But BYU players say they are in a much better position at the halfway point of this season than they were in 2008.
At that time, the Cougars were 6-0 and ranked No. 9 before getting pummeled at TCU in mid-October.
"I think at the midway point last year, we were probably overconfident. At that point, we were 6-0 and we were ranked higher than we probably should have been," said tight end Andrew George. "We weren't really playing our best football."
Last year against Utah State and New Mexico, some chinks were revealed in the Cougars' armor, but they still won those games. Then came the 32-7 debacle against the Horned Frogs.
BYU's weaknesses this season were exposed in dramatic fashion in a 54-28 loss to Florida State on Sept 19.
"This year, it's quite a bit different," George said. "We've lost an early game and we've been humbled a little bit as a team. We realize we can be as good as we want to be, but we're not there yet. Where we are right now, 5-1, I think we're playing some great football right now. I think our confidence level is increasing but we're not overconfident. We have a good thing going into the second half of the season."