Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:18 pm

March Madness Joy

First of all, what a tournament so far. Many close games, with several upsets. I don't know if I like the 68 team format, but would we have been able to see VCU make this run without it? I don't know if the committee thought they were the better 12 seed over USC or vice versa. Some blowouts for sure, but a lot of exciting finishes.

My favorite team is in the sweet 16 for the first time in 30 years with a legit shot at the final four for the first time in 26 tournament appearances (longest streak and going). This after the nation presumed they were dead with the loss of their leading rebounder. Congrats to them, and good luck against UF on Thursday evening.

I still think Duke will lose before they get to the final four leaving us with their coach hanging on to 2nd place in all-time victories behind Bob Knight. Of course it will happen for him, but I think next season. KU is alive and may never have to face a single digit seed until the final four comes around. Butler is showing its run last year was legit (despite what you think of the end of game officiating, they were in the right place at the right time). Arizona may be on its way back to supremacy (although they aren't yet in my opinion, they are making their way back with a great coach.).

I look forward to the sweet 16 and elite 8 this weekend for some more exciting and close games (I hope anyways). Go cougars!

Posted on: January 22, 2010 11:11 pm

Can BYU continue their hot streak?

Big game at SDSU this weekend. This will show a lot about the team and their future chances. SDSU isn't the best team in the MWC, but BYU has really struggled in San Diego the past few years. It won't ruin the season if they lose, but would be a large step forward in my opinion. Then the pit is coming up. That will be one heck of a game and should determine the Mountain West Champion. It is BYU's to lose right now, but if they lose at NM, it might not be there's anymore. Go Cougars, but watch out for the next week. Your biggest tests are coming.
Posted on: November 15, 2009 5:53 pm

Cougars have an crisis on their hands

The crisis being that they have blaring weaknesses that even New Mexico is able to exploit. Mostly on defense, but the offense wasn't exactly smoking either. Their defense made the Lobos offense look like a top 25 offense. Fortunately, Air Force is a running style offense. But I wouldn't be surprised if they used a lot of screens and routes down the field. BYU can't defend them. They are too predictable. The Lobos had them figured out and realized how efficient the screens would be. Close game, case closed. Bronco Mendenhall has never said they aren't predictable. But even if execution is all you need, some unpredictability couldn't hurt. Offensive and defensive coaches need to be more unpredictable if they want to win out. 

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 25, 2009 2:54 pm

And then...

BYU definitely has issues with winning every game in a season. In the past, an early loss bodes well for conference play under Bronco. Unfortunately, TCU and Utah have had down years when that happened. It would be in the best interest of the conference for TCU to win in Provo as well as beating Clemson this week and running the table. Couldn't hurt though if BYU wins out, TCU wins every game except for BYU, Utah wins every game except for TCU and BYU. That might get the Y into the BCS if Boise State and Houston falter even once. Hope it happens, but likely won't. Oklahoma and Florida State will probably win a lot more games which helps the SOS, but TCU always chokes once or twice and Utah has issues in key areas. BYU was exposed in many areas last week. It would be a miracle, but possible.

Posted on: September 13, 2009 2:38 pm

Cougars looking good so far!

BYU is looking good so far. Last year remember they started out equally as good through the UCLA and first half of the Utah State game. Then they really lost their swagger and mojo. Lets hope they can get past Florida State and move forward with the same intensity and swagger as they are playing with now. If not, they become like Air Force and fade off into the sunset during the second half of the season. BYU does look special this year and without Collie (don't know what happened there) they can maybe go somewhere. Maybe he was the center of attention too much for defenses. He still caught balls and scored touchdowns, but there was something amiss there. Frustrating to say the least. Max Hall does diversify the passes more this year. As long as he can recognize when Pitta isn't a good target instead of ALWAYS throwing his way whenever he wants, they should be fine. Max does lock into his target way too much. That did free up Jacobsen in the endzone vs. Oklahoma, but wouldn't count on that being the case 95% of the time.
Posted on: September 29, 2008 12:07 am

College Football

A lot of people complain about how preseason polls pose the college football season for the year. I tend to agree, but what would it be like if they weren't in existence. CFB is so fluid with its players that to base the future season off of a past season is silly.  Injuries are so tied to morale and so on that it makes it a difficult task to sometimes live up to the hype. On the flip side those that have amazing seasons end up lower than they should because they weren't expected to perform.

Preseason polls benefit my favorite team (BYU) in a big way. Some are even talking about them possibly being able to slide into the championship game (a lot would have to happen). But, ultimately the Harris poll has it right. Starting part way through the year with the first poll would really be a good thing. The problem is that the 2 other major polls have already shaped the landscape of CFB. In return the Harris poll mimics the other two. It would be a good thing for the BCS to tell its pollsters that they can't release a poll until after the 5th week of the season. The AP should wait, but they are traditionalistic in nature and will do whatever they want.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: AP, BYU, Coaches
Posted on: July 14, 2008 12:34 pm

Trent Plaisted and Lee Cummard

Lee Cummard made the right decision by returning to BYU for his final season. Trent Plaisted did not make a good decision by going pro. But, I believe BYU hoops is back and has a very solid foundation with or without him. He was very inconsistent in conference play again this year. It seems as the season goes on he gets weaker and less aggressive. Lee is the consistent leader that the team needs. With Trent gone, that should open more doors for Cummard as far as leadership and opportunities are concerned. Good luck Trent, I really do hope you do well and can have a successful NBA career. I just don't see you playing ball in the U.S. for very long.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: BYU
Posted on: April 27, 2008 8:28 pm

College Football

The BCS is a joke, but yet I still want my Cougars to win all of their games and take part in the process. Why that is, I don't know. My idea would be for BYU to go undefeated and then snub the BCS, but that wouldn't do any good at this point. That is what they are striving for and the BCS would just fill their pool with another team in the BCS conferences. It would be nice if there wasn't such a divide in D-1A football (don't know the new name). But, alas there is and nobody seems to know how to change it or won't do anything to change it.

BYU of course has to make it through their nonconference schedule (at Washington and vs. UCLA being the biggest challenges). They should beat N. Iowa and Utah St. and should only have two challenges in Conference play (Utah and TCU). I believe they should go undefeated given their schedule, but what will that do? They will get into a BCS game and hopefully win. They won't be in the championship game because they are not a BCS team. Any non-BCS team will never get into the championship game in the current system (I hope I am wrong on this one).

Well, go Cougars! Make it 12-0 with a BCS bowl win.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS, BYU
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