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While BYU has played decent teams from power conferences, the Cougars came into this season with BCS aspirations, especially after quarterback Jake Heaps came on so strong at the end of the 2010-11 season. However, Heaps has been noticeably disappointing early on this season.
The offense in general has really only put together two halves of good football, being completely shut out in the first half versus Ole Miss and only scoring on a field goal against Texas in the second half of the game last weekend.
Heaps has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns, and the BYU running backs are averaging less than 2.5 yards per carry. The running game has also yet to score.
Either way, the Utes and Cougars are both struggling on offense and both defenses are playing well. Both teams also have a 1-1 record. So while they no longer are in the same conference and playing for the same championship, they are about as even as can be headed into the Holy War.
However, if a team like Texas, with three different quarterbacks and average running backs, can beat BYU, I see no reason the Utes can't, either.