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BYU Football: Trench Warfare

BYU Football: Trench Warfare

Analysis of the offensive line's first performance of the year. The big uglies never get enough credit for all their dirty work in the trenches.  In the last few years, the BYU offensive line hasn't deserved much credit.  It got to the point where casual BYU fans were starting to notice the lack of production. Reports from fall camp were praising the talent and depth of the offensive line.  Last Friday against the Huskies of UConn was the first chance for the, "War Daddies," to make their statement. The offense was able to get out to a quick start by taking a 21-0 lead in the first...
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College Football Scores: How BYU's Opponents fared in Week 1

Quick look at how BYU opponents fared in Week 1. Week 1 (future opponent in bold) North Texas 7 @ Texas 38 | Recap UTSA 27 @ Houston 7 | Recap #7 UCLA 28 @ Virginia 20 | Recap Utah State 7 @ Tennessee 38 | Recap Penn State 26 vs. UCF 24 (Neutral Game in Dublin, Ireland) | Recap Southern Utah 19 @ Nevada 28 | Recap Boise State 13 vs. #18 Ole Miss 35 (Neutral Game in Georgia Dome) | Recap Savannah State 7 @ Middle Tennessee State 61 | Recap UNLV 13 @ Arizona 58 | Recap California 31 @ Northwestern 24 | Recap BYU's opponent's record (4-8)
Vanquish The Foe Aug 30, 2014

BYU vs UConn Breakdown: The Best and Worst of the Cougars' Season Opening Victory

No Williams, no problem. Taysom outpaces the Huskies. BYU 35 UCONN 10. Best:  Fast Starts Getting up early is huge in any athletic event, especially football.  Most of the game plan for the trailing team goes out the window.  Adjustments are made on the fly.  This leads to riskier decision making, like a goofy fake field goal. This is especially the case when playing the UCONN Huskies.  In their FBS history, the Huskies have only rallied from a 14-point deficit six times.  Put them behind the 8 ball, and they don't do much about it. UConn was stuck trying plays they were less...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 30, 2014

What to Watch in College Football: Week 1

College football is back and in full swing. Find out what to watch after the Cougars take the field Friday night, and how to productively spend your weekend indulging in the greatness that is college football. #14 Wisconsin vs. #13 LSU Wisconsin will face LSU as part of the college football kickoff promotion hosted at NRG stadium in Houston, TX. The #14 ranked Badgers are coming off a disappointing 9-4 season that included a loss to South Carolina in the Capitol One Bowl. Head coach Gary Anderson and Heisman hopeful Melvin Gordon look to take on the #13 ranked LSU Tigers. The Tigers...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 30, 2014

Vine Highlights: Taysom Hill passes critics into silence in BYU's season-opening win

Highlights recapping Taysom Hill's performance against Connecticut, which went against pundits' conventional thought about the quarterback. Taysom Hill looked like a dual-threat quarterbacking cyborg Friday. Even with the offense spinning its wheels in the first half due to multiple holding and personal foul penalties, Hill still had BYU rolling on its way to a four-score victory. And he did it ... *gasp!* ... with his arm. Well, he did damage with his legs, too, because he's Taysom freaking Hill and he'll romp all over you whenever he pleases, thank you very much: But everything we...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 29, 2014

BYU vs UConn Final: Cougars destroy the Huskies 35-10.

BYU overcomes penalties to beat UConn in the season opener 35-10. The 2014 BYU football season started off on a good note going cross country and beating the UConn Huskies on Rentschler Field 35-10.  Although the score looked good and the offense clicked, for the most part, there are some improvements that really need to be made.  Penalties abounded including multiple late hits and multiple holds.  It seemed that the only thing that could stop the offense were the penalties. The game started out very well for the Cougars with Taysom Hill taking the offense 15 plays for 75 yards for a...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 29, 2014

BYU Football Bold Predictions: Cougars end the season ranked.

