CougarCast: BYU Sports Keith Shirts discusses BYU Sports.

November 2, 2018  

On this week's episode:

  • We've seen 34 games at BYU with Kalani Sitake as head coach. He is 17-17. What do we know about having him at the helm? He is a really good guy. And it is going to be extremely up and down. (2:00)
  • Before Michael Shelton ever sounded off on the quality of BYU Football fans, the conversation on Twitter was about the lack of fans checking out the game against Northern Illinois. Why aren't fans going to game? When they do go, why aren't they passionate? Keith does a deep dive into the recent history of BYU Athletics marketing attempts to influence fan behavior and how it is probably a negative factor. (23:20)
  • Oh yeah, BYU plays Boise State this week. Brett Rypien and the Broncos have -- like always -- a very good football team. BYU's ability to pull off their first victory ever in Boise will come down to their ability to defend the pass. Which is no easy task against BSU. (45:50)


October 26, 2018  

This week's task for BYU Football is to figure out a way to put together more than 20 points. Northern Illinois' offense is really poor. Atrocious even. They are 1/2 a team. The issue is that their defense keeps them in games. So, can Zach Wilson lead the Y to enough points against a stout defense to put the Y over the top?

October 18, 2018  

Here's what we learned for the Hawaii game:

Provo, Utah is a house of horrors for the Hawaii football program.

The defense had a (small picture) great, but (big picture) frustrating game plan and approach.

The offense with Zach Wilson features one distinct advantage over Tanner Mangum and perhaps a psychological benefit.

The listeners of CougarCast are smart!


October 11, 2018  

Losing to Utah State is always a big indictment on the BYU Football program. What sort of changes will occur because of it? Zach Wilson vs. Tanner Mangum. The similarities of 2016 and 2018. 

Hawaii's offense is good. Stopping it is going to be a very difficult task. Does BYU possibly have a way to keep up with their opponents scoring? Or does BYU have a way to slow down their scoring?



October 4, 2018  

On this week's episode of CougarCast, Keith takes a look at how BYU has enough strength to keep up but doesn't have the speed. Plus, DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE AGGIES. 

September 27, 2018  

Chris Peterson is one of the 5 best coaches in college football. Why is he so tough to beat? 

Plus, how my favorite Sushi Chef reminded me and taught me about Tanner Mangum.

Can BYU really improve to 4-1 with two road wins over Top 11 ranked teams? Can BYU and its fans really have that many nice things?


September 20, 2018  

It is almost impossible to not be super optimistic about BYU Football. Frankly, fans should be!

What's the harm in smiling, having fun, and believing? Nothing. So long as you don't freak out when the Cougars don't have as good of a Saturday as they did last Saturday in Camp Randall.

In this episode:

What the win over Wisconsin may be able to tell us about the future of BYU Football.

A first quarter of the season review. Plus, a look forward at the rest of the schedule.

Then a look at what a game McNeese Cowboys team does well and how BYU can avoid being upset. 

Lastly, a dive into the evolution of the BYU offense and how opponents are going to try to attack it in the weeks to come.

Go Cougars!




September 13, 2018  

The host of CougarCast has some exciting personal news! Plus, is it time to finally sell that property on Tanner Mangum island? Lastly, there probably isn't a good time for BYU to face a Top 10 opponent, but this really doesn't feel like its good timing. However, unexpected upsets do happen, so Keith investigated 4 of the biggest upsets in recent college football history to figure out the anatomy of an upset.

September 6, 2018  

BYU picks up a season-opening victory over the University of Arizona. Let's take a look at the key aspects of the game plans constructed by the Y coaching staff to see how it was done. Plus, a discussion about jet sweeps. Finally, a look into the Cal Bear where Keith slowly talks himself into Cal being trash. 

August 29, 2018  

In the season premiere of CougarCast, Keith discusses:

-- BYU Football needs a shakeup. What if they tried this wild proposal? (3:30)

-- The biggest hurdle and goal for the BYU Football program on the field is beating their rival, the University of Utah. (21:30)

-- What every BYU fan who believes in a bounce-back season for the Cougars must believe. (28:30)

-- A look into the BYU Defense and what their keys will be to handle the Heisman hopeful Arizona QB Khalil Tate. (37:00)

-- If Khalil Tate can pass downfield efficiently, the Y will lose. (42:45)

-- I am still on Tanner Mangum island. (49:40)

-- BYU's special teams should be improved. (53:35)

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