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Game changing player of the Week: Fred Warner

In order for BYU to right the ship, they're going to need a sustained and immediate improvement defensively. Freshman linebacker Fred Warner should be a key cog in the defensive plan for BYU moving forward. Prior to the Utah State game, no one thought that the Middle Tennessee State game would be considered a must win. Of course, prior to the Utah State game, no one, BYU faithful least of all, felt that the Cougars would be riddled by injuries and bereft of their Heisman candidate at quarterback. Nobody could have imagined the Cougars would be limping into a Saturday game, against an...
Vanquish The Foe 19 hours ago

BYU vs. Middle Tennessee: Odds, betting lines and computer predictions

Using data from Las Vegas and several computer predictors to get a hopefully-accurate preview for BYU's journey to Middle Tennessee. The only group more weary from losing than the fans is the team. BYU needs a win in a bad way against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders this week. Let's look at how BYU is expected to fare against Middle Tennessee from sportsbooks and predictors. (This is, of course, for entertainment purposes only. While we don't encourage gambling, referencing predictions from the people who make money on predictions can be interesting.) LINES AND ODDS When sports books...
Matt Brown / Vanquish The Foe 22 hours ago

Is BYU football the hardest coaching job in the country?

BYU football has some well known structural issues that make it a challenging job. Is it the hardest one in the country? Let's take a closer look at some of the other candidates. As many in the BYU fanbase start to contemplate joining the #FireBronco movement, the difficulty of the BYU coaching position becomes a major talking point. If you have somebody who can do a B, B+ caliber job, and the job is nearly impossible, is it worth blowing everything up to try and find an A caliber guy? In February, David Cutliffe of Duke called BYU the "toughest job in America". Recently, others in...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 30, 2014

8 things we learned about BYU basketball from the Cougar Tip-Off

It may have been a meaningless intrasquad scrimmage, but that won't stop us from drawing sweeping conclusions. BYU held their annual Cougar Tip-Off at the Marriott Center on Wednesday, signaling the ceremonial beginning of the basketball season. There's not usually a ton one can take from these organized intrasquad scrimmages. It's early in the season. Everyone's rusty from not playing in real games for six months. Not everyone even plays. Those who do are essentially playing against mirror images of themselves, running the same sets and defensive schemes. It's all kind of perfunctory. But...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 30, 2014
What you need to know: BYU vs Middle Tennessee

What you need to know: BYU vs Middle Tennessee

Mired in a four game slump, the Cougars travel to take on the Blue Raiders in what some are tabbing as a must win game. The History The BYU Cougars and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will meet for just the second time on Saturday.  BYU won the first meeting between the schools and will be looking to take the series 2-0. Provo, UT 2013 37-10 Taysom Hill used his legs almost as much as his arm in the first meeting between the schools and led the Cougars to a win. With 177 yards through the air and 165 on the ground, Hill was able to balance out the offense as the defense held the Blue...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 30, 2014
BYU starts basketball season with Cougar Tip-Off

BYU starts basketball season with Cougar Tip-Off

Dave Rose's squad showed off a bunch of new faces — and plenty of old ones, too — at the Marriott Center on Wednesday. Wednesday was the first real chance to see the 2014-2015 Cougar basketball team in action. It was also one of the final chances for players to make a bid for playing time before non-conference games begin. Two 20-minute scrimmages were played, and teams were reorganized at the half, so there was no real final score or team stats. Fan favorite Tyler Haws provided the most scoring out of everyone, and unless I missed one, he went 4/4 from beyond the arc, which was a point...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 29, 2014

The Bronco Standard: Fans, media hold Bronco Mendenhall to the wrong standard of excellence

Fans and media have become fixated on something the BYU coach has never said, while ignoring important program measures Mendenhall has detailed. This consideration reveals important numbers. National championship. If you haven't heard before, BYU won such a thing in the sport of football in 1984. For better or worse, all things about the football program and in the lives of those around it seem to be measured against that singular fact. For the head coach, all successes and movements of one Marc Bronco Clay Mendenhall seem to be measured against those of Reuben LaVell Edwards. Note: What...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 28, 2014

