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 bulletin board 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 2021, 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 2021
"Kalani [Sitake] has changed the identity of this program. If they didn’t get the Big 12 invite, it's possible he could've gone and found a Power 5 job after last season. The biggest criticism is that their success was riding the hot hand [Zach Wilson], but they came back and looked great last season, too."
"They're investing in the program in ways they've needed to for a long, long time. It looks like the administration knows they have a really great staff and head coach, and they want it to look Power 5 for the first time. It's way overdue."
"They've got one year left as an independent, and when they have that schedule, you notice them drift week to week. They play to the level of their competition, which is good and bad."
"The quarterback is another legit guy, fits their system, makes smart throws, but I think they're going to have to push him a little bit because they're missing the back [Tyler Allgeier], and it's gonna hurt at first."
"One thing to watch for in the long term is how they recruit and develop their lines and their team speed. They play Power 5 [teams] every year, but most of this roster will carry over to the Big 12. So you need better, physical line play. They used to have a reputation for much nastier linemen, honestly. So that team speed will be important because they need to get ready to come into a league where everyone's just as big or bigger, and probably faster."