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Friday, November 6, 2009

Game Preview: BYU vs. Wyoming

After the bye week, the Cougars are hitting the home stretch. This week’s opponent has provided little competition for BYU the last few years, but Wyoming has caught my attention this year. First year head coach Dave Christensen has already matched last year’s win total (4), and he inspired the Cowboys enough to give Texas a scare back in September. To me, Wyoming is always a wild-card. They are the only team in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) that has the really high peaks and really low valleys, and each year you never know where the team will fall on the spectrum. The weather does not look like it will be much of a factor.

Here is what I will have my eyes on:
  1. Will BYU let the loss to TCU affect them? The mental state of the team since that loss is hugely important. Its importance is compounded by the fact that last week was a bye, so they have had to wait two weeks to get that bad, losing taste out of their mouths. If they were dwelling on the loss, that might let Wyoming hang around and pull off an upset in the end. If they used the loss as motivation, this game could be over by halftime.
  2. Will Harvey Unga break the BYU Career Rushing Record? Unga is now within striking distance (155 yards) of Curtis Brown’s three year old record. The most yards Unga has gained in one game this year is 149 (UNLV).
  3. Will BYU minimize turnovers? BYU has been turnover prone this year, and this may be the biggest reason they are not undefeated at this point. Not only do they turn the ball over, but they turn the ball over at critical moments in the game.
  4. Will McKay Jacobson have an impact? The speedy game-breaker should return from his hamstring injury. While O’Neill Chambers and others stepped up in his absence, Jacobson is still the team’s greatest deep threat.
Kickoff: 12:00 PM
Television: The Mtn.
Radio: KSL 1160 AM, 102.7 FM

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