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Friday, August 31, 2012

Poll Results: What will be a bigger success?

The white-out orchestrated by the Brigham Young Cougars athletics administration received 65% of the votes compared to 35% for the new BYU tailgating rules.

My vote goes to the white-out as well.

BYU vs. Washington State: Five Game Observations

Just as Blue Cougar Football will preview each game this season with five things to watch for, we will review each game with our five game observations. In these observations, we will review the questions we posed in our five things to watch for article and evaluate our predictions.

BYU Has (Finally) Found A Tight End

After what felt like an eternity, the Brigham Young Cougars saw a tight end play like the tight ends of old in the 2012 season opener against Washington State. Kaneakua Friel was the surprise starting tight end coming out of fall camp. In his first start, he led the team with six receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

BYU Coasts to Win After Big Second Quarter

The Brigham Young Cougars used a 17-point second quarter to build a commanding 24-6 halftime lead. Washington State was unable to score in the second half, and BYU coasted to a 30-6 victory.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (BYU and Pac-12 Coaches)

By now, you have probably heard 100 times that the Brigham Young Cougars will play against a Pac-12 team coached by BYU alum Mike Leach in the season opener. As interesting as that sounded the first 10 times you heard it, a BYU alum coaching in the Pac-12 is hardly an anomaly.

BYU vs. Washington State Preview: BYU Offense Scoring Points Will be the Key

The Brigham Young Cougars’ season opener is just hours away. The 2012 season will open with shades of 2010 with a Pac-12 foe from the Apple State coached by a BYU alumnus.

BYU vs. Washington State: Five Things to Watch For

Every Brigham Young Cougars football game this year, Blue Cougar Football will give readers five key storylines to watch for during the game. With the season just getting underway, a lot of questions will be answered Thursday night. These are some of the ones I am most interested in having answered.

Ready For Kickoff!

The Brigham Young Cougars will kickoff the 2012 football season tonight. The excitement is palpable. For the third year, Blue Cougar Football will bring you in-depth coverage of every game and much, much more.

This is going to be a great year. Blue Cougar Football is going to great lengths to provide unprecedented coverage.

Here is a detailed list of what you can expect.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Flashback: BYU Knocks the Pulp out of Syracuse

Exactly 10 years ago, today, 65,612 fans filled LaVell Edwards Stadium on a Thursday night to watch the Brigham Young Cougars take on the Syracuse Orangemen. The last time these two teams met (2000), Syracuse knocked the Cougars around, including starting quarterback Bret Engemann who left with a season-ending shoulder injury. This time around, Engemann was the one who came out swinging.

Teammates from the 1996 BYU Football Team Set to Face Off as Assistant Coaches

At this time 16 years ago, the Brigham Young Cougars were celebrating a win over Texas A&M in the Pigskin Classic that catapulted BYU to a historic 14-1 season. In that game, Dennis Simmons made significant contributions on defense as an outside linebacker. Ben Cahoon was part of the receiving corps.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Poll Results: Who will score the first points of the season for BYU?

After scoring more touchdowns than any other Brigham Young Cougars player in 2011, one-third (33%) of voters think wide receiver Cody Hoffman will score the first points of the 2012 season for BYU. Running back Michael Alisa was second with 26%, followed by quarterback Riley Nelson (14%), wide receiver Ross Apo (12%), wide receiver JD Falslev (6%), place kicker Riley Stephenson (5%), and “other” (4%).

Last year I felt pretty confident BYU’s first score would be a field goal, so I predicted Justin Sorensen. (It was actually Apo.) This year I don’t have a clue. None of the popular choices give me that warm fuzzy feeling, so I am going to go out on a limb and join the 4% who said “other.”

BYU Could Start 2012 Much Like It Ended 2011

The Brigham Young Cougars will open the 2012 football season against Washington State. The Cougars from Provo have played the Cougars from Pullman on three other occasions. Never has either team scored less than 36 points, or accumulated less than 350 yards of total offense.

