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Opponent Notebook: Week 9 Results

Here’s your weekly roundup of how BYU’s once-and-future opponents fared in Week 9 of the college football season.

VIRGINIA (2-6)

LOST 35-25 vs Georgia Tech

UVA was able to put up good numbers on offense but its defense just didn’t have an answer for the triple option attack of Georgia Tech. Mike London might be coaching for his job if he goes the rest of the season without a victory in the ACC, and it doesn’t look good considering the Cavilers now face the tougher half of those conference games.
Next week: vs. #9 Clemson (7-1)

 

TEXAS (5-2)

WON 30-7 at TCU

For the second time this season, Texas experienced a lengthy weather delay, only this time the Longhorns came out victorious. Still, Texas fans were outraged with Mack Brown when he decided to pull off the redshirt of talented freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. Regardless, the Longhorns remain unbeaten in the Big 12 (4-0) and play Oklahoma State and Texas Tech at home. The biggest challenge will be going to Waco to face Baylor. Go ahead and circle the calendar for that game.
Next week: vs Kansas (2-5)

 

UTAH (4-4)

LOST 19-3 at USC

I had the misfortune of seeing this game in the flesh. Unless you really enjoyed field goal attempts, it was tough to watch this offensive struggle. Travis Wilson didn’t look anything like the quarterback that beat BYU and Stanford. They can blame injuries or a porous offensive line, but more than anything his confidence has just plummeted. The USC fans I was sitting with were complaining about the inabilities of Cody Kessler until about the 3rd quarter when they said, “Well at least we don’t have their QB.” It doesn’t get any easier for the Utes as they face ASU at home next week.
Next week: vs. Arizona State (5-2)

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE (4-4)

WON 51-49 vs. Marshall

The Blue Raiders bounced back with a dramatic last second victory over Marshall when Logan Kilgore tossed a nine yard touchdown pass to Tavarres Jefferson as time expired. After blowing a ten point lead in the fourth quarter, Middle Tennessee was able to drive down the field in 2:29 and get a much needed victory.
Next week: at UAB (2-5)

 

UTAH STATE (4-4)

BYE

Next week: vs. Hawaii (0-7)

 

GEORGIA TECH (5-3)

WON 35-25 at Virginia

The Yellow Jackets were back in fine triple option form on Saturday as they came away with a victory in Charlottesville. GT had three rushers got for over 100 yards and was able to hold UVA to 68 yards on the ground.  Tech will look to lock up a bowl birth this week as it hosts Pitt.
Next week: vs Pittsburgh (4-3)

 

HOUSTON (6-1)

WON 49-14 at Rutgers

Good gravy. I mean, I hoped that Houston would fair well the rest of the way, but now I have hope that they could go unbeaten. The Cougars dismantled a Rutgers defense that only gave up 24 points to (once) mighty Louisville. John O’Korn did his best Case Keenum impression, throwing for 346 yards, 5 TD’s and zero picks. It’s good thing BYU plays Houston at home next season with a hopefully healthy Jordan Johnson and Trent Trammel.
Next week: vs. South Florida (2-5)

 

BOISE STATE (5-3)

LOST 37-20 at BYU
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Next week: at Colorado State (4-4)

 

#24 WISCONSIN (5-2)

BYE

Next week: @ Iowa (5-3)

 

IDAHO STATE (3-5)

LOST 19-9 vs. Southern Utah

Tough go for the Bengals as they fall to regional rival SUU. It’s never going to go well when you only run for 13 yards.
Next week: vs #3 Eastern Washington (6-2)

 

#25 NOTRE DAME (6-2)

WON 45-10 at Air Force

After getting knocked out of last week’s contest against USC, Tommy Rees was able to bounce back in style as he threw five touchdown passes. More importantly, we should note the downward spiral of Air Force, who used to give teams like Notre Dame a run for their money. Now the Falcons are 1-7 and 0-4 in MWC play. Troy Calhoun is still a fantastic coach, but going win-less against FBS teams (their lone victory was against Colgate) things are looking dicey.
Next Week
: at Navy (4-3)

 

NEVADA (3-5)

LOST 27-22 vs UNLV

Where have you gone, Chris Ault? Wolf Pack fans turn their lowly eyes to you. I knew things were bad in Reno, but losing to UNLV for the first time in eight years is just putting it on a whole new level.

Next week: at #16 Fresno State (7-0)

 

This Week: 5-5

Overall: 52-41 (.559)
FBS Only: 40-34 (.541)
W/O BYU game: 50-35 (.588)