The weakness of the 2011 BYU football team is mental. BYU lacks the mind of a champion.
Last Saturday, BYU went ahead of the Texas Longhorns 13-0 with 11:41 to play in the second quarter. BYU was in complete control. The game ended 17-16 in Texas’ favor. BYU went from totally dominating to totally disappointing because they were not mentally prepared.
BYU was not mentally prepared to be in front of 100,000 stunned fans. The BYU sideline was likewise stunned. Instead of thinking, “We are playing well; here’s what we need to do to make this a 20-0 game,” BYU was worrying, “This can’t be happening; I hope we can hold on long enough to win.” BYU didn’t believe they were this good, and that they belonged with the nation’s elite.
The mind of a champion isn’t surprised by any amount of success. A champion knows it is good and is anxious to prove it in every competition. The mind of a champion isn’t scared of failure.
A football team shows that it has the mind of a champion by the way it plays. If the team has the mind of a champion, it will:
- Convert 3rd downs;
- Finish drives with touchdowns;
- Pick up blitzes;
- Change the snap count;
- React and adjust (both offensively and defensively) to changes made by the opponent during the game.
- Commit dumb penalties, especially when the game is on the line;
- Become conservative with its play calling;
- Miss tackles;
- Miss open receivers.
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