BYU football at Michigan Pre-Game

The BYU football team preparesĀ to face the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Sept. 26, 2015.

Note: BYU football beat writer and sports editor Jared Lloyd will be in Ann Arbor for all of the excitement of the football game between the BYU Cougars and Michigan Wolverines. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @JaredrLloyd for all the updates.

The moral victory for the Cougar defense is that it didn't allow any more points.

BYU's offense, however, was simply inept against the Michigan defense and barely got 100 yards in the entire contest.

End of third

The BYU defense did better in the third and kept the Wolverines from scoring, but the Cougar offense just can't do anything against this Michigan defense.

Yes, BYU did get a first down -- one -- and promptly gave back those yards on a sack.

Now the question appears to be whether the Cougars will get shut out for the first time in 12 years.


That was probably the worst quarter of football the BYU football team has had in a few years.

The offense was bad, the defense was bad, the special teams was OK but that was just by comparison.

The Cougars gave up 24 points and didn't get a single first down. Does anything more need to be said?

BYU teams have rallied from big deficits in the past but this one will take something truly miraculous to even be interesting in the second half.

End of first

The first quarter was all about the Michigan defense and the Wolverines making big plays.

The home team played very well against the pass as BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum only completed one pass -- on a ball that probably should've been intercepted.

Michigan got a big run that set up its first score, then used a big pass play to get in position to score again.

The Cougars have had some success running the ball but need to get some momentum back.


Michigan puts on a great gameday experience, from the tailgating on the golf course just south of Michigan Stadium to the band performance.

The Wolverine fans in general have been very friendly but there is a confidence in their team as well. The many BYU fans in attendance should enjoy the experience both on the field and with the fans.


It's been a few years since the BYU football team started a football game as early as 10 a.m. MDT, but that's what the Cougars will do Saturday at Michigan in a game that will be televised nationally on ABC.

BYU players and coaches were asked throughout the week about whether they felt like it would make much of a difference.

"I'm not a fan," Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Probably we'll treat it more like a Friday game in terms of our practice model. That's not all bad in terms of trying to get healthy but we can't treat it the same."

BYU outside linebackers coach Kelly Poppinga played in the game at Boston College in 2006, which was also an early start.

"Our guys should be fine," Poppinga said. "They practice every morning at 8:30 a.m. We're getting up early, with them being here at 5:30 a.m. getting ready for practice. I think we'll adjust to that just fine. In my opinion, I don't think it will be a factor."

For the most part, the sentiment is that because of Cougar morning practice schedule, the start time won't have much impact, if any at all.

BYU has played in a pair of very large stadiums already at Nebraska and at UCLA, but the Cougars continued to work on being prepared for the noise they expect at Michigan Stadium, which is also known as the "Big House" since it is the largest stadium in the country.

"Like always, we have the huge speakers (out at practice) and they are just playing this annoying crowd music over and over again," BYU senior wide receiver Terenn Houk said. "The trainers have earplugs in but we just have to deal with it and learn to not jump offsides and get our cues and our calls right."

Daily Herald sports editor ​Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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