BYU vs Utah State Prediction, Game Preview

BYU vs Utah State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 5 game on Thursday, September 29

BYU vs Utah State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 5, Thursday, September 29


BYU vs Utah State How To Watch

Date: Thursday, September 29
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: BYU (3-1), Utah State (1-3)
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BYU vs Utah State Game Preview

Why Utah State Will Win

This is one of those games.

It’s not necessarily a “throw out the records” type of game, but Utah State always tries to bring a little something extra when it gets to deal with the guys from Provo.

It’s been a wee bit of a rough run over the last few weeks – to be nice about it – but there’s enough of a passing game to at least press the Cougar secondary a bit.

The defensive front doesn’t generate a pass rush, but it gets behind the line, the takeaways were there with seven before not getting any in last week’s loss to UNLV, and …

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Why BYU Will Win

Yeah, Utah State is having problems.

It starts with the turnovers. The offense has to press with all the problems it’s having getting anything going, and the mistakes follow from there.

The positive: there weren’t any turnovers against Alabama. The negative: there were 12 in the other three games including ten over the last two games.

BYU isn’t taking the ball away, but this is the game to start generating more big things.

The Cougar lines should take over right away, the defense should stuff everything the Aggies want to do on the ground, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Utah State’s secondary is about to get hit hard.

It wasn’t totally awful against Alabama, and it hasn’t been a disaster, but QB Jaren Hall and the BYU passing game have been rolling no matter who’s out there are receiver.

The offense is averaging close to 300 yards per game through the air with ten scores. Utah State has yet to allow anyone to hit 70%. That’s about to change.

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BYU vs Utah State Prediction, Line

BYU 44, Utah State 10
Line: BYU -24, o/u: 60
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
BYU vs Utah State Must See Rating (out of 5): 2

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BYU vs Wyoming Prediction, Game Preview

BYU vs Wyoming game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 4 game on Saturday, September 24

BYU vs Wyoming prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 4, Saturday, September 24


BYU vs Wyoming How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 24
Game Time: 10:15 ET
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: BYU (2-1), Wyoming (3-1)
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BYU vs Wyoming Game Preview

Why Wyoming Will Win

It’s one of the underappreciated good things in college football so far this year …

Wyoming is good.

It lost a few top players through the transfer portal, the expectations were low to quickly rebound, and all of a sudden it’s 3-1 with a great win over Air Force, a better-than-it-looked-then shootout win over Tulsa, and now the defense that’s been great so far has to prove it can hold up against the Cougars.

Wyoming’s offensive line is playing well, the turnovers have slowed after giving up three in Week 0 to Illinois, and now the team is getting a BYU team that might be slightly down after the loss to Oregon.

However …

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Why BYU Will Win

Wyoming isn’t doing anything that special.

It was able to hold up against the Air Force running game, and the offense did what it needed to do over the last few weeks, but it’s going to have a hard time against the Cougar offensive front.

BYU will go Illinois on the Cowboys. The Illini pounded away for 258 yards and three scores and hit the midrange throws to keep things moving. BYU might not have been able to stop Oregon, but Jaren Hall and the passing game were solid.

And …

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What’s Going To Happen

After dealing with Baylor and Oregon, running on Wyoming is going to seem easier.

The Cowboys really are better, and they’re not just going to get steamrolled over, but BYU will come up with a good early scoring drive and control the game from there.

As good as Wyoming QB Andrew Peasley has been, he’s not going to get the downfield throws to catch up.

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BYU vs Wyoming Prediction, Line

BYU 38, Wyoming 13
Line: BYU -22, o/u: 50
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
BYU vs Wyoming Must See Rating (out of 5): 2.5

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BYU vs Oregon Prediction, Game Preview

BYU vs Oregon game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 3 game on Saturday, September 17

BYU vs Oregon prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 3, Saturday, September 17


BYU vs Oregon How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 17
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
How To Watch: FOX
Record: BYU (2-0), Oregon (1-1)
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BYU vs Oregon Game Preview

Why BYU Will Win

There’s no special magic to what BYU is doing with its wins over USF and Baylor to start the season. The offensive line is solid, the defensive line has been great, there’s only been one turnover, there aren’t a ton of penalties, and the team just keeps on moving.

