ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — BYU is as prepared as perhaps any team in the country to play anyone, anywhere in college football.

The 22nd-ranked Cougars opened the season by winning at Nebraska on a Hail Mary with no time left, stunning a stadium filled with red-clad fans. They rallied from a double-digit deficit in the last 10-plus minutes of the game to beat then-No. 20 Boise State at home. And last week at the Rose Bowl, they gave up a late touchdown in a one-point loss to No. 10 UCLA.

BYU (2-1) plays at the Big House against the Wolverines (2-1) on Saturday, giving its players another chance to play a marquee team in a famous stadium.

"These are places you dream of as a little kid," receiver Terenn Houk said. "I never would have thought I'd play there. A place like the Rose Bowl ... Guys like Michigan and Nebraska, you live to play in front of those kinds of fans. They're not always the nicest, but it's definitely an awesome atmosphere."



Jim Harbaugh knows plenty about playing quarterback after a great career at Michigan and a good one in the NFL. He knows a lot about coaching the position, too, after tutoring Andrew Luck at Stanford and Colin Kaepernick with the San Francisco 49ers. Those experiences are not stopping critical questions about Harbaugh's decision to stick steadfastly with Jake Rudock instead of giving Shane Morris a shot. Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa, has thrown five interceptions and lost a fumble.


It could be quite interesting when BYU freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum throws against a steadily improving secondary. The Cougars have 6-foot-6 receivers Mitch Mathews and Nick Kurtz, the 6-5 Houk along with shorter, but effective, receiving options in Devon Blackmon and Mitchell Juergens. Michigan often puts its defensive backs in 1-on-1 coverage, counting on the talents of Jabrill Peppers, Channing Stribling, Jourdan Lewis and Jarrod Wilson.


BYU has earned its place among ranked football teams and with a win, it will be set up to stay in the polls because of a schedule that appears to be easier the rest of the way. "We have respect at this point nationally," Cougars coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "You have to keep earning it and you have keep playing well. So far, we're an exciting team to watch. You can tune in right until the end to see what the outcome is going to be. Maybe Michigan will be another one of those games."

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