Where is the trap game for BYU Football in 2022?

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Jan 1, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Malik Hornsby (4) rushes with the ball during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the 2022 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Could be a Trap Game

South Florida, Arkansas, Boise State, Utah State, and Stanford 

For each of these games they will be only in a certain situation. For example, if BYU is 8-3 going into Stanford, this game would go into the ‘Not a trap game’ category.

South Florida – Are the Cougars looking ahead? That can be tough to do in week one when the season is just starting, but it is possible. With Baylor and Oregon the following two weeks, it is possible that BYU may just look ahead and get punched in the mouth early. This sort of happened last season with Arizona in week one. The Cougars should have beaten Arizona by three scores, but with Utah looming in week two, I think BYU was looking ahead just a bit and the Cougars were only one pick six or costly fumble from things getting weird.

Arkansas – If BYU loses to Notre Dame, then I feel bad for the Razorbacks. If the Cougars beat the Irish, and especially if they are 6-0, watch out for a let-down game. The Hogs are one of the most improved teams in the country, but because of so much negative coverage while Chad Morris was the coach (losing 19 straight SEC games), the stereotype around Arkansas is still pretty bad. As someone who lives in Arkansas and follows the Hogs myself, I can confidently say, this may be BYU’s second toughest game of the season. Arkansas’ quarterback KJ Jefferson is essentially a Tyler Allgeier who can throw the ball. If the defense isn’t locked in, Jefferson will be unstoppable.

Boise State – Boise State isn’t very happy with BYU. After all, if not for BYU, they may have been the ones invited to the Big 12. BYU has also become the Broncos’ rival and has been in some years there best win. All of that is ending with BYU leaving. In other words, Boise State really wants to win this game and if BYU is looking ahead to the BYE week right after the game, this could be an ugly game. This game takes place in November when it could be dark and cold. When you’ve got a team who wants to win more than anything and another looking forward to the week to recover al while in a snow storm, you can see why this could be a trap game.

Utah State – This game is just funky. It takes place on a Thursday and it is right before Notre Dame and Arkansas. With the mentality that USU is the little brother, this could end up being a trap game, especially because of the rivalry ending for the foreseeable future and Utah State wanting to keep the Wagon Wheel for a long time.

Stanford – How many times have we seen the undefeated team get to the last game of the season before losing to a team that had no business beating them? If BYU is on the verge of a NY6 bowl with an 10-1 or better record, this could be a trap game. Sometimes teams get so caught up watching what is going around them, that they forget to finish their own game. If BYU isn’t in this situation, then this likely isn’t a trap game.

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