Will BYU be ready for a early morning start on Saturday or will the Cougars be too sleepy to handle the Michigan Wolverines? You hear about it in the NFL all the time, a west coast team travels east and plays an early morning game and struggles. Does this happen in College football as well. BYU vs Michigan starts at ten am Utah time. BYU has had 8:30 pm local time starts the last two games. Is this a problem or just par for the course?
According to coldharfootballfacts.com this is how NFL teams fair traveling:
You’ll notice that the Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time has the lowest percentage of wins. That is exactly what BYU is doing Saturday. It is reasonable to expect that this time change could be a problem for the Cougars. Take a long flight, have jet lag, strange bed, and playing 10 and a half hours earlier. It is more then enough to reasonably mess up your body clock.
College football is different because every week they play at a different time. They don’t have that set schedule that the NFL has. The college football athlete’s body clock may be more adept to adjusting to different things on a weekly basis. In most cases they are younger too, not always in BYUs case, but most cases and that helps.
What can we expect from BYU? This BYU team has been everything but reasonable. They have won when they should have lost and lost when they should have won. You never know what to expect from this team. They are way too unpredictable. When I saw Taysom Hill go down I thought this BYU team would go 0-4 in September, but these crazy Cougars just keep fighting (figuratively, not literally this time).
What should we see from these Cougars? I honestly don’t know. Nothing would surprise me. The 10 am start worries me, but I still wouldn’t be surprised with BYU coming out a rolling in the Big House. I believe in Tanner Mangum and I have been thoroughly impressed with the defense when compared with last year. I still would have liked to have seen a better finish from the defense last week. I predicted a BYU win before the season and hope that prediction rings true. Can 10 am be a problem ? We will see how they handle a 10 am start in front of 100 thousand plus on ABC.