Greg Wrubell on BYU at Allegiant Stadium: “It’s like a big time prize fight!”
Sep 3, 2021, 4:15 PM
“There is a strange level of comfort that things are going to be okay. While losing Zach Wilson is a big big deal, it’s not like BYU is starting from scratch,” said Greg Wrubell, the longtime voice of the BYU Cougars.
That’s what Greg told me this morning when I asked him about the new BYU offense.
I’m excited to watch the Cougars play in Allegiant Stadium tomorrow night. I’ve never been there, but many of you know my radio partner Tim Hughes is there many Sundays as the PA announcer for the Raiders. I asked Greg how he felt about his team playing in a $1.8 billion dollar facility.
I feel a lot like I did when we played in Cowboy Stadium when it first opened. BYU was one of the first teams to play in that stadium, and that blew my mind.
“Apparently you get a similar vibe when you walk into Allegiant Stadium. Whenever you get a chance to play in these neutral venues, these NFL venues, national TV, late-night, there’s a really special feel to it, like a big-time prize fight,” Wrubell told me.
Greg Wrubell: “Not all P5s are created equal”
COVID-19 made last year strange for everyone and everything, including college football. BYU was lucky to play as many games as they did, but all their P5s fell off the schedule because of it.
For the football layman (or woman) P5 is the abbreviation for Power Five, or the five athletic conferences considered to be the best in college football in the United States. They are the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, the Pac-12, and Southeastern Conferences.
“All those P5s are now back, seven power five programs are back on the schedule this year, but not all P5s are created equal,” Greg explained. “And I wouldn’t say this is a schedule that BYU looks at and feels is too much for them at this time.”
I couldn’t let Greg go without asking him about the big Utah rivalry game. After all, it’s only eight days away.
“Utah hasn’t lost to BYU in 12 years. Last time they did lose, they vowed it wouldn’t happen again, and it hasn’t happened since.
History says these things are somewhat cyclical. It’s BYU’s biggest challenge of the season. They have to find a way to get over that hump. It will come to an end sometime.”
Is this BYU’s year? We’ll see next week. But first, Arizona, tomorrow night. We’ll be listening Greg.