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  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    "Aren't any Utah fans besides myself ticked we can't beat ranked teams?"

    Punching Bag:

    Ooops, your blue pompons are showing! All real Utah fan would know that Utah DID beat a ranked team this year. Their victory on September 15 in RES was over a team that at the time was listed 25th in the AP poll. Sadly, the loser fell out of the poll after that. But hey, since that team is coming into the teeth of its WAC schedule, you never know.

  • texas27 Arlington, TX
    Nov. 7, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    I'm a loyal BYU alum and fan but I don't think a one and done is the way to improve the program. Michigan is anticipating an easy home win not a long term relationship! I'd prefer we never accept or offer one and done or two for one. Good relationships are built when both sides win! BYU needs to join a conference in football so that they are not desperate to find quality opponents. I could be wrong!

  • MUSSing with U Baltimore, MD
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    No Conference Will Take Us

    "I am a BYU fan and have been for many years. If you don't like it then don't respond to my posts you Cougar wannabe."

    LOL!

    You're so obviously a Utah troll its laughable, but go on pretending to be a BYU fan if it helps you sleep at night.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 4:22 a.m.

    When the Y only gets what Michigan offered Central Michigan, Appalachian State, the Akron Zips, of the football world...and Utah gets a home and home...one knows who has arrived and who has not.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:22 p.m.

    BYU continues to improve their future schedules, Tom Holmoe has done a fantastic job scheduling as an independent.I look forward to alot of big games in coming years and I would not be surprised if Michigan becomes a 2-for-1 type if deal where they end up scheduling a home and home at some point in the future.

  • 86&90UTE Holladay, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 9:52 p.m.

    Congratulations! This Ute fan hopes BYU can continue to upgrade their schedule. If you can get rid of those lowly WAC teams and replace them with quality opponents AND WIN, then respect will come your way. But more importantly, just enjoy the upgraded schedule. Despite the fact Utah is 6-9 in the PAC-12, having this upgraded schedule is fun! I really enjoyed being at the USC game. Great atmosphere. Wish Utah could have won, but I'm enjoying the more difficult challenges. I would truly rather lose to USC by 10 than beat Wyoming by 30.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    Wally West

    I think your vitriol meter is on the blink.

    I really dislike disparaging remarks about Bronco, Riley or the cougars in general, but I have to admit: LaVel said early on that the reason he went with the pass was because he didn't have linemen that could block for a consisten run game. Every time I hear someone say "you have to establish the run game," I think of LaVel.

    Looks like things haven't changed that much. We still have linemen that struggle consistently blocking for the run game. Pass more.

    So thank you all for no misguided diatribes about fielding punts or mis-spelling of the coaches name. Schedule smack? I can deal with that. Utah is in the middle of showing us what an upgraded schedule looks like, and we may well find ourselves on the same trail next year and the years thereafter. Time to turn it up a notch. And run less and through more. Shoot, Jamaal is turning into a fine reciever.

  • MLH SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    From a Ute fan Great Job-BlueCoug please take a rest. When your playing Michgan we will probably be playing USC, UCLA, Oregon or Stanford. You'll get your shot at some cupcakes during The season as for Utah there are our cupcakes.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 7:47 p.m.

    So far, in this thread, There is far more vitriol coming from byu fans. Really only 1 caustic Utah fan.

    @ Floyd Johnson

    So, do stadiums that seat 41k or greater count as great & spacious buildings??

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 6, 2012 7:29 p.m.

    Chris,

    Home game against WAC-fill-in-the-blank
    OR
    @Michigan?

    The only bad thing is they couldn't get the game in November, but that's expected.

    Good pickup, congrats!

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Nov. 6, 2012 7:20 p.m.

    wer

    Please produce the statement. I believe that you will discover the actual statement is that there are a few programs that we would play 2 for 1. Michigan is certainly qualifies as one of those teams. Their stadium can seat 40,000 more fans, so it makes economic sense to play the game there.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 7:07 p.m.

    Many will remember, no doubt, that Tom said something a year or two ago, to the effect that BYU wasn't going to do 'two for ones', or one and done at the opponent's place, etc, etc.

    The truth is that what was announced today is the reality for BYU. They play at Notre Dame, not once, but twice in a row, and other games where will undoubtedly take a two fer or one and done to fill the schedule.

