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VTF BYU Football FILM STUDY: Defense stands strong on 4th down

We’ve dedicated our Film Study to the offense the past couple of weeks so this go around we’re going to focus on the defense and how they were able to stuff West Virginia from converting on a key fourth down situation in the 3rd quarter. First, let’s check this play out in real time. At this point in the game BYU had just scored a touchdown (and failed on the conversion) to pull within two points of the Mountaineers. The West Virginia offense was once again on the move and were looking to build on their lead as they marched into BYU’s side of the field. After a great pass...
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How to watch Toledo vs. BYU: Game time, TV schedule, streaming, radio and more

BYU returns home to LaVell Edwards Stadium to face the undefeated Toledo Rockets. The Cougars lost to West Virginia at FedEx Field last week, their third straight loss by three points or fewer. BYU will be looking to end that three-game losing skid Friday night, but to do that they will need to stop Tulane’s high octane offensive attack. The Rockets are averaging just shy of 564 yards and 43 points per game. Here’s is the information you will need to watch or listen to the game: Game Date/Time: Friday, September 30th, 8:15 p.m. MDT Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT Game...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 29, 2016

BYU Football should be Jamaal Williams’ team

While honest questions abound about BYU’s offense, the Cougars know that at least they have one answer. BYU has problems on offense. The Cougars are struggling with intermediate and downfield passing. When the Y reach the red zone, it too frequently ends up with Jake “The Make” Oldroyd or Rhett “You Bet” Almond making a field goal. Fans, media, and the coaching staff are all working hard to analyze and evaluate potential fixes and reasons to understand why the Cougars have been so lack luster over the first third of 2016 season. Is it Taysom Hill? The offensive line? Perhaps the...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 29, 2016

BYU vs. Toledo: Odds, betting lines and computer predictions

Using data from Las Vegas and several computer predictors to get a hopefully accurate preview for BYU’s home game against Toledo. It seems like all the pieces are there for BYU football, but they just haven’t quite come together yet. At 1-3, the Cougars get a desperately needed home game against a Group of 5 opponent. But, Toledo is no cupcake. The Rockets boast a perennially good offense and are one of the top programs in the MAC. Let's take a look at odds and predictions ahead of BYU’s second home game. (This is, of course, for entertainment purposes only. While we don't encourage...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 29, 2016

BYU FOOTBALL POWER RANKINGS WEEK 4: Lost on Country Roads

Believe it or not, there was some good news from the WVU game! We experienced another close loss this week but I noticed something that will encourage me for the future. My tickets for the game were in the West Virginia section. At halftime I moved seats and sat with BYU fans. While sitting in both sections I noticed something very interesting. In the West Virginia section there were a grand total of four babies in attendance while on the BYU side, there were close to 2,455 (the estimates are not exact and the definition of a “baby” is still up for debate). Based on my scientific...

Here’s how the president of the Utah Jazz suggested Utah’s Governor pitch BYU to the Big 12

All of Utah’s heavy hitters are getting involved. In the quest for admission to the Big 12, multiple public figures have gotten involved, especially on the Texas side. The Governor and Lt. Governor both publicly endorsed Houston’s candidacy, which caused Utah’s Governor to stump for BYU (also, thanks for reading SB Nation, Gov. Herbert. We appreciate it). But that was back in late July, and the process continues to drag on. Now, we have a little more insight into how some of Utah’s leaders are pitching and supporting BYU’s hopes to join the conference. We have obtained an email...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 28, 2016

Cougs on Cougs: Bad-luck? What the numbers say about BYU football’s 1-3 record

Jess and Mary have stats man Ken O’Kelley on to talk missed tackles, incompletions, interceptions, dropped passes and more ahead of Week 5. Week 37 of Cougs on Cougs is a little late this week, due to Mary making the long trek back to Provo from Washington D.C. where she witnessed the Cougars take on the Mountaineers at FedEx Field. Although BYU had its chances, the Cougs fell to West Virginia 32-35, dropping to 1-3 in September. It was another hope-inducing but ultimately frustrating loss. But take heart, Cougar fans. There is a silver lining to the clouds, and we believe the sun is...

Oklahoma's influential president may have changed his mind on Big 12 expansion

Or maybe he didn’t. It’s hard to keep up. In our latest episode of As The Big 12 Turns, we try to answer the simple, but important question: What does University of Oklahoma president David Boren think about Big 12 expansion now? In one corner, we have “David Boren no longer supports Big 12 expansion.” Via Sports Illustrated: It appears now that Boren has come full circle on his expansion beliefs, adding another layer of uncertainty to the already muddled Big 12 expansion exploration process. Interviews with multiple sources around the Big 12 in the past week revealed a belief...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 28, 2016

What you need to know: BYU vs Toledo

This is a big game for both schools, here’s everything you need to get you ready for Friday. The History The BYU Cougars and Toledo Rockets have never played on the gridiron. Toledo was founded in 1872 but didn't field their first football team until 1917. The Rockets are part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and from 1969-1971 held the nation's attention with a 35 game winning streak. The Outlook Against West Virginia the BYU offense not only showed some improvement, they also showed some fight. It was a pleasant surprise since it appeared that they had been sleepwalking through the...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 27, 2016

CougarCast: BYU football needs to bounce back vs. Toledo.

