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Monday, October 31, 2011

Poll Results: What are BYU's chances to beat TCU?

From the six percentage ranges, the 25-49% chance range received the most votes totaling 31% of the vote. The second most was 50% with 24% of the votes. The 51-75% range was next with 19% of the total vote, followed by 76-99% with 12% of the vote. The final two percentage ranges, 100% and 0-24%, tied with 7% each.

My vote before the game would have been for the 25-49% range. The reality, I think, was different.

A Little of Everything Causes BYU to Lose to TCU

The Brigham Young Cougars (6-3) lost to the TCU Horned Frogs (6-2) for the fourth year in a row. As the 38-28 final score indicated, the Cougars did not lose because they were overmatched. This time, a little of everything cost BYU the game. Defensive miscues, special teams mistakes, offensive breakdowns, poor coaching decisions, and bad officiating.

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Different BYU-TCU Match Up

The Brigham Young Cougars (6-2) will play the TCU Horned Frogs (5-2) for the fourth consecutive year in October. While these teams are playing in the same month, that is where the similarities between this year’s game and the previous three stop.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

BYU Football: Did you know? (Less Than 100 Rushing Yards Allowed)

The Brigham Young Cougars gave up 20 yards rushing against Idaho State. It was the fifth time in 2011 that BYU has held its opponent under 100 yards rushing.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars 37, Arizona Wildcats 13 (1974)

Exactly 37 years ago today, October 26, 1974, the Brigham Young Cougars stunned the #16 ranked Arizona Wildcats, 37-13, in Tucson.

Same Old Jake Heaps

One of the more anticipated events of the Brigham Young Cougars win against Idaho State was quarterback Jake Heaps taking snaps for the first time since being benched in game five. Heaps was experiencing a major sophomore slump. After three weeks without playing, how would Heaps respond?

BYU-Idaho State Post-Game Podcast

Final commentary and insights into the Brigham Young Cougars' 56-3 victory over the Idaho State Bengals.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Poll Results: Who impressed you the most against Oregon State?

Cody Hoffman was overwhelmingly (57%) chosen as the most impressive player in the Brigham Young Cougars game against Oregon State. The other fourty-three percent of the vote was pretty evenly split between Brandon Ogletree (13%), Riley Nelson (11%), Michael Alisa (9.5%), and Kyle Van Noy (9.5).

I agree that Cody Hoffman was the most impressive.

BYU Wins, But Was It Impressive?

As expected, the Brigham Young Cougars (6-2) beat the Idaho State Bengals (2-6) easily, 56-3, and the Cougar reserves saw plenty of action. On paper, the 53 point margin of victory looks impressive. After watching the game live, however, fans were scratching their heads and asking was this win impressive?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Game Preview: BYU Should Have No Problem With Idaho State

The Brigham Young Cougars (5-2) will play the Idaho State Bengals (2-5) at LaVell Edwards Stadium this Saturday. This is just the fifth time that BYU will play a FCS team.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Doman and Nelson: A Classic Case of Master vs. Apprentice

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Riley Nelson and offensive coordinator and QB coach Brandon Doman present a classic case of Master vs. Apprentice. Doman quarterbacked BYU from 2000 to 2001. His final season, he had a pass efficiency rating of 159.7. In Nelson’s first two complete games at quarterback, he has a pass efficiency rating of 159.7.

BYU Football: Did you know? (Interception Return Yards)

Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy had a 43-yard interception return against Oregon State. He has totaled 79 return yards on three interceptions in the first seven games of 2011.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars 55, Tulsa Golden Hurricanes 30 (1996)

Exactly 15 years ago, October 19, 1996, the Brigham Young Cougars extended their win streak to five games with a 25-point road win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes.

BYU Football: Problems With Pass Defense

The Brigham Young Cougars are 5-2 on the season and have a four game win streak. The team is showing improvement in many areas. One area that has experienced problems all season long, however, is pass defense.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Nickname For Kyle Van Noy

Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy, yet again, made a couple of big plays in BYU's most recent game at Oregon State. This sophomore is proving he is the real deal. Big plays have become a regular occurrence for the super athletic Van Noy. In addition to his big play and athletic capabilities, he has become a fan favorite. It is about time the fans come up with a nickname for Van Noy.

Cody Hoffman's Potential

Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Cody Hoffman had more than just a career game against the Oregon State Beavers. He made plays that beg the question: How much potential does he have?

Monday, October 17, 2011

BYU-Oregon State Post Game Podcast

The Brigham Young Cougars are fresh off a 38-28 win over the Oregon State Beavers. The podcast is bonus postgame coverage from the Editor. A full write up of the game can be read here.

BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe Speaks About Big XII

Brigham Young Cougars Athletic Director Tom Holmoe spoke to the media on Saturday (October 15, 2011) about BYU being a candidate to join the Big XII conference. In previous statements issued by the BYU Athletics Department, BYU had given no hints to anything that might be happening behind the scenes. This time, Holmoe was much more open, and what he said should make everyone more comfortable.

Poll Results: Which would you prefer? (Big XII or TV)

This poll has closed, and the majority (58%) said they would prefer to see BYU join the Big XII than have access to watch every football game.