The passing attack was sharp against USF, the team got creative against the Bears, and overall the run defense has been able to get the job done.

Long thing short, the team’s infrastructure is so strong that the team is able to overcome a slew of issues and concerns, like injuries at receiver.

Oregon’s defense has a ton of talent, but it’s been bad on third downs – Georgia hit nine of its ten chances – and even in the 70-14 win over Eastern Washington, the D wasn’t a rock.

BYU has to control the clock and needs to maintain its own tempo, but …

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Why Oregon Will Win

BYU might be 2-0, and it might have beaten the defending Big 12 champion, but it hasn’t played nearly as well as it should be.

There aren’t enough plays behind the line, the D isn’t generating takeaways, and the offense isn’t taking advantage of all of its opportunities.

Oregon might be struggling defensively on third downs, but the offense got it back against Eastern Washington. The running game wasn’t all that awful against Georgia – the game got out of hand – and now comes the balance.

Baylor wasn’t able to get anything going down the field against the Cougars, and it didn’t have any room to move on the ground. The Oregon O might not be explosive in this, but it should be able to methodically keep things moving.

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What’s Going To Happen

To keep hammering this point, both teams are good, but they could and should be playing better.

This will be the Oregon defense stepping up to show just how good it can be.

BYU will come up with the power for the ground game, but it will have to get the downfield passing game going more and it won’t be able to.

This will be a tough, tight fight throughout, but Oregon will finally start to pull away a bit with a power ground game of its own.

It won’t be pretty, and the stats might not be great, but the Ducks will take it.

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BYU vs Oregon Prediction, Line

Oregon 27, BYU 23
Line: Oregon -3.5, o/u: 58
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
BYU vs Oregon Must See Rating (out of 5): 4.5

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Baylor vs BYU Prediction, Game Preview

Baylor vs BYU game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 2 game on Saturday, September 10

Baylor vs BYU prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 2, Saturday, September 10


Baylor vs BYU How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 10
Game Time: 10:15 ET
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Baylor (1-0), BYU (1-0)
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Baylor vs BYU Game Preview

Why Baylor Will Win

The defense is going to travel.

The Bears gave up a first quarter touchdown to Albany, and that was it in the 69-10 win. The defense didn’t exactly extend itself – it didn’t have to – but it has the front line to hold up against a fantastic BYU offensive front.

The intensity is about to go up a few notches – expect more good plays on third downs than it showed against the Great Danes – and the offensive side should be fully tuned up.

Blake Shapen was deadly, the big plays with the passing game were there, and the offense should be able to keep it relatively simple without taking a slew of big chances. The defense will take care of the rest.

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Why BYU Will Win

38-0.

How do you know BYU has it? How do you know it’s about to be in for something big? It comes out and obliterates an inferior opponent on the road with a dominant first 20 minutes. It jumped out on USF, led up later on, and won 50-21.

Yes, Baylor has a terrific defense, and yes, it’s not going to get rolled over against the run, but yes, it’ll see an offensive front that’s every bit as strong as anything it’ll face this season. The future Big 12 Cougars have all of the parts in place to pull this off.

Jaren Hall hit 25-of-32 passes for 261 yards and two scores in the win, the running backs have the rotation, and the lines …

To keep harping on this, you can’t hang with Baylor unless you can hold up in the trenches, and BYU can do that.

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s a late night game, it’s Provo, and it’s a BYU with a chance to make a giant statement at home.

Can the Cougars overcome the likely loss of its top two receivers? Gunner Romney and Puka Nacua are expected to be out, and that’s going to be a problem against a Baylor defense that doesn’t need any help.

