How BYU, Utah and USU's opponents fared in week two (39 items)
Much of a team's place in the college football landscape isn't determined by what a team does on its own. The performance of a team's opponents is a huge factor as well.
All three of Utah's FBS programs were victorious in week two, and the bitterness of defeat was washed away for Aggies and Cougars everywhere. More than 30 other games across the nation, however, still hold bearing on Utah, BYU and Utah State's standing going forward.
Here's a team-by-team look at how all the teams on BYU, Utah and Utah State's schedule fared in week two of the college football season.
1 of 39. BYU
And much like BYU, most of the Cougars' opponents came away from week two with a win. This bodes well for the Cougars going forward. The more their opponents are victorious, the more BYU has to gain by playing and potentially defeating them.
Here's how BYU's 2013 schedule performed in week two.
2 of 39. Virginia Cavaliers
Last week: Lost 59-10 to No. 2 Oregon (2-0)
Up next: Bye week
The Cavaliers are doubtlessly grateful for a bye week after the pounding they suffered in front of more than 59,000 fans at Scott Stadium.
Virginia made things interesting early, but inconsistent play on special teams and critical mistakes down the stretch, not to mention Marcus Mariota's incredible speed, put the game away by the late second quarter.
Quarterback David Watford shouldered the blame for the loss.
“It wasn’t really the offense. It was me,” he told the Washington Post. “I executed not to the caliber I wanted to. I made three costly mistakes, three costly turnovers. It wasn’t the offense’s fault as a whole. It was my fault. I take the blame solely.”
Following their bye week, the Cavaliers will take on VMI, an FCS foe. The Cavaliers will doubtlessly appreciate the tune-up before their game at Pittsburgh on Sept. 28.
3 of 39. No. 15 Texas Longhorns
Last week: Lost 40-16 to BYU (1-1)
Up next: Home vs. Ole Miss (2-0)
It's difficult to say if the world was more surprised to see BYU's record-breaking game on the ground or the massive storm that delayed the contest, the second such delay for Cougar football in two weeks.
Regardless, BYU's opponents will doubtlessly study Taysom Hill's ability to run the football following the win.
"We expected to run on them," Hill said of the Texas defense following the game. "We didn't expect to break the school record."
Serious questions will be asked in Austin this week about the Texas football program. With amazing athletes and sky-high expectations, this loss shouldn't give Mack Brown any degree of comfort.
4 of 39. Utah Utes
Last week: Won 70-7 vs. Weber State (1-1)
Up next: Home vs. Oregon State (1-1)
That's what the Utes put on display at home against the Wildcats on Saturday. Travis Wilson ran for two scores and threw for more in the first half alone. Weber State managed to get on the scoreboard very late in the game, but Utah still managed to outscore it 21-7 after halftime.
"The twos played the entire second half," coach Kyle Whittingham after the game. "The snaps that the twos got were certainly a lot more valuable than the shutout. All those guys are one snap away (from starting)."
The extra experience will doubtlessly come in useful. The Utes open up Pac-12 play this week against Oregon State, a team still seeking to establish a strong identity following its week one loss to an FCS foe.
Utah makes the 40-mile drive to Provo the following week.
5 of 39. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Last week: Lost 20-40 to North Carolina (2-0)
Up next: Home vs. Memphis (1-1)
The Blue Raiders displayed a serious lack of discipline in their second contest of the season.
When their first touchdown was overturned by official review, Middle Tennessee threw an interception in the end zone and came away with no points.
“We were our own worst enemy,” MTSU coach Rick Stockstill told the Tennessean. “Our self-inflicted wounds were too much to overcome.”
The Blue Raiders are also in the midst of a quarterback controversy. Logan Kilgore injured his shoulder in the season opener, making way for redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Grammer. But three interceptions and multiple mistakes meant that both quarterbacks saw time against the Tar Heels.
Maybe by the time the Raiders come to Provo, they'll have worked out some of the kinks.