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Cougars on Cougars: BYU Football week 3 recap and West Virginia preview

Jess and Mary look at what went wrong against UCLA and get some help from a West Virginia fan to preview Saturday’s game.

Photo by Spencer Rosenhan

Cougar Nation, it’s week four of BYU Football and episode 36 of Cougars on Cougars, and times are a little rough. After a thrilling win against Arizona to open the season, the Cougs have dropped the last two games by failing to score more than 20 points (despite the defense holding opponents to 20 points or less). There is some work to do to get back on a winning track, and West Virginia presents a Big challenge (get it? Because they’re in the Big 12?). But before we move on to the Mountaineers, we put on our coaching caps and revisit Saturday night’s loss.

Spencer Rosenhan, a loyal Cougar fan, talented photographer, and soon-to-be missionary in the Peru Trujillo North Mission, joined us for Coaching from the Couch to discuss the highlights and lowlights of BYU Football v. UCLA. We each discuss one thing we hope will improve before Saturday (surprise: all three things involve the offense) and one thing we liked about the game (someone may have mentioned Butch Pau’u). Let’s just say we’re all hoping this will be the week the offense puts it all together and scores 21+! And we believe it’ll happen. As QB Tanner Mangum says, “No room for negativity.”

Up next is the first-ever football contest between the BYU Cougars and the West Virginia Mountaineers at neutral-site FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins. To get a better idea of what the Cougars are up against on Saturday, we asked Matthew Peaslee, a West Virginia grad and sportswriter for the Weirton Daily Times, to help us preview the match-up. Matthew tells us what he sees as the strengths and weaknesses of this WVU team, which of their players are ones to watch, and who he thinks might give the Mountaineers the most trouble on our end. And because West Virginia is a Big 12 team, we ask him for his take on the potential conference expansion and which two teams he thinks should be added.

For those of you headed east for Saturday’s game, we talk with Washington D.C. resident Katelin Buchanan in our Along the Trail to Fame and Glory segment to get an insider’s opinion on where to eat and what to do in the Nation’s capital. From We the Pizza to Ted’s Bulletin and the National Zoo to Mount Vernon, Katelin has you covered. Her best tip? The Metro is your friend.

As always, we round up this week’s news from the BYU social mediasphere in our Talk of the Town segment, including a Sports Illustrated article on our favorite twins, Mitchell and Garrett Juergens, and an official visit for three BYU Basketball recruits!

About the Show

Cougars on Cougars is a weekly YouTube show in which Jess and Mary, two "dyed in the wool, true blue, through and through" BYU fans discuss the happenings of BYU football and basketball on—and off—the field and court.

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