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BYU vs. Nebraska weather: A hot, sticky September Saturday in Lincoln

September heat is on tap. What makes the fall special -- falling leaves, cool breezes -- often coincides with many things we like about college football. Well, you'll have to wait for the fall weather. We often see very hot games when the season kicks off early, like in 1996 when BYU hosted Texas A&M on August 24. It will be that kind of day in Lincoln this Saturday as well, with temperatures heading into the mid-90s. Humidity will also be decently high. How will this effect the game? First, both teams will want to make sure they are hydrated. Sure, that means water on the sidelines, which...
Vanquish The Foe 7 hours ago

How to tell your girlfriend that you love ... college football

Confessing your overwhelming feelings of love is always so much harder than you think. "Hey, I've been thinking. We need to have a serious conversation." Generally speaking, this is the very last thing someone wants to hear if they recently started dating someone. Being the absent-minded, void-of-emotional-direction man that I am, I have usually been on the receiving end of this terrifying request. In fact, I actively avoided this type of discussion more than baseball GM's try to avoid Scott Boras. For this very reason, I was nervous to be the one voicing this sentiment. That's right, for...
Vanquish The Foe 13 hours ago

What you need to know: BYU vs Nebraska preview

In the first meeting on the gridiron, the Cougars will pit their offense against a new head coach in Mike Riley. The History The BYU Cougars and Nebraska Cornhuskers will meet for the first time ever to kick off their seasons. Since the Cougars and Huskers have no history to review, we are going to stretch our definition a little. Since Mike Riley, the former head coach at Oregon State, is the new head coach at Nebraska we have an idea of what his offense might be like. However, while BYU has played Oregon State several times against Riley, none were recent. But, there was a common...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 1, 2015

Game 1, BYU at Nebraska: Previews, odds, predictions and more

BYU is about to kick off their season against a tough Big Ten team. Here's our lead-up to the game at Nebraska. The Cougars are finally set to kick off their 2015 season in one of the more intriguing matchups of the day, a 3:30 pm ET tussle against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. A season opening trip to Big Ten country is a little unusual for BYU, and other than passing familiarity with the Nebraska brand, and some of their more famous NFL alumni, some Cougar fans might not know a ton about this team, especially after the significant changes they made in the offseason. Luckily, I happen to...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 1, 2015

BYU basketball recruiting: Frank Jackson commits to Duke

The talented five-star prospect out of Lone Peak High School officially announced where he will play his college basketball today, picking Duke over BYU, Stanford, and Utah. Five-star recruit Frank Jackson, a 6-3, 180 pound guard from Lone Peak High School (Highland, UT), has verbally committed to play college basketball for Coach K at Duke. With a 99.52 247Sports Composite Rating, Jackson is regarded as one of the top point guard prospects in the country, and the top prospect in the state of Utah out of the 2016 class. Jackson chooses Duke over BYU, Stanford, and Utah. Jackson originally...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 1, 2015

BYU Football Breakout Player of the week: Devon Blackmon

Devon Blackmon has an opportunity to prove that he's more than just an occasional flash in the pan with a big day against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 5th. The BYU Cougars are going to have a tall order with the stout defense of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Nebraska this Saturday. The running game will have to contend with a front seven that Phil Steele describes as "very good" in his 2015 college football preview. The Nebraska secondary is also supposed to be very good, but only returns two starters. We know BYU can run the football very well, but in order to come out of...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 31, 2015

BYU Football: Week 1 depth chart released

After practice today the BYU Cougars released their depth chart heading into the Saturday game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Thanks to a tweet by Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune we have a picture of it below: BYU's depth chart pic.twitter.com/GS4V1TPhl2 — Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 31, 2015 For those that don't have a microscope handy, I have attached a table with the same information below. There weren't a ton of surprises with this release, especially considering this does not account for any possible suspensions. The few surprises that did pop up are easy to see. The first...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 31, 2015

