BYU vs. UCLA – How Will the Cougs Fare?
Posted by admin on September 07, 2007
After watching BYU’s relatively easy win over the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, Cougar fans have been left feeling that this might turn out to be another great season. Next on the slate for BYU is a tough UCLA Bruins team. The Bruins recently destroyed Stanford 38-17. Granted, Stanford’s football program has experienced a significant drop in recent year. But still, when you can put up 38 points in a game, you are going to be a squad that other teams will have to take seriously.
On the other side of the ball are the BYU Cougars. Yes, they only beat Arizona by 13 points, but let’s face it. The score was not very indicative of the game as a whole. BYU’s offense was able to move the ball suprisingly easily. Had it not been for some early-season rust, the Cougars would have been able to run up the score a lot more than they did. Also, the Cougar defense had an absolutely stellar game. Until Arizona’s very last drive in the 4th quarter when the game was all but over, the Cougars held the Arizona offense to just 3 first downs in 3 quarters. I don’t care who you are, that’s impressive! The swarming linebacker core coupled with the disciplined secondary were just too much to handle. If the defense continues to play so well and Max Hall gives another poised performance, the Cougars are going to have a fighting chance against the nationally ranked Bruins.
Prediction: Bruins 24, Cougars 17.
BYU is playing well and is carrying over a lot of confidence from last year, but the Bruins simply have too much fire power. Seeing as how I am a devoted BYU fan, I hope I am wrong. It will be interesting to see Ben Olsen and Max Hall duel it out, Olsen being a former BYU quarterback and Hall being the current one.