BYU football: Do Cougars need to ‘bounce back’ from a 10-3 season?

BYU quarterback Jaren Hall (#3) practices in the Indoor Practice Facility at BYU in Provo on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. The junior quarterback’s return is one of the many reasons there are high expectations for the Cougars in 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

BYU football has enjoyed plenty of success the past two seasons — the Cougars have won double-digit games in back-to-back years for the first time in over a decade, and the team has been ranked in the final Associated Press poll each of the past two years.

Can Kalani Sitake’s program build the momentum back, though, after BYU won a couple closer-than-expected games last November before losing to UAB in the Independence Bowl?

It was last season’s finish that made ESPN’s Bill Connelly earmark the Cougars as a bounce-back team primed to “rebound from a 2021 stumble” earlier this week.

Other programs that Connelly designated for a bounce back in 2022 include the USC Trojans, Washington Huskies, North Carolina Tar Heels, Florida Gators and Stanford Cardinal, all of which had losing records last season.

“Predicting a team to ‘rebound’ after winning 10 games might seem odd,” Connelly wrote. “After the Cougars’ brilliant 2020 run, they managed to survive turnover and continue playing at a high level offensively, but an inexperienced defense plummeted from 21st to 79th in defensive SP+, and their record was boosted by four one-score victories.”

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