BYU needs to reach the 10 win plateau for the 2014 season to be a success. The following are my bold predictions for BYU's 2014 football season. 1. Anything less than 10 wins will be a massive disappointment. Independence has been a serious struggle for BYU from a scheduling standpoint. Their opponents have gotten much worse since they decided to leave the MWC. The average quality of opponents seems much worse even than a soft MWC schedule. Schools like Savannah State, Cal and UNLV will do BYU no favors with the selection committee. Even the teams from the major conferences that BYU was...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 29, 2014

BYU Football Bold Predictions for each game

Game by game bold predictions for the upcoming football season Game 1: UConn With an emphasis on not repeating the debacle that became the Virginia opener last season, the offense comes into this game fired up.  The offensive line is hungry to prove that they are physical and open up running lanes for Taysom Hill and company, racking up the rush yardage.  As the UConn defense tries to load up the box to stop the run, Taysom makes them pay by completing 70% of his passes for a couple scores to his new receivers like Leslie. Cougars still blow out the Huskies even with the losses of some...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 29, 2014

BYU vs Connecticut Breakout Players

This week is the return of BYU football and Vanquish the Foe wants to help you identify key players to watch this Friday night. Make sure you check back weekly for updated articles about breakout players on both sides of the ball. This Friday night is the return of BYU football. We don't get the satisfaction of watching them play in beloved Lavell Edwards Stadium but we do get to watch them from the comfort of our home. Unless you are one of the lucky ones who are watching the game at Rentschler Field. Vanquish the Foe would like to give you a couple of names and players to watch for...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 29, 2014
How to Watch BYU vs UConn: Game Time, TV Schedule, and More

How to Watch BYU vs UConn: Game Time, TV Schedule, and More

Game Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 29, 5:02 p.m. MT Location: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT Game Notes: BYU UConn Channel: ESPN TV Broadcast team: Dave Flemming - play by play Danny Kanell - analyst Allison Williams - sideline reporter Pre-game Show: Countdown to Kick-off (4:00 pm MT on BYUtv & byutvsports.com) Dave McCann and Blaine Flower joined by BYUtv's team of analyst and reporters Post-Game Show: Countdown to Kick-off (Immediately following the game, approx. 8:30 pm MT on BYUtv & byutvsports.com) Player & coach interviews, highlights, and...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 29, 2014

BYU Football: Connecticut Q&A with Aman Kidwai of The UConn Blog

Get up close and personal with a preview of BYU’s first opponent of the season, UConn, with some help from Aman Kidwai of The UConn Blog. It's the first week of the season and the Cougars look to start this season off on the right foot as they travel back east to face Connecticut. We were able to catch up with Aman Kidwai, writer for The UConn Blog, and get his insight on this week's game. VANQUISH THE FOE: First year head coach Bob Diaco is coming from Notre Dame where he had great success with the Irish defense, including a couple of victories over BYU. What changes has he made since...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 28, 2014
VTF Presents: A BYU Podcast featuring Zach Bloxham & Jake Welch

VTF Presents: A BYU Podcast featuring Zach Bloxham & Jake Welch

Without much rhyme or reason, sports pundits and culture junkies Zach Bloxham and Jake Welch have joined forces to create a (for now) nameless podcast that touches on BYU sports and a variety of other pertinent topics. In the inaugural edition of the podcast, Zach and Jake discuss the general outlook of BYU's football program, the upcoming game against UConn and why Bronson Kafusi is (in some very small way) like LeBron James. VTF Presents: A Podcast featuring Zach Bloxham and Jake Welch Follow Zach and Jake on Twitter at their respective accounts, @zbloxham and @BYUAllBlue. For more...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 28, 2014
BYU Football, Week 1 at UConn: Previews, odds, predictions, podcasts, and more

BYU Football, Week 1 at UConn: Previews, odds, predictions, podcasts, and more

BYU heads to Connecticut to start its season on ESPN. Here is what you need to know before you watch the game. The History With the first game of the 2014 season already upon us, the hope was to provide a great start with a remarkable history between the two teams that we could dissect and analyze in the remaining hours.  Unfortunately, due to the lack of significant games played between the schools, that didn't happen.  In fact the BYU Cougars and the Connecticut Huskies have never played each other in football. So we went to the next best thing, the two teams playing common opponents...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 28, 2014

