One year ago Brian Fremeau from ESPN posted an article about three teams poised for breakthrough seasons based on them closing the talent gap. Those three teams were Stanford, T A&M, and UCLA. Obviously Stanford and UCLA went on to face each other in the conference championship game, and Stanford beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Texas A&M gave Alabama its only loss of the season, and produced a Heisman Trophy winner.
So when I saw that Utah (TCU and Ole Miss) was featured in this year’s article, I wanted to read the article, but I don’t have that little "in" icon next to my user name for financial purposes. So I had my co-worker/friend (BYU fan, who says they never do anything nice? Oh, and keep your friends close, but your enemies closer) log into my phone so I could read it. I want to share the gist of what it said with my other poor friends...
Even though our recruiting ranking this year was 48th nationally according to ESPN, we are third in the division, behind the LA schools, in "total program recruiting" (whatever that means) over the last 5 seasons, and that that sets us up for a step forward this year. That shocked me personally and gave me a glimmer of hope that will inevitably be smashed. He also found some bizarre stat that made our D last season look good, "8 percent of opponent drives to average 10 yards per play or more, 18 best nationally." Although KW should be focusing more on the D this year and I think it will look a lot more like 2011’s D that 2012’s. He basically said that our Offense completely sucked last year being 100th or worse in "three and outs, available yards, and explosive methodical drives," and said special teams really bailed us out last year (Reggie Dunn
). The last thing he said was that we should be in the Pac-12 south race (I’ll believe it when I see it) if we can improve by half a point per drive.
And how do you make this thing make paragraphs?