With such a roller coaster first month to the season what can we expect now? Is it all doom and gloom from here on out? Are we going to watch more performances like the Michigan loss?
It seems like BYU has already had a season’s worth of emotion in just four games. They lost their two best players and with a new quarterback won two very close games that ended with heroics. Then take a top ten team down to the wire and lose by one point in the closing seconds. Finally ending the month getting skunked in Michigan.
Those last two games showed two completely different teams. The Nebraska game was full of emotion because of Taysom and the Boise game BYU played well in the 4th quarter to win, but the UCLA game they looked great for most of the game. The offense was crisp and until the final quarter the defense was doing great.
So, Which team are they? Are they the team who should’ve beat a top ten team or are they the team that didn’t show up in Michigan? If you are a Cougar fan who is believing the latter: I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend… Aw Jim Carrey does it better:
Just let the song play as we finish. It will be worth it. I promise.
There is plenty to be excited for the rest of the Cougars season. We will get to watch Tanner Mangum progress. He will still be great and is not the second coming of Jake Heaps. He had a freshmen set back, but even made progress in the loss. Against UCLA he was holding the ball way too long and not throwing it away when he should. He didn’t have that problem vs Michigan, but that may because the receivers weren’t every open.
The receivers need to prove that they are still the tall and talented. If anyone can set them straight it’s Guy Holliday who always speaks his mind. He told the Deseret News:
“We didn’t fight and we have to address that. We have big guys and we have to play big….We have to go back and play to our strengths, which is to be physical. We’re not a bunch of (fast) guys, so we have to play to our strengths.”
The biggest thing that needs to improve is on the defensive end though. The BYU defense hasn’t been able to tackle anyone the last two games. Okay that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it sure seems that way. They did clean things up in the second half, but it is a problem. It was a problem last year too and Bronco has been able to scheme around it but it caught to them.
The schedule lightens up a little now. UCONN is not a world beater and I don’t expect them to come to Provo and outcoach and out physical the Cougars like Michigan did. It’s a Friday night late evening start. The late start is more comfortable to the Cougars then the early 10 am start.
They spend all of October at home playing UCONN, ECU, Cincinnati and Wagner. If they fail to show up and drop any of those games you can coach me down from the ledge Jim Carrey style.
“We didn’t show up. It doesn’t define us.” -Mitch Mathews
Doesn’t it Mitch? I feel I echo all BYU fans in saying prove it. Prove to all of us that it doesn’t define you. Prove that it was just one outing. Go out there and make some noise. Stop talking about bandwagon fans and go out and prove this statement on the field. We are watching and cheering. We are hoping that you prove it. We are mainly hoping that Bronco challenges you guys to prove it.
I think that BYU comes out with a vengeance on Friday. I believe that they will play like they did against UCLA and there aren’t anymore UCLAs on this schedule. They will prove that they are better then they played in Michigan. Enjoy the ride Cougar fans and GO COUGARS!