Archive for the ‘BYU football’ Category

Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports ranked all 40 bowl games and the games the Utah Utes and BYU Cougars played in both made an impression.

The Poinsettia Bowl, in which the Cougars knocked off the Wyoming Cowboys 24-21, was ranked No. 11.

Speaking of the close finish, he wrote, “There is a law in college football that BYU can only play in close games. I’m grateful it exists, and I was grateful for this game.”

The Utes’ 26-24 win over the Indiana Hoosiers in the Foster Farms Bowl landed at No. 9 on the list.

Discussing the Utah win, he wrote, “I didn’t have high hopes for this one before the games started, and that was a result of my own stupidity. All Indiana games are crazy. It doesn’t matter who it’s playing, or where. Things are going to be hectic, and this game was in the right ways.”

The 52-49 Rose Bowl thriller between Penn State and USC came in at No. 1.

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Phil Watson of Fansided’s Hoops Habit looked at the NBA award races and Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert was mentioned multiple times.

First, Watson has Gobert at No. 3 in the race for Most Improved Player, stating, “Now in his fourth season, Rudy Gobert continues to make strides for the Utah Jazz.”

Then, after talking about Gobert’s stat line, Watson continued, “Gobert has learned what he does well and does that, taking a whopping 98.9 percent of his shots from inside of 10 feet and 85.4 percent from three feet and in. He’s made 77 dunks already and those account for 42.2 percent of his attempts.”

Gobert is brought up once again in the Defensive Player of the Year category, where he is listed at No.1.

Talking about his defensive skills, Watson writes, “But the rim projection Gobert provides — he allows opponents an NBA-low 53.2 percent shooting percentage in the restricted area, per stats.nba.com — allows the Utah perimeter defenders to take chances they otherwise would not be able to take.”

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Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports looked at the impact that LaVell Edwards had on college football after Edwards’ passing Thursday.

Mandel and Feldman wrote, “Fans under a certain age would have a hard time fathoming the enormity of the impact Edwards had on the sport we know today.”

After discussing his path as a coach and his relationship with former assistant Norm Chow, Mandel and Feldman continued talking about Edwards’ legacy. They wrote, “Edwards’ legacy is all over the game of football, from high school to the NFL, but it’s the path his program paved that has others trying to expand horizons.

“Every Boise State, Western Michigan and other non-traditional school out there trying to crash college football’s Teflon power structure? They’re all following in the footsteps of Edwards’ teams at BYU.”

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