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2006 BYU Cougars Football Preview

Welcome to Maddux's 2006 BYU Cougars season preview. As usual we have taken the time to break down the team, while providing information about the university, and the 2006 BYU Cougars Football Schedule. If you are wagering on college football this season consider using Maddux Sports' College football picks for the added edge over the sportsbooks in 2006. In addition be sure to visit our college football odds line service for the upcoming season.

Coach: Bronco Mendenhall (2nd year at BYU)
Team Name: Cougars
2005 Overall Record: 6-5
2005 WAC Record 5-3
Returning Starters: 14

Last year, senior quarterback John Beck (331 COMP, 513 ATT, 3,709 YDS, 27 TDs, 13 INTS) and the offense put an average of 33 PPG on the board, but the defense gave up 29.3 PPG. For this team to step up, the defense must start doing its job.

Beck completed 64.5% of his passes, including 63 to tight end Johnny Harline (63 REC, 853 YDS, 5 TDs). Harline is big and fast; he had 3 games at 100-plus yards in 2005. This team is rich in ball catchers that can run specific routes for the accurate Beck.

Senior RB Curtis Brown (210 CARR, 1,123 YDS, 14 TDs) was a big-time player last season. In addition to his on-ground production, he caught 53 passes.

The offensive line, which played great in 2005, is even better this season. They’ll give Beck and company the time and room they’ll need to score points.

On defense, the frontline is certainly a concern and the linebacking corps will look to senior Cameron Jensen (84 tackles) for leadership. The secondary, which had problems last season, returns both corners. The frontline must help the secondary by putting more pressure on quarterbacks.

Swing games include away contests against Arizona, Boston College and Utah. They could win or lose them all. TCU is almost a sure loss. Once again, a bowl bid is not impossible.

BYU Cougars 2006 Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Road
Sep 2
Arizona
Road
Sep 9
Tulsa
Home
Sep 16
Boston College
Road
Sep 23
Utah State
Home
Sep 28
TCU
Road
Oct 7
San Diego State
Home
Oct 21
UNLV
Home
Oct 28
Air Force
Road
Nov 4
Colorado State
Road
Nov 9
Wyoming
Home
Nov 18
New Mexico
Home
Nov 25
Utah
Road

 

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2006 Non BCS Team Previews

There are always a few teams not in the major BCS conferences that are major BCS bowl game contenders or popular teams to write about it. We have listed 12 of those teams below. For teams other than these contenders check out the main 2006 college football preview section of Maddux Sports.

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