This is Holmoe's attempt to get a BCS win for the frustrated cougar fan
base. You guys should schedule Duke and North Carolina in football too, you
could really beat your chests then.
Expect that 2014 game to be bought out by Virginia, making this another
one-and-done bodybag game for BYU.
Great job BYU, this is yet another team from a part of the country not usually
frequented by BYU. Holmoe's doing a great job getting quality opponents
for the Cougars.
I like how they are filling the bye week with these announcements to keep things
Awesome! Fans just need to be patient. This Independence thing is already
turning out to be a great gig. 10+ games each season on ESPN, and every game on
National TV. Increased revenue. Games all over the country, and against a
variety of opponents. As soon as the play-off system goes into action in 2014,
it wont matter if you are a member of one of the BIG-6 conferences. If you play
a tough enough schedule and win out, you will get a shot. BYU has some intense
schedules in the coming years, hopefully the staff and athletic dept. can put us
in a place to be very competitive.
This is good news. I'll take an ACC opponent over a WAC opponent any day.
Should be a fun matchup. Kudos to Holmoe for brokering this deal. It also
gives the BYU fanbase in the Virginias a chance to see the Cougars in person.
Chris BKinda like Utah playing the dregs of the conference so Utah
fans can beat their chests about beating 2- and 3-win "bcs" teams???btw, Duke(6-4) and North Carolina(6-3) are both having much better
seasons than U. Of course, you'd know that, if you actually followed
college football, instead of just spouting off.
It's hilarious how every BYU scheduling announcement elicits a deluge of
inane comments from our jealous little friends on the hill.Another
exciting series for the Cougars and another chance to travel to an interesting
part of the country. Slowly, but surely, BYU's Independent
schedule is starting to take shape and every quality opponent added produces
more angst amongst our little brothers.
I like this series, I like how BYU is playing some very diverse teams. Ute fans
can't really say that as they continue to get embarrassed week in and week
out in the pac12.
I am really starting to like this independence thing! BYU all over ESPN and
Utah, well I have Direct TV like so many others and haven't been able to
see many of there games. Big ouch for recruiting. The future is bright for
BYU. Van Noy - please stay one more year!!
I like the match-up. its a good get for the cougars and it enhances the
notoriety of football in the state of Utah as a whole.
This is a great series... a chance to get some early season wins to counter the
difficult schedules we have in 2013 and 2014. True, it is against a conference
cellar dweller (a la Duke, Utah, Indiana) but we need more confidence early in
the season and these games are definitely winable. Go cougs!
@TrollpoliceRemind me what the Utes would be jealous of?? And when I
think of a little brother I don't think of 3 consecutive victories and 8 of
So which team scheduled for next year does this replace? Nobody has answered
Ute fans should be excited about these announcements. Any sports fan should be
excited about bringing good football to the state. More importantly, it gets
the Cougars closer to playing a schedule as rough as what the Utes face. A
tougher schedule means more Cougar losses. More losses means more in-fighting.
Cougar fans will be busy calling for coaching and quarterback changes, and have
less time for snide remarks about Utah's development in the PAC12.
SoonerUteThe only problem with your logic is that Virginia is not a
good team. They are currently ranked 92nd, right behind Ohio, Georgia Southern,
and Montana State and the Cavs haven't won a bowl game since 2005.I don't care how far the away the game is; BYU should win both games
Chris B never disappoints. What's his prediction for the Utah/UW game? I
hope he picks Utah so that UW actually wins.....that would be too funny.
fascinating how haters troll these sites
Great news, I was there at that last game when BYU won in OT. I enjoyed the
drive there passing by a civil war battlefield and visiting the campus that
Thomas Jefferson founded. Que viva la indepencia! I like this independence
situation, though difficult at first I prefer it over the WAC and MWC. I
appreciate seeing the games on TV and the variety in the schedule and places to
visit.As for the Utes who like these BYU articles, please represent the
state better. Big losses to ASU are embarrasing to me in these parts.
Now that the Holy War is pretty much over for good , can I cheer for both teams?
This is good news for September, but what about October and especially November.
BYU needs to fill those dates with quality opponents otherwise talk of playing
in a playoff game will be moot. Also, keep in mind that although the BCS is
going away, the real bowl games are being gobbled up by the original 6 elite
conferences. For instance, the Sugar Bowl is SEC and Big12, that does not
include independent. It is still a game of elite conferences where money and tv
revenue control. These changes are good, but BYU needs to schedule
for October and November. This is proving to be really challenging.
