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What to Watch For on a BYU Bye Week

With BYU on a bye week, what can fans watch this weekend that carries an interest for the Cougars?

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BYU is on a bye this weekend after their dismantling of Navy on Labor Day night. That doesn’t mean fans can’t enjoy some football this Saturday while BYU gets an extra week to prepare for yet another military academy with a complicated option attack in Army. With just eight games on the schedule, BYU currently has four bye weeks between now and their date with North Alabama on November 21.

Let’s take a look at some matchups to watch while BYU gets rested and prepared for the Black Knights.

UL-Monroe at Army, 1:30 pm EDT, CBSSN

While BYU is resting, their next foe Army will have played two games by the time they square off against the Cougars on September 19. First, they blasted Middle Tennessee State, accumulating 340 yards on the ground while limiting the Blue Raiders to just 184 total yards on their way to a 42-0 shutout win.

Everything was clicking for the Black Knights in their opening game as they had three different rushers with at least 50 yards rushing and a touchdown. Halfback Tyrell Robinson led the charge with 94 rushing yards on nine attempts. Quarterback Christian Anderson passed just four times all game for 28 yards but also ran for 51 yards and a score. The biggest swing factor was Army’s defense, which forced four turnovers on the day. BYU will have their hands full on both sides of the ball as Army looks much tougher than Navy at the moment.

Now BYU fans will get another look at their next opponent as Army faces a tougher opponent in Louisiana-Monroe, who is playing their first game of the 2020 season.

UTSA at Texas State, 3:30 pm EDT, ESPN 2

Although not the sexiest of names involved, this is perhaps the most key matchup of the weekend for BYU fans because the Cougars will play both teams down the road in 2020. The Cougars are slated to face the Roadrunners of UTSA (University of Texas-San Antonio) on October 10 at Lavell Edwards Stadium. BYU then hosts Texas State on October 24.

This will be UTSA’s first game of the year after a 4-8 season in 2019 and have a new head coach in Jeff Traylor.

Texas State dropped their opening game against SMU 31-24. They are a more balanced attack than Navy or Army as they accumulated 227 yards passing from quarterback Brady McBride as well as 189 rushing yards, including 100 from Calvin Hill. The Bobcats defense allowed 544 total yards to the Mustangs last weekend, including 367 in the air (Zach Wilson is salivating).

UTSA will roll with New Mexico State transfer Josh Adkins at quarterback, who put together two 2,500-plus yard seasons with the Aggies.

Western Kentucky at Louisville, 8:00 pm EDT, ACCN

The Hilltoppers of WKU come to Provo on Halloween night. First, they open their season against an ACC foe in the Cardinals. WKU returns most of their offensive line from 2019 but they are breaking in a new quarterback. Maryland transfer Tyrrell Pigrome is reported to have won the starting job. They look to improve off of their uncharacteristically bad year on offense in 2019, ranking 92nd in points per game.

Head coach Tyson Helton enters year two for WKU and led the Hilltoppers to a 9-4 mark in his first season. This could be one of the Cougars’ tougher games on the slate. Saturday’s clash will be entertaining and WKU can absolutely hang with or even defeat Louisville here.