BYU needs to beat the best to be the best

For whatever success BYU has enjoyed since the retirement of LaVell Edwards — which is considerable — one big knock on the Cougars is that they don't get ready for ranked opponents.

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.

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