One thing that people forget (i.e., BYU fans) is that unless you are the Irish
or _____ State University willing to play anyone for revenue (i.e., Idaho State,
New Mexico State, etc..), it is tough to break into a real conference's
regular season schedule (i.e., BIG12, SEC, PAC12, etc...) as BYU is finding out.
This is why during the month of November there has yet to be announced a team
that has any name recognition to help BYU get into a decent bowl. This should be
the charge of Tom. I think he can do it, but it will take some time and
willingness to play home-away schedules.
This is a great game to add to the schedule. Virginia is not an Alabama, but
they're also not Idaho. Personally, I don't want to play 12, Top 25
teams. Virginia is having a down year this year (with a losing
record like Utah), but they're typically a pretty good team. With Texas,
Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Boise State already on tap, this game fits perfectly;
along with Utah, Washington State, Houston, Utah State, Middle Tennessee,
Georgia Tech and Hawaii. This is what I dreamed Independence might look
like.utah trolls - just curious - would you rather open the season
with Virginia or Northern Colorado?
#utesnation"Remind me what the Utes would be jealous of?"The fact that Holmoe is steadily improving BYU's schedule, just
like he said he would.And, the more BYU's schedule improves,
the higher jealous Utah fans are forced to raise the bar, just to have something
to whine about.
Sounds like it'll be a fun series. Good Luck Cougars!! :)
RE: Wookie"This is why during the month of November there has
yet to be announced a team that has any name recognition to help BYU get into a
decent bowl."Perhaps you should do a little homework before you
post. In 2013 BYU is playing both Wisconsin and Notre Dame in November with two
more games TBD. For comparison sake, the Ute's schedule this November
includes Washington State, Washington, Arizona, and Colorado (their 2013
schedule has not yet been released). Even if BYU plays their two remaining
games against teams as lowly as Washington State and Colorado their November
schedule will still trump the Utes. But go ahead and keep on trolling. Go
The 2000 game was sensational! This was one of Bret Engeman's incredible
second half performances. BYU was down 28-0 at half time, and then scored 5
touchdowns in the second half for the tie. BYU won the coin toss and had a
defensive interception. Pochman kicked the field goal from inside the 5 for the
victory. Perhaps BYUTV can get the rights for that game, I have looked for it in
the past. Reynolds was offensive coordinator and Bosco was the quarterbacks
coach. Those watching on TV you will remember the announcers saying "I guess
we are directly next to the BYU box" when the coaches erupted after the
final touchdown. Great game. This makes makes a full 13 game regular
season for the 2013 schedule.
WookieHave you even looked at BYU's 2013 schedule?8/31 at Virginia9/7 Texas9/14 TBA9/21 Boise State9/28
TBA10/4 at Utah State10/12 Georgia Tech10/19 at Houston10/26 TBA11/9 at Wisconsin11/23 at Notre Dame11/30 TBA12/7 at HawaiiSince BYU plays at Hawaii, BYU will be able to play
13 games in 2013Utah, Middle Tennessee St, and two more opponents are
still TBANobody knows for sure, but it's possible that 4 or 5
of BYU's 2013 opponents could be ranked.
@wookie - open mouth, insert foot. Please do your homework before you post or
make accusations. I'm pleased to have Wisconsin and Notre Dame
on the November schedule. If BYU can continue with future schedules that look
like 2013, I will be a happy Cougar!
BYU is doing a great job of filling out the schedule. I applaud the effort: well
lone star:I have Utah 9/28 with no date for games with Washington State
and Middle Tennessee. That makes 12 rather than the 13 that I stated.
It would be so much easier to cheer, and be happy for the Utes if SissyB would
keep his yapper shut.Prediction: UofW 24 - Uof U 17 Mark it down.
After a few more years of being the PAC punching bag, the utes will be begging
for a Big Sky Conference entrance. Look for USC and some of the others to go
independent.Anybody think the utes can beat Lone Peak in basketball,
or Bingham in football?
Chris B - Dukes going Bowling this year --- how is the U looking.....
oooopppppssss sorry about that! And last time the U played UNC.... the final
score was what? It doesn't seem that the Utes foray into a real conference
is going all that well... one that has 2 of the top 10 teams.I think
it is great that the Y is coming out east. One of the funnest games I have been
to was the last time BYU came to Virginia and pulled ahead late in the game.
