BYU Football 2011: 10 Bold Predictions for the Cougars' 2011 Season

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BYU Football 2011: 10 Bold Predictions for the Cougars' 2011 Season
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BYU got by Ole Miss 17-13.

Didn’t they?

No they didn’t; they pulled a BYU and held back, winning 14-13, choosing to run out the clock as best they could instead of scoring and forcing the Rebels to run the length of the field to win. 

Despite BYU playing like the old BYU of Mountain West days, we have to give them a break. They aren’t used to being independent and realizing points and style matter. If you play with the big boys, you have to at least score like the big boys do, and that means when you have the opportunity to kick a field goal, you do it.

Then rely on your defense. No one knows that better this week than Utah State, which gave up two touchdowns in less than two minutes to Auburn. Ole Miss had the same potential. 

In any case, the first game is out of the way, so let's look ahead.

We can see that BYU has a defense, and a quarterback who gets hopped up and throws hot. They also have a fair running game, but hope they don’t rely too heavily on it to win games or pull them out of a tight spot. It is good enough, though, to give that young Elite 11 quarterback a chance to play some honest run/pass and pass-option football.

That said, who will they be able to beat in the next 11 games?

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