Monday, June 27, 2011

Scouting the 2011 opponents: BYU

When BYU decided that it was going to take their ball and go home to play alone just because they were butt-hurt that Utah got invited to the Pac 10 instead of them, we all figured that the 2010 match up between the Frogs and Cougars would be the last- especially since GP essentially said so in a press conference.

But then Texas Tech backed out on their game with the Frogs and Boise State got their game in Fort Worth moved to the blue turf and all of a sudden, TCU was as in need of a non-conference game as now-independent BYU. So now the Cougars have one more "last shot at revenge" against TCU at Cowboys Stadium on October 28th to try to save face from the combined 101-17 shellacking they've taken from GP the past three seasons.

The Cougars are playing a mostly WAC schedule this year, with 5 of their 12 games against teams from that conference- along with Idaho State...who is somehow not good enough for the WAC...who just invited a team (UTSA) that has yet to play a single down of football. I'm not sure going undefeated against that schedule gets you into the BCS- increased access to which BYU stated as a reason for striking out on their own. Anyway, they've gone the route of Army and Navy by inking bowl agreements before the season so if they win six games in 2011 they win a trip to play in the...Armed Forces Bowl, at SMU again this year while construction continues on Amon Carter Stadium. That's probably a major selling point to recruits.

Here is what has to say about the 2011 Cougars, along with something from ESPN's Outside the Lines that should further help sell the collegiate experience in Provo to top-tier athletes:

-CFN 2011 BYU preview

-CFN 2011 BYU offensive breakdown

-CFN 2011 BYU defensive breakdown

-CFN 2011 BYU depth chart

-ESPN's look at the inconsistent enforcement of BYU's Honor Code

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