It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used throughout the offseason or regular season.
In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2017, Athlon asked coaches around the nation to talk anonymously about their opponents.
Note: These scouting reports come directly from coaching staffs and do not necessarily reflect the views of Athlon's editorial staff.
Coaches Anonymously Scout BYU for 2017
“Tanner Mangum coming back is like having a returning starter even though they lost Taysom Hill. Under Bronco Mendenhall, Mangum looked great. He should be able to adjust to what Ty Detmer wants. It won’t be a spread attack, but Mangum can make the throws you need."
"It’s BYU so you know they’re going to be rough in the pile, so to speak. They play meaner than any team we see, we tell our guys that every year."
"They’ve done some big things with scheduling to look like a Power 5 school, but on tape this is a really good Mountain West team without that kind of top-level talent you’d see in the Pac-12 or Big 12."
"When you play them you study their schedule, because they’re a different team coming off back-to-back Power 5 games across the country than they are at home vs. local schools."
"The defense is going to start looking a lot more like Utah, more aggressive and attacking the run."
"The decision makers really like (Kalani) Sitake so don’t expect much to change in how they recruit or the culture, which is some of why Mendenhall got fed up there."
"The expectations for BYU and the reality of what it takes to achieve those goals still doesn’t match up for them.”
"They’re going to be a well coached, really tough football team but they’re not Notre Dame, and they’re not a playoff contender as an independent. But they can win a lot of games, especially in Provo, if they get that offense going."