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Opponent Notebook: Week 6 Results

Here’s your weekly roundup of how BYU’s once-and-future opponents fared in Week 6 of the college football season. 

VIRGINIA (2-3)
LOST 48-27 vs. Ball State

The more this season plays out, the more BYU’s loss to Virginia in the first week of the season will sting. Nothing against Ball State, because the Cardinals are a decent football team, but things didn’t look good for the Cavaliers on either side of the ball. Next week, they face a Maryland team who got taken to the woodshed by Florida State.

Next week: at Maryland (4-1)

 

TEXAS (3-2)
WON 31-30 at Iowa State

It doesn’t matter how good your team is, leaving Ames, Iowa with a victory is never easy. Texas squeaked out a win on Thursday night thanks to some help from the officials. Late in the fourth quarter, Jonathan Gray appeared to have fumbled on the 2 yard line before going down to the ground, but the refs ruled he was down before the ball came loose. Cyclones head coach Paul Rhodes was only slightly emotional in his postgame press conference. And by slightly, I mean overly. Next week’s game against OU in the Cotton Bowl will be a big one for Mack Brown. A win against the Sooners could cool his coaching seat which is engulfed with flames at the moment.
Next week: vs. #11 Oklahoma (5-0) in Dallas

 

UTAH (3-2)
LOST 34-27 vs. #12 UCLA

So many things needed to go right for Utah to pull off the upset against UCLA and for a while it looked as if the Utes had the stars align for them. They got great pressure on opposing QB Brett Hundley but in the end it was their own signal caller that turned the game over to the Bruins. Travis Wilson made some big boy throws to keep Utah in the game, but he also forced some balls that ended up costing him to the tune of 6 interceptions.
Next week: vs. #5 Stanford (5-0)

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE (3-3)
LOST 24-17 vs. East Carolina

The Blue Raiders tied the game at the very end of the 3rd quarter, but couldn’t respond after ECU took the lead on a 21-yard TD pass from Shane Carden. Logan Kilgore had another underwhelming game and still hasn’t produced as much as has been expected of the senior.
Next week: at North Texas (2-3)

 

UTAH STATE (3-3)
LOST 31-14 vs. BYU
Cougars Roll Aggies
Next week: vs. Boise State (3-2)

 

GEORGIA TECH (3-2)
LOST 
45-30 at #14 Miami

It seems as if anytime a BYU opponent faces a ranked opponent, they do all that they can to keep to game close but then choke it away in the closing minutes (see Utah vs. UCLA). It looked like the Yellow Jackets had a puncher’s chance in the 4th quarter when they scored a TD that should have tied the game — but a missed PAT spelled doom, and it was all downhill from there. The Hurricanes scored three straight touchdowns, making any kind of comeback impossible.
Next week: vs. BYU (3-2)

 

HOUSTON (4-0)
BYE

Next week: vs. Memphis (1-3)

 

BOISE STATE (3-2)
BYE
Next week: vs. Utah State (3-3)

 

WISCONSIN (3-2)
BYE
Next week: vs. #16 Northwestern (4-1)

 

IDAHO STATE (2-3)
LOST 28-25 at North Dakota

POINT OF INFO: Bengals QB Jordan Arias (no relation to Jodi, at least that we know of) threw the ball 66 times on Saturday. Even the Mets pitching staff thinks that’s a pretty hefty pitch count. And yes, that is the last time I make an obscure baseball reference.
Next week: vs. Northern Colorado (1-5)

 

NOTRE DAME (4-2)
WON vs #22 Arizona State (3-1) in Arlington

What’s this? A BYU opponent that won their game against a ranked team?!? Thanks Notre Dame. I knew we could count of you for something. The Irish looked stout up front as they only gave up 65 yards on the ground and got good pressure on Taylor Kelly. We should be glad that BYU will play ND at the end of the season when Taysom has more positive experiences throwing the football. Not a whole lot gets past that Irish front seven.
Next Week: BYE

 

NEVADA (3-3)
LOST 51-44 in OT vs San Diego State
Losing to San Diego State (a team that trailed to New Mexico State and lost to the mighty Panthers of Eastern Illinois) in overtime after storming back from a 21-point fourth quarter deficit is the absolute worst. Partly because it’s never easy to lose a shootout like that and mostly because it was to a listless Aztec team.
Next week: BYE

 

This Week: 2-7

 

Overall: 36-27 (.571)
FBS Only: 25-24 (.510)
W/O BYU game: 34-24 (.586)