    This isn't a bad thing, especially if the Cougs can clean the other teams' clocks!

  • No Conference Will Take Us SEATTLE, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 6:32 p.m.

    Zoniezoobie
    Mesa, AZ
    The best schedule in the world won't matter until the Cougars return to Lavell's offense of old, the downfield pass! And most of these big time games won't even happen if the Cougars join the Big East, anyway. At least the Cougars don't have to worry about the rivalry game in 2015, now that the Wolverines have scheduled the first re-match since the National Championship.

    >>>>>>

    I have taken heat for this before but will say it again.
    Mike Leach was the person that could return the air game to BYU. Yes the other cougars in Pullman are not doing well this year. But he will have that team turned around soon. And some of us including myself will be asking why BYU did not go after him to coach.

  • No Conference Will Take Us SEATTLE, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 6:27 p.m.

    From Ted's Head I will take your word for it as a former NCAA athlete. Yes, I can really see the appreciation of the experience playing against teams like Ohio St, Michigan, Alabama and so on. And also saying that it was a great experience playing at their place, in such historic stadiums. But athletes at Idaho and New Mexico State can say the same thing. They get paid to play against the big time schools and always come out on the losing end.

    It has been years since BYU competed with the big boys. I just want it to happen again.

  • AK UTE Palmer, AK
    Nov. 6, 2012 6:19 p.m.

    Nice job building a tough schedule.....now you need to win a few of these games otherwise they are meaningless.

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    Nov. 6, 2012 6:13 p.m.

    This is a nice additional game for the Cougs. To fair comments to ponder. First will either Michigan or Wisconsin end up playing in Provo? Scheduling a road game only or two road games for one home game could be an issue. Second, the Y has trouble beating this caliber of team right now and could be looking at some 6 win seasons in the near future. Having said both comments, I respect them for scheduling a much better slate of teams going forward. (Note to all that want to reply, there is nothing in the post comparing BYU to any other team, just some reasonable comments about the schedule.)

  • From Ted's Head Orem, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    No Conf....I'm not ticked at all that BYU is not winning the "big" games. These are STUDENT athletes at a university with a different mission than most. Too many sports fans turn from sports as entertainment into sports as religion and can't bear to have their team lose. Every year virtually every team in every sport loses at least once. Why don't you learn to enjoy the ride and be happy that BYU is scheduling some good teams? And if they get trounced? It happens. But I can tell you as a former NCAA athlete that playing at Pauley Pavilion was an awesome experience for a kid who grew up nearby and whose dad was a UCLA fan. Yeah, we got beaten badly by the Bruins on 3 different occasions...but I was on the floor completely enjoying myself. So...when the Cougars go to Wisconsin or Notre Dame or Michigan and get whomped, try and smile at the fact that you got to watch it--live or on demand--and the team had a great life experience.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    Michigan signed 3 teams to their future schedule after breaking with Notre Dame.
    A home and home with Arkansas.
    A one and done with BYU.
    A one and done with Hawaii.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 6, 2012 4:51 p.m.

    The best schedule in the world won't matter until the Cougars return to Lavell's offense of old, the downfield pass! And most of these big time games won't even happen if the Cougars join the Big East, anyway. At least the Cougars don't have to worry about the rivalry game in 2015, now that the Wolverines have scheduled the first re-match since the National Championship.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    I got off on a tangent thanks to my friend for Phoenix, but this is a good pick up for BYU. I don't see anything wrong with scheduling a one and done either. Utah was paid $500 K for visiting the Big House a few years back. When you don't play in a BCS conference, you need to pick up games like this when ever possible; and BYU is doing that. Also, both BYU and Utah really need to knock off the upper tier schools. Both were close this year; but no cigars. Everyone have a good evening!

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    Rise and Shout Baby! Sweet news for the cougs. And we'll be playing Utah those years to boot. Take that Chris Hill!

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    Nov. 6, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    Another quality cut & paste effort by Pac 12 Punching Bag.
    I applaud the consistency of a Cougar fan.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 6, 2012 4:00 p.m.

    I'm glad there are some classy Utah fans to counter those who are jealous or haters.

    This game is a great pick-up. Holmoe said there are a dozen schools that he would do a "one and done" or "two for one" with. Michigan is obviously one of them.

