Little Bro says:
This game was a lot easier to predict before the season started. BYU was supposed to have this dominant defense with a good offense that would put up points and get wins. Now, a third of the way through the season only half of that has held true. The cougars have a defense that is one of the tops in the nation in nearly every category statistically. The offense... well that's another story. They have struggled to find their identity, and their strengths. The offensive line has yet to show up, and their pass game can't seem to find their NFL caliber player in Ross Apo. However, tomorrow against Hawaii could be the remedy for this ailing squad.
Hawaii comes in after getting obliterated by Nevada, in Hawaii, last week 69-24. The Hawaii defense gave up over 350 yards on the ground and 7 touchdowns to ONE player, Nevada running back Stefphon Johnson. The defense plays mainly man to man, and obviously isnt their strength. I look for BYU to exploit the weakness of the Warriors defense and have a big game, regardless of who plays quarterback. This team just isn't a great team, and historically doesn't win in Provo.
I see Taysom Hill getting the start, and having a few cobwebs to start off. However, after a quarter of jitters he cools down and has a respectable game 18-32 with 217 yards passing. Throw in the jitters and he throws his first career interception, but also throws for 2 TD's and runs for another.
The one thing that can be pointed out about BYU's defense is their lack of taking the ball away. I foresee BYU getting 2 takeaways tomorrow, if not more via interception and a fumble.
BYU takes care of business and walks away with another comfortable home win, and gets their confidence going going into some good games with Oregon State and Utah State coming up.
BYU 31 - Hawaii 10
Big Bro says:
31 points just sound unbelievable to me right now with this stagnant offense, but Little Bro has a point that perhaps the only thing more pathetic than BYU's offense is Hawaii's defense. It will be a race to the bottom between the Hawaii D and BYU O to see who will be worse. Thankfully, I think the Cougars can come out on top and pull off the win.
I anticipate the defense dominating (and the sun coming up in the morning). I also anticipate Taysom Hill to either start or get most of the snaps. I agree with Little Bro that this offense will, as usual, come out of the gates slow and probably not score more than a field goal in the first quarter. But by the end of the game the Cougars will have a handful of touchdowns and a comfortable lead. I predict the defense will pitch another TD shutout and only give up one field goal.
BYU 30 - Hawaii 3