1st things 1st, Tenn will have 100,000 at the game and they are a SEC team.
They were average last year under 1st year coach Pruitt and look to be improved.
Tenn is no Utah on Defense and BYU should be able to move the ball. We still have to deal with can we get our receivers open? I say yes…maybe
Tenn gave up 38 points a game their last 6 games last year. They will be better but how much? We have heard BYU has a great Oline so this is the game to prove it. I want to see a lot more RUN. We talked about how the team that gets better line play wins…well…Utah dominated our Oline and they dominated our Dline. Is Utah that good? or is BYU overrated? We will see in the Tenn game. our Oline adv BYU, our Dline, adv to Tenn.
Tenn has a 2nd year QB and RB that were very hot and cold at times last year. BYU does not and has not had a pass rush for 2 years now, not good but then Tenn does not have a NFL RB like moss. slight edge BYU
Our receivers, their DBs; adv. Tenn. (same ol story, slow receivers)
Their receivers, our DBs, adv, Tenn, speed kills.
Special teams, clear advantage BYU.
On paper, this looks like a win for Tenn. They think of us as a mid major and will treat us as such. Tenn has a cup cake tomorrow with Ga St., think ISU. I think Pruitt gets them ready for BYU. I think the game plays out like this: Tenn plays the Run, BYU holds up but Tenn throws the small outs and dink stuff to fast receivers and they can score on us. BYU can score on them by imposing the run, that opens the pass game. tight game. BYU has no pass rush and that is the difference. With their speed, Tenn can turn small plays into big gains, BYU has non of that. Tenn wins a tight one.
I don’t agree with your analysis about our receivers. We got open, a lot. Wilson threaded the needle, a lot. He made two errors. A misread and throwing the ball falling down. Two plays that would have closed the gap, a lot.
The idea Utah doesn’t have speed equal to Tennessee is just incorrect. We can beat Tennessee. The question is can we play defense for 4 quarters. 2 quarters is not good enough.
Wilson made lots of errors, he played reckless. If he was “threading the needle” that means his receivers weren’t that open.
He didn’t slide properly, he took a lot of risks and he threw two very ugly pick sixes. Without those two, the score might have been 16-12 or something close to it. Not getting touchdowns when you are inside the 10 yard line is a killer. There were LOTS of mistakes by the QB, in spite of some good plays he made too. Overconfident and immature in his skillset. He has a long way to go.
I don’t think he was reckless at all. He moves well and let him use his talents. The tip ball was close. But as the announcer said, he had another receiver open and it was a better pass. First game. We will see improvements next week
You didn’t see him throw some very poor passes/decisions that resulted directly in 2 utah td’s. Tennessee lost to Georgia State today. How do you think BYU will do against a team that is clearly beatable, having lost to a Sun Belt conference doormat that won all of 2 games last season!
If BYU wins I will be happy but I don’t know how much it will mean.
IF, a big if, the cougars are prepared and play error-free, we can win. Williams has to be run 20+ times for our passing game to be effective. Wilson needs to suck up the ego and play like a “surgeon”, cutting up the Tenn. defense in a calm and collected manner. My problem is I do not have much trust in the Cougar coaching staff, from Sitake on down.
Interesting that since I joined Cougarfan yesterday, I have posted, on different topics, 3 times but 2 of my posts have gone the way of the dinosaur. If I only have a one in 3 chance of having my postings last, not sure why I would bother posting at all.
The Vols are desperate, the Ga St game is the worst loss in Tenn football history. A whole lotta finger pointing going on in their locker-room. BYU is equally desperate but cohesive. Will be an interesting game to see who rights the ship.