    I give the Utes credit for getting to the PAC. I'm sure BYU would love to be in the Big12 or PAC12, but we're not. But don't give us grief when we pick up great games. Our schedule will rival most AQ schedules in 2013 and it sounds like the schedule is coming together nicely for 2014 and 15.

    But I agree with "No Conference", the Cougs have got to find a way to win some big games. We should've beat Texas last year. We should've beat Boise State and Utah this year, and could've beat Notre Dame. But should've and could've don't get it. Winning is what counts.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 4:00 p.m.

    Mesa Coug

    We will be just fine; especially aftr we beat Arizona. How has the PAC 10/12 worked out for your Arizona schools the last ten years? Let me help. Bowl games: Arizona & Arizona St (3-6). Utah (8-1). Utah has won twice as many as your schools combined. No wonder you jump on the BYU band wagon when convienent. At least they win bowl games. How embarassing.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    Not a bad one and done, we'll see if it turns into anything more. BYU is probably always going to have games like this as long as they remain independent. They will have schedule holes to fill and programs like Michigan will need to have a game. That is the nice thing about independence, BYU can pick up games like this on fairly short notice.

  • BYU Joe MISSION VIEJO, CA
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    The cheap comments made by the typical folk miss the point. Both schools continue to improve their respective positions.

    I for one applaud the work being done to bring BYU and Utah into the mainstream of NCAA Football. The constant cheap talk demonstrates a clear understanding of the bigger picture.

    Both school are moving into better positions for themselves and their futures. I have no idea why some feel the need to belittle the other schools or why we take offense to it.

    I suggest we do our best to ignore the little minds whose little voices somehow speak loud enough to irritate yet at the same time say nothing real or of consequence.

    Here is what matters. BYU just added another major team to its schedule. This is not the first or the last. Yes sometimes they are road games (It's called paying your dues) but sometimes they are not and the time is coming when the dues are paid and good things will continue to happen.

  • PAC 12 Punching Bag SLC, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    We can schedule all the BCS conference teams out there. It won't matter at all. We can't even beat ranked teams. So what is the point? You don't build a program by beating it into the ground. We have a tougher time trying to beat any PAC 12 team with a winning record. We haven't beaten one single PAC 12 team with a winning record since we joined this conference. We haven't had a winning record in any sport at all since we joined this conference.

    I just wish fellow Utah fans would stop this nonsense. Aren't any Utah fans besides myself ticked we can't beat ranked teams? Aren't any Utah fans besides myself ticked that we can't compete in this conference at all in any sport?

  • Mesa Coug Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    Spokane Ute

    How's it working out for Utah this year?

    LOL! LOL!

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    Congrats, BYU. The Big House is a great venue.

    Good luck against Michigan!

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    This is like Idaho Sate going to Michigan. No big story, yes a payout but Michigan knows what it it is doing in steamrolling this lower developed teams.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:32 p.m.

    Mesa Coug
    Phoenix, AZ
    Spokane Ute

    I hear the same thing here in AZ that adding Colorado and Utah is great. It greatly improves Arizona's and ASU's chances of going bowling.

    LOL!
    --------
    The PAC 12 has a bowling league? How did that work out for Arizona last year?

    LOL! LOL!

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:28 p.m.

    Congrats to Michigan. You swapped one mid-major for another with a more recognizable name.

  • No Conference Will Take Us SEATTLE, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    phoenix
    Gilbert, AZ
    No conference championships for U

    Who's we?

    You should remove those mice from your pockets, then summon up the courage to admit that you're nothing but a jealous Utah troll. The only thing we see that is "nonsensical" is you fooling yourself into believing that anybody is buying your schtick.

    >>>>>>

    I am a BYU fan and have been for many years. If you don't like it then don't respond to my posts you Cougar wannabe.

  • Mesa Coug Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    Spokane Ute

    I hear the same thing here in AZ that adding Colorado and Utah is great. It greatly improves Arizona's and ASU's chances of going bowling.

    LOL!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    JohnnyJingle
    SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    @Barnbug1: Tremendous insight from your "relatives from San Pedro", thanks for sharing.
    ---------
    Conversely my relatives from Seattle told me that talk in the Pacific Northwest is that adding Utah and Colorado to the PAC 12 was a great move!

