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Vanquish The Foe Sep 16, 2014

BYU Football: Looking ahead in a 25-game season

Alex Strelnikov takes a look at what is in store for the Cougars the rest of this season and what they will likely have to do to get into the College Football Playoff. The 2014 BYU football schedule doesn't look as soft after week three, especially when wounded Texas roared back and had #12 UCLA but for the want of one play. Anyone that watched UCLA-Texas didn't see some down and out Longhorns suffering from drought. They saw a bunch of hard-nosed fighting Texans ready to skin themselves a bear. BYU is facing far more formidable opponents in the coming weeks than many thought they would at...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 16, 2014
The Zone Leaders Podcast with Zach Bloxham & Jake Welch - Episode Four

The Zone Leaders Podcast with Zach Bloxham & Jake Welch - Episode Four

After many hours of endless debate Zach Bloxham and Jake Welch have decided on a name for their podcast. In this week's episode Zach compares Ross Apo to a down and out comedian from the 90's and Jake (semi) apologizes for saying really mean things about Kellen Fowler. In the fourth version of the Zone Leaders Podcast, Zach and Jake evaluate the Cougars performance against Houston, discuss what to expect next week when BYU squares off against a hungry UVA team and for the first time in the history of the podcast they make reference to the University of Utah. The Zone Leaders Podcast...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 15, 2014

The Unquestionable Swagger of Taysom Hill

Swagger has a name and it goes by Taysom Hill. The great American poet Chingy once professed,"I'm fresh to death so baby check my swag." As much as I want to go into an in-depth discussion on the rich nature of St. Louis-based hip-hop (which is highly underrated), I will simply focus on this declaration from Chingy and how BYU quarterback Taysom Hill is the natural embodiment of this lyric. It can be confirmed in more ways than one that Taysom is "fresh to death" so much so that everyone around the country, specifically opposing defenses, should "check his swag." Now when I say check his...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 14, 2014
College Football Rankings Week 4: BYU ranked 23 in Coaches Poll, 21 in AP Poll

College Football Rankings Week 4: BYU ranked 23 in Coaches Poll, 21 in AP Poll

BYU's 8-point victory over Houston on Thursday night may have been ugly, but it was good enough to get the Cougars into the Amway Coaches Poll for the first time this season and to jump them up a few spots in this week's AP Poll. BYU premiered in the Coaches Poll at the 23rd spot and moved up four spots in the AP Poll to 21st. This is the first time BYU has been ranked the Top 25 of both the Coaches and AP Polls since the end of the 2009 season. BYU's Week 4 opponent Virginia made its first appearance in the "Others in Receiving Votes" section this week after an upset victory over...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 14, 2014

BYU Football Opponents: Week 3 Results

Scores and game recap links to how BYU's opponents did in week 3. Week 3 (BYU's opponent in bold) Boise State 38 (2-1) @ UConn 21 (1-2) | Recap #12 UCLA 20 (3-0) @ Texas 17 (1-2) | Recap #21 Louisville 21 @ Virginia 23 (2-1) | Recap Wake Forest 24 (1-2) @ Utah State 36 (2-1) | Recap UCF 10 (0-2) @ #20 Missouri 38 (3-0) | Recap Nevada 28 (2-1) @ Arizona 35 (3-0) | Recap Western Kentucky 47 (1-2) @ Middle Tennessee State 50 (2-1) 3OT | Recap Northern Illinois 48 (3-0) @ UNLV 34 (1-2) | Recap Fort Valley State 42 (1-0) @ Savannah State 28 (0-3) | Recap Bye week:  California...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 14, 2014
BYU Basketball Position Previews: Guards

BYU Basketball Position Previews: Guards

A quick look at the guards and the possible replacements for Matt Carlino Now that practice is less than a month away, it is time to look at the guards and possible guard lineups that the Cougars may use in the upcoming season.  Guard play is especially important in Coach Rose's uptempo offensive system. Guards who can push the ball up the floor, keep the turnovers at bay, and space the floor through shooting are crucial to the overall success to the team. The Players: #5 Kyle Collinsworth, 6-6, 215 We all know the importance of Kyle to the Cougars.  He is one of the most athletic players...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 12, 2014

