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Opponent Notebook: Week 1 Results

Here’s your weekly roundup of how BYU’s once-and-future opponents fared in Week 1 of the college football season.

WON vs BYU 19-16
The Cavaliers were fortunate to get a win this week against BYU after their offense only mustered 223 total yards. Their defense and special teams gave UVA great field position, with both of their touchdown drives starting in the red zone. Don’t expect their next opponent, Oregon, to do them favors this week. This one could (and probably will) get ugly.
Game Recap  |  Video Reaction  |  5 Reasons Not To Panic
Next week: vs #3 Oregon (1-0)

#15 TEXAS (1-0)
WON 56-7 over New Mexico State
With 2:28 left in the second quarter, New Mexico State took a 7-0 lead. Yes, that New Mexico State team that BYU scorched 50-14 last year. The first half struggles, which included three turnovers, ended for the Longhorns when David Ash connected with John Harris for a 54 yard TD. The route was on from there as Texas rolled to 714 total yards. With Ash throwing for four touchdowns of 25 yards or more, look for them to try more of the same facing BYU’s untested cornerbacks.
Next week: at BYU (0-1)

UTAH (1-0)
WON 30-26 over Utah State
Say what you will about Kyle Whittingham — his teams play with composure. After USU went up 23-14 in the third quarter, it looked like Chuckie Keeton and company were going to take down the Utes with ease. Instead of folding, Utah played its best ball in the second half, converting on every opportunity and not making mistakes. Their offense looked improved, but don’t sleep on Dennis Erickson and his ability to produce highly undisciplined squads.
Next week: at Weber State (1-0)

WON 45-24 over Western Carolina
Conference USA’s (yes, Conference USA is actually still a conference…as of 7:34 a.m.) newest member handled Western Carolina. Jordan Parker and William Pratcher rushed for 156 and 71 yards, respectively, against the struggling Catamounts, who have lost 11 straight games. MTSU faces a stiffer team hailing from one of the Carolinas next week as they head to Chapel Hill to face the Tar Heels of UNC.
Next week: vs. North Carolina (0-1)

LOST 30-26 to Utah
This was a heartbreaker for the Aggies, who looked great on both sides of ball despite the loss. Just know that USU will be able to play with anyone on their schedule. OK FINE, I AM PREDICTING THAT USU WILL GO UNDEFEATED IN CONFERENCE PLAY. You heard it here first. Unless it doesn’t happen. Then you heard nothing.
Next week: at Air Force (1-0)

70-0 over Elon
ON NO! GEORGIA TECH PUT UP 70 POINTS! HOW ARE WE GOING TO KEEP UP WITH THAT? OUR OFFENSE CAN’T EVEN… Oh, what? They played against Elon? The same team who won one game in the mighty Southern Conference last year? Yeah, we should really reconsider our chances against the Yellow Jackets because they slaughtered a team that most of us could play for.
Next week: vs. Duke (1-0)

62-13 over Southern
See above.
Next week: at Temple (0-1)

LOST 38-6 at Washington
Joe Southwick looked a lot like, well, Joe Southwick in their loss to UW. Some people are chalking it up to the fact that Washington was playing in newly remodeled Husky Stadium for the first time, but the Broncos’ offense looked BYU-esque, meaning that we could be in for another 7-6 barn-burner when BSU comes to town in October.
Next week: vs. Tennessee-Martin (1-0)

WON 45-0 over UMASS
Gary Andersen’s squad did exactly what it was expected to do against the Minutemen on Saturday. The Badgers ran for almost 400 yards, leaving fans no doubt that their new head coach will be committed to the ground game. Is this a team that can compete for a Big Ten title? Let’s see how they fair against Arizona State in Tempe on the 14th.
Next week: vs. Tennessee Tech (1-0)

Next week: at Dixie State (0-0)

#14 NOTRE DAME (1-0)
WON 28-6 over Temple
Notre Dame looked like they were playing things a little close to the vest against Temple. They were able to put up 543 yards of total offense but never looked particularly dominant against the Owls. Look for this weekend’s game against Michigan to be a better litmus test.
Next week: vs. #17 Michigan (1-0)

NEVADA (0-1)
LOST 58-20 at UCLA
The Wolf Pack kept pace with the Bruins until after halftime; then UCLA outscored them 41-7. The result of this game led me to a very (OK, maybe not very) important question: If the Nevada mascot is the Wolf Pack, shouldn’t they have multiple mascots representing the actual “pack” at their games? Things to ponder at night.
Next week: vs UC Davis (0-1)

This Week: 8-3
Overall: 8-3 (.727)
FBS Only: 5-3 (.625)
W/O BYU game: 7-3 (.700)