Sophomore BYU Quarterback Jake Heaps indicated that the Cougars are going to a more pro-style offense. The big difference between this year and last year is that there is no quarterback controversy or uncertainty.
Heaps is the starter.
Last year the uncertainty between Heaps and Riley Nelson for the starting job created consternation and division among fans.
However, Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall ultimately assigned the starting position to Heaps. This turned out to be a good choice as Heaps then led the cougars to a bowl game and a win with the help of running back JJ. Di Luigi who had nearly 1,000 yards on the season. The cougars capped off last season with a 7-6 record winning the last five out of six games and ended the season with their New Mexico Bowl win over The University of Texas in El Paso.
This year the cougars start with more answers than questions and a lot of promise instead of uncertainty. The quarterback decision is made and game time is certain to be filled with focus and tenacity.
Ole Miss on the other hand, struggled last season. The Rebels were only 4-8 with Jeremiah Masoli barely eclipsing the 2,000 yard mark. With Masoli gone, the Rebels are looking for a new QB. Randall Mackey, Barry Brunetti and Zack Stoudt are all up for the job.
With no clear vision for quarterback in mind it appears as if Ole Miss is where BYU was last year and that was a tough spot for the Cougars. Also, Ole Miss was 107th in defense last year and the Cougars were 70th in offense. Neither statistic is impressive, but it does favor the Cougars.
I predict BYU to win this one 28-17.