Baylor is more than good enough to pound away and get enough solid play on both sides to pull this off, but BYU will feed off the atmosphere, the early momentum, and the play of its veterans to make this a fantastic, tough game that will show off just how tough a Big 12 road date this will be next year.

The loss of the key BYU receivers will be just enough to tip this to the Baylor side.

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Baylor vs BYU Prediction, Line

Baylor 27, BYU 24
Line: BYU -3.5, o/u: 53.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Baylor vs BYU Must See Rating (out of 5): 4

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BYU vs USF Prediction, Game Preview

BYU vs USF game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 1 game on Saturday, September 3

BYU vs USF prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Saturday, September 3


BYU vs USF How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 3
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: BYU (0-0), USF (0-0)
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BYU vs USF Game Preview

Why BYU Will Win

The offense is beyond loaded with experience and talent.

The skill parts are fine – the deep group of backs and veteran receivers are all there for QB Jaren Hall to work with – but it’s the offensive line that should take over early on.

The USF D finished 123rd in the nation, and the biggest problem was against the run – that’s not going to be fixed immediately.

The Bulls bring a slew of veterans for new coordinator Bob Shoop, but there are question marks at tackle and the line as a whole will need a while. BYU’s front five should have an easy time taking advantage of that as it keeps on blasting away.

But …

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Why USF Will Win

USF has the experience on both sides of the ball to be feisty.

The defense might not be there quite yet, but it gets back most of the key starters helped by the 1-2 linebacking punch of Antonio Grier and Dwayne Boyles. The run defense might be a brick wall, but the Bulls will get stops out of those two.

The BYU defense has to generate more of a pass rush and it needs to prove it can hold up better against the run on a regular basis.

If the USF offensive front can get a push early on – it’s one of the team’s better strengths going into the season – the backs should be able to take over and the O can keep the D on the bench.

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What’s Going To Happen

USF will be more interesting than BYU might like.

The Bull offense will have enough moments to make this a battle in the heat and humidity – it’s supposed to be in the 90s and raining in Tampa on Saturday – but the BYU lines will take over.

The steady offensive production of the Cougars will take over in the second half.

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BYU vs USF Prediction, Line

BYU 37, USF 24
Line: BYU -12, o/u: 58.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5

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BYU vs USF Must See Rating: 2.5

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25 Winningest Programs To Not Make The College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff: 25 winningest teams to not make the tournament

What are the 25 winningest programs to not make the College Football Playoff? Here are the top schools in the CFP era to miss out on the fun.


Cincinnati and Michigan were able to make the College Football Playoff last season. Their doors might have been blown off by Alabama and Georgia, respectively, but they at least brought some new energy to the mini-tournament.

The College Football Playoff has only been around for eight seasons and just 13 schools – Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington – have played in it and just five won it all.

That means 90% of the FBS college football programs haven’t been in the post-season – at least the version that matters – since this grand experiment started.

That’s the equivalent of only 36 college basketball programs making the NCAA Tournament over the last eight years – which is a good idea, by the way, but I digress.

What college football programs were able to win a lot of games over the last eight years without the playoff payoff? 25 have won 60 or more games in eight seasons – averaging 7.5 a year, but it’s better than that considering some played a short schedule in 2020 – without getting the call.

If you didn’t get to 60 victories – no Texas, or Tennessee, or Nebraska, Michigan State, or North Carolina – you don’t get on the list. So with that, here are the 25 winningest teams to not make the College Football Playoff.

