Quarterback Taysom Hill, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the final seconds of the win over Utah State, is expected to be the Cougar starter next fall. One of BYU's opponents in 2013, for the second straight year, will be Notre Dame. The Cougars and Fighting Irish will meet again in South Bend.
The two teams agreed to a six-game series in 2010. After next year, no games have been officially announced. "We might take a big break until we play them again," Holmoe said.
However, Holmoe is optimistic that the four other games of the series against Notre Dame — including two in Provo — will be played.
"I think it's a really good series for Notre Dame because if you look at the years we're scheduled to play them, they need games," he said. "They're an independent school like us."
But what about the Irish's recent announcement that they will soon start playing five Atlantic Coast Conference opponents every year?
"They still need seven more games," Holmoe said. "They have some games that they traditionally play. But we're playing them two-for-one, which is a good deal for them. And it's a good game. Going back there this year and playing them strong, we got good feedback from Notre Dame and their administration and staff. There's good respect between their players and our players. It's a good matchup between schools. Notre Dame doesn't play just anybody. They play schools that they feel are good academic schools and schools that stand for something ... Who knows what's going to happen between now and then? I take them a year at a time."
Meanwhile, Holmoe said he has been inundated with positive reaction from BYU fans as a result of scheduling Notre Dame as well as other high-profile opponents.
"That part of independence is by far the most rewarding, outside of exposure. We get great exposure. When we travel to South Bend or Atlanta or Ole Miss, the fans are so grateful. You reach a part of the country, and a part of our fan base, that doesn't get to see us play live. I had literally 50 or 60 people come up to me before and after the game at Notre Dame that said, 'Please come back.' I want to. I think it's great for our program."
For now, Holmoe is back to work, trying to line up opponents for the 2013 season. What the rest of that year's schedule — and BYU's football program — will look like by then is anybody's guess.
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