Another new item this fall from Blue Cougar Football will be to analyze the performance of the Brigham Young Cougars’ future and past opponents. This will give Blue Cougar Football followers a look at BYU’s strength of schedule on the season and what to expect in upcoming games.
For week one, pretty much everything that was supposed to happen for the Cougars’ opponents did happen. There were still a few surprises, however.
Notre Dame (1-0): Won 50-10 over Navy. In a game played in
Dame demolished a longtime rival and pushed itself into the top 25. This bodes
well for the Cougars. If Notre Dame can remain ranked in the polls, the game
scheduled for October 20 could be the unofficial FBS Independent championship
game on Oct. 20. Next opponent: Purdue, September 8. Dublin,
Georgia Tech (0-1): Lost 20-17 in overtime against No. 16 Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech had the game in their hands. They scored a touchdown with 44 seconds to go to take a 17-14 lead. Then they let Virginia Tech march right down the field and line up for a field goal to put it into overtime. GT quarterback Tevin Washington threw an interception to start the overtime, and then VT put the game away with another field goal. This loss was bad for BYU. A quality win over a ranked opponent could have had Georgia Tech in this week’s rankings. Instead they will be looked at as a middle of the pack ACC squad. Next opponent: Presbyterian, September 8.
Washington State (0-1): Lost to BYU 30-6. We all know how this one went. Wasington State’s only hope in the game was lost on its first possession, on the Jeff Tuel interception. Hopefully WAZZU can win some big Pac-12 games to help make this win look impressive for Brigham Young. Next opponent: Eastern Washington, September 8.
As far as strength of schedule looks, Brigham Young’s overall
SOS should be what it was
before this week. However, if
Tech, and Boise
State, Georgia could have swung
those close games from losses to wins, Brigham Young’s schedule would look a
whole lot tougher, and possibly more impressive to poll voters and to those
computers who play a major role in the San Jose
Overall opponents record after week one: 3-8.
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