Thirty years in the making: The next undefeated season?


Thirty years ago, in 1984, Robbie Bosco led the Cougars to a perfect 13-0 record, their first and only national championship.

With a 2-0 record and a promising schedule, BYU could be looking at another history-making year.

Taysom Hill in a game against Georgia Tech in 2013. (Sarah Hill)
Taysom Hill in a game against Georgia Tech in 2013. (Sarah Hill)

BYU’s 41-7 win over Texas gave it the votes needed to make No. 25 in the Associated Press poll. Receiving 179 votes in the poll gave BYU a rank for the first time since Sept. 9, 2012.

According to ESPN’s current Football Power Index, BYU has a 20.8 percent chance of winning out the rest of its games, currently the most likely of any team in the country. Oklahoma is the next most likely at 18.5 percent, and Florida State is a 13.7 percent possibility.

For now, it’s just speculation, but the Cougars dream big. Their greatest challenges still lie ahead. With big away games at UCF, Boise State and Cal, the Cougars have a tough road ahead of them.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall and the team are staying grounded, making sure to focus a game at a time. But the goals remain the same for the team.

“We have to prepare,” said Jordan Leslie one of the starting receivers. “We have to work like that, we have to run the ball, we all have to execute, we all have to do our jobs. That’s the only way we’re going to become undefeated and have a great season.”

If the Cougars continue on their current course and maintain a high-powered scoring offense and a strong defense, the future will be bright. The Cougars host Houston in their home opener this Thursday, Sept. 11, at LaVell Edwards Stadium at 7 p.m.

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