Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

16 Sep 2009

ESPN: BYU Tops the Mid-Major Logjam

For this week's college football feature at ESPN Insider, Brian Fremeau looks at which of the non-BCS teams appears headed for greatness in 2009. Hint: Remember which team dominated 25 years ago.

Posted by: Brian Fremeau on 16 Sep 2009

7 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2009, 8:59pm by bear goggles


by BishopMVP (not verified) :: Thu, 09/17/2009 - 3:22am

I'm curious why everyone gives so much more credit to BYU for winning 14-13 @ Oklahoma than to Houston for winning 45-35 @ #5 Oklahoma State. Is it name recognition, or just that the latter game wasn't nationally televised in prime time?

by coltrane23 :: Thu, 09/17/2009 - 10:26am

Yeah, I saw both games, and Houston impressed me more than BYU. Not to take away from BYU's win, but Houston really overwhelmed OSU.

The Bradford injury may have mentally affected OU's game in the second half, but they had problems on offense before he went out of the game. The O-line wasn't getting much push against BYU, and they weren't doing a great job of blocking for the QB. They're going to be hard pressed to win the Red River Shootout, but they may cruise until then.

by Brian Fremeau :: Thu, 09/17/2009 - 12:31pm

As far as the FEI numbers, Oklahoma currently rates significantly stronger than Oklahoma State, rating the BYU victory as more impressive than the Houston one. That may change over the course of the year.

by forcefulmuffin (not verified) :: Thu, 09/17/2009 - 12:01pm

BYU didn't win @Oklahoma buddy...

by ArgenTom :: Fri, 09/18/2009 - 11:56am

BYU didn't win @Oklahoma buddy...

It was a neutral site in name only, buddy...

by forcefulmuffin (not verified) :: Thu, 09/17/2009 - 12:02pm

And we still don't know how good Texas is... they haven't played anyone yet.

by bear goggles (not verified) :: Sun, 09/20/2009 - 8:59pm