College football predictions: How BYU, Utah games will play out

BYU coach Kalani Sitake watches from the sideline during season opener against USF on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The Cougars are coming off a tough loss to Oregon and looking to get back on track against Wyoming on Saturday.

Robert W. Grover, for the Deseret News

Wyoming will try to take a bully stick to BYU Saturday night in Provo. But is it a big enough club?

Beating the Cougars in Provo, Laramie, Las Vegas or Mars would make the season for the Cowboys and respected veteran head coach Craig Bohl.

Bohl knows exactly how much Wyoming fans despise the Cougars and knows what a win would mean for the Cowboy Commonwealth amid the Rockies.

Bohl is a defensive-minded coach and he has to have seen film of the Oregon game where Ducks linemen got after the Cougars and physically pushed them around. Wyoming may not have the same personnel in the trenches as Oregon, but Bohl’s got big bodies, fairly good athletes and he’ll have them frothing to get after BYU at the line of scrimmage.

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The big question is, can his young team get physical with the Cougars on BYU’s home field?

Bohl’s roots with physical play are deep and rich after jobs at Nebraska as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, three FCS titles at North Dakota State with stops at Tulsa, Wisconsin, Rice and Duke.

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BYU is 45-30-3 against Wyoming. The 45 wins vs Wyoming is second only to BYU’s 50 wins over Utah St.

The 45 wins also make up 7.4% of BYU’s 605 wins as a program.

— CougarStats (@CougarStats) September 22, 2022

He is an expert at getting his teams up for big moments. It will be an honor to have Bohl do his work in LaVell Edwards Stadium. He is a class act in a rivalry that’s historically had a lot of rough edges.

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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