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College Football Previews: #17 BYU

BYU clocks in at #17 in our college football previews. Much thanks go out to all of you who offered to preview BYU earlier this week. The most rapid responder was CGB who not only writes using his initials but also blogs at By god, the initials match the blog. What a coincidence. Enjoy. Expectations The Stormin’ Mormons are hoping to become the latest non-Big 6 conference team to kick in the front door at the BCS bonanza. They have hope because there was little turnover from last year’s team that went 11-2 (8-0) and won the Mountain West conference. Junior quarterback Max Hall is seeking to build on his very successful sophomore season and lead Cougars to the BCS. Every year the media seems to crown one smaller conference school as their darling for the season. This year it's BYU. So watch out Clemson, Texas Tech, Penn State, etc. after you supposed big boys fail to win your conference BYU wants one of your at-large spots. Know that Cougar Most devout college football fans know Max Hall, but what about the rest of the team… Harvey Unga and Fui Vakapuna are the one-two punch at running back that will give the offense needed balance. At no point will any television announcer correctly pronounce these two men's names. Unga had a nice 1,200 yard 13 touchdown 2007 season while Fui is trying to stay healthy and look like the beast he was in 2006. The offensive line is anchored by senior tackle Dallas Reynolds and they should be a solid unit. The defensive line is led by the best overall talent on the team DE Jan Jorgensen. Jorgensen had 19 sacks last year and needs only 1.5 more to become MWC’s all time leader. However, the early success of BYU will depend on how long it takes talented but inexperienced corners Scott Johnson and Brandon Howard to play well. BYU is going to need them on top of their game on September 13 when UCLA comes to town. BYU Wouldn’t Piss on Utah if they were on Fire The Holy War has been being played since the 1895-1896 season when BYU was known as Brigham Young Academy. All time they are 33-52 against Utah, but are winners of the last two. The Cougars are salivating about facing off against Utah and stepping on their neck on the way to an undefeated season and the BCS. On their behalf let me say the following: fuck you Utah on November 22nd we are going to cram your gimmicky spread offense straight up your assholes. In fact, Jim McMahon just might come back and do it himself.


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