    LOL!

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    No conference championships for U

    Who's we?

    You should remove those mice from your pockets, then summon up the courage to admit that you're nothing but a jealous Utah troll. The only thing we see that is "nonsensical" is you fooling yourself into believing that anybody is buying your schtick.

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    Nov. 6, 2012 2:55 p.m.

    Sorry Barnbug1. People that are ticked are stuck on football. Academic & research expansion has been a PAC plan for over two decades. That's why Utah and Colorado were invited. And in 1997/1998 the PAC took a serious look at BYU. They decided to pass for multiple reasons. Go ahead and play the religion card now.

    I live in PAC country. There were and are those for and against BYU joining. It's not only a religion issue. But unfortunately some whiners don't care.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    This Ute congratulates BYU on putting that game on their schedule. Both the Utes and the Cougs have upgraded their schedules substantially in the past few years. Ultimately, it makes for better football for all to watch.

  • No Conference Will Take Us SEATTLE, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    Barnbug1
    SPANISH FORK, UT
    Texas, Texas A&M, Penn State, Miami, USC, Notre Dame, those are a few of the home and homes we have already had. Tell us about yours Chris. By the way, talked to the relatives from San Pedro last week and they told me that the talk in So Cal is that adding Utah and Colorado was a huge mistake. I guess alot of people are ticked.

    >>>>>

    We can schedule all the BCS conference teams out there. It won't matter at all. We can't even beat ranked teams. So what is the point? You don't build a program by beating it into the ground. We have a tougher time trying to schedule 12 games a season. Utah only has to schedule 3-4 outside of conference.

    I just wish fellow BYU fans would stop this nonsense. Aren't any BYU fans besides myself ticked we can't beat ranked teams?

  • JohnnyJingle SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    @Barnbug1: Tremendous insight from your "relatives from San Pedro", thanks for sharing.

    This is a pretty impressive schedule that byu has put together, but unless they can muster up a few wins then it really doesn't mean too much.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    Chris B

    Didn't Utah start their series with Michigan as a ONE and DONE?

    Fortunately, BYU won't have to run away and hide from Utah because playing Michigan and Utah in the same season would be too difficult - the Utes have already made that decision.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Nov. 6, 2012 2:36 p.m.

    Chris B -

    Crawl back in your hole, and stay cool. BYU played Michigan in 1984 - probably before you were born, and when your little boys on the hill were a WAC doormat. Now they are a pac doormat.

    Nice pick up for the Cougars, and another good recruiting tool. Nice job Holmoe.

  • Barnbug1 SPANISH FORK, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 2:24 p.m.

    Texas, Texas A&M, Penn State, Miami, USC, Notre Dame, those are a few of the home and homes we have already had. Tell us about yours Chris. By the way, talked to the relatives from San Pedro last week and they told me that the talk in So Cal is that adding Utah and Colorado was a huge mistake. I guess alot of people are ticked.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 2:14 p.m.

    @ Riverton Coug

    I don't have any control over others. Nothing wrong with traveling to the Big House. BYU has some great opponents (both home and away) in the future. Side Note: It's a small world, I grew up in Riverton and graduated from Bingham (class of '82). Take Care.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    Better than nothing, well done Tom and BYU!

  • Mesa Coug Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 6, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    Don't lose any sleep over it Chris B.

    As more and more teams try to strenghten their schedules as opposed to what Utah is doing in weakening theirs, there will be plenty of opportunities to schedule home and home series. In the mean time we do not need to throw the baby out with the bath water. This will be a great game for the program and will hopefully evolve into something more.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Nov. 6, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    6 hour drive to Ann Arbor. I think I can do that.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    Spokane Ute,

    Could you give Chris B some classiness lessons?

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    Congrats to BYU on the road trip to the Big House. Ann Arbor is a great place to visit.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    Has Holmoe announced when Michigan will be making the trip to Provo?

    I'll be byu fans will be waiting on their seats....

    for a while.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    So you didnt get a home and home like Utah did?

    LOL

    I love being in a real conference!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    I applaud BYU for adding Michigan to there future schedule. Talk about Murder's Row, to open up the 2015 season:

    @ Nebraska
    Boise State
    To be Determined
    @ Michigan

    That's some rough stuff!