Friday, November 22, 2013
BYU Has Had A Season Similar To Notre Dame's
With all the talk about the seniors this week, it is sometimes easy to forget that we have a football game against a really good team. For Notre Dame it has been probably the most up and down season I can remember. For the ups, we beat Michigan State and Arizona State who will both likely play in their conference championships for a chance to go to the BCS. We also beat USC which is always a huge bonus.
But we lost to Michigan and Oklahoma who have both gone really south since playing Notre Dame. The Pittsburgh loss was a low point, but to be fair, our team was really injured in that game.
BYU has had a very similar season in many regards. They open the year by losing to a mediocre Virginia team only to blow out Texas the next week. Then they lose to a mediocre Utah team before going on a winning streak against a soft schedule featuring lots of mid majors. The Cougars to their credit did play Wisconsin pretty tough but I never got the sense they would win that game.
But what I do know is that they played us tough last year. Rees had a tough game but we did win. Their biggest offensive threat is dual threat quarterback Taysom Hill who has 2379 passing yards and 16 touchdowns. Hill also has 956 yards rushing with 8 touchdowns. His one weakness is that he does tend to turn it over with 12 interceptions.
Another weapon they have is runner Jamaal Williams who has 940 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Irish defense will once again have their hands full and with Louis Nix out for the year, that will be tough.
It is hard to say how good the Cougar defense is because they have not really played too many explosive offenses.
Nonetheless, the Irish will have another battle on their hands.