So what does this have to do with BYU’s Armed Forces Bowl game against Tulsa?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach talks BYU as Season Opener Approaches

With the season opener against the Brigham Young Cougars quickly approaching, Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach held a conference call over the weekend to discuss his Cougars’ season opening game at BYU.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Three Team Captains, BYU and the AP Top 25, Tight End Turbulence, and that “Absurd” Heisman Trophy Question

A quick programming note. With the start of the 2012 football season next week, the Friday Mailbag will move to Wednesday. The first Wednesday edition will be September 5.

The mailbag will still answer your questions and respond to your comments about Brigham Young Cougars football.

As a quick reminder, there are three ways to submit a question:

1. Email:
2. Twitter: @BlueCougarFball and use #BCFmailbag
3. Leave a comment at the end of a BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL article.

On to the mailbag.

BYU Football: Did you know? (Combined Passing—BYU and Washington State)

The Brigham Young Cougars will open the 2012 season against the Washington State Cougars. With Mike Leach at the helm for Washington State, you know plenty of passes are going to be thrown. That will just be par for the course in a BYU-Washington State game.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Could Kyle Van Noy Make A Historic Heisman run?

The simple answer to my question is ARE YOU CRAZY? I assure you I am not crazy, or delusional, for that matter. The first games of the 2012 football season are still a week away, so humor me for a minute. It is still the preseason and several other stories asking just as preposterous questions are being published all over the web. That’s just what we do this time of year.

Editor's Note: If you don’t know who Kyle Van Noy is and have already lost interest in reading, click here to watch his 2011 highlights, they should restore your interest.

Rather than try and dream up some silly scenario that could result in Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy winning the Heisman this year, and then arguing till I am blue in my face to justify the silliness, I intend to look at the headline question in two ways:

  1. Why a Heisman Trophy run by Van Noy would be historic;
  2. Why a linebacker like Van Noy could do it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BYU Fall Camp 2012 Superlatives

Every year after the Brigham Young Cougars complete fall camp and begin preparations for the season opener, BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL gives out its Fall Camp Superlatives for Biggest Story, Biggest Positive, Biggest Disappointment, and Biggest Surprise. As an added bonus this year, runner ups will also be included.

Poll Results: Is BYU better off practicing without pads/hitting?

In a close decision, the Brigham Young Cougars are better off practicing without pads/hitting. Just 40% of voters, however, replied “Yes,” while 37% voted “No.” The other 23% were undecided.

I hate to do it, but I am truly undecided on this issue.

Monday, August 20, 2012

BYU Fall Camp: Week 3 Recap

The highlight of week 3 was the Brigham Young Cougars’ second scrimmage last Thursday. Two more days of fine tuning followed the scrimmage, and camp was officially over. With just 10 days remaining until the season opener against Washington State, BYU will start preparing for that game. 

Reaction to the Rankings: 2012 Preseason AP Top 25

The Associated Press (AP) released its college football preseason Top 25 for the 2012 football season, and the Brigham Young Cougars find themselves among the “others receiving votes.”

Thursday, August 16, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Kyle Van Noy’s National Rankings)

The 2011 season saw Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy emerge as the playmaker of the Cougar defense. He showed great versatility by piling up strong numbers in several different statistical categories.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Flashback: The Hunt for the Heisman Begins

The 2012 Brigham Young Cougars don’t have any players garnering serious Heisman talk going into the season. Neither did the 1962 Cougars. At season’s end, however, one BYU player was in the Heisman discussion.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Poll Results: At 236 pounds, will Marcus Mathews become BYU’s primary tight end?

The majority of voters (55%) said, “Yes,” now that Marcus Mathews has bulked up 30 pounds and is now the size of a traditional tight end, he will be the Brigham Young Cougars’ primary tight end in 2012. Just 31 percent of voters thought Mathews would be BYU’s number two tight end. The remaining votes were cast as follows: tight end number three, 7%; tight end number four, 2%; tight end number five, 1%; and four percent were undecided.

