Put them against their familiar playmates and they'll do well most of the time. But show them a serious team and they turn to Silly Putty.
As they say down at the precinct, that's a verifiable fact.
This was the reason for my trip to BYU for Saturday's season-opening practice. I wanted to get inside their heads. Wanted to know what makes them go glassy-eyed. I figured for a program that has 22 conference championships and a national title, it ought to beat an occasional big-time team. Which is exactly what the Cougars have done. Occasionally.