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25. USC

Wins Since 2014: 60
Best Season in CFP Era: 2017, 11-3, Pac-12 champion, Rose Bowl win
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: Strong

Bottom Line: USC might be last on this list, but it’s got the best shot of going to the College Football Playoff this year with Lincoln Riley and a loaded all-star team ready to roll. The 2020 team would’ve had a case for the CFP if it won the Pac-12 title to finish 6-0 – it lost to Oregon, but no unbeaten Power Five champ has ever been left out. It’s been a disappointing run since going 12-1 in 2008. That’s all about to change.
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T22. NC State

Wins Since 2014: 61
Best Season in CFP Era: 2017, 9-4, Sun Bowl win
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: Possible

Bottom Line: The Wolfpack have been strongly consistent since Dave Doeren took over, but they haven’t been able to get a turn in the ACC Championship mix – being in the same division with Clemson has something to do with that. This should be his best team yet, and if it can somehow get by the Tigers on the road, there’s a real shot at going 12-1 with an ACC Championship and a CFP shot. That’s a massive if, though.
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T22. Miami

Wins Since 2014: 61
Best Season in CFP Era: 2017, 10-3, ACC Championship loss, Orange Bowl loss
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: Slim

Bottom Line: Miami flirted with something fun in 2017 with a 10-0 start before losing the last three games. However, had it beaten Clemson in the ACC Championship – it lost 38-3 – it would’ve been in the CFP. This year’s schedule is too tough for a reloading team – with road games at Clemson and Texas A&M – but new head coach Mario Cristobal might just restore the glory in a hurry.
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T22. Western Michigan

Wins Since 2014: 61
Best Season in CFP Era: 2016, 13-1, MAC champion, Cotton Bowl loss
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: None

Bottom Line: Now-Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck led the way to a phenomenal 13-0 regular season with a MAC title in 2016, and it still wasn’t enough to get near the College Football Playoff. The Broncos have been good ever since, but they haven’t been able to come close to repeating the glory. They’ll be strong this season, but even if they can win at Michigan State and against Pitt – and can run through the MAC unbeaten – it still shouldn’t be enough for a CFP shot.
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Independents Preseason Predictions For Every Game: Preview 2022

College Football News Independent preseason predictions for every game, predicted order of finish, and lookahead to the 2022 season.

The world of the independent college football programs will soon get a tad smaller with Liberty and New Mexico State off to Conference USA in 2023, BYU diving into the Big 12, and Notre Dame joining …

Maybe not yet on the Fighting Irish, but before the independents start finding homes in desperate conferences looking for members, they almost all once again have interesting schedules.

Notre Dame and BYU will make the most noise – as always – with so many high-profile showdowns, but Army could be the most interesting independent. If it can beat Coastal Carolina on the road to start the season, look out. At Wake Forest and the date against Air Force in Arlington, Texas are the only times the Knights should be the underdog.

BYU and Notre Dame play each other in Las Vegas, UMass and New Mexico State play each other, Army plays UConn and UMass, and Liberty plays UConn, UMass, and New Mexico State. And UConn and UMass go at it.

There’s obviously no conference championship to play for, so …

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Army Black Knights

2022 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2021: 9-4, Prediction: 9-3
2020: 9-3, 2019: 5-8, 2018: 11-2

Sept 3 at Coastal Carolina  L
Sept 10 UTSA W
Sept 17 Villanova W
Sept 24 OPEN DATE
Oct 1 Georgia State W
Oct 8 at Wake Forest  L
Oct 15 Colgate W
Oct 22 ULM W
Oct 29 OPEN DATE
Nov 5 Air Force (in Arlington, TX) W
Nov 12 at Troy W
Nov 19 UConn W
Nov 26 at UMass W
Dec 3 OPEN DATE
Dec 10 Navy (in Philadelphia, PA) W

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BYU Cougars

2022 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2021: 10-3, Prediction: 7-5
2020: 11-1, 2019: 7-6, 2018: 7-6

Sept 3 at USF W
Sept 10 Baylor W
Sept 17 at Oregon  L
Sept 24 Wyoming W
Sept 30 Utah State W
Oct 8 Notre Dame (in Las Vegas)  L
Oct 15 Arkansas W
Oct 22 at Liberty W
Oct 29 East Carolina W
Nov 5 at Boise State  L
Nov 12 OPEN DATE
Nov 19 Dixie State W
Nov 26 at Stanford  L