The free little seat things were flying everywhere.
Realist: I have always cheered for both BYU and Utah except for the one game per
year. If Utah does well it reflects well on BYU, and if BYU does well it
reflects well on Utah. Both represent the state I reside in. I spend all day
during the week talking with people in all parts of the country, and when BYU or
Utah win, the fans know it.
Congratulations, BYU, on a good addition to the schedule.
Virginia may not be a football powerhouse, but it is still fun to see BYU play a
variety of teams across the country. These game always bring out many local BYU
fans. The independent schedule may or may not lead to a national championship or
play-off bowl but it certainly provides national exposure, which is a goal of
"SoonerUteSalt Lake City, UTUte fans should be excited about
these announcements. Any sports fan should be excited about bringing good
football to the state. More importantly, it gets the Cougars closer to playing a
schedule as rough as what the Utes face. A tougher schedule means more Cougar
losses. More losses means more in-fighting. Cougar fans will be busy calling for
coaching and quarterback changes, and have less time for snide remarks about
Utah's development in the PAC12."Huh, you left this comment
on a BYU board where you seem to spend all of your free time. Just sayin'
worf "After a few more years of being the PAC punching bag, the utes will be
begging for a Big Sky Conference entrance. Look for USC and some of the others
to go independent."I thought only Colorado and Washington passed
recreational marijuana laws. Perhaps Mcallen Texas did too...
Good to see someone else than the utes.
This is great news! Lots of BYU fans here in Virginia who will be there!
Don't worry BYU fans, Utah fans are VERY jealous of BYU signing up to play
such a strong opponent. BYU will continue to lose to Utah because Utah is better
coached, has better recruits, and plays higher level of competition. Because
they will always loses on of their first games, their entire season will be a
bust. So yes, we Utah fans are very jealous.
Re: WiscougarfanDeep breath...its one year...2013. Lets see how Tom
fairs for future years. Really, I hope that they Y does in fact improve is
schedule, but that still doesn't get them into a "real bowl" game.
RE: WookieI don't understand you logic. First you claim that
BYU has NEVER scheduled a quality November opponent. When it is pointed out
that they have two next year (ND & Wisconsin) you backtrack to
"let's see" and "I hope..." The truth is that BYU has
dramatically improved their schedule each year since becoming independent and
there is zero evidence to suggest this trend will not continue. To the
contrary, BYU is now filling in their cupcake holes with the likes of Cincy,
Middle Tennesee, and Virginia instead of WAC opponents. They are still cupcake
games but fulfill the expressed mission of helping the team gain exposure in
different parts of the country (and those of us out here away from the mountain
west really appreciate it). Obviously, simply playing a good schedule
doesn't get any team into a "real bowl" game, or, as the Utes can
attest to this season, any bowl game. Ultimately it comes down to winning, and
both BYU and Utah need to step it up in that area. Go Cougs!
The commentary here is a little funny. Honestly, I think this is a good series
for each team. However, just the other day, I can't recall who it was, but
some fan was trying to downgrade Utah's bowl win last year based on that
fact that Georgia Tech lost to VIRGINIA, who lost to such-and-such, who lost to
so-and-so, and on, and on, yet BYU's win over GT this year was so
impressive because it was against "one of the best offenses in the
nation" (although not as highly ranked as when Utah played them, or with the
NFL players). So not only that, but now BYU is scheduled to play the
"terrible" team that beat them. I'm guessing this poster
doesn't come back to A) say they were wrong about the strength of
Virginia's program, or B) continue saying Virginia is a bad team and a bad
series scheduled by Holmoe.
Hopefully, BYU will have 7 home games and not 7 away games. I would think that
BYU would not want to play the 13th game (Hawaii rule) unless there were 7 home
games. There would be no benefit for doing so, other than the exposure, but
maybe exposure trumps 7 away games. The tentative schedule shows 7 away games
right now: Virginia, Utah State, Houston, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Hawaii, &
Washington State (no date scheduled). There are 5 tentative home games: Texas,
Boise State, Georgia Tech, and Utah and Middle Tennessee State also with no
dates scheduled. If BYU does schedule 7 home games, then one of the away games
appears to be one of the teams which has cancelled, and