BYU Athletic Director, Tom Holmoe lives by a motto in his life, “Hard is Good”. Hard doesn’t begin to describe the difficult task ahead of this 2013 edition of the BYU Football squad. Holmoe put together the hardest schedule in the history of the program.
In a world of Independence, where 10-2 seasons mean nothing against inferior opponents, hard is good, and important.
So how can success be measured as an Independent? Two seasons in, BYU fans are still trying to figure that out. Last season was an 8-5 season that saw the Cougars face nearly half their schedule against teams who finished in the AP Top 25, but to the pundits and fans it was still a mediocre season.
Is more wins needed? Nine, maybe 10 wins? Or what about extending the current school-record bowl-winning streak from four to five? Top 25 finish? What is deemed a success as an Independent?
Here’s three things that I feel will make the 91st season of Cougar Football a smashing success.
- #1 Establish An Offensive Identity
Didn’t expect this did you? One of the biggest frustrations amongst Cougar Nation the past few seasons has been the lack of consistency on the Offensive side of the ball. BYU is one of the storied programs in College Football when it comes to offense. The fact that BYU had a Top five defense statistically last year, yet in most games the near shut-outs were not enough to get the win. Made the offensive struggles that much tougher to swallow. Compound that with the fact that there was plenty of capable talent to work with offensively. That’s why Coach Doman is out of a job and a new offensive staff is in place.
This is a young offense with many players who are taking on significant roles this season. Most notably, QB Taysom Hill, who has been dubbed the next Tim Tebow by The Sporting News. Hill in this new Robert Anae “Go Fast. Go Hard.” attack could put on quite the show for Cougar fans, and could show promise for years to come.
- #2 Beat Utah
It’s pretty simple, BYU must beat Utah. Fans that downplay the game, I scoff at you. This is the biggest game in 2013. Yes, a win at Notre Dame or Wisconsin would be huge. But BYU must take down the rival before the rivalry goes on a two-year hiatus. Kyle Van Noy and Cody Hoffman could leave Provo after this season without a win over the Utes if they don’t get this win. Losing four in a row to your in-state rival isn’t good for business. That just can’t happen.
- #3 Win Nine Games
When was the last time you looked at a BYU Football schedule and said there is 10 or 11 games that BYU isn’t a guaranteed win? I will answer for you, never. This is the toughest schedule in BYU history. The names, the venues, the national TV, it will be a grand spectacle for Cougar fans to watch this season.
If BYU gets a 9-3 finish with this schedule, they then have a possibility to win a 10th game against a Pac-12 opponent in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. All of a sudden, BYU is looking like a prime candidate to have a Top 25 finish in the final polls. Nine wins would be a huge step in the right direction for the program. Every game on this schedule is tough, but winnable.
Cougar fans, sound off! What will make the 2013 season a success in your opinion? Post your comments below or tweet us @LawlessRepublic / @Cougar_Center.