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Liberty Flames

2022 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2021: 8-5, Prediction: 11-1
2020: 10-1, 2019: 8-5, 2018: 6-6

Sept 3 at Southern Miss W
Sept 10 UAB W
Sept 17 at Wake Forest  L
Sept 24 Akron W
Oct. 1 at Oklahoma State  L
Oct 8 at UMass W
Oct 15 Gardner-Webb W
Oct 22 BYU  L
Oct 29 OPEN DATE
Nov 5 at Arkansas  L
Nov 12 at UConn W
Nov 19 Virginia Tech  L
Nov 26 New Mexico State W

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New Mexico State Aggies

2022 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2021: 2-10, Prediction: 2-10
2020: 1-1, 2019: 2-10, 2018: 3-9 

Aug 27 Nevada  L
Sept 1 at Minnesota  L
Sept 10 at UTEP  L
Sept 17 at Wisconsin  L
Sept 24 Hawaii  L
Sept 30 FIU W
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 15 New Mexico  L
Oct 22 San Jose State  L
Oct 29 at UMass  L
Nov 5 OPEN DATE
Nov 12 at Lamar W
Nov 19 at Missouri  L
Nov 26 Liberty  L

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish

2022 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2021: 11-2, Prediction: 10-2
2020: 10-2, 2019: 11-2, 2018: 12-1 

Sept 3 at Ohio State  L
Sept 10 Marshall W
Sept 17 Cal W
Sept 24 at North Carolina W
Oct 1 OPEN DATE
Oct 8 BYU (in Las Vegas) W
Oct 15 Stanford W
Oct 22 UNLV W
Oct 29 at Syracuse W
Nov 5 Clemson  L
Nov 12 Navy (in Baltimore) W
Nov 19 Boston College W
Nov 26 at USC  L

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UConn Huskies

2022 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2021: 1-11, Prediction: 3-9
2020: 0-0, 2019: 2-10, 2018: 1-11 

Aug 27 at Utah State  L
Sept 3 Central Connecticut State W
Sept 10 Syracuse  L
Sept 17 at Michigan  L
Sept 24 at NC State  L
Oct 1 Fresno State  L
Oct 8 at FIU L
Oct 15 at Ball State  L
Oct 22 OPEN DATE
Oct 29 Boston College  L
Nov 5 UMass W
Nov 12 Liberty  L
Nov 19 at Army  L
Nov 26 OPEN DATE

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UMass Minutemen

2022 Preseason Prediction: 1-11
2021: 1-11, Prediction: 2-10
2020: 0-4, 2019: 1-11, 2018: 4-8 

Sept 3 at Tulane  L
Sept 10 at Toledo  L
Sept 17 Stony Brook W
Sept 24 at Temple  L
Oct 1 at Eastern Michigan  L
Oct 8 Liberty  L
Oct 15 Buffalo  L
Oct 22 OPEN DATE
Oct 29 at New Mexico State  L
Nov 5 at UConn  L
Nov 12 at Arkansas State  L
Nov 19 Texas A&M  L
Nov 26 Army  L

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Who are the best players among the independents going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-Independent team and top 30 players.

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2022 Preseason CFN Independent Offensive Player of the Year

TE Michael Mayer, Jr. Notre Dame

No, he’s not the receiver or big play target Brock Bowers of Georgia is, and there are plenty of other great tight ends coming into the season, but the 6-4, 251-pound veteran will get more than his share of the spotlight as one of the season’s biggest stars.

The future NFL starter caught 71 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns last season after making 42 in 2020. Now it’s salary drive time as he pushes to be a high first round draft pick with his physical style, blocking, and pass catching skills. He can do it all.

