BYU Season Predictions: How will Kalani and staff do?

A lot has changed for the Cougars over the past year. We saw the end of an era with Coach Mendenhall, and the beginning of a new era with Coach Sitake. Players have left and many are returning from injuries. So with all of these changes, I’ve decided to break down the 2016-2017 schedule, and make my game-by-game predictions for the Cougars.

The Cougars’ 2015-2016 season was sub-par and ended with a loss in the Las Vegas Bowl against in-state rival Utah. But now there’s a new regime in town. First year Head Coach Kalani Sitake is trying to take the program out of mediocrity, and bring them back to their winning glory days. To help with that, Sitake has added some key coaching staff members with Ty Detmer as his Offensive Coordinator, Reno Mahe as the RB’s Coach, and Ed Lamb as the Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coach.

With all the new coaching additions, another bright spot for the Cougars is 5th year Senior Taysom Hill, who is back from his season ending injury and hoping to regain his spot as the starting QB for the Cougars. RB Jamaal Williams will be returning for his Senior year, and is also healthy and will be looking to add a spark to the offense as well.

Expectations are high this year for the Cougars. So how will they fare this year? After looking at the 2016-2017 schedule for the Cougars, this season should be an exciting one as we will be facing off against a lot of really good teams. Here are my predictions for the season:

 

BYU vs. Arizona – W

BYU at Utah – L

UCLA at BYU – L

WVU vs. BYU – W

Toledo at BYU – W

BYU at Michigan St – L

Mississippi St at BYU – W

BYU at Boise St – W

BYU at Cincinnati – W

SUU at BYU – W

UMASS at BYU – W

USU at BYU – W

 

Regular Season Record : 9-3

 

BYU has a much tougher schedule than last year, but with the returns of QB Taysom Hill and RB Jamaal Williams and a new exciting coaching staff, I think they will have a decent year.

 

– Jesse Thayne

 

 

4 thoughts on “BYU Season Predictions: How will Kalani and staff do?

  1. Utah’s strength is always their defense. Guess who personally recruited and scouted almost every member of Utah’s defense. BYU coach Kalani Sitake.

    Also keep in mind BYU nearly doubled Utah in yards from scrimmage last years bowl game.

    BYU wins this one by two touchdowns.

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  2. I agree with most of your predictions except the Arizona game. I believe they will list that one by a a few touchdowns. Also coming from a biased stand point I believe Utah will dominate BYU. Utah’s defense arguably the best in the pac-12

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