Well, someone had to do it.
Busting into the playoff!
Busting into the playoff!
Biggest issue in my opinion, because with such little familiarity, coaches won't trust him to make complicated reads. Things will be simple, and eventually be easy to pick up on.Magnum has played well, but I'm wondering how well he'll sustain it as opponents acquire material to scout him.
It is worth acknowledging the obvious here, which is that BYU isn’t like any other college football program in America, largely because BYU doesn’t resemble any other university in America. The run of success LaVell Edwards enjoyed in the 1970s and 1980s had a tremendous impact both on the future of college football — Edwards’s pass-heavy offensive scheme essentially prefigured the spread revolution of today — and on the public perception of the LDS faith, which is a large part of what BYU aspires to in fielding a major-college football team: The Cougars are a live-action advertisement for a religion.
And so it feels fitting that BYU’s hero of the moment is a backup quarterback who is 22 years old and returned from a Mormon mission to Chile only three months before the season started. That quarterback’s action-hero name is Tanner Mangum, and as with some of his predecessors at the position, he chose to serve his mission before he played football; heading into the season, he was firmly ensconced behind an electric signal-caller named Taysom Hill on the depth chart, but then in the opening game against Nebraska, Hill suffered a season-ending foot injury.
What’s happened next, as you may already know, has been bat**** crazy: Mangum threw a Hail Mary for the game winner against Nebraska, and then last Saturday against Boise State, he did it again; beyond that, he threw some beautiful bombs on the run against perhaps the best non-Power 5 program in the country. Suddenly, after years of dormancy and often just-plain-uninteresting football in the post-Edwards era, BYU is one of the most fascinating and joyful football teams in America, with a wide-open, fearless approach amid one of the toughest September scheduling runs in the country this season, and a coach named Bronco who crowd-surfs in the locker room. And it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.
BYU is one of the most fascinating and joyful football teams in America
This surprises me. I wonder what his ranking would be without the hail Mary type throwsMangum currently sitting at #24 in the country in passer rating with a 167.1.
For some perspective, Taysom Hill was at 131 in the Nebraska game before going down, Josh Rosen is at 142 (the powerhouse that is UNLV caused his to take a hit) and Travis Wilson at 121.
Sample size is small, but we can be encouraged.
Definitely not BYU. BYU is a two TD+ underdog. Most BYU fans, while hopeful, expect to lose. If top 10, PAC12 power, UCLA, loses to BYU, they and their fans will be very much butt hurt.I want whichever team to win that results in the losing team being most butt hurt.
So... Go Cougs?
Yep, definitely one of those things where we have to enjoy the limelight while we can, because it is likely coming to a screeching halt this Saturday evening.The publicity is nice right now...... The ucla game looms very large for any of this publicity to really matter