The BYU Cougars have scored 33 points in 12 quarters of football this season. That is staggering and not in a good way.
The Cougars haven’t scored in 7-of-12 quarters; their starting quarterback–Tanner Mangum–currently has a 2-to-1 INTERCEPTION-to-touchdown ratio, and is reportedly banged-up; They’re 107th in pass offense and 118th in rush offense, nationally.
People in Provo are questioning EVERYTHING around the program, currently.
BYU might have the worst offense I’ve ever seen. Does Ty Detmer have any eligibility left? I think he could play better than he coaches
— Jason Scukanec (@Big_Suke) September 10, 2017
But, and that’s a massive b-u-t, the Badgers will lose if they take the Cougars at that face-value.
There are many different factors to consider when observing the Cougars abysmal statistics so far.
First, BYU has played a difficult schedule in which they’ve lost to LSU and Utah. The LSU loss was under abnormally difficult circumstances, where the Cougars saw their game moved from Houston to New Orleans due to Hurricane Harvey.
And although the Cougars lost the next week to their in-state rival, they seemed to wake up late in the game. Despite playing a listless first half against the Utes, the Cougars stormed back late to be in a position to tie the game with the last possession of regulation. But, unfortunately for the Cougars, their last drive was terminated prematurely when they couldn’t convert on fourth down.
The previously fruitless Cougars’ running game seemed to be revived on a single drive by former Wisconsin-commit Ula Tolutau, who rushed for a touchdown that cut the Utes lead to a single score.
And, there is one crucial fact that is totally independent of BYU that could cause Wisconsin trouble and that is the Badgers’ repeated struggles in games out west in the month September.
Memory harkens back to pitiful performances in Tempe and Corvallis in which Badgers’ teams armed with the likes of Montee Ball, James White and Melvin Gordon lost to inferior competition out west.
I know, a lot has changed since those losses to Arizona State and Oregon State but I refuse to trust a Wisconsin team out there until it handles its opponent properly.
Whether it’s the improving BYU squad at home or the Badgers’ spotty record and performance in games of similar natures, I advise the Badgers not take the Cougars lightly Saturday in Provo.