As the 2013 BYU football season rapidly approaches, here are some movies that may be coming to a theater, or a Redbox, near you…
THE AVENGERS — After three consecutive losses to arch-rival Utah, BYU looks to avenge those painful setbacks this fall at LaVell Edwards Stadium. If the Cougars can’t beat the Utes in their Sept. 21 showdown in Provo, the next opportunity to win the rivalry game won’t be until Sept. 10, 2016 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
APOCALYPSE NOW — This is what would happen in Provo if Utah were to beat BYU for the fourth straight year.
SOUL SURFER — Coach Bronco Mendenhall reveals his favorite surfing spots.
ZERO DARK THIRTY — BYU fans around the world, in time zones very, very far away — from Brussels to Beijing — discuss how they stay up until all hours to watch or listen to the Cougars play.
THE PURGE — Bronco Mendenhall decides to overhaul his entire offensive coaching staff, while bringing back Robert Anae to reprise his role as offensive coordinator.
FAST AND FURIOUS — Offensive coordinator Robert Anae installs a fast-pace, high-tempo, no-huddle, “go-hard-go-fast” offense at BYU.
STAR TREK: INSURRECTION — Bronco Mendenhall tells the media that his players will wear “Spirit” “Tradition” and “Honor” on the backs of their uniforms in 2013 and beyond. But when the players rise up and reject that idea, Mendenhall changes his mind, allowing the players to do the traditional thing and wear their own last names on the backs of their jerseys.
MAN OF STEEL — Senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy, fresh off one of the best individual performances in BYU history in last December’s Poinsettia Bowl (scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns) returns for his senior season.
THE LONE RANGER — Wide receiver Cody Hoffman looks to break every BYU career receiving record — surpassing the likes of Austin Collie and Dennis Pitta — in his final season as a Cougar.
INDEPENDENCE DAY — A retrospective on BYU’s momentous decision in 2010 to go independent in football.
17 MIRACLES — What the Cougars might need to post their first undefeated season since the 1984 national championship campaign.
THE LION KING — The Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah story chronicles how a tall Ghanaian, who didn’t even know what a football was until a few years ago, is selected No. 5 overall by the Detroit Lions in the National Football Leaguedraft, then records a pick-six on his first series in his NFL debut during a preseason game.
HAPPY, TEXAS — The Cougars certainly don’t want the Texas Longhorns to leave Provo with smiles on their faces after they visit LaVell Edwards Stadium on Sept. 7 for the first time since 1988.
TRUE GRIT — A review of former BYU quarterback Riley Nelson’s checkered career.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK — Bronco Mendenhall explains his reasons for establishing a Twitter account.
NOTTING HILL — BYU sophomore quarterback Taysom Hill, battling back from a knee injury, looks for a breakout year as the Cougars’ starter.
OUT OF REACH — A look back at how the Cougars lost four games by a grand total of 13 points in 2012.
TEEN WOLF — Running back Jamaal Williams, who rushed for nearly 800 yards as a 17-year-old freshman last season, returns as a grizzled, 18-year-old sophomore.
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY — BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe previews the 2013 football schedule — perhaps the toughest in school history — with games against Virginia, Texas, Utah, Georgia Tech, Boise State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.
JAKE AND THE FATMAN — BYU keeps a curious eye on Lawrence, Kansas, where former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps is playing for corpulent coach Charlie Weis. Heaps takes over the Jayhawks’ offense after sitting out last season.
MEET THE PARENTS — BYU coaches share entertaining, heart-warming recruiting stories about memorable in-home visits.
CONSPIRACY THEORY — Rabid BYU fans offer their well-researched reasons as to why the Cougars are not members of the Big 12 Conference.
42 — Running back Michael Alisa, who wears No. 42, tries to come back from a broken arm he suffered last season. He re-injures his arm during the summer while high-fiving someone.
MEN IN BLACK 2— A small segment of Cougar fans unsuccessfully try to convince BYU’s administration to have the Cougars wear blackout jerseys (like they did for one home game last season against Oregon State) for every game.
TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE — BYU coaches and players assess the team’s struggles with kicking field goals and extra points last season.