BYU Faces “Do or Die” against Nevada

Posted: September 25, 2010 by Dan Condie in Air Force, BYU, Florida State, NCAA Football, Nevada, TCU, Utah
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This is a crossroads weekend for BYU week 4.

Nevada comes to Provo and BYU will be faced will a tough challenge.

Now, its fair to say that more than a few BYU fans have given up hope of being very competitive this year and have become complacent with the idea of just getting Heaps reps and building for next year.

After the 2 QB system was exposed in week 2 and 3 against Air Force and Florida State, many blamed head coach Bronco Mendenhall for the lack of decision regarding the starting QB.

I understand this mentality. If Coach Whittingham tried to pull that last season, I would have been upset as well.

I think people forget that the Cougars have been in this position before.

In 2007, BYU opened their season with a home win against a PAC-10 team (Arizona), followed by two road game losses to UCLA and Tulsa.

I can’t help but notice the similarities.

1-2 start with the exact same home/road results, BYU lost former starter John Beck to the NFL, and they were working in young new starters at skill positions (Max Hall, SO at QB, Austin Collie, SO at WR, and Harvey Unga, FR at RB).

Scary if you think about it. Just like at the beginning of ’07, Cougar fans had ditched high expectations after week 3 and held on to the ’06 victory against Utah from the previous year for trash talk. (Where BYU won on a game ending TD pass) Am I having de ja vous?

If I am, I hope it’s only the kind that lasts a few seconds and it’s over. I say that because if you remember, BYU wouldn’t lose again the rest of the year, going 11-2 on the season.

Will they repeat that feat? It’s hard to think so with Nevada coming to town with the most mobile, active, NCAA QB, Colin Kaepernick, and boasting an explosive offense. Add to that going to TCU and Utah this year, and you’ve got one heck of a road ahead.

If Heaps is who BYU fans expect him to be, things could get interesting now that’s he’s numero uno down south with Riley Nelson sidelined for the season with a shoulder injury.

I couldn’t help but notice that was the case the entire second half against Florida State and it amounted to zero points.

In fact, BYU’s solitary win came after virtually mistake free football from Heaps and Nelson for an entire game. When Nelson played the entire second half against Air Force…well let’s just say BYU hasn’t put a single point on the board in a half where only one QB took snaps.

Cause for concern? I doubt it. Once BYU can get into the cupcake games in the conference that Utah has enjoyed the last couple, and future couple weeks, they should find their rhythm.


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