Week 8 Preview – Idaho State @ BYU

After another 1-2 start, which is typical in the Bronco Mendenhall era, the Cougars have now won four games straight, against UCF, Utah State, San Jose State, and Oregon State. Last week’s win against OSU was the highest offensive output of the season, with 38 points scored. The Cougars will host FCS Idaho State this Saturday, before going on the road to Dallas next week to face TCU.

What we know about Idaho State (2-5, 1-4 Big Sky)

The best way to describe Idaho State is that they are the Washington State of the FCS subdivision. Last year, the Bengals went 1-10, with their lone win coming against Montana-Western – who plays in a division below FCS. The Bengals only managed one win in each of the last three seasons. But this year, they already have two, coming against Western State and Northern Colorado. They were trounced by  aforementioned WSU to open the season, 64-21. Idaho State is simply a very bad team, even by FCS standards.

What we know about BYU (5-2)

The Cougars seem to have gotten their act together after replacing Jake Heaps with Riley Nelson at quarterback. Nelson has been a breath of life in a team that appeared dead on its feet around halftime of the Utah State game. He has been able to lead the team in rushing the ball, revitalize the running game, and has even looked good passing the deep ball. The team should be firing on all cylinders in this game against Idaho State – I would imagine that we’ll see a perfect picture of what Doman and Bronco want this team to look like. If you want a live practice, this is as close as it gets.

Keys to the game

In honor of Idaho State, I will only have one key to this game for the Cougars: show up. Honestly. That’s all.

Prediction

The Bengals are bad. This game will not be close. Cougars win in a rout: 49-6.

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