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BYU Football bold predictions: Cougars finish strong, still come up short

The Cougars battle it out in a shootout with Cal but Golden Bears pull away in the end We've finally reached the last game of the regular season and it is safe to say this is not the season Cougar fans envisioned. With Taysom Hill at the helm and plentiful amounts of offensive weapons it appeared the sky was the limit for the BYU Cougars. I even predicted a New Year's Bowl for this team at the beginning of the year. But as we all know Taysom went down midway through game five and the Cougars went on to lose four straight. Since that point they have bounced back and won the last...
Vanquish The Foe 4 hours ago

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

Using data from Las Vegas and several computer predictors to get a hopefully-accurate preview for BYU's season finale against the Cal Bears. One game left in the regular season, and it will tell us a lot about what BYU has been able to improve since the four-game losing streak. Let's look at how BYU is expected to fare against the Cal Golden Bears 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...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 27, 2014

What you need to know: BYU vs. Cal preview

In the regular season finale, the Cougars will face a pass-happy offense that will test the Cougars secondary. The History In the regular season finale the BYU Cougars will travel to take on the California Bears. The teams have met three times, twice in the regular season and once in the Las Vegas Bowl. BYU and Cal faced off the first time in 1999 in Provo and then in Berkeley in 2001. Berkeley, CA 2001 (44-16) Brandon Doman and Luke Staley continued to make defenses look bad as they put up 44 points on the home team. It didn't look good early on as the Bears scored first and shut out the...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 26, 2014

BYU Basketball Recap: Another heartbreaker in Maui

The Cougars faced their second overtime game in three days, and again came up short. After putting up 121 the day before, the BYU Cougars looked to come back with their second consecutive win in the Maui Tournament as they face the Purdue Boilermakers. Nobody new what to expect as the late night, double overtime game on Monday took a lot out of the Cougars both mentally and physically. The fifth place game, and third in three days, was physical on both sides of the ball as 53 fouls were called and 68 free throws were taken in the 87-85 overtime loss. First Half Both teams came out flat and...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 26, 2014

Know The Foe: Purdue Boilermakers

Learn what Purdue does well, and who will be their key players in today's game. The Purdue Boilermakers are off to a 4-1 start.  In Maui, they lost on Monday to Kansas State 79-88. Tuesday's 82-61 over Missouri leads them to today's matchup against BYU. Purdue rely on their youth.  Scoring, rebounding, steals, assists are all lead by either a freshman or sophomore.  As a rule, I tend to think the age isn't as important until critical moments of the game. If Purdue and BYU are in a close fight down the stretch, I think Cougars have an edge. What does Purdue do well? A lot of things. They...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 26, 2014

How to watch BYU vs Purdue at Maui Invitational: Game time, TV schedule, radio, and more

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 26,  3:00 p.m. MT Location: Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, HI Game Notes: BYU Channel: ESPN2 TV Broadcast team: Jon Sciambi - play-by-play Miles Simon - analyst Projected Starters - BYU: 5 Kyle Collinsworth (Jr., 6-6, 210) - guard 1 Chase Fischer (Jr., 6-3, 195) - guard 3 Tyler Haws (Sr., 6-5, 195) - guard 33 Nate Austin (Sr., 6-11, 230) - forward 41 Luke Worthington (So., 6-10, 235) - forward Projected Starters - Purdue: 0 Jon Octeus (Sr., 6-4, 175) - guard 35 Rapheal Davis (Jr., 6-5, 217 ) - guard 21 Kendall Stephens (So.,...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 25, 2014

BYU basketball recap: Hot shooting Cougars dominate Chaminade

Chase Fischer sets BYU single game three pointers record It came before the 10-minute mark in the first half. BYU had not missed a shot from behind the arch in the game up to that point, and yet they only carried a 40-33 lead. Coach Rose spent a timeout and gave his team an earful concerning their defensive effort. Chaminade never got closer than seven points. Coach Rose figured out a way to slow the Silverswords down, while maintaining massive offensive production. The final score of 121-85 was the fourth highest scoring output in BYU history, and the highest in the Rose era. We all hoped...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 25, 2014

