High Expectations: What The BYU Cougars Must Do To Beat Oklahoma

David Lynn@davidvlynnCorrespondent ISeptember 1, 2009

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Running back Harvey Unga #45 of the BYU Cougars runs against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2008 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

I have been waiting for this week for months. There is so much excitement in the air that it is hard not to be excited. Living in a major college football town makes it even worse. 

There is talk here in Austin that they may break their single game attendance record this weekend, and they aren't even playing a good team. That is why I love college football, and why I am so excited for this weekend. Every game counts, and even the least athletic person in the world can get excited about it.

Even people in Austin should be on my side this weekend as I travel to Arlington to watch BYU play Oklahoma. 

Very few people expect BYU to win, and most people think BYU will get run out of town, but I really don't think they are right.

I think BYU CAN win, but it will take a few things happening.

First and foremost, the defense has to get to Sam Bradford often and early. Much the way Utah did against Alabama. Oklahoma will be breaking in a new offensive line and may be vulnerable there. Jan Jorgensen should finally have some help on the line and could very well create the chaos that is necessary.

BYU's cornerback situation is hazy at best, but a strong performance from the offensive line would do wonders to help out the corners. If the defense can keep it close until the fourth quarter, we may just have a chance.

Second, UCLA Max Hall needs to show up, and not Utah/TCU Max Hall. As some will remember, Hall was on a lot of Heisman watch lists after that UCLA game. Conversely, after playing in Ft. Worth last year, the wheels pretty much fell off for Hall.

He definitely has the tools around him in McKay Jacobsen, Andrew George, and Dennis Pitta. Last year, he got way too attached to Austin Collie, and it made him predictable. Collie leaving may have been a good thing for this offense as the only way the offense has a chance this weekend is to keep the defense on their toes by spreading it around. 

The other huge need for the offense is for Harvey Unga to have a huge game. Everyone in the Mountain West knows he can do it, and maybe he can sneak in and bust out some big runs. 

The other thing that may make this possible is the return of Manase Tonga. Two years ago, he was a big bruising back that knew how to put the hurt on and open up some holes. 

Now, add all of the pent up energy from an entire season of not playing and some Sooners are going to end up on their backs.

Lastly, we really need some players that are nursing injuries to show up on Saturday.  Unga has not been 100 percent, but is expected to play. Reynolds needs to be on that offensive line since he is the only one with experience, and I think he will be. It would also be great if our corners could show up to play because we aren't exactly deep there.

I really think this game will be competitive, and that BYU may very well pull out the win. The repercussions would also be huge should BYU pull it out. They would have their toughest game out of the way which would give them huge confidence for the other tough ones with Florida St., TCU, and Utah. There is also no way Oklahoma would get back into the national championship race. 

Either way it should be a great game in a great atmosphere. The weekend we have been waiting for since January is finally here. 



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