For true success, BYU will need to overcome slow starts


Cougars are a perfect 3-0 – but still have some issues to work out

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brigham Young Cougars full-back Masen Wake (13) is shot down by the Arizona defense during football action between the Brigham Young Cougars and the Arizona State Sun Devils at the stadium LaVell Edwards from Provo, on Saturday Sept. 7, 18, 2021.

So far, BYU football has made its way into a national ranking and a 3-0 start. But, if the Cougars hope to continue their success, they’re going to have to start producing offensively much sooner.

With the exception of Saturday’s super-quick touchdown (which was the result of good special teams play), we’ve seen this in all three games before: BYU even struggles to get the first downs and ends up kicking the first couple or a few trips, but halfway through the second quarter, the Cougars start to pull at full speed.

It won’t work forever.

As we saw on Saturday, the teams are able to come together at the end of the match. Add to that the extreme physicality of the game, which resulted in multiple injuries – luckily most were only minor – and you won’t want to have to test your depth towards the end of the game when you could have tucked it away more. early.

Sure, the Cougars have already been through one of the toughest potions on the calendar seemingly unscathed, but anything can happen at any time.

BYU’s defense was stable throughout three games, allowing just 16, 17 and 17 points against Arizona, Utah and Arizona State, respectively.

If the defense can continue to be as dominant as it used to be and the offense can pick up sooner, then expect the Cougars to be heading for a Top 10 spot in the coming weeks.

From what’s left of the 2021 schedule, I’d say BYU’s toughest games are Virginia, Baylor, and USC. If they can have victories against these teams, I guess anything is possible for this BYU team.

Quick shots

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