over.

Adam’s Take: Who wants to eat at Maddox after the game? Oh man, I can taste that sarsaparilla right now… BYU 49, USU 6.

Sources:
BYUCougars.com News Release
Cougarstats.com
Cougar Tracks with Greg Wrubell
Utah State University: About Page
ESPN.com – USU team home page
USU 2008 Depth Chart
USU Image
BYU Image

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

MWC predictions: Week 6


I know, I know. One week it’s power rankings, the next week it’s predictions. I have no consistency—I’m well aware.

Here are my predictions for MWC teams in week six. Disagree if you dare.

Oregon State at No. 15 Utah: Quizz Rodgers is a tough little guy, but the Beavers won’t have enough to knock off a motivated Utah team at home. Utah 34, OSU 21.

No. 8 BYU at Utah State: This game will be over by halftime. Actually, it will be over after BYU’s first touchdown. BYU 49, USU 6

UNLV at Colorado State: Ah, the much-anticipated battle of “Who disappointed the MWC the most in week 5?” Colorado State pulls out a close one. CSU 17, UNLV 14.

Navy at Air Force: The battle for the Commander-in-Chief Trophy rages on. Rivaled only by the battle of who could care less (Ben Folds Five). Air Force 23, Navy 21

San Diego State at TCU: Sheesh. How many cupcake teams does TCU need on its schedule this year? TCU 42, SDSU 21.

Wyoming at New Mexico: Strap yourselves in, people, because this could turn into an old-fashioned, hootin’ tootin’ shoot out real quick. Or it could suck. New Mexico 15, Wyoming 9 (all field goals).

NON-MWC UPSET OF THE WEEK: No. 13 Auburn at No. 19 Vanderbilt. Have you seen Auburn play the past couple of weeks? I rest my case. Vandy 20, Auburn 17.