Bronco's Brother: The mystery of BYU's Mat Mendenhall

Mat Mendenhall had just won the Super Bowl as a starter in his second NFL season. It would be his last football game. In the legendary Rose Bowl Stadium, with a crowd of 103,667 -- and an additional 81.7 million people watching on television -- the Washington Redskins won Super Bowl XVII over the Miami Dolphins, 27-10. The Redskins' victory was punctuated by a terrific defensive effort in the second half that stifled the Dolphins to gaining only two first downs with zero pass completions. The starting left defensive end for the Redskins was a second-year player from Brigham Young...

What a Big Ten writer thinks BYU fans need to know about Nebraska football

BYU is about to kick off their season against a tough Big Ten team. Here's what a Big Ten writer thinks everybody needs to know about Nebraska The Cougars are finally set to kick off their 2015 season in one of the more intriguing matchups of the day, a 3:30 pm ET tussle against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. A season opening trip to Big Ten country is a little unusual for BYU, and other than passing familiarity with the Nebraska brand, and some of their more famous NFL alumni, some Cougar fans might not know a ton about this team, especially after the significant changes they made in the...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 29, 2015

BYU Football: Listen to Merril Hoge talk BYU with Ben Criddle

Don't miss the great interview of ESPN Analyst Merril Hoge as he talks about the BYU Cougars with Ben Criddle from ESPN 960 Sports. He starts off talking about his son, Beau Hoge, who is fighting for the 3rd string quarterback job for the Cougars. He also gives his thoughts and impressions of the Cougars as a team and what he has seen out of practices. Don't miss his segment on fighting cancer, concussions, and his career ending injury. He also talks talent on the BYU roster, Taysom Hill, and if he could, or should be a first day pick in the NFL draft. He also gets into some talk about the...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 29, 2015

The Long and Winding Road: Recapping BYU's 2015 football offseason

Journey with us back to cover the road we traveled in search of football. In the afternoon on Monday, Dec. 22, Christian Stewart threw an interception to Memphis defensive back DaShaugn Terry in the second overtime of the Miami Beach Bowl, ending a 55-48 BYU loss. That was the last football play of record for BYU. It's been a long eight-plus months, but we're now a week away from more actual, real BYU football. Journey with us as we relive the journey over the last eight months. January The first big news of 2015 came when Bronco Mendenhall assumed direct control over BYU's defense. Quirks...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 29, 2015

BYU football recruiting: QB commit Jaren Hall throws last-second TD in monster game

The son of former BYU running back Kalin Hall had himself a game Friday night in Utah. BYU currently has one quarterback commitment in the class of 2016: Jaren Hall, son of former BYU running back Kalin Hall. Friday night, the younger Hall had himself quite a game for Maple Mountain High School (UT), leading his team to a 31-30 win and throwing this game-winning touchdown pass with eight seconds left: That's the game winning touchdown! #KSLGameNight @huutransuperman @matthewLksl @borysfx pic.twitter.com/I6CtjMgEch — Trevor Cannon (@Tcannon008) August 29, 2015 With his team trailing...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 28, 2015

BYU awards walk-ons Nate Carter and Mitch Juergens scholarships

The two offensive standouts will be on full scholarship starting this season. Earlier this week, Bronco Mendenhall mentioned to the media that BYU would be awarding scholarships for two players. According to quarterback Taysom Hill's twitter account, those scholarships were awarded to running back Nate Carter and wide receiver Mitch Juergens. Big Congrats to Nate Carter and Mitch Juergens on earning a scholarship yesterday!! So excited for these guys!! — Taysom Hill (@T_Hill4) August 28, 2015 The fact that these two players were awarded scholarships comes as no surprise. Both...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 28, 2015

