After an exciting offseason for BYU athletics, it is finally time to start playing some games. The NCAA football season officially kicks off tonight and BYU’s first game is this Saturday vs. The University of Washington Huskies, coached by former BYU All-America QB Steve Sarkesian.
Here are some of the strengths and weaknesses of the 2010 version of BYU football:
- A tremendous offensive line led by All-America candidate left tackle Matt Reynolds. The line is experienced, huge, and deep.
- A solid and experienced defensive backfield. BYU lost their free safety but the other three starters and most back-ups are back with more experience.
- Perhaps the deepest receiving corps in BYU history. Lots of talent and depth at BYU receiver right now.
- Speed on defense. While much of the defense is short on experience these guys are faster than your typical BYU defense.
- Inexperience at QB. Bronco will be using both true freshman Jake Heaps and Junior Riley Nelson this season. All eyes will be on these two newcomers. Heaps has the big arm and big pedigree but Nelson has more experience, is a scrambler, and is known as a fiery competitor.
- No Harvey Unga. BYU has some young talent at RB but it hurt to lose our all time leading rusher.
- Inexperience at tight end. With Pitta and George gone, five guys are vying for playing time at TE still.
- Unsettled middle linebackers. Looks like five guys will be shuttling through the two MLB spots as well.
So with that here are my season predictions:
9/4 Washington Huskies W
9/11 @ Air Force Falcons W
9/18 @ Florida St. Seminoles L
9/25 Nevada Wolf Pack W
10/1 @ Utah St. Aggies W
10/9 San Diego St. Aztecs W
10/16 @ TCU Horned Frogs L
10/23 Wyoming Cowboys W
11/6 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels W
11/13 @ Colorado St. Rams W
11/20 New Mexico Lobos W
11/27 @ Utah Utes W
There you have it. An optimistic 10-2 prediction. Yes, I know that 8-4 is at least as likely but where is the fun in predicting that? Add your predictions here and come back after the season to crow if you do well.