BYU in the NFL: John Denney reaches career milestone in week 8

While week 8 was a slow week for the former Cougars in the NFL statistically, Miami Dolphins' long snapper John Denney reached an impressive milestone in his 10-year career. Denney played in his 150th consecutive game for Miami, a franchise record. Denney signed with the Dolphis in 2005 as an undrafted free agent and has been with the franchise his entire career. Ziggy Ansah didn't fill the stat sheet as much as he has in recent week's in Detroit's game with Atlanta in London, but he still recorded a single tackle, a sack, a forced fumble,  2 QB hits, and gave rookie offensive lineman,...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 28, 2014

BYU Basketball Player Profile: Jamal Aytes looks to provide post punch for Cougars

BYU needs inside scoring, and that's somewhere the young UNLV transfer can lend a hand — as soon as the NCAA stops punishing him for changing his mind. Saturday, December 20, 2014. The thousands of students on BYU's campus are well acquainted with that date. It is the first day of winter break — the day that signals the end of fall semester. With Christmas looming, its likely an important travel day for many. BYU forward Jamal Aytes (pronounced "eights") has probably thought about that day more and longer than any of his fellow students. You see, it is on December 20 that Jamal Aytes'...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 28, 2014

Remembering why I am a fan of BYU Football

When feeling downtrodden, take a look back at the reasons why we cheer for the Cougars It is interesting the effect that a game can have on our emotions and our lives.  Right now, BYU fans are sad, downtrodden, disheartened, frustrated, plus any other synonyms that you can think of.  Some fans are so frustrated that they want some major changes to the coaching staff.  This is not a post about that though.  Yes, I'm feeling emotional and in my stomping around the house my wife asked a great question.  "Why do you watch something that makes you like this when they lose?"  Here is my...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 27, 2014

BYU picked second in 2014-15 WCC preseason coaches poll

Two Cougars named to preseason All-WCC team at the conference's Tip Off event. The West Coast Conference held its basketball Tip Off event Monday, where the BYU men's and women's basketball teams were voted second by coaches in the conference's preseason polls. MEN The men's poll (first place votes): 1. Gonzaga (11)2. BYU (1)3. Saint Mary's4. San Francisco5. San Diego6. Portland7. Pepperdine8. Santa Clara9. Loyola Marymount10. Pacific Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team, so BYU's first-place vote most likely came from Gonzaga's Mark Few. Preseason Team Tyler Haws and Kyle...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 27, 2014

BYU Basketball Player Profile: Could Frank Bartley be an answer at point guard?

The athletic guard found himself squeezed out of minutes last season. Here's one answer to earning his minutes back. Frank Bartley IV was a surprise commitment of the 2013 class and pledged to BYU after being all-but-committed to Auburn. We then learned the story of his family being displaced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, moving to Baton Rouge where Frank began to succeed on the court. Bartley helped his team to a 1A Louisiana state title and once earned 1A MVP before moving to California for his final season to get his name on more recruiting radars. He arrived at BYU with a...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 25, 2014

BYU Women's Volleyball: #12 Cougars defeat Waves in four.

The Waves took one set on the Cougars home floor but couldn't complete the upset against the high flying Cougars. In a rematch with the Pepperdine Wave the BYU Cougars were looking to repeat their three set sweep from earlier this year.  BYU came into the match with a 17-3 record and 8-1 in the WCC. Pepperdine was hoping to stay close while sniffing the upset, but came into the match 7-14 and 2-7 in the WCC. BYU was in the top 10 last week but their only conference loss, to San Diego, dropped them in the rankings. This game would turn out with another Cougars win and another step towards...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 25, 2014

BYU Football Recap: BYU embarrassed on the Smurf Turf

Is the season over yet? What was supposed to be a warm welcome back for the BYU Cougars quickly spiraled into a 30-55 loss in Boise. Greg Wrubell reported before the game that Craig Bills and Dallin Leavitt were back for BYU’s defense, a huge help for a struggling unit and a defensive coordinator facing a lot of pressure from the fans. But unfortunatly the hard hitting defensive leaders were both called for facemask penalties early. Leavitt committed the penalty on the opening kickoff. And, as leaders do, they set the tone for the rest of the game. Bills got torched in the second quarter...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 24, 2014

