BYU resembles familiar foes

You know what I hate? Copycats.

Everyone remembers the kids from middle school who would repeat everything you said, and if you don’t, think of Yeah-Yeah from The Sandlot.

And a copycat is essentially what Brigham Young University’s football team is. They have taken the offense that works for schools like Oklahoma and Texas Tech and made it their own.

As much as I hate copycats, I have to admit that BYU does use its high-power offense as effectively, if not more, than Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

And this week, the reigning Mountain West Conference champion BYU Cougars bring the longest winning streak in the country to Fort Worth to face the Horned Frogs.

But the Frogs are not afraid because they have already seen this.

What I mean is they have already played a top-10 team in the nation with a top-10 passing offense led by a Heisman Trophy candidate under center.

And the first time the Frogs played this game, they were embarrassed in the first quarter but played much better in the other three after adjusting the defensive scheme a little bit. And once you see something frightening, like the BYU and Oklahoma offenses, you aren’t afraid of the offense the next time it rears its ugly head.

By the way, that defense is still ranked No. 1 in the nation. And expect the secondary to be more sure-footed at home with a crowd to help out.

That support should be at an all-time high heading into the biggest game at Amon Carter Stadium since TCU was a member of the Southwest Conference.

The only thing that might hinder support for the Frogs this week is the game’s Thursday night slate. This will be the third straight year these two teams have met on a Thursday, with the Cougars winning each of the last two.

Overall, the Frogs have lost their last five games on Thursdays and a big reason for that is lack of intensity. Even analyst Ivan Maisel commented in an ESPN podcast on the lack of fan support at TCU on Thursday nights.

I understand students still have classes and people have to work and go to school on Friday mornings, but if there is anything constant at TCU, it is that Thursday is generally a party night.

And there is no reason why that party, or at least the first three or so hours of that party could take place at the football game and then go celebrate a mammoth Horned Frogs’ victory.

So don’t think the game is already over because the lines only have the No. 8 Cougars favored by one, and the crowd should be in full party mode Thursday night for what is the most important football game in Fort Worth in more than a decade.

Sports editor Billy Wessels is a senior news-editorial journalism major from Waxahachie.