20 August 2008

BYU love of the week

BYU's status as the most likely BCS-buster of 2008 continues to draw media attention. An article published today at si.com is fairly glowing in its discussion of the Cougars.
BYU's offense will be among the most experienced -- and explosive -- in the nation. It returns eight starters led by junior quarterback Max Hall, who passed for 3,848 yards and 26 touchdowns in his first year as the starter after transferring from Arizona State. BYU also brings back its leading rusher (Harvey Unga, 1,227 yards and 13 scores as a freshman) its top receiver (tight end Dennis Pitta, who had a team-high 59 catches), a legitimate deep threat (WR Austin Collie) and four starting linemen.
Every word of it true. I don't worry much about beating Northern Iowa or anyone in the Mountain West outside of Utah, but those games against Washington and UCLA concern me. BYU has historically struggled to run against teams from BCS conferences, even middle-of-the-pack ones like the Bruins, and any team a team can make you largely one-dimensional, they've got a big advantage.

Less than 10 days to go!

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