What to watch in college football: Week 9

Which ranked teams will stumble this week? 5) Michigan at #8 Michigan State: Saturday 1:30pm MDT ABC Michigan’s season is over, the only thing they have left to cheer for is the possibility to spoil a rival’s season when they play the Spartans on Saturday, and when they play Ohio State on November 29th. They are not particularly talented and they do not execute very well, but do not underestimate their motivation here. Michigan State has a clear path to the Final Four thanks to a weak Big 10, and two weeks to prepare for the Buckeyes. Look for this game to be closer than advertised, but...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 24, 2014
BYU Basketball Player Profile: Maximizing the impact of Josh Sharp

BYU Basketball Player Profile: Maximizing the impact of Josh Sharp

BYU fans know what Josh Sharp is capable of. The question is, will they see it? Before reading this collection of words about Josh Sharp, go to YouTube and search "Josh Sharp BYU". I suggest you search with the qualifier of "BYU," otherwise you will get a bunch of strange videos of Josh Sharp the adult contemporary, acoustic singer songwriter. In a perfect world, these two versions of Josh Sharp are the same person and maybe sometime this year he'll perform during halftime. Anyway, once you have properly performed the YouTube search take a good long look at the results. I shouldn't have to...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 24, 2014

Breakout Player of the Week: Kai Nacua

Potentially down two safeties and a cornerback, BYU has to turn to their bench in order to counter opponents’ passing attacks. In order to succeed, BYU needs to have a big game from sophomore backup safety Kai Nacua. The injury bug continues to plague BYU's defense. The Cougars wasted a serviceable offensive effort against Nevada by being unable to protect the two score lead they were given at half time on the defensive side of the ball. Boise State comes in averaging 32 points per game, and shows incredible balance offensively, averaging 291 yards per game passing the ball, and 194...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 24, 2014
How to watch BYU vs Boise State: Game time, TV schedule, radio, and more

How to watch BYU vs Boise State: Game time, TV schedule, radio, and more

Game Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 24, 7:00 p.m. MT Location: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID Game Notes: BYU Boise State Channel: ESPN TV Broadcast team: Dave Flemming - play-by-play Danny Kanell - analyst Allison Williams - sideline reporter Pre-game Show: Countdown to Kick-off (6:00 pm MT on BYUtv & byutvsports.com) Dave McCann and Blaine Flower joined by BYUtv's team of analyst and reporters Post-Game Show: BYUtv Sports Post-Game (Immediately following the game, approx. 10:30 pm MT on BYUtv & byutvsports.com) Player & coach interviews, highlights, and...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 23, 2014

The Zone Leaders Podcast #9: Preview of BSU and conspiracy theories

Another week and another tough loss for the Cougars. It was so heartbreaking that Zach and Jake actually fell ill from watching the game in person. They were able to recover emotionally and physically to bring you this week's edition of the Zone Leader's podcast. In this week's edition of the podcast: Zach and Jake discuss the BYU defense and why they have been struggling so far this season. Zach insults Luke Worthington and Jake makes an apology to Matt Bauman. Come for the conspiracy theories and stay for Zach's fantastic dating analogy as it applies to the royal blue uniforms. Follow...
Vanquish The Foe Oct 23, 2014

BYU Basketball Player Profile: Kyle Collinsworth's overlooked greatness and uncertain future

It may sound crazy, but Kyle Collinsworth was one of the best players in the country a year ago — making it all the more difficult to accept that he may never be that way again. I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Lean in real close. This is just between us. Kyle Collinsworth very well may be the best all-around player in the West Coast Conference. In fact, he may be one of the top players in the country. Sound crazy? Don't haul me off in a white coat just yet. I promise there's a method to my madness. With all due respect to Tyler Haws (and he deserves an incredible amount of...

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