Bounce-back victory over Chaminade speaks volumes about BYU's toughness

The Cougars had every excuse not to come to play on Tuesday, but the entire team showed up in a big way — and that should tell us a lot about this squad. LAHAINA, Hawaii — Bouncing back is underrated. Sure, it would be great if a team could win every game they play every time out, but that's not a particularly realistic expectation. You're going to lose sometimes, and perhaps in painful, heartbreaking ways. It's how a team responds to those moments of disappointment and frustration that defines who they are — and who they can become. BYU faced and met that challenge here in Maui on...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 25, 2014

Cougar faithful excited to watch BYU basketball in Maui

VTF caught up with some fans before the SDSU game to get their thoughts on the team. BYU basketball players weren't the only ones excited for the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational tournament. Fans from all over came to support the boys in blue. Dave Swenson from South Jordan, Utah and his wife are BYU fans who just happened to be in Maui at the same time as the tournament. They’ve been fans since "forever" and are primarily BYU football fans, but they thought they’d support the basketball team since the timing was right.  "We were already here and then decided to come while we were here,"...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 25, 2014

Teach Me How To Fischer: Chase Fischer sets Maui on fire with 27 points, 9 three-pointers in first half

Watch out below, Maui. The mystical Chase Fischer Volcano is erupting — and he raining threes everywhere! LAHAINA, Hawaii — Chase Fischer came out hot in the first half against Chaminade here at the Maui Invitational, going 9-for-10 from beyond the arc for a scorching 27 points. BYU led the host school 66-43 at the break. Fischer's barrage tied Jimmer Fredette's BYU record for 3-pointers in a game — and there's still 20 more minutes to play. It's a virtual certainty that Chase will end the day as the school's sole record holder. It has truly been a breathtaking individual display. Of...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 25, 2014

BYU in the NFL - Week 12: Ziggy Ansah playing key role in his second season

With Brett Keisel on a bye week, it was a fairly slow week among former Cougars in the league. Ziggy Ansah, Kyle Van Noy, and John Denney were the only former BYU players, who recorded stats this week. Ziggy Ansah continued his impressive season in his second year in the NFL. Ansah recorded three tackles in Detroit's loss to New England on Sunday, which gives Ansah three or more tackles in seven of his last eight games. Ansah now has 38 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles on the season and continues to be a key contributor on one of the NFL's best defenses. Along with being one of the...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 25, 2014

How to watch BYU vs Chaminade at Maui Invitational: Game time, TV schedule, radio, and more

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 25,  2:30 p.m. MT Location: Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, HI Game Notes: BYU Channel: ESPN2 TV Broadcast team: Jon Sciambi - play-by-play Miles Simon - analyst Projected Starters - BYU: 5 Kyle Collinsworth (Jr., 6-6, 210) - guard 1 Chase Fischer (Jr., 6-3, 195) - guard 3 Tyler Haws (Sr., 6-5, 195) - guard 33 Nate Austin (Sr., 6-11, 230) - forward 41 Luke Worthington (So., 6-10, 235) - forward Projected Starters - Chaminade: 5 Lee Bailey (Sr., 6-0, 180) - guard 3 James Harper (Jr., 6-4, 205) - guard 33 Kiran Shastri (So., 6-7,...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 25, 2014

BYU's 2OT Maui heartbreak hurts now, but may help later

As BYU fans cope with another painful loss on a big stage, it's important to remember that basketball season doesn't turn on a single game. We've seen this before. Whether it's football or basketball or women's ice dancing (we have a women's ice dancing team, right?), there's a pronounced pattern in big BYU sporting events. It's a four-step process: 1. The Cougars go down early, causing much weaping and wailing and gnashing of teeth among fans. Many emotionally detach themselves from the game in protest. 2. The Cougars fight back valiantly, inspiring small seeds of hope to be planted in the...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 25, 2014

