2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The BYU Offense
The running game has to add even more to the mix. Zach Wilson is going to take off and add yards with his legs, but the O can’t risk the franchise quarterback taking a ton of shots. The running backs have to do the work, because when they do, BYU wins.
The Cougars ran for more than 100 yards eight times last season and went 7-1. How were they when under the century mark? 0-5. The program is 0-11 over the last two seasons when it doesn’t run for 100 yards.
Biggest Key To The BYU Defense
It would be nice if the defensive front could get into the backfield from time to time. Generating pressure behind the line hasn’t been a thing for the the Cougars over the last few seasons and the production has been fine. The pass rush wasn’t bad with 27 sacks, but there were just 59 tackles for loss on the year. Easy math time – a mere 32 plays were made behind the line that weren’t sacks. That’s a wee bit by design, but again … it would be nice.
Key Player To A Successful Season
WR Aleva Hifo, Sr.
The slot target has to be more of a go-to guy for a passing game that can and should be much better. Matt Bushman is a talented target at tight end, and options are there on the outside to stretch the field, but the 5-10, 190-pound Hifo has the running back toughness to handle a whole lot of work. He ran 30 times and scored twice, and caught 28 passes for 358 yards and two scores. Throw in his return ability, and he’s a dangerous all-around weapon.
Key Game To The BYU Season
Utah, August 29
Come on, BYU. Win the Holy War again already. It’s not just that the Cougars need to break the eight-game losing streak – with almost all of them in painfully close fashion – it’s that it’s the season opener with a brutal stretch to follow. Lose, and with at Tennessee, USC, Washington, at Toledo, at USF, Boise State, and at Utah State to follow … uh oh.
– BYU Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 BYU Fun Stats
– 2nd Quarter Scoring: BYU 106 – Opponents 51
– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 14-of-24 (58%) – BYU 9-of-20 (45%)
– Field Goals: BYU 11-of-16 – BYU 7-of-19