BYU Football: Good Cop, Bad Cop featuring Taysom, Tejan and Turnovers

It was the best of games, it was the worst of games, it was the age of physical defense, it was the age of stupid penalties, it was the epoch of the running game, it was the epoch of turnovers, it was the season of Taysom and it was the season of errant throws. In short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest fans on Twitter insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. I have come to the discovery that the life of a BYU football fan is a life of extremes. For a large majority of fans, I'm not speaking...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 12, 2014
BYU vs Houston Final:

BYU vs Houston Final: "Blue Cougars" hang on to win home opener 33-25

In a game that many expected BYU to win comfortably, the Cougars from Provo just couldn't deliver on those high expectations. That didn't prevent BYU from coming away with the 33-25 win at least. Racing out to a 23-0 lead to start the game, it looked like BYU was going to run Houston off the field but that didn't end up being the case. Turns out, BYU needed to fight until the very end to ensure their victory. BYU's first drive of the game started slow with Taysom Hill missing on a few throws he probably should have hit and eventually the Cougars were forced to punt. Arellano's ensuing punt...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 11, 2014

College Football TV Schedule: Week 3

The college football season is flying by and we are already into the third week of action. As you should already know BYU will be one of the first teams to play this week as they face Houston. A few of BYU's 2014 opponents have some fairly important games this week with UCF heading to 20th-ranked Missouri, Texas welcoming, Virginia welcomes 21st-ranked Louisville, Texas faces off with 12th-ranked UCLA in Austin, and Boise State and UConn play each other. This week's only Top 25 matchup features SEC foes Georgia and South Carolina squaring off against each other. Enjoy. Thursday,...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 11, 2014

Know the Bro: Adam Hine

Humble and unassuming, Adam Hine proves the benefits of hard work, increased experience, and a winning attitude as the Cougars look back on Texas and forward to Houston. Adam Hine committed to BYU when he was only 16 years old.  Still a sophomore at Snow Canyon High School in Santa Clara, Utah, Hine knew exactly what he wanted.  BYU, he says, is "just the perfect place for me." In addition to football, Hine also had some shining moments on the track.  As a junior he high jumped 7-feet-2-inches, breaking a Utah state record that had stood for 29 years.  His senior year he won the 4A long...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 11, 2014

BYU Football: Houston Q&A with Hannah Exley of CoogFans.com

In week three, BYU plays host to a Houston team that gave them a run for the money last season. We caught up with Hannah Exley of CoogFans.com to find out more about the other team of Cougars. VANQUISH THE FOE: In last year's track meet of a game, Houston kept pace with BYU with some big plays, particularly on special teams. Who are the key playmakers for Houston this season? Hannah Exley: Deontay Greenberry had an impressive first game this season with six receptions and 96 yards. Greg Ward Jr. entered the 2014 season as the starting punt returner and has played quarterback as well. During...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 11, 2014

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

Game Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 11, 7:01 p.m. MT Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT Game Notes: BYU Houston Channel: ESPN TV Broadcast team: Rece Davis - play by play David Pollack - analyst Jesse Palmer - analyst Samantha Ponder - 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: Countdown to Kick-off (Immediately following the game, approx. 10:30 pm MT on BYUtv & byutvsports.com) Player & coach interviews,...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 10, 2014
VTF Presents: A BYU Podcast featuring Zach Bloxham & Jake Welch - Episode Three

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

In episode three of the nameless podcast, Zach Bloxham and Jake Welch discuss who really impressed in the Texas win and if BYU fans should be talking about the potential of a perfect season. In the third installment of the podcast Zach and Jake evaluate the Cougars performance against Texas, discuss what to expect on Thursday when BYU pays host to a young Houston team and what play Robert Anae will dial up for the first offensive play of the game. LISTEN: VTF Presents: A Podcast featuring Zach Bloxham and Jake Welch - Episode Three Follow Zach and Jake on Twitter at their respective...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 10, 2014
BYU vs Houston Breakout Player of the Week: Adam Hine

