But the Cougars won’t, so I will.
This whole season, there have been two types of people watching BYU football — those that are happy the Cougars were able to play any sort of season and are happy they’re doing so well, and those who doubt BYU is good because they’ve just played a bunch of nobodies.
A year ago, BYU would have struggled more than they did to win some of the games they have. That UTSA game? That could have been a loss. That Houston game? Maybe the Cougars wouldn’t have been able to recover.
Last season, BYU’s mistakes mostly came from within and the Cougs would get in a funk when things started going astray. Now, they’re able to adjust and overcome. This is a different team.
Which is why the Boise State game holds such importance. For many, Friday’s game will differentiate whether BYU is truly a contender or just a pretender. Everyone will be holding their breath to see how the Cougars perform in Albertsons Stadium — a place they have never won at — and see just how dominant and strong BYU is.
A win would certainly help the Cougars in their quest for a NY6 bowl bid or even improve their chances of crashing the College Football Playoff.
The last few games have all be decided late, so get ready for a late night.
Some fans allowed at Albertsons Stadium
Speaking of the BYU-Boise State game, the Central District Health Board of Health approved a request from Boise State on Wednesday to allow about 1,100 fans into Albertsons Stadium for football games, starting Friday.
This will be just the fourth game with fans in attendance for BYU. The Cougars played the first four games of the season in empty stadiums.
• Has this election taken a toll on anyone else? I knew the results were going to be slow to come in because it was going to be a tight race, yet I’ve stayed up way past my bedtime the last two nights because I’m a journalist and like torturing myself. I’ve also eaten the most I have in weeks in the last two days. I think it’s time I start taking my own advice and go to sleep early, eat well and don’t let the result process take up too much mental space — the results will be complete when they’re complete.
• I’m driving up to Boise today and would love to get food recommendations. What are some of your favorite food joints that offer takeout or delivery? Any sights I should check out where I can socially distance?
• Not to get too personal, but I’m a big proponent of being open and honest. So, I just wanted to give y’all a heads up that I may be missing from action next week and unable to send out a newsletter. My grandma is not doing well and I’m heading home next Wednesday night to say goodbye to her. Both of my dad’s parents and my mom’s father all died before I was born. This is the only grandparent I’ve ever had. She’s 93 (my twin and I share our birthday with her) and it seems it’s her time, but I haven’t been home in more than a year. So, it’s really important for me to be able to say goodbye.
Normita’s Spanish Lesson of the Week
This is the Spanish word for Smurf, which may come in handy as people (once again) complain about Boise State’s turf. Also, I love the word pitufo.
Example: Ese césped pitufo me fastidia tanto.
Translation: That smurf turf annoys me so much.
Eye on the Y: Buckle up. The BYU-Boise State game looks to be a grind. /p>