A must win home game for the Cougars and Toledo’s biggest game of the year. Friday’s game should be great. For the first time this season, the BYU Cougar football team is playing an opponent outside of the Power 5 conferences. This Friday, LaVell Edwards Stadium welcome from the Mid-Atlantic Conference the Toledo Rockets. The 1-3 Cougars have had trouble finding enough plays during the past 3 weeks and have suffered narrow defeats. The Rockets come in to the game undefeated. Toledo faces a step up in their competition and are hungry to pick up a victory to take another step toward...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 25, 2016

BYU football opens as a 4.5 point favorite against Toledo

BYU is in desperate need of a bounce back game, Vegas believes Toledo will be it. BYU is coming off a three game losing streak but this weekend they’ve opened as 4.5 point favorite against Toledo according to VegasInsider. Led by head coach Jason Candle, Toledo is 3-0 on the year but has yet to play a defense anywhere near the caliber of BYU. Despite the competition, Toledo has been able to put up some serious offensive numbers. Toledo has scored 31, 45 and 52 against Arkansas State, Maine and Fresno State respectively. Much of their success has been due to their quarterback, Logan...

BYU’s loss to West Virginia changes up the narratives, but the result remains the same

What do you make of a weird game like that? LANDOVER-- I only remember hearing cussing once in the press box, which is a bit unusual. The timing, however, wasn’t. With 4:14 left in the game, the Mountaineers looked ready to finally put away the Cougars, after a dramatically up and down game. They had 1st and goal at the 4, and a simply plunge into the end zone would push the game out of reach. Instead, Tyler Orlosky fumbled, and the words you can’t say on television starting flying out. Not because of the fumble. But for the poor writers on deadline, who suddenly had to throw out...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 24, 2016

BYU vs West Virginia recap: Cougars lose heart-breaker to the Mountaineers

The BYU Cougars offense made progress when they faced off against the West Virginia Mountaineers as they put up 32 points in a three point loss, 35-32. Even with the proverbial offensive explosion, the game still showed that there will be growing pains throughout the year. In the game the Cougars didn’t have a three and out, and punter Johnny Linehan only kicked twice. First Half The game started with West Virginia driving the field and putting the Cougars defense on their heels as the Mountaineers put up a touchdown running a precise, hurry up offense. BYU would respond with a long 78...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 24, 2016

How to watch BYU vs. West Virginia: Game time, TV schedule, streaming, radio and more

After falling three points short to UCLA in a tough home opener, BYU heads back on the road to face a 2-0 West Virgina team. The Cougars and Mountaineers will face off at FedEx Field, home of the NFL’s Washington Redskins this afternoon. This will be the first meeting between the two teams. BYU’s defense has been impressive through three games, but the Cougars offense will need to improve if they want to add another game to the win column. BYU’s offense is only averaging only 16.3 points per game, which just won’t cut it in most games and especially not against quality opponents...

ESPN: BYU’s Big 12 hopes are “losing steam.” Let’s take a closer look

The worldwide leader has an update on Big 12 expansion, and things may be even more complicated than they seem. We’re still a few weeks away from the next big date in the Big 12 expansion saga, as the next Big 12 board meeting isn’t until October 17. But updates on the process have started to trickle in from national reporters, and surprise, they continue to paint a convoluted process rife with internal disagreements. Jake Trotter at ESPN has the most recent update, which has a few specific updates of note to BYU fans. There are two particular passages worth highlighting, although...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 22, 2016

VTF BYU FOOTBALL FILM STUDY: Breaking down the BYU passing game

BYU's passing game was less than spectacular the last week against UCLA. Let’s see where things went wrong. After the loss to UCLA, many fans were unimpressed with the offense and specifically their inability to move the ball through the air. It’s really difficult to completely dissect exactly where things so go wrong when throwing the football (due to limited camera angles) but this week we’ll take a look at a critical play from that game that might help give some insight to what’s going wrong. Let’s take a second and watch the play. This passing down came early in the game and...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 22, 2016

Could BYU Football be tired against West Virginia?

The Mountaineers will be the fresher team on Saturday. Lets go for a time warp. All the way back to 2015. The Cougars entered the season with what was thought to be the “toughest schedule in program history.” Taysom Hill, following a season ending injury, was named the starting quarterback with Tanner Mangum slotted as the back up. The Cougars opened up the season away from LaVell Edwards Stadium where they won on a last second play by a freshman. The 2nd week saw a brutal and emotional matchup against a local rival team. The third week a game against UCLA — with the Cougars coming up...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 21, 2016

Cougs on Cougs: ‘The Perfect Fan’ with Nicolle Thompson-Williams (Jamaal’s mom)

Jess and Mary chatted with Nicolle to learn all sorts of stuff you probably didn’t know about our star RB Jamaal. Jess and Mary sat down with one of Cougar Nation’s favorite football moms, Nicolle Thompson-Williams, mother of running back Jamaal Williams. The interview is one of their ‘Perfect Fan’ segments where they talk with athletes’ moms to get the inside scoop, their perspective and learn some things about the boys that fans would otherwise not know. Jess and Mary talk with Nicolle about how she made her decision to be a college athlete at UCLA, and what role she played in...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 21, 2016

What you need to know: BYU vs West Virginia

The History Saturday will be the first meeting between the BYU Cougars and the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Mountaineers started playing football in 1891 and have won close to 60% of their football games in that time span. This game also marks the first time that BYU will play at FedExField, the home of the Washington Redskins. The Outlook Once again the Cougars defense played a tremendous game only to be overshadowed by the lack of an offensive punch. As long as the defense continues to carry the team, the Cougars will be in most of their games. However, if the defense can't maintain...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 20, 2016

Cougars on Cougars: BYU Football week 3 recap and West Virginia preview

Jess and Mary look at what went wrong against UCLA and get some help from a West Virginia fan to preview Saturday’s game. Cougar Nation, it’s week four of BYU Football and episode 36 of Cougars on Cougars, and times are a little rough. After a thrilling win against Arizona to open the season, the Cougs have dropped the last two games by failing to score more than 20 points (despite the defense holding opponents to 20 points or less). There is some work to do to get back on a winning track, and West Virginia presents a Big challenge (get it? Because they’re in the Big 12?). But...

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