BYU greats by jersey number, #80-99, 127

From #80 to #99 and #127, which BYU athlete is the best to ever wear that number? I began a BYU sports fan summertime pet project. The goal was to decide which BYU player gets to stake their claim at being the all-time best to ever wear that number across all the sports, male and female. As a disclaimer, I must admit that I am weaker in my knowledge of some sports. However, I tried to make adjustments for this knowledge deficit by researching and investigating individual accolades awarded to athletes in all sports with assigned numbers. If you feel injustice has occurred. I'm genuinely...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 27, 2015

BYU Football Position Preview: Offensive line continues search for backup center

An experienced group is poised for a big year, if it stays healthy. As it was in 2014 and in most seasons, BYU's offensive line will play a key role for the Cougars this year. As it stands they have some experience under their belt. However, there are also some concerns with injuries. With an experienced quarterback in Taysom Hill and a good group of receivers, the line needs to focus on opening holes for the current crop of running backs (which is minus Jamaal Williams) while giving Hill just a little more time. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae said early in fall camp that he was...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 26, 2015

Best BYU athletes by jersey numbers: #56-79

From #56 to #79, which BYU Athlete is the best to ever wear that number? I began a BYU sports fan summertime pet project. The goal was to decide which BYU player gets to stake their claim at being the all-time best to ever wear that number across all the sports, male and female. As a disclaimer, I must admit that I am weaker in my knowledge of some sports. However, I tried to make adjustments for this knowledge deficit by researching and investigating individual accolades awarded to athletes in all sports with assigned numbers. If you feel injustice has occurred. I'm genuinely eager to...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 26, 2015

Tanner Mangum and the 2011 Elite 11: Where are they now?

Back in August of 2011, the best high school quarterbacks in the country gathered in Malibu to showcase their talent. The success of this group has been varied. For the first time in over three years, Tanner Mangum will suit up to play in a meaningful football game. To those familiar with BYU Football and the LDS church this comes as no surprise. Many players (in fact a large majority of them) will go from top-ranked recruits to relative anonymity as they leave football for two years to serve missions. Even BYU fans have to be reminded that yes, it's this season that we'll get to see that...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 25, 2015

BYU Football Position Preview: Defensive line key to BYU's success

Can BYU's pass rush improve in 2015? It's cliche, no doubt, but football games are won and lost in the trenches. BYU's offensive improvement in 2014 could almost exclusively be pinned on the growth of the offensive line. Even after Taysom Hill's injury, the offense moved the ball and scored at a pretty good clip. Now, it's the defense's turn. BYU's 2014 defense was one of the worst of the Bronco era, especially against the pass. (I'll be damned darned if a Bronco Mendenhall defense is ever poor against the run.) While experience and improvement (and hopefully health) will lead to better,...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 25, 2015

2015 BYU Football Roster

A look at who makes up the BYU Football Team. With the season coming in 2 short weeks, NOW is the time to begin studying up on the team roster. If your watching BYU Football experience is anything like mine, it is likely that your Dad is going to call you and ask, "Who is that #11 who caught the ball a couple of times? I like him." during Halftime of the Nebraska game. Answer: Terenn Houk. Then Dad will worry and say, "With all of his injuries, I really don't get why the coaches have Taysom Hill also playing linebacker." Then you can inform dear old Dad that #4 on defense is Fred...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 24, 2015

BYU football recruiting: 4-star safety Troy Warner decommits from Oregon, BYU in play

Fred Warner's talented brother is again available for BYU. The class of 2016 just got a bit more interesting for BYU's efforts to improve the defensive secondary. Four-star 2016 safety Troy Warner, brother of BYU linebacker Fred Warner, announced his decommitment from Oregon Monday -- and BYU is still in play. ⚠️⚠️Opening recruiting process back up⚠️⚠️ pic.twitter.com/Ap23wWwMzx — Troy Warner ™ (@TroWarner) August 25, 2015 Just confirmed that BYU will be one of the schools that Troy will be considering. — CougarNation.com (@kaceyrobbins) August 25, 2015 Troy...

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