We wanted to try something a little different as this off-season is getting underway. We asked ten questions of some of our Cougar contributors about the state of the BYU football program as well as what they say in 2012 and hope to see in 2013.
We will post one question with each response every day for the next ten weekdays. Make sure to check in every day to get your BYU Cougars update from our roundtable of Cougar faithful.
10. 2013 appears to be the best schedule and simultaneously, one of the toughest ever for a BYU football team. Is BYU better than a 7-5 team in 2013? (Again, go and ask these questions again after recent news of Cody Hoffman and Kyle Van Noy returning as well as Robert Anae returning to BYU and the answers may be a bit different.)
Carl Behunin: Virginia, Utah, Utah State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Middle Tennessee State and Hawaii are winnable games. Winnable games don’t constitute winning 100%. I’m going to say 5-2. Depending on how many more games BYU adds, 1 to get to 12 or 2 to add Hawaii clause, I could add 1-2 more wins to this category.
Texas, Boise State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame are my less winnable games. I’m going with 1-3 here.
If BYU adds two additional softer games to the home schedule, 8-5 should be a good goal. Again, how BYU plays on the field will determine if 8-5 is truly a good record, or if BYU fans will be proclaiming again ‘What could’ve been.’
Don MacArthur: I don’t see it happening, but then again, I didn’t see this season playing out the way it did either. Coming into 2012, the talk about Notre Dame was they were full of holes and weaknesses with a tough schedule. Look what they did. If Bronco can right the ship internally and guys come into 2013 committed to the challenge of conquering a monster schedule together as a team, who knows what happens? Go Cougs!
Matt Quinney: Quick shot: @Virgina – Win. Texas – Loss. Utah – Win. @Utah State – Loss. Georgia Tech – Win. @Houston – Win. Boise State – Win. @Wisconsin – Loss. Middle Tenn St – Win. @Notre Dame – Loss. @Hawaii – Win.
That makes 7 wins pending the scheduling of the 12th and possibly the 13th games. I would expect that #12 is some FCS school which we should win. That would make 8, but that is counting in wins at home against Utah and Boise State, both programs who have beat the Cougs consistently and recently. They could easily lose both of those and then struggle to 6 wins.
I would say they get to 7, maybe 8 wins, but there can’t be much room for more than that.
Mike Livingston: 7 wins should be the over/under. 2013 is a great schedule. Doman and Taysom need to grow up quick. I like to think Bronco is looking at the 2013 schedule and the high-end coaching staffs he will be competing against and rearrange his staff accordingly. I can’t wait!
Scott Gower: If BYU’s offense makes significant improvements – and it has the talent to do so – I believe BYU has the potential to be very good. A small offensive improvement this year could have given us a 12-1 record. If BYU can get a top-30 offense for 2013, I believe the defense will be close enough to 2012 for BYU to finish with a 10-2. If the offense is still averaging less than 30 points a game, I believe BYU is still a 7-win or 8-win team in 2013.