2022 Preseason CFN Independent Defensive Player of the Year

LB Andre Carter, Jr. Army

Yeah, yeah, yeah, a slew of Notre Dame defensive players probably should be fighting it out for this spot – Isaiah Foskey is fantastic; he’s the better pro prospect and more talented overall player – but Army’s special pass rusher gets the top nod assuming he can come close to matching the production of last year.

Who led the nation in sacks? Alabama’s Will Anderson had the most, but it was Carter who had the most sacks per game – 1.19 compared to 1.17 – to go along with his 44 tackles, four forced fumbles, and 18.5 tackles for loss.

No, he didn’t play an SEC schedule like Anderson, and he didn’t deal with the slate that Foskey had to, but he came up with big plays against Wisconsin and in the bowl win over Missouri, and the production was steady. Expect him to keep it all going as the star of an Army team with a defense to match the deadly rushing attack from the other side – almost.

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Independent Team: Offense

QB Jaren Hall, Jr. BYU

RB Ellis Merriweather, Sr. UMass

RB Tyrell Robinson, Jr. Army

WR Caleb Snead, Sr. Liberty

WR Puka Nacua, Jr. BYU

TE Michael Mayer, Jr. Notre Dame

OT Blake Fisher, Soph. Notre Dame

OG Clark Barrington, Jr. BYU

C Cam Reddy, Sr. Liberty

OG Jarrett Patterson, Sr. Notre Dame

OT Blake Freeland, Jr. BYU

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Independent Team: Defense

DE TreShaun Clark, Jr. Liberty

DT Jacob Lacy, Sr. Notre Dame

DT Jayson Ademilola, Sr. Notre Dame

DE Isaiah Foskey, Jr. Notre Dame

LB JD Bertrand, Jr. Notre Dame

LB Andre Carter, Jr. Army

LB Keenan Pili, Jr. BYU

CB Cam Hart, Sr. Notre Dame

S Brandon Joseph, Sr. Notre Dame

S Javon Scruggs, Sr. Liberty

CB Clarence Lewis, Jr. Notre Dame

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Independent Team: Special Teams

PK Ethan Albertson, Jr. New Mexico State

P Ryan Rehkow, Soph BYU

KR Brian Brewton, Soph. UConn

PR Hobbs Nyberg, Soph. BYU

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College Football News 2022 Preseason Top 30 Independent Players

30. Kaleb Hayes, CB Sr. BYU

29. Trevor Brohard, LB Sr. New Mexico State

28. TreShaun Clark, DE Jr. Liberty

27. Joe Alt, OT Soph. Notre Dame

26. Caleb Snead, WR Sr. Liberty

25. Chris Tyree, RB Jr. Notre Dame

24. Marquel Broughton, S Sr. Army

23. Jack Kiser, LB Sr. Notre Dame

22. Jakobi Buchanan, FB Sr. Army

21. Blake Fisher, OT Soph. Notre Dame

20. Tyrell Robinson, RB Jr. Army

19. Chris Ojoh, LB Sr. New Mexico State

18. Josh Wallace, CB Jr. UMass

17. Clarence Lewis, CB Jr. Notre Dame

16. Puka Nacua, WR Jr. BYU

15. Ellis Merriweather, RB Sr. UMass

14. Payton Wilgar, LB Jr. BYU

13. Jackson Mitchell, LB Soph. UConn

12. Keenan Pili, LB Jr. BYU

11. Tyler Buchner, QB Soph. Notre Dame

10. JD Bertrand, LB Jr. Notre Dame

9. Javon Scruggs, S Sr. Liberty

8. Cam Hart, CB Sr. Notre Dame

7. Jaren Hall, QB Jr. BYU

6. Blake Freeland, OT Jr. BYU

5. Jarrett Patterson, C/OG Sr. Notre Dame

4. Brandon Joseph, S Sr. Notre Dame

3. Michael Mayer, TE Jr. Notre Dame

2. Isaiah Foskey, DE Jr. Notre Dame

1. Andre Carter, LB Jr. Army

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BYU Cougars Preview 2022

They’re not there quite yet.

