College football: ESPN adds spice to Provo showdown
Provo » From the moment Cougar cornerback Brian Logan stepped on campus last April, he began hearing the same three letters over and over again. And they weren't the junior college transfer's new school, BYU.
They were TCU.
"That is all they talked about, was that game [last year, a 32-7 TCU win] and how much they needed the corners to step up," Logan said. "Because they feel as if, you know, that's where they were lacking last year."
Logan made those comments shortly after BYU stopped San Diego State 38-28 on Saturday night as the Cougars were allowed, finally, to talk about taking on the Horned Frogs on Saturday (5:30 p.m., Versus) at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
"That's been on my mind for a while," Logan said. "That game."
The rematch doesn't need any extra hype, what with unbeaten TCU (6-0) now ranked No. 8 in the Bowl Championship Series Standings and BYU ranked No. 16 in the BCS standings, the AP Top 25, the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Interactive poll.
But it got more notoriety on Sunday, with ESPN announcing that its "College GameDay" crew will be in Provo to broadcast its popular Saturday morning show from the site of the huge Mountain West Conference showdown.
The show visited Salt Lake City for the 2004 BYU-at-Utah game, but this will be its first appearance in Provo.
"It is going to be a big game, and we have a bad taste in our mouth from last year," said tight end Dennis Pitta. "Fortunately, we get to be at home with our fans. We need to have a great week of practice and prepare well, and play well on Saturday."
TCU is coming off a 44-6 win over Colorado State, after spotting the Rams a 6-0 lead. CSU is the teams' only common opponent to date; BYU beat CSU 42-23 in Provo last month.
"TCU is a very good football team," said BYU quarterback Max Hall, who was sacked six times and intercepted twice against the Frogs last year. "They have a very good defense, they have a good quarterback, who can run. So there is going to be a lot of things that we are going to have to look at on film and prepare for [with] those guys, but I think we can win. We have to play good, sound [football]. We can't turn the ball over, and we have to manage the game right.
"Lucky for us we got them at home, and we are just going to prepare like crazy and see if we can win."
Tight end Andrew George said the Cougars (6-1) will have to play their best game of the year to win.
"We have waited a long year to get another opportunity to play them," he said. "So we are going to have to be ready. We are going to have to have a great game plan. They are familiar with us, we are familiar with them. It is going to be a battle. So we are excited to play them."
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
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