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by Cougarbib
Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: BYU Football
Topic: The Downside of Independence
Replies: 27
Views: 2363

Re: The Downside of Independence

I guess that I would add that I don't care so much about being conference champions. But I do care about being regionally dominant. Games against Utah, Utah State, Boise State, Colorado State, Air Force, and Nevada mean a little something more than other games of similar caliber played against team...
by Cougarbib
Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:42 pm
Forum: BYU Football
Topic: The Downside of Independence
Replies: 27
Views: 2363

Re: The Downside of Independence

Does not compute. You got all excited to take 1st place in each race. Marathoners get excited to take 1st place in 1 marathon. How I'd that any different than getting excited to win 1 football game at a time? I have known several BYU football players over the years. WAC days. MWC days. Now Independ...
by Cougarbib
Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:32 pm
Forum: BYU Football
Topic: Spiff's Spots of Observation and Other Statistical Nonsense
Replies: 4
Views: 597

Re: Spiff's Spots of Observation and Other Statistical Nonse

I think the two defensive scores negated each other. I could add in some ST measurements, but I'm not sure which ones to include. And frankly, I don't think there are any special teams' statistics that show any correlation to that and winning. I could do field position as that seems to be the only ...
by Cougarbib
Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: BYU Football
Topic: Pick your top 4 reasons for current trainwreck
Replies: 18
Views: 1939

Re: Pick your top 4 reasons for current trainwreck

I have no problem with Bronco stepping away from the defense; just find someone competent to run it. Howell isn't that guy. Howell being appointed DC points to a larger issue, Bronco/BYU's inability to get talented assistants. Disagree. This is Bronco's scheme. He recently reminded the world that h...
by Cougarbib
Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: BYU Football
Topic: Pick your top 4 reasons for current trainwreck
Replies: 18
Views: 1939

Re: Pick your top 4 reasons for current trainwreck

It's the injuries guys. The guys behind the starters are highly talented (probably as talented or more than those who are starting other than Stewart, obviously) but lack experience. This was their year to get their feet wet, and then possibly take over positions late in the season. The defense obv...
by Cougarbib
Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: BYU Football
Topic: Pick your top 4 reasons for current trainwreck
Replies: 18
Views: 1939

Re: Pick your top 4 reasons for current trainwreck

1 and 2 are nearly the same thing. So combining those two gives a clear top 3. Almost the entire list has some impact. I was surprised that you left out Hubris ;) More importantly, you left of a top 4 candidate. This year was a total rebuild on defense across the board, kicker, punt returner, and of...
by Cougarbib
Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:40 am
Forum: BYU Football
Topic: Spiff's Spots of Observation and Other Statistical Nonsense
Replies: 4
Views: 597

Re: Spiff's Spots of Observation and Other Statistical Nonse

If I remember correctly, this is the first Bronco Mendenhall coached team that has lost when the defense has scored. better yet, when was the last time the defense scored twice and lost - safety and a pick 6 vs BSU. PS, Spiff We do not have nifty special teams measurements in our reporting each wee...
by Cougarbib
Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:34 am
Forum: BYU Football
Topic: The Downside of Independence
Replies: 27
Views: 2363

Re: The Downside of Independence

Does not compute. You got all excited to take 1st place in each race. Marathoners get excited to take 1st place in 1 marathon. How I'd that any different than getting excited to win 1 football game at a time? I have known several BYU football players over the years. WAC days. MWC days. Now Independe...
by Cougarbib
Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: BYU Football
Topic: The Downside of Independence
Replies: 27
Views: 2363

Re: The Downside of Independence

1999 was a 3 way tie with Utah and CSU. I bet that had fans dancing in the streets and glued to their seats - at least the ones that were not yawning. Wait. That was when fans were calling for LaVell Edwards to retire and send Norm Chow packing. BYU won it outright in 2001 under Crowton, and 2006, a...
by Cougarbib
Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: BYU Football
Topic: The Downside of Independence
Replies: 27
Views: 2363

Re: The Downside of Independence

Independence is not perfect. The MWC was far from perfect and now it ain't even what is used to be. That is our world. That and the AAC. We augment that by jet lagging all over the country and giving up home field to elite programs and then filling the gap that leaves in the home schedule with lower...