Ranking BYU’s Opposing Defenses in 2014

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Aug 31, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars running back Jamaal Williams (21) rushes the ball between Virginia Cavaliers safety Anthony Harris (8), linebacker Henry Coley (44) and linebacker Daquan Romero (13) during the first half at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

4. Virginia

Virginia @ BYU Saturday, September 20

The thought of this game brings a rush of emotions to most BYU fans.  Most fans think anger, disappointment, missed opportunities, and revenge when they hear about the Wahoos.  Last year’s game made BYU look completely inept at moving the ball and saw Virginia take advantage of an untimely turnover and win the game late.  A number of factors attributed to BYU’s poor offensive performance including new offense, bad weather, and opening game jitters, but Virginia’s defense deserves some credit as well.  Virginia brings seven of those players back, including four starters in the secondary.  This game will be a good test of Taysom Hill’s accuracy.

Player to Watch:  Anthony Harris, S.  Harris led the nation with 8 interceptions last year, including the interception against BYU that led to the final Virginia score.  Because of his 8 interceptions, 61 tackles, 6 pass break ups, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble, Harris was named a Sports Illustrated All-American for 2013.