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CBS Sports report: Mountain West to evaluate scheduling football games with BYU

Published: Tuesday, June 30 2015 4:21 p.m. MDT

Brigham Young Cougars running back Jamaal Williams (21) finds running room during a game at Lavell Edwards Stadium on Friday, October 25, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars running back Jamaal Williams (21) finds running room during a game at Lavell Edwards Stadium on Friday, October 25, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

In recent weeks, college football power conferences SEC and ACC have announced they would not consider BYU a non-league "Power 5" opponent.

Now, the Mountain West will evaluate its philosophy in scheduling the former conference member, CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported Monday. League officials from the MW discussed BYU during meetings in Phoenix from May 5-7, according to one of Dodd's sources.

“We talked — in context of the SEC and ACC conversations — what does it mean to schedule BYU? We really have to think about our scheduling,” Thompson told Dodd.

A source also told Dodd that there was an "informal mention" of the Cougars, who were members of the Mountain West from 1999-2010, rejoining the conference.

At issue is whether independent BYU should be considered a strong enough team, from a strength of schedule standpoint, for other teams to count them as a non-conference Power 5 opponent as the sport heads into the new College Football Playoff era.

Utah State Aggies running back Joey DeMartino (28) tries to get around Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Robertson Daniel (4) and Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Uani 'Unga (41) in the first half against BYU at Romney Stadium on Friday, October 4, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News) Utah State Aggies running back Joey DeMartino (28) tries to get around Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Robertson Daniel (4) and Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Uani 'Unga (41) in the first half against BYU at Romney Stadium on Friday, October 4, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

“We're playing them more out of history, geography and convenience than schedule strength,” Thompson said of BYU, according to Dodd. “Now that will bite me in the [backside] but you know what I'm saying. We have a history with them.”

Over the next five seasons, BYU has 19 games currently scheduled against teams from the Mountain West, according to fbschedules.com. That includes a yearly matchup with both Utah State and Boise State, four games with MW teams this season and five in both 2015 and 2017.

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