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Opponent Notebook: Week 7 Results

Here’s your weekly roundup of how BYU’s once-and-future opponents fared in Week 7 of the college football season.

VIRGINIA (2-4)

LOST 27-26 at Maryland

It looked like UVA was poised to get a nice bounce-back victory on the road against the Terrapins until Virginia kicker Alec Vozenilek’s 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with 10 seconds remaining. The Cavaliers had a 26-20 lead at the 7:11 mark of the 4th quarter but were unable to hold the lead. If UVA has any intentions of making a bowl game, it needs to win next week against Duke.
Next week: vs. Duke (4-2)

 

TEXAS (4-2)

WON 36-20 vs. #11 Oklahoma

Oh, Mack Brown. You really know how to make things difficult. If by some miracle the Longhorns are able to win the rest of their games, then the new athletic director will be all but forced to give Mack another shot. Thus begins the Mack Brown “Keep My Job” tour. The Longhorns got a lot of help from their defense and special teams in beating the Sooners, and they will need more of that if they hope to win their conference (currently sharing the conference lead with undefeateds Texas Tech and Baylor).
Next week: BYE

 

UTAH (4-2)

WON 27-21 vs. #5 Stanford

This Utah team, at least its defense, seems to be very two-faced this season. At their best they are playing physical and forcing turnovers like they did against Stanford, and at their worst they are getting torched through the air like against Oregon State. These next two games against Arizona and USC will be very telling if this game against Stanford was a fluke or if the Utes are finally ready to be relevant in the Pac 12. A huge win for the Utes — continued wins make it a program-changing one.
Next week: @ Arizona (3-2)

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE (3-4)

LOST 34-7 @ North Texas

Things really aren’t looking good for the Middle Tennessee. North Texas dominated on the ground, running for 302 total yards and stifled the MTSU air attack, holding it to a paltry 66 passing yards. Hopefully the Blue Raiders can regroup during the bye week and come back strong in conference play.
Next week: BYE

 

UTAH STATE (3-4)

LOST 34-23 vs. Boise State

It was a rough go for the Aggies as they lost their first game in the Mountain West. For the second straight week the USU secondary was torched, giving up 335 yards through the air. With Chuckie Keeton out for the season, the Aggie defense needs to come up big if they want to contend for the MWC title.
Next week: @ New Mexico (2-4)

 

GEORGIA TECH (3-3)

LOST 38-20 vs. BYU
BYU Wrecks Tech
Next week: vs. Syracuse (3-3)

 

HOUSTON (5-0)

WON 25-15 vs. Memphis

The Cougars were able to improve to 5-0 thanks to some solid defense that forced four turnovers and kept Memphis out of the end zone. Even if Houston does have an incredibly weak schedule (ranging from 86th in the country according to Phil Steele to 135th — worse than some FCS teams — according to Jeff Sagarin), you have to give the Coogs some credit for winning those games. The back half of their schedule is much harder with tough conference games against Rutgers, UCF, and Louisville.
Next week: vs. BYU (4-2) at Reliant Stadium

 

BOISE STATE (4-2)

WON 34-23 at Utah State

Boise State still isn’t showing us the Broncos of 2011, but they are back to their winning ways. Joe Southwick is completing passes at a higher clip and Jay Ajayi is a legit three-down back. They will be a force to be reckoned with when they roll into town on the 25th.
Next week: vs. Nevada (3-3)

 

#25 WISCONSIN (4-2)

WON 35-6 vs. #19 Northwestern

It looked like Northwestern just didn’t have anything left in the tank after its game against Ohio State as the Badgers steamrolled the Wildcats. Melvin Gordon and James White each went over 100 yards rushing and Joel Stave added 241 yards through the air. The Badgers’ 4-2 record is probably the most deceiving in the country. They were robbed of a victory thanks to Pac 12 officiating, and they played Ohio State down to the wire on the road.
Next week: @ Illinois (3-2)

 

IDAHO STATE (3-3)

WON 40-26 vs. Northern Colorado

Justin Arias treated the fine folks of Pocatello with a spectacular air show this weekend as he threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns. (Side note: It’s sad to see what has happened to the Bears of Northern Colorado. Back in the late 90’s they dominated the DII ranks, winning national championships in 1996-97. Who was their fearless leader? None other than former Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn.)
Next week: @ Northern Arizona (4-2)

 

NOTRE DAME (4-2)

BYE
Next Week: vs. USC (4-2)

 

NEVADA (3-3)

BYE
Next week: @ Boise State (4-2)

 

This Week: 6-4

Overall: 42-31 (.575)
FBS Only: 30-28 (.517)
W/O BYU game: 40-27 (.597)