Cougar Center (BYU sports)


#239: Missed Opportunity against Mizzou & Cagers Lose at Midnight

Topics this week include:

  • BYU lost to Missouri, 20-16 in Kansas City.
  • What wrong, what can we learn, and what does BYU do to get over the hump in these games?
  • Bronson Kaufusi was a straight beast against the Tigers.
  • Bronco Mendenhall, going back to Mitch’s predictions on BYU’s head man before the season.
  • Fresno State Preview:  The Bulldogs are bad, just bad.
  • But hey, they’re an old WAC rival, so that’s kind of fun.
  • The BYU Basketball team had a late-night stinker in Long Beach on Monday night.  Is there cause for concern already for the Cougar Cagers?
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#238: Mizzou Boycott & BYU Basketball Season Preview

  • There was doubts that this week’s game against Missouri was going to take place.
  • Protests & Boycott at Mizzou.
  • The impact & power that College Football teams have in society.
  • BYU-Mizzou Preview
  • Keys to Victory
  • Score Predictions
  • Recapping the close win at San Jose State.
  • BYU Basketball 2015-2016 Season Preview.
  • Roster Breakdown
  • Season Predictions
  • Will BYU make it to the NCAA Tournament again?
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#237: Mid-Year Transfers & Butch Pau’u interview

  • BYU Football is back after the long bye week. The Cougars will take on San José State this week in Spartan Stadium.  What will be the key to stopping Spartan RB Tyler Ervin, who's one of the nation's best backs?
  • During the bye week, the Cougars announced mid-year transfers & returned missionaries that will be joining the program in January of 2016.  Listen to BYU coach Jason Beck talk about Keaton Torre.
  • Troy Warner is a big signing for the program.  Who will be the impact RM's in mid-year class?
  • 2016 schedule was finalized with Southern Utah.  The 2016 slate is an impressive schedule. The lingering question though, does it make independence viable?
  • Exciting news at the podcast.  We have a new segment called, "Getting to Know the Squad."  This segment will spotlight a younger player in the program that all BYU fans should start to get familiar with. This week we interview linebacker Butch Pau'u who had a bone-crushing hit against Wagner two weeks ago.
  • Cougar Cager Update:  Which 5 guys should Dave Rose start when the season tips off against UVU on November 13th?
  • Observations from the first pre-season game vs Arizona Christian.
  • Kyle Collinsworth is one of the nation's best.
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#236: Bye Week for Football & the Cougar Cagers get ready to tip-off

  • BYU dominated Wagner in Provo last Saturday putting up 70 points for the first time since 2001.
  • What did we learn, if anything, from the win over the Seahawks?
  • BYU is now 6-2, bowl eligible for the 11th consecutive season.
  • Players that don't see much time were able to play vs Wagner.
  • What needs to be accomplished from the bye week?
  • What are the toughest games left on BYU's schedule?
  • BYU Basketball: Picked 2nd in the West Coast Conference poll.  It's all about the Zags right now.
  • Quick observations on the Cougar Cagers as we get closer to the season.
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#235: Cincinnati Recap & Coach Sark

  • BYU continues their positive momentum with a big win over Cincinnati, 38-24.
  • Cougars are now 5-2 on the season.
  • What makes the nickel package so successful for this team?  The defense was based out of that package the entire game against Cincy.
  • Tanner Mangum's health.  Where is his hamstring currently at, and how much should he play, if at all, against Wagner?
  • Running game continues to get better every week.  Riley Burt is a jolt of energy in the backfield.
  • Offensive line reserves had a great game, we analyze their play.
  • Is 10 wins a legitimate possibility for this team now?
  • Wagner week.  It's an FCS game, what else is there to say?
  • How much will BYU blow these guys out by?
  • The BYU ROC shows their praises for former BYU quarterback and USC head coach Steve Sarkisian.  Mitch has an interesting idea when it comes to Sarkisian and BYU.
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#234: Mid-season awards & Taysom’s future

  • BYU defeated East Carolina 45-38 behind the heroics from Tanner Mangum generating another game-winning drive.
  • Is the season back on track, and has Mangum had a breakthrough as BYU's top signal caller?
  • Observations from the ECU game.
  • Six games down, six games to go.  Let's dish out some mid-season awards.
  • Who has been the offensive & defensive MVP's? Best player of the year thus far?  We break it down.
  • Devon Blackmon provided the quote of the year discussing Jesus & Tupac.  Wonderful.
  • Cincinnati Preview
  • What quarterback will start for the Bearcats on Friday night?
  • What can we expect from Cincinnati?
  • What is Tanner Mangum & Ului Lapuaho's health status?
  • Keys to Victory
  • Score Predictions
  • Taysom Hill's future has been an interesting topic lately, what will the talented quarterback do for the 2016 season?  We discuss his future and more on the Cougar Center Podcast.
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#233: East Carolina Game Preview

Topics this week include:

  • BYU got back into the win column after a two-game losing streak defeating the UConn Huskies, 30-13.
  • Highlights from the game, and areas of improvement.
  • Tanner Mangum is a special quarterback.
  • Sione Takitaki's targeting penalty.
  • Francis Bernard is the guy to watch in the backfield with Adam Hine injured.
  • BYU v. East Carolina preview
  • What do we know about the Pirates?
  • Keys to Victory
  • Score Predictions
  • BYU Basketball debuted new jerseys.  Do they get the Cougar Center seal of approval?
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#232: What happened at Michigan?

  • BYU lost to Michigan 31-0 in Ann Arbor this past Saturday.
  • How do the Cougars pick up the pieces from here?
  • What went wrong?  What were the issues that caused BYU to get shutout for only the second time since 1975?
  • Any positives that can be taken away from that loss?
  • UConn Preview
  • Bronco feels the defense was better against Michigan than how they performed against UCLA.  How does he figure that?
  • Keys to victory against the Huskies
  • Players to watch out for on UConn.
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#231: Michigan Preview & Future Football Scheduling

  • BYU came up short against UCLA this past Saturday, falling 24-23 in the Rose Bowl.
  • What plays hurt BYU the most in the loss?
  • BYU can feel confident about the future with Tanner Mangum as the quarterback.
  • Tackling, tackling, tackling!
  • The Hine Hurdle!
  • Michigan Preview
  • 31 years ago BYU played the Wolverines in the Holiday Bowl to claim the National Championship.
  • Keys players for the Wolverines.
  • Will BYU able to stop Michigan’s run game?
  • Keys to victory for the Cougars.
  • Score Predictions
  • Oregon is now on BYU’s future schedules.
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#230: UCLA Preview & Keaton Torre Interview

  • Mangum Magic prevailed again as BYU pulled off another late-game thriller against Boise State, defeating the Broncos 35-24.
  • Biggest takeaways from the victory over the Broncos.
  • BYU is now 2-0 and ranked #19 in the AP Poll.
  • Bronson Kaufusi was a star against Boise State.
  • BYU: Dirtiest team in America?
  • Recruiting news: BYU pulled in some big commitments on both the gridiron and the hardwood.
  • Bingham High QB Keaton Torre committed to BYU over the weekend and he spoke with us to talk about his commitment, along with Troy Warner and Max Tooley commitments.
  • UCLA Preview: Can the Cougars knock off the 10th ranked Bruins in the Rose Bowl?
  • The Rosen One vs. Mangum Magic: Battle of True Freshman QB's.
  • Keys to victory versus the Bruins.
  • Score predictions.
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