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CougarCast: BYU Cougars vs. California Golden Bears podcast preview

Listen to our podcast to get an idea of what BYU needs to do to get to 2-0 to open up the 2018 season.

NCAA Football: California at Colorado
Hey Oski, what’s Cal going to take this Saturday?
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After starting the season with a victory over the Arizona Wildcats, the BYU Cougars make their home debut on the gridiron against the California Golden Bears.

Cal enters the game fresh off a 24-17 win at home over the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

Both teams passed their first test of the season, now it is time to discuss what may happen in LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday night.

In this episode of CougarCast:

  • The defensive game plan against Arizona worked well. Many of the game plan concepts will carry over against certain Cal personnel. (3:30)
  • BYU’s new offensive coaching staff made their impact felt quickly. The strength of BYU’s offense is found in the collective skills of the players being used to attack all areas of the field rather than an individual player. (10:00)
  • BYU scored 4 touchdowns against Arizona. BYU scored 3 touchdowns against the 4 Power 5 opponents in 2017. So, things are better now. Especially in the red zone. (18:30)
  • BYU had a sublime 3rd quarter, winning 21-0. But that also means they lost the other 3 quarters of the game 23-7. (20:30)
NCAA Football: North Carolina at California
Cal running back Patrick Laird
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  • Cal doesn’t have an identity yet. They don’t know what they need to do to score points offensively. They announced 3 QBs as their starter for heaven’s sake! They have one answer and seemingly one idea, RB Patrick Laird. (28:30)
  • California freshman QB Chase Garbers is the toughest matchup for BYU, in my opinion. (34:00)
  • Cal’s strength is its defense. The Bears are going to force Tanner Mangum to beat them and do everything they can to limit Squally Canada. (36:30)
  • A win Saturday for the Cougars changes the dynamic of what the Y can achieve in 2018. (46:00)


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