BYU Basketball recap: BYU falls to SDSU in double overtime thriller

Cougars keep it close but the Aztecs pull away in the second overtime in Maui. In a game that changed course multiple times, San Diego State came out on top in the quarterfinal matchup of the Maui Invitational between the Cougars and Aztecs. BYU looked ready to take home the victory after they surged ahead to a five point lead with 1:38 left in the first overtime. Then in a wild sequence Aqeel Quinn squared up to shoot and had his three point attempt rejected by Corbin Kafusi. BYU guard Chase Fisher seemed to take possession but Quinn then stole the ball, stepped back behind the arc (the...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 24, 2014

Maui Invitational will help 'establish more credibility and consistency'

Dave Rose shared some thoughts during the Invitational's pre-tournament press conference. The EA SPORTS Maui Invitational held its Sunday Morning Coaches Press Conference prior to the official tip off on Monday. "We’re very excited to be here," BYU Cougars head coach Dave Rose said. The five seniors on the team have been looking forward to the event, and Rose said the tournament was brought up while recruiting his freshmen "quite a few times in that process." Rose said the Maui Invitational is "helping us with our program and being able to establish more credibility and consistency with...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 24, 2014

BYU should rely on experience, limit experimentation to stay afloat in Maui

Play time is over for Dave Rose's Cougars. If they want to beat No. 16 San Diego State, they'll have to stick with what they know rather than experiment with what they don't. Greetings from the sunny shores of Maui, where BYU is preparing to take on old Mountain West rival San Diego State in just a few short hours. As this is both my first time covering the EA Sports Maui Invitational and my first visit to Hawaii, I've spent the last few days availing myself of the island's many sights and activities — as have the Cougars. BYU flew in on Thursday to get acclimated, log a bit of practice...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 24, 2014

How to watch BYU vs San Diego State at Maui Invitational: Game time, TV schedule, radio, and more

Game Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 24, 9:30 p.m. MT Location: Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, HI Game Notes: BYU San Diego State Channel: ESPN2 TV Broadcast team: Sean McDonough - play-by-play Fran Fraschilla - analyst Projected Starters - BYU: 5 Kyle Collinsworth (Jr., 6-6, 210) - guard 1 Chase Fischer (Jr., 6-3, 195) - guard 3 Tyler Haws (Sr., 6-5, 195) - guard 33 Nate Austin (Sr., 6-11, 230) - forward 41 Luke Worthington (So., 6-10, 235) - forward Projected Starters - San Diego State: 12 Trey Kell (Fr., 6-4, 215) - guard 5 Dwayne Polee II (Sr., 6-7, 200) - forward 20...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 23, 2014

BYU Basketball at the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational: Previews, podcasts, game times, and more

The Cougars are in Maui for the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational. We have previews, podcasts, game times, and the latest updates from the tournament. The EA Sports Maui Invitational Tournament has been part of college basketball for the last 30 years and has showcased some of the best in college basketball. Over the years the tournament has had 99 teams represented. BYU will once again play in the tournament and take on a few good teams in the process. With eight teams in the field, the Cougars could be faced with a number of match-ups, so lets take a look at who they could potentially...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 23, 2014

CougarCast: Maui Invitational Preview

BYU has a great opportunity to play some top teams in Maui, what does it all mean? Keith and Tosh are fired up to talk about BYU's prospects at the Maui Invitational. Will Tyler Haws capture the eyes of America? How does BYU matchup with the San Diego State Aztecs? Plus, what signs should Keith take to the Lahaina Civic Center? Send in your suggestions to CougarCast@gmail.com! Download this episode (right click and save) Looking for more podcasting fun?  Of course you are!  Check out VTF's Jake Welch and the internet's Zach Bloxham on the "Zone Leaders Podcast" About The Show 2002 Daily...
Vanquish The Foe Nov 22, 2014

BYU football recap: Cougars shut out Tigers 64-0

Senior day ended as most expected, with the Cougars stars shining and large numbers on the scoreboard. The game was over after the first drive but the game went on anyways. Much to the chagrin of the Savannah State University Tigers, the BYU Cougars had 60 minutes to toy with them and insert as many players into the game as possible. As if the 64-0 score didn't tell the tale, the 63 total offensive yards for the Tigers did. With the inability to move the ball against the Cougars, and special teams disasters, the writing was on the wall before halftime. The Cougars started off the game with...