It may not be far-fetched this year for Brigham Young to also be harboring those aspirations.
The first college football game at the new Cowboys Stadium in
"It makes your players have a sense of urgency and realize that they've got to be on the top of their game for sure right off the bat,"
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made
"It's all you think about, it's all you dream about,"
Bradford finished with 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions to beat out
Hall could work his way into contention for the honor this year after he finished with 35 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 3,957 yards in 2008 to help BYU go 10-3.
The Cougars have beefed up their non-conference schedule with a home game against No. 18 Florida State set for Sept. 19. The tougher opponents leading up to Mountain West play could present BYU with a better chance to play for a national title despite being part of a non-BCS conference.
"I'm very excited about this football team. I think we're going to win a lot of games," Hall said. "I'm as focused as I've ever been in my life on the game right now. This is the most prepared team I've ever been associated with."
"I think that's a very comforting feeling looking out there and seeing guys who have not only been here a couple years with, but we've been in games - been in big games - with," Bradford said. "To have those guys out there that I know are great players, it makes my job a lot easier. It gives me a lot of comfort."
Stoops has lost an opener once in his 10 years at
"We're not anxious to do it a whole lot," Stoops said. "In this case, our fans and people are really excited about it."
Stoops doesn't expect the low video boards at the new stadium to be a problem, saying that punter
BYU has lost 12 straight games to ranked non-conference opponents since a 26-6 win over then-No. 14
"I'm not going to back away from that," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "If it costs us an undefeated season and the BCS-buster spot, I'm still looking at the broader perspective. Eventually, we're going to get there and the lessons we learn in those games are going to help us get there."
BYU won 31-6 in the 1994 Copper Bowl in the only previous meeting between these schools.
All games in this series since 1992
BYU is 1-0 against the spread versus
BYU is 1-0 straight up against
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL since 1992
Key Player Injuries:
No significant injuries.
No significant injuries.
Posted: 9/1/09 8:42PM ET