Add my vote to seeing BYU join the Big XII.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Game Recap: BYU Survives Sloppiness To Win 38-28

The Brigham Young Cougars scored 14 points on their first two possessions, and 17 on their final three possessions. In between, the Cougars relied on Oregon State turnovers and missed field goals to come out on top, 38-28.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Game Preview: BYU Better Be Ready For A Fight With Oregon State

The Brigham Young Cougars (4-2) travel to Corvallis, Oregon, to play the Oregon State Beavers (1-4). While the Beavers record is almost the exact opposite of the Cougars, BYU better not let its guard down. Otherwise, this game could be another Pac-12 punch to the gut for BYU.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween Comes Early For BYU

The calendar says Halloween is still over two weeks away, but for the Brigham Young Cougars it might as well be this Saturday.

BYU Football: Did you know? (Coaching Against Alma Mater)

Brigham Young Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall returns to Corvallis, Oregon, for a game against his alma mater Oregon State. BYU football coaches have a long history of coaching against the school they once played for.

Final Thoughts on BYU and the Big XII

The Brigham Young Cougars are still on the outside looking in with regards to the Big XII. It looks like that will continue to be the case for awhile. While I stayed out of the fray when everything was rumor and speculation, I did follow the situation. As we move on from the latest round of conference musical chairs, I have a few final thoughts.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars 28, San Diego State Aztecs 0 (1985)

On this date, October 12, twenty-six years ago, the Brigham Young Cougars shutout the San Diego State Aztecs. The shutout didn’t come easy.

Brigham Young Cougars Mid-Season Awards

With the Brigham Young Cougars halfway through the 2011 football schedule, BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL handed out grades yesterday for the team. The mid-season review continues today by handing out 10 awards for the play thus far.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Brigham Young Cougars Mid-Season Grades

The Brigham Young Cougars have reached the halfway point of the season. Six games are in the books, and six games remain on the schedule. Time for some mid-term grades.

Overall, I give the first half of the 2011 season a B-.

It is easy to see how the season could be worse than it is. It is also easy to see how this season could be better. That goes for both the product on the field and the overall win-loss record.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Poll Results: Besides the winning TD, which play was the biggest to win the Utah State game?

The 40-yard pass to McKay Jacobson was voted the biggest play, besides the winning TD, that helped win the Utah State Game with 58% of the votes. Stopping the fake field goal was second with 24%, and the first touchdown pass to Cody Hoffman was last with 18%.

While I can understand why the majority would vote for the 40-yard pass, my vote would be with the minority.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Game Recap: BYU Uses Big First Half to Coast to 29-16 Win

The Brigham Young Cougars took control of the game by scoring three touchdowns in a 15:20 second span during the first and second quarters. With a 23-6 lead at halftime, the Cougars coasted in the second half to beat the San Jose State Spartans 29-16.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Game Preview: BYU Trying For A Homecoming Spectacular

The Brigham Young Cougars take on the San Jose State Spartans in the Cougars’ annual Homecoming game. BYU is coming off its second double-digit, fourth quarter comeback win of the season. San Jose State is coming off its second consecutive win.

BYU and the Big XII--What Now?

Yesterday, it was reported that the Big XII had formally invited TCU to join the conference. This turn of events caught the Brigham Young Cougars fanbase completely off guard. It has left everyone asking, "What now?"

Thursday, October 6, 2011

BYU Football: Did you know? (California Style)

The Brigham Young Cougars face San Jose State this Saturday. The Spartans come from California, which is a state BYU has a long history with on the gridiron.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars 54, Utah State Aggies 34 (2001)

Exactly ten years ago, October 5, 2001, the Brigham Young Cougars didn’t need last minute heroics to beat Utah State, but the Cougars did trail at halftime 27-21. Thanks to Luke Staley exploding in the third quarter, BYU won this game comfortably, 54-34.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What to do with Jake Heaps?

Almost everyone agrees that Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Heaps is under performing this year. Almost nobody can agree what to do with Jake Heaps.

Monday, October 3, 2011

BYU-Utah State Post-Game Podcast

The Editor for Blue Cougar Football gives his in depth reaction to the comeback win over Utah State.

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New BYU Football Rallying Cry

The Brigham Young Cougars had a nice 27-24 comeback win over Utah State. It had a similar feel to two other comeback wins in BYU football history. Given their similarities, the team may want to consider adopting a new rallying cry.

Bronco Mendenhall Gets Second Chance to Manage QBs Right

A year and a half ago, Brigham Young Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall had to replace his starting quarterback. With a little experienced backup and a blue chip recruit battling it out, Mendenhall let the quarterback position battle become a long, drawn out process that was eventually resolved by default—Riley Nelson got injured. The quarterback position again needs to be managed. Mendenhall now has a second chance to get it right.

Poll Results: Should Jake Heaps get benched?

The majority voted in favor of keeing Jake Heaps as the starter (64%). To be fair, most of the votes received came before the Utah State game Friday night. When the game started, the percentage of votes in favor of not benching Heaps was 67%. While a dip from 67% to 64% doesn't appear to be substantial, I calculate that 60% of voters who voted after the Utah State game voted in favor of benching Heaps.

The Utah State game changed my vote.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Game Recap: Double Deja-Vu in BYU Win Over Utah State

The Brigham Young Cougars rallied to beat the Utah State Aggies 27-24 as backup quarterback Riley Nelson threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, the final one coming with 11 seconds to play.