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Opponent Notebook: Week 8 Results

Here’s your weekly roundup of how BYU’s once-and-future opponents fared in Week 8 of the college football season.

VIRGINIA (2-5)

LOST 35-22 vs Duke

BYU’s loss to UVA continues to sour. The Cavilers jumped out to a 22-0 lead but then proceeded to give up 35 unanswered points. It’s one thing to lose and it’s another to lose a game after leading by 22 points. Things really look bad for UVA as they face the heart of their ACC schedule (Clemson, Miami, VT, Georgia Tech) in the next few games. At this point it will take a miracle for them to become bowl eligible. Then again, the Cavs did beat BYU.
Next week: vs. Georgia Tech (4-3)

 

TEXAS (4-2)

BYE
Next week: at TCU (3-4)

 

UTAH (4-3)

LOST 35-24 at Arizona

As I said last week, this Utah defense is two-faced. After their physical performance against Stanford, they let Arizona run wild as the Utes gave up 300 yards on the ground. It was a tough break losing Travis Wilson (and Travis Williams) for the second half, but it’s still tough to win when you give up 35 points. If the Utes want to avoid another losing season, their defense needs to step up in a big way.
Next week: @ USC (4-3)

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE (3-4)

BYE
Next week: vs Marshall (4-2)

 

UTAH STATE (4-4)

WON 45-10 at New Mexico

Joey DeMartino had a huge game for the Aggies, who bounced back from consecutive losses to trounce the Lobos 45-10. DeMartino ran for three touchdowns and 144 yards on 12 carries and also caught three passes for 41 yards and a score. If Utah State can get consistent play from Darell Garretson the rest of the season then they could cruise. They wrap their season with games against Hawaii, UNLV, Colorado State and Wyoming.
Next week: BYE

 

GEORGIA TECH (4-3)

WON 56-0 vs. Syracuse

Yikes. The Yellow Jackets took out the frustration of  three straight losses and dominated Syracuse 56-0. Fourteen different GT players got carries in the game and they amassed 394 yards on the ground while the Orange could only muster 75. Tech QB Vad Lee was also perfect through the air going 3-3 for 88 yards and a score.
Next week: at Virginia (2-5)

 

HOUSTON (5-1)

LOST 47-46 vs BYU
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Next week: at Rutgers (4-2)

 

BOISE STATE (5-2)

WON 34-17 vs Nevada

Things were looking bleak for the Broncos when QB Joe Southwick went down on the first offensive play from scrimmage with a broken ankle. Nevada went up 17-7 at half, but then Jay Ajayi just went off. The sophomore running back busted off a career high 222 yards on the ground including two second half scores that helped Boise State take the lead. Backup QB Grant Hedrick also ran the ball well as he went for 115 yards on eight carries for two scores. Looks like the BYU defense will have to prepare for some ground and pound on Friday.
Next week: vs. BYU (5-2)

 

#25 WISCONSIN (5-2)

WON 55-32 at Illinois

For those Wisconsin fans that were convinced that Gary Anderson wouldn’t be able to replicate the offensive attack that Brett Bielema provided, feel free to serve yourself some crow. The Badgers ran for six touchdowns while Joel Stave was an efficient 16-21 for 189 yards and two TD strikes. No lack of offense up in Madison.
Next week: @ Iowa (4-3)

 

IDAHO STATE (3-4)

LOST 39-30 vs. Northern Arizona

Despite three touchdowns and 390 yards passing from Justin Arias, the Bengals fell to the mighty Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona. NAU running back Zach Bauman had himself a day. The workhorse ran the ball 28 times for 266 yards and two TD’s AND he lead the team with seven receptions for 58 yards and a score.
Next week: at Southern Utah (5-3)

 

NOTRE DAME (5-2)

WON 14-10 at USC

While it was all kinds of ugly in South Bend, the Irish took care of business aginst USC. Tommy Rees was knocked out of the game with a neck strain and his replacement Andrew Hendrix was unproductive to say the least. With an easy strech of games against Air Force, Navy and Pitt, Notre Dame should come into their matchup agaisnt BYU at 8-2. Of course by me saying this, the Irish will probably lose their next three games. 
Next Week
: at Air Force (1-6)

 

NEVADA (3-4)

LOST 34-17 at Boise State

The Wolf Pack were unable to hold on to its 17-7 halftime lead as they were shut out by the Bronco defense in the second half. 
Next week:
vs UNLV (4-3)

 

This Week: 5-5

Overall: 47-36 (.566)
FBS Only: 35-32 (.522)
W/O BYU game: 45-31 (.592)