Local Game Previews: Utes, Cougars, and Aggies

Posted: October 22, 2010 by Dan Condie in BYU, NCAA Football, Utah, Utah State
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Utes:

Well, this has been a great week for the Utes already. All PAC-12 school presidents and athletic directors met Thursday Oct. 21, 2010 to lay down the proverbial law. Guidelines regarding revenue sharing, conference divisions, conference championship layout, etc. were all worked out.

This is all good and fun for us fans, but you can bet there is nothing further from Coach Whittingham’s mind than this Saturday’s matchup against CSU. And we all know, the players reflect Coach Whit’s demeanor always.

The Rams have not beaten Utah on the football field since 2005 and have lost 6 of the last 7 games between the two. CSU did have an impressive outing against UNLV last week, but not enough to sway Vegas. The Utes were 31 point favorites earlier this week.

CSU will need to play the game of their lives and need Utah not only to struggle, but give up points, something they don’t do at home.

Utah has BCS intentions (whether you could ever get Coach Whit to admit it or not). And CSU will not derail that dream. TCU? We’ll see.

BYU:

The Cougars were riding high after their victory over San Diego State.

Judging by the last two times TCU has played BYU, you knew this game wouldn’t be pretty. The Cougars always seem to struggle against the Horned Frogs.

The BYU defense that game impressed me more than anything else the Y has accomplished this season as of yet. TCU’s offense actually struggled to gain yards on big plays against what was supposed to be the BYU team’s weak link.

While chatting with a friend of mine, Todd Sudweeks, (avid BYU fan) he said “if they [BYU’s coaching staff] make the right play calls and let Heaps make the throws down field, he can get big yards.”

The offense’ performance will directly affect how well the defense plays. Todd added later “the defense will be much more effective when they’re not having to keep going in after all the 3 and outs.”

I agree there. I remember what happened to Wyoming the last time they ventured down to Provo. And so does Wyoming. 44-0 sounds familiar.

Although BYU likely will not score 44 points, I like their chances at home against struggling Wyoming.

Utah State:

Utah State has seen improvement come each year little by little since hiring Gary Anderson.

The Aggies won the biggest game in a decade when they beat BYU 31-16 three weeks ago.

Last week, however, they had a bye week following a disappointing loss to LA Tech. This week, Utah State faces a seemingly better than first thought Hawaii team.

Hawaii beat upstart Nevada by 7 last week as Nevada looked horrible. Hawaii beat that same LA Tech team that beat the Aggies 2 weeks ago, so they definitely have their hands full this week.

Conclusion:

Utah wins big, BYU wins close, Utah State loses big.

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