BYU Football has the tall task of showing that 2020 wasn’t a fluke and that they are here to stay.
BYU Football is hoping to duplicate what they did in 2020. To do that, they are going to need to be hitting on all cylinders and not make many mistakes. With the national media already disrespecting them, the Cougars are going to have to pull out every trick to post a good record against seven Power Five teams.
Last season, there were quite a few strengths to the team. Wilson’s play making ability, the bend but no break defensive line, and almost unbelievable playmaking ability by the receivers made BYU into the dominant and fun team that they were.
This team is totally different, but also the same. There will 14 new starters this season, and that will change things. It would be unrealistic to hope that whoever the quarterback is will be able to put up the historic kind of numbers that Wilson did. It would also be wrong to assume that the offensive and defensive lines will be as strong as they were in 2020 which has a huge impact on the game.
There are some bright sides though. Most of the coaching staff is back (a huge feat given the success in 2020), the wide receivers are on paper better, and the running game will be even more dangerous. Despite all this, the Cougars really need three things to go right this season that are still in question.