September 1, 2017
Writer: David Payne
The college football season is officially underway.
Thousands of fans gathered at LaVell Edwards Stadium August 26 for the BYU Cougars season opener against Portland State. BYU came out on top, where the final score was 20-6, but some fans were underwhelmed at the team's performance.
Head Coach Kalani Sitake said there's a lot the team can work on going forward but does his best to focus on the positive.
"We're excited the season has started. We're moving on to the next game. Obviously, we have some things to fix from the first game but I'm pleased with some things and obviously, we want to get better as a team. We didn't feel like we played our best game but we're still fortunate to come out with a win," said Sitake. "I'm the type of guy who focusses on the positive things. Obviously, we know we didn't play as well as we should and our player didn't feel like they performed as best as they could have, but the effort was there. The mistakes need to get better, but there are things that we can definitely fix and it doesn't take much work to fix those issues that we had last week and make sure they don't show up this weekend."
BYU heads to New Orleans on Saturday, September 2 to face LSU. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Houston, but complications from Hurricane Harvey relocated it to the Superdome where the New Orleans Saints play.
According to ESPN, LSU is ranked 13 in the nation and BYU only has an 8.9% chance of winning this game.
Coach Sitake said although there have been some struggles, they plan to continue working hard as a team.
"We have a lot of guys who are new to the game this year, a lot of new faces. We're trying to get that continuity as a group," said Sitake. "There are some really good promising things I think we can build on and I think we definitely can't let this type of performance happen again this next week otherwise there's going to be trouble for us. The focus is there and the players are intent on getting better and they definitely want to play this game at the best of their ability and give us a chance to have success."
The BYU/LSU game is Saturday, September 2 at 7:30 pm on ESPN.
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