This can be a final release in the four-part series of interviews with beat experts and broadcasters covering Pac-12 non-conference opponents that play a minimum of two meeting teams this holiday season.

This can be a final release in the four-part series of interviews with beat experts and broadcasters covering Pac-12 non-conference opponents that play a minimum of two meeting teams this holiday season.

Those teams contain Notre Dame (USC, Stanford), Hawaii (OSU, UCLA), Fresno State (Oregon, UCLA), and BYU (Arizona, Utah, ASU, WSU, USC).

The play-by-play radio broadcaster for Fresno State in our three other installments, we spoke with Notre Dame beat writer Bryan Driskell of SI/FanNation, Hawaii beat writer Stephen Tsai of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Paul Loeffler.

All of us decide with Jackson Payne, exactly who discusses BYU for the frequently arena. He or she tips questions regarding the 2021 puma football season, not to mention BYU’s games with Illinois, Utah, ASU, WSU and USC.

The Wildcats lead the all-time program with BYU 12-11-1, however, the Cougars have got earned the previous two. Utah keeps an advantage that is 51-39-4 BYU, getting landed the past nine.

ASU appreciates a powerful 20-7 lead that is all-time BYU, and WSU trails the short series with all the various other Cougars 3-1, having slipped the final two.

Utah and BYU proceed their unique historical rivalry. | Jeff Swinger/USA RIGHT Activities

This season, Arizona performs BYU on September fourth in nevada; Utah vacations to Provo on September 11th; ASU goes to the Cougars on September 18th; WSU welcomes BYU on October 23rd; and USC hosts the Cougars on November 27th.

Nick Bartlett : to begin with, many thanks when deciding to take the time reveal your mind throughout the BYU Cougars and their Pac-12 adversaries this year.

Jackson Payne : I’m happy to assist.

Bartlett : how would you imagine BYU will conduct in 2010? Would you expect a extend like final year? Or more of a type year that is middle-of-the-road?

Payne : This can be a move year for BYU. The Cougars are upgrading lots of talent on both edges associated with golf ball and face potentially their own most schedule that is difficult the health period.

They’ve lots of depth at each talent placement, specially working back and end that is tight and each associated with the three most important applicants within the quarterback war have got tough upside regardless of exactly who they plug in.

Zach Wilson | Jeff Swinger/AP

The safety is definitely young and raw, they weren’t dominating from the move speed finally time, and now have some problem marks during the alternate, however they should improve while the time persists.

They can stop being the Zach Wilson/Dax Milne giant device of 2020, but I would state that this group has got the possibility to score a lot of factors again.

Health could be the x-factor that is ultimate as traumas have actually ravaged the roster practically every season since 2014.

When the Cougars can stick to one starting quarterback all year round, stay healthy, to get the most out of his or her level and “gimme” video games, they ought to win eight or nine video game titles and make their biggest matchups interesting.

Bartlett : Which Pac-12 group in the Cougars routine will you like the majority of historically, as well as how do they’ll fare is thought by you in 2010?

Payne : You will find been on top of USC, there is a over the years powerful program, and also had lots of unforgettable matchups up against the Cougars over time.

Actively playing at a Coliseum is really a bonus offer. I notice this as a step up for the Trojans, and think they could make a run at the Conference title game year.

BYU going down there to experience them in November is an fascinating matchup that frightens me a little bit in the event the Cougars struggle to keep beforehand that is healthy.

Bartlett : for which matchup you think BYU props up the advantage that is biggest? Precisely Why?

Payne : I would personally claim that BYU has the advantage that is biggest over Illinois inside the opener. Arizona carries a brand staff that is new providesn’t fared properly against BYU in the past matchups.

In addition to that, BYU offensive supervisor Aaron Roderick has said it’s probable that the staff won’t declare their own establishing quarterback until we see him make subject up against the Wildcats, extremely Illinois may battle to gameplan appropriately.

The Cougars are sure to overflow the stadium with fanatics in Las Vegas, so that they can also like a house area positive aspect too.

Bartlett : who’d you like to notice start at quarterback when it comes to Cougs?

Payne : I enjoy Jaren Hall at quarterback for BYU. He’s a very particular sportsman with high upside and dynamic playmaking abilities. His own injuries history is actually about, yet when he’s been to the subject he’s been really tough to stop.

If the guy can continue to be healthy and get the best from their legs, he’ll be described as a container. Upgrading Zach Wilson won’t not be difficult, but they have the chance to become another special natural talent at BYU.

Jacob Conover could be the highest-profile recruit BYU possesses ever found, flipping off offers from Alabama and various giant products to come quickly to Provo.

He has a significant arm and in all likelihood the biggest ceiling of every regarding the folks as part of the quarterback area, but I would reckon that Hall starts for your period and Conover redshirts as being the back-up him to be the future of the program while they groom.

Bartlett : How can BYU’s line that is offensive after dropping three crucial fragments from last year’s system? Do they have enough depth to retool this group?

Payne : BYU’s offending range delivered three people towards the NFL from previous time, however they continue to have James Empey, that is a top three facility in the united states and you will be a one dude wrecking crew.

Clark Barrington and Harris LaChance are two different linemen exactly who got the right repetitions last year and decide to fill the gap forward motion.

So while they probably won’t function as the unit that is same definitely dominated in 2020, they’ll be quite strong as well as provide their unique working straight back combination of Tyler Allgeier and Lopini Katoa an abundance of big openings to plow through.

Bartlett : what exactly do you believe the Cougars record will generally be against Pac-12 opponents? Which matchup excites you the most?

Payne : I state the Cougars get 3-2 from the Pac-12 this year.

I believe the Utah game shall feel turn off, but fundamentally falls and only the Utes. And the Cougars will probably drop the a while back against USC.

I’m looking forward to Illinois to check out the offense that is new motion, and that I feel Illinois condition from home will be a enjoyment for any enthusiasts.

With the chat of meeting realignment, BYU truly requires to consider complete benefit from their particular creature schedule—especially the marquee Power 5 matchups—in order to enjoy a severe case for nationwide significance when you look at the lasting.

Bartlett : Do you have some other views? Anything else you’d like concerning BYU in 2010?

Payne : BYU’s working back combination of Tyler Allgeier and Lopini Katoa is just one of the most powerful in the united states, specifically behind this kind of solid line that is offensive.

Both participants have got “home operated” capacities and should incorporate for upwards of 2,000 total gardens on the summer season.