Nationwide retailers are beginning to preview the 2021 school soccer season. To date, nationwide opinions of the 2021 BYU soccer crew range extensively.
Final week, Professional Soccer Focus released its ELO rankings for all 130 FBS teams heading into the 2021 college football season. BYU made the highest 25 – the Cougars have been ranked #22. BYU was ranked forward of 11 of their 2021 opponents. Solely November foe USC ranked increased, the Trojans got here in at #16.
PFF acknowledged that BYU misplaced loads of manufacturing after the 2020 season. Nonetheless, PFF believes the Cougars have the talent gamers and offensive line to be a “shock once more” in 2021.
Just a few days earlier, the South Level Lodge in Las Vegas launched the opening traces for the 2021 school soccer video games of the yr. Five of BYU’s 12 games appeared on the list, and BYU opened as an underdog in four of the five games listed.
In its way-too-early 2021 predictions, ESPN BPI projected BYU’s win-loss file could be 7.3 – 4.7. In different phrases, they predicted BYU would win 7-8 video games in 2021.
Faculty Soccer Information predicted BYU would go 8-4 next season. CFN’s worst-case situation for BYU was 5-7, their best-case situation was 10-2.
So what can we take away from these nationwide predictions for BYU in 2021?
The various opinions make sense. The 2021 season may very well be a step ahead for a BYU soccer program who was averaging 6.75 wins per season beneath Kalani Sitake previous to the 2020 season. It may be a regression to the imply.
On one hand, BYU will probably be with out Zach Wilson who was chosen #2 within the 2021 NFL Draft. In addition they lose a number of starters alongside the offensive and defensive traces. For a crew like BYU that does not recruit at an elite stage, they need to take a step again in 2021.
Alternatively, BYU can even have certainly one of its deepest WR rooms in program historical past this season. Gunner Romney and Neil Pau’u return after locking down beginning jobs final season. BYU has younger gamers like Keanu Hill, Kody Epps, Chris Jackson, Brayden Cosper, and Chase Roberts who will probably be competing for reps. Then there’s Puka and Samson Nacua – transfers from Washington and Utah who will possible see the sector immediately.
These large receivers will probably be much more formidable when paired with tight ends like Isaac Rex, Carter Wheat, and Dallin Holker. As well as, RB Tyler Allgeier is BYU’s highest-graded returning participant in response to Professional Soccer Focus.
Whether or not Jaren Corridor, Jacob Conover, or Baylor Romney is the beginning quarterback, BYU can have sufficient expertise to place collectively one other productive offense in 2020.
The protection might want to exchange a number of starters in 2021. Historical past suggests Kalani Sitake and Ilaisa Tuiaki will have the ability to hold opponents out of the endzone, even when the defensive effectivity just isn’t elite.
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