Know the Bro: Jordan Leslie

Senior receiver Jordan Leslie suits up for his first game as a Cougar after leaving El Paso. Will his performance as a Cougar live up to expectations? Jordan Leslie played high school football in Houston, Texas, where he was named a First-team Texas All State Receiver.  That's a pretty high honor anywhere, but especially in a place like Texas.  Tom Landry once said, "Football is to Texas what religion is to a priest." And so it is. After high school Leslie committed to UTEP, where he has played at wide receiver for the past three years.  During his time as a Miner Leslie led his team in...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 28, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 1 Day

We are finally just one day away from the kickoff. It only seems fitting to end the Cougar Kickoff Countdown with a short post about LaVell Edwards, who catapulted the BYU football program out of obscurity and into national prominence during the 1970's. 12 years after becoming the head coach, LaVell added a National Championship to his resume. His 257 career victories are seventh most all time for FBS coaches. His accolades include being inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame (with five former players receiving the same honor), Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award, Utah Coach of the...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 28, 2014
My first BYU game: Memories of fan genesis rush back with each season opener

My first BYU game: Memories of fan genesis rush back with each season opener

Brett Hein reminisces about his first BYU football game every time a new football season kicks off. No matter how many years pass, each BYU football season opener reminds me of the same things: an early Saturday wake up, a warm sun, rumbling metal, and the anticipation of something new. As a 10 year old, I was already an avid sports fan. Four years earlier, I remember vividly how excited I was that a neighbor delivered to me a tape of a triple overtime game between the Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls. Six-year-old me sat in awe as I witnessed (a day later than everyone else because my family...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 27, 2014
BYU vs. UConn: Odds, betting lines, and computer predictions

BYU vs. UConn: 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 opener at Connecticut. The longest week of the late summer is winding down. BYU fans have to wait one less day than most college football fans, but the visions of the Go Fast Go Hard Go Long offense sending the men, women, and children of East Hartford into hiding are starting to keep us up at night. Kickoff can't come soon enough. Let's take a look at betting lines, odds, and computer predictions to see where things stand as we anticipate the kick of BYU at UConn. (This is, of...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 27, 2014
CougarCast: Week 1 BYU at UConn

CougarCast: Week 1 BYU at UConn

Tosh and Keith give their predictions and insight on what to expect against the UConn Huskies. The season begins soon with UCONN and Tosh and Keith are fired up! The UCONN Huskies tumultuous 2013 campaign (1:40) UCONN QB Casey Cochran (3:35) UCONN Head Coach Bob Diaco (4:55) UCONN's dangerous WRs Geremy Davis and Deshon Foxx (9:11) UCONN's terrible rushing attack (11:15) Prediction of UCONN's offensive approach and BYU's defensive philosophy (11:45) Prediction of BYU's offensive approach and UCONN's defensive philosophy (14:12) What can we see in the first game that will be telling...
Vanquish The Foe Aug 27, 2014
Vanquish the Foe College Football Pick'em Group

Vanquish the Foe College Football Pick'em Group

College Football is nearly upon us and Vanquish the Foe is once again organizing a Yahoo College Pick'em group for this season. Compete with VTF staff and reader to see who can claim the bragging rights this year. We hope to make our group bigger and better than last year, so please come join us. The group name is Vanquish the Foe, the ID is 10553, and the password is lavelledwards. Click here to go to the Yahoo College Pick'em page and sign up. We will be dropping the lowest week, so if you don't get your picks in before this weekend feel free to still join. Go Cougars!
Vanquish The Foe Aug 27, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 2 Days

With less than 48 hours until the Cougars meet the Huskies on the field, we'll take a look at the best player to don the number two for BYU During the last four years, #2 Cody Hoffman was the lone offensive component of consistency for BYU. When he was on the field, you knew all the quarterback had to do was get the ball to him and Hoffman would make a play. He did it to score a touchdown against Georgia Tech with a DB interfering with the pass. He did it against Oregon State with a bobbling ball while falling on his back. He did it against UCF in 2011 when he returned a kickoff 93-yards...

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