I have been touting Richard Wilson and Austin Holt all offseason. In light of recent events, I am going to change my position and agree with the majority. Marcus Mathews will be BYU’s primary tight end.

Monday, August 13, 2012

BYU Fall Camp: Week 2 Recap

The second week of fall football camp is in the books for the Brigham Young Cougars. Week two was highlighted by the first team scrimmage and the return of wide receiver Cody Hoffman and safety Joe Sampson. Most of the news out of camp has been good, but the kicking game became an area of concern this week.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Bronco Mendenhall silencing his critics, Reaction to team scrimmage, and the Stadium Size of BYU’s 2012 Opponents

Welcome to the Friday Mailbag where once a week I answer your questions and respond to your comments about Brigham Young Cougars football. As a quick reminder, there are three ways to submit a question: 

1. Email:
2. Twitter: @BlueCougarFball and use #BCFmailbag
3. Leave a comment at the end of a

On to the mailbag.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Size of Opponents' Stadiums)

As noted in the flashback yesterday, when the Brigham Young Coguars expanded their stadium in 1982, it was larger than most college football stadiums, including the stadiums used by Notre Dame, Alabama, and Florida State. For many of BYU's opponents, the 65,000 seat stadium was the largest they would play in that year.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Flashback: A New Home Stadium

The Brigham Young Cougars will open the 2012 football season with some highly anticipated stadium upgrades: LED video walls. In 1982, LaVell Edwards Stadium had another stadium upgrade. It was just as anticipated as the LED video walls, but much more monumental.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Poll Results: BYU and Washington State will combine to attempt how many passes on August 30?

According to 32% of voters, the Brigham Young Cougars and Washington State Cougars will attempt somewhere between 60 and 69 passes in the season opener. Over one-fourth (26%) feel the two cougars will attempts 70-79 passes. On the lower end, 50-59 passes received 18% of the vote as did 80+. The final 6% of the votes went to 40-49.

My vote is for the 70-79 range.

Monday, August 6, 2012

BYU Fall Camp: Week 1 Recap

The Brigham Young Cougars opened fall football camp Thursday, August 2. Practices were held three straight days before taking a break on Sunday. While it is just the beginning, the first three days have been jammed packed.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Max Hall the Coach, Where Ezekiel Ansah should play, O’Neill Chambers Gone for Good, and BYU’s “drop” in the rankings

Welcome to the Friday Mailbag where once a week I answer your questions and respond to your comments about Brigham Young Cougars football. As a quick reminder, there are three ways to submit a question:

1. Email:
2. Twitter: @BlueCougarFball and use #BCFmailbag
3. Leave a comment at the end of a BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL article.

On to the mailbag.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Reaction to the Rankings: 2012 Pre-Season USA Today (Coaches) Top 25

The Brigham Young Cougars squeaked into the final USA Today Top 25 rankings for 2011. It allowed BYU to claim a fifth season with a national ranking in the past six years.

The coaches weren’t so kind in the 2012 preseason poll.

BYU Football: Did you know? (Season Openers vs. Pac-12 Schools)

In just four short weeks, the Brigham Young Cougars will kickoff the 2012 season against the Washington State Cougars of the Pac-12 Conference. It will be the first time these two schools have met in a season opener, but not the first time that BYU has kicked off the season against a school from the Pac-12 .

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Should Mike Hague move back to running back?

Mike Hague joined the Brigham Young Cougars in 2006 and played running back that season. Following his sophomore season in 2010, it appeared he would never get the chance to see the field if he stayed at running back. This prompted a switch to defensive back. With Joshua Quezada deciding to transfer, maybe Hague should return to the offensive backfield.

BYU 2012 Preview: Special Teams

The 2011 Brigham Young Cougars special teams was the best unit fielded by the school in 15 years. A kickoff and punt were returned for a touchdown. Punting was instrumental in winning two games. Placekicking was perfect on point-after-touchdown attempts.

Along with these incredible highs, the special teams delivered some deep lows. Focusing on correcting those lows, while improving the strengths is the goal for the 2012 special teams.