BYU vs Houston Breakout Player of the Week: Adam Hine

Adam Hine's speed and vision should translate into results vs Houston this Thursday as the Cougars' offensive line should bully the other Cougars into creating matchup issues for the Houston defense. Well, Cougar fans, it looks like I picked the wrong receiver to have a breakout game against Texas. While Houk did get an early target, Jordan Leslie ended up doing exactly everything that I'd hoped we'd see from Houk, and should continue to develop into that possession receiver, along with Mitch Matthews. It seems clear to me on observation after the past couple games, that BYU has evolved a...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 10, 2014

CougarCast: Week 3 BYU vs. Houston Preview

Tosh and Keith hurdle over the Texas game on their way to discussing the Houston Cougars personnel, Robertson Daniel's improvement, offense vs. defense matchup breakdowns, a researched reason to hate the Houston Cougars, leak the title of Bronco's fireside talk, and give their game predictions. Its a short week!  Its a home opener!  Its a rematch of the most entertaining game of last season! In this week's episode Keith Shirts and Tosh Mackintosh discuss: Tosh's experience at Darryl K. Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas (:54) Takeaways from the Texas game (3:24) Who are the Houston Cougars?...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 9, 2014

BYU vs. Houston: 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 opener against Houston. BYU is gaining steam after slapping down the Texas Longhorns for the second straight year. How are the Cougars expected to fare against the second leg of the Texas two-step against Houston?Let's look at betting lines and computer predictions for BYU's home opener Thursday. (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...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 9, 2014

BYU in the NFL: Former Cougars Dennis Pitta & Ezekiel Ansah shine in Week 1

Week 1 of the NFL season featured five BYU players seeing minutes with their respective teams. TE Dennis Pitta and DE Ezekiel Ansah were by far the biggest contributors, both having very solid performances in the first week of the season. With Kyle Van Noy out for at least half the season, Pitta and Ansah will be the two former Cougars to really keep an eye on this season. Pitta was one of the few bright spots for the Baltimore Ravens in a disappointing 23-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Pitta led the Ravens in receptions and finished second in receiving yardage behind veteran...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 9, 2014

What you need to Know: BYU vs Houston Preview

Last year the game was a shoot out, don't expect the same this year. The History Thursday night the BYU Cougars will take on the University of Houston Cougars in a rematch from a year ago.  This will be the second meeting between the schools in a series that started last year in Houston and will end in Provo.  The one game that has been played already was an entertaining shootout that ended with BYU taking the 1-0 series advantage. Houston, TX (1-0) In the first matchup between the Cougars, the game came down to the final minutes as the two teams withstood the others blows until time ran...
Vanquish The Foe Sep 8, 2014

BYU QB Taysom Hill's Heisman stock rises after wins at UConn and Texas

I wrote a column several months ago detailing what would need to happen for Taysom Hill to make a serious run at the Heisman trophy. After two weeks of play, he is already generating some legitimate national attention. Here is what some sources are saying about the BYU QB. Hill was ranked 9th in a USA Today running watch list, but this list was only after BYU’s week 1 victory over UConn. He was unranked in their preseason poll, 5 total TDs will do that for someone. Heismanpundit.com conducts a weekly straw poll from voters, and Taysom finished tied for 5th place with four other players....
Vanquish The Foe Sep 8, 2014

The Best and Worst of BYU @ Texas

Taysom stampedes the Longhorns again! Best:  Scared Longhorns Perhaps the best part of BYU's 41-7 victory over the Texas Longhorns is that the Texas fans knew it was coming. Famously, "BYU:  Believe You're Unbeatable" was posted all over the place in the Texas camp.  Credit where it is due, that's a nice acronym affirmation and reminder of who the opponent is.  Belief is an interesting phenomena.  A notion concerning belief that many BYU fans will be acquainted with speaks to the importance of a trial of faith taking place before one can witness in the affirmative or negative...

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