It’s going to be easy to write this season off as the warm-up before finally joining a Power Five conference – going to the Big 12 next season – but there’s way too much talent, way too much experience, and way too many big opportunities for this year to be anything less than special.

The Cougars were a thrilling loss to Coastal Carolina away from going unbeaten in 2020, and last year they won the “Pac-12 Championship” with victories over Utah, Arizona State, Utah, Washington State, and USC in a fun ten-win campaign.

Now it’s time for the program to prove it can take things up a few notches.

Yeah, all those wins over Pac-12 teams were great, and rolling to a 66-49 victory over Virginia was fun, and taking down Mountain West champ Utah State was terrific …

So how does that team lose a bowl game to a good-but-not-killer UAB?

There were a slew of injuries that didn’t help in the midseason losses to Boise State and Baylor, but this time around there’s more depth, more options, and more talent to make a huge splash before the big move.

There isn’t a conference championship to play for, and there isn’t a date against Utah to use as a chest-thumping moment, but the team and schedule are strong enough to push for a New Year’s Six bowl.

21 wins over the last two seasons was a whole lot of fun.

Now it’s time for BYU to expect more.

BYU Cougars Preview 2022: Offense

The offense wasn’t always explosive, but it was efficient. It wasn’t always consistent, but it was great at moving the chains and keeping the big mistakes to a minimum. It wasn’t always clutch, but it finished the year 17th in the nation overall and 29th in scoring.

And now it’s loaded.

The offensive line might be among the program’s best ever if the tackles play up to the hype. The combination of tackle Blake Freeland and guard Blake Barrington on the left side should be dominant – BYU was among the best teams in the nation in pass protection. The best of the bunch though might be Oregon transfer Kingsley Suamataia – he’s a future NFL starter who’ll work at right tackle for now.

The strong front five doesn’t have Tyler Allgeier to block for anymore, but the running game will be more than fine. Cal transfer Christopher Brooks will be an instant fit, and 215-pound veteran Lopina Katoa can add some work. Also able to add to the running game …

QB Jaren Hall is on the verge of being special. He’s not Zach Wilson, but he’s improving as a passer – throwing for 2,583 yards and 20 touchdowns with five picks – and he’s great on the move. Now he has to stay healthy with backup Baylor Romney leaving football to start his real job career.

Gunner Romney, though, is back along with Puka Nacua to form a deadly 1-2 punch. Those two combined for close to 1,400 yards and nine touchdowns, and they’re not alone. It’s a deep corps, and tight ends Isaac Rex and Dallin Holker can catch.

The offense will be great, and now …

BYU Cougars Preview 2022: Defense

The defense has to be better. It has the talent, and it has the experience, but the D that allowed 388 yards and 25 points per game needs to generate more of a pass rush and has to be far tougher against the run.

There weren’t too many issues overall. Virginia and Baylor were the only two teams to hit the 500-yard mark, and Baylor beat the Cavaliers. There weren’t too many problems with everyone else, but …

Again, the defense needs to be better, and it will be. It starts with getting healthy parts back to what should be a loaded linebacking corps. Payton Wilgar and Keenan Pili return after getting hurt – they should combine for well over 100 tackles.

Combine them with 2021’s leading tackler Ben Bywater and with second-leading tackler Max Tooley playing a hybrid role, and look out.

Now the pass rush has to be there. The Cougars only generated 20 sacks and 64 tackles for loss, and just three players registered more than 1.5 sacks – Tyler Batty is back after leading the way with only 3.5 sacks. However, there’s size, depth, and there should be a solid rotation for the 4-2-5 alignment.

The secondary did a good job despite the lack of a pass rush. The corner tandem of Kaleb Hayes and D’Angelo Mandell is experienced and outstanding, and the safeties are diverse and versatile. There are a whole lot of ways to play around with the deep lineup.

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