PROVO, Utah – BYU/Utah Tech, it’s a recreation you by no means thought you’d see in your wildest goals. However in some ways, it’s the right finish to dwelling video games at LaVell Edwards Stadium in BYU’s Independence period.
Prolonged Pregame on @kslnewsradio for #BYU vs. Utah Tech.
Senior Day interviews:
– #BYU OL Harris LaChance
– RB Lopini Katoa
– DB Chris Jackson#BYUFootball pic.twitter.com/KxZ2Y37uEC
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) November 19, 2022
Dwelling video games in November for BYU since 2011 have been out of sight and out of thoughts on the nationwide school soccer panorama. At this time is the most recent instance of that.
However this recreation holds significance for BYU for a few causes. For starters, it’s senior day. A whopping 37 BYU gamers can be honored with a senior blanket. Then it’s additionally a recreation that BYU must clinch bowl eligibility. School soccer groups want no less than six wins to qualify for a bowl recreation. BYU comes into Saturday’s tilt with Utah Tech at 5-5.
BYU vs Utah Tech
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. (MT)
Radio: KSL NewsRadio (102.7 FM, 1160 AM – Prolonged pregame begins at 10 a.m.)
Now it’s time for the 3-2-1 recreation preview for in the present day’s matchup between BYU and Utah Tech.
Three Sport Day Ideas
1. Large 12 bye weeks will convey normalcy to BYU soccer schedules
BYU is the one school soccer workforce in America that performed for 10 consecutive weeks with no bye. After an upset victory over Boise State, the momentum from the win then rolled right into a bye in November.
It’s the truth of taking part in an Unbiased schedule. However the Unbiased days are practically numbered as subsequent 12 months will convey an influence 5 schedule to BYU for the primary time as a member of the Large 12 Convention.
With Large 12 membership BYU can have byes in late September or October, principally what everybody else does within the sport.
Why does this matter in the present day? BYU has to come back out of a bye week to play Utah Tech. Usually bye weeks are used to make corrections and put together for a giant opponent. So how dialed in will BYU be in the present day for in the present day’s recreation?
2. If that is it for Jaren Corridor & Puka Nacua, it has been an incredible trip
BYU stars Jaren Corridor and Puka Nacua can be honored in the present day as a part of the 37-player Senior Day record. They will return to BYU for yet another 12 months as a result of COVID 12 months. Except there’s a boatload of NIL cash ready for them subsequent season, it’s laborious to think about turning down the NFL. Each gamers are draft picks, so why not go?
#BYU standouts Puka Nacua and Jaren Corridor nonetheless haven’t selected their subsequent strikes after the 2022 season.#BYUFootball #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/1NCihmWdx2
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) November 18, 2022
Corridor and Nacua are two of the all-time greats at their positions in BYU soccer’s historical past. Nacua is likely to be one of the best receiver to come back via BYU, and Corridor is a top-10 signal-caller.
If that is the ultimate senior day with them in BYU blue, get pleasure from them, Cougar followers, as a result of they’re a dynamic duo with the potential for higher success within the NFL.
3. I’m intrigued by Utah Tech’s offense
Earlier than I dive into this, I would like it to be clear; I imagine BYU will win this recreation. However that is essentially the most intriguing recreation for BYU towards an FCS workforce since they hosted Northern Iowa in 2008. The Trailblazers have offensive firepower on the ability positions, and their offensive coordinator has Energy 5 expertise.
Utah Tech’s “Unfold-N-Shred’ offense is the brainchild of Craig Stutzman. Stutzman was the offensive coordinator at Washington State final 12 months. Resulting from his vaccination standing, not his teaching, he was let go from the Palouse. Stutzman has already led an offense that has crushed BYU previously. That was Hawaii in 2019 within the Hawaii Bowl.
Vast receiver Joey Hobert is a Energy 5 stage expertise that had a suggestion from BYU out of highschool. He’s one of the best receiver within the FCS ranks this 12 months. Don’t be shocked if Utah Tech places up numbers on BYU’s protection, which remains to be flawed regardless of the spectacular breakthrough towards Boise State.
Two BYU vs Utah Tech Questions
1. Will we see Jacob Conover?
If Jaren Corridor is transferring on, who’s the following quarterback for BYU in 12 months one of many Large 12? In an ideal world, the keys are tossed to Jacob Conover, who’s in his third 12 months with this system.
BYU ought to be capable to draw back from Utah Tech early within the third quarter, opening the door for Conover to play. If he does get in, preserve airing it out and let him function. Give him an opportunity to place out some movie and an early audition to be the following QB1 at BYU.
2. Which working again will get the early workload?
In line with BYU working backs coach Harvey Unga, Chris Brooks is predicted to be obtainable in the present day towards the Trailblazers. The identical goes for Miles Davis. So outdoors of Jackson McChesney, BYU ought to have its whole steady of working backs obtainable. Hinckley Ropati was a star within the receiving recreation for BYU towards Boise State, however Lopini Katoa has been a dependable rusher since Brooks left within the Liberty recreation.
My guess could be on Katoa to nonetheless be ball provider primary, with Brooks because the quantity two.
One rating prediction for BYU vs Utah Tech
I anticipate BYU’s offense to place up some large numbers on this recreation. However don’t be shocked if Utah Tech will get its justifiable share of factors. BYU cruises within the second half with the second and third workforce gamers to shut out the ultimate dwelling recreation of the Independence period.
BYU 59, Utah Tech 28
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports activities Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Comply with Mitch and his BYU/Utah Tech protection on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.
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