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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Are Cougar Fans Too Confident?

Disappointed Cougars fans watch as their team
 struggles once again.
A brief, very unscientific poll we here at the Sports Bros conducted today via Twitter revealed that BYU fans are outwardly optimistic about the homecoming game against Georgia Tech.

One fan predicted a blowout...if 's offensive line blocks well.
Another fan corralled his hopes, but still thought BYU would "roll."
Yet another fan simply thought the Cougars would dominate.

Good to see that Cougar nation is back on its feet after a couple of stinging losses this season. But is it a bit premature?

The truth is, the enthusiasm from BYU fans going into this weekend's homecoming game smacks eerily of the optimism Cougar fans had heading into the Utah game. And the result in that game was not pretty for the loyal, strong, and true.

After winning handily against the ranked Texas Longhorns, and with the University of Utah coming off a heartbreaking loss to Oregon State, BYU looked to keep their momentum going at home against their rivals. Fans and pundits alike were swept up on the talking points of the week: BYU's offense was out of its slump, Utah would be emotionally and physically tired. But fans and pundits were wrong. On both counts.

Circumstances this week are strangely similar leading up to the Georgia Tech game. Georgia Tech is coming off a heart-breaking loss to ACC-rival Miami, a game which, thanks to late-game turnovers, was much closer than the final score indicated. Meanwhile, BYU is celebrating this year's best overall performance against instate rival Utah State.

Also, Taysom Hill had his coming out party as a runner against Texas--the week before Utah--just as he had his coming out party as a passer last week against Utah State.

Are Cougar fans forgetting too quickly the offensive woes BYU had just two weeks ago versus Utah, the same way they forgot about the pitiful performance in Charlottesville two weeks before the Utah game? Will that false confidence seep into the BYU locker room and lessen the sense of urgency needed for this team to Rise Up (see what I did there?)? Or have the Cougars really arrived offensively?

This Cougar fan is trying to remain cautiously optimistic." Oh, who am I kidding? I'm predicting another blowout against the Yellow Jackets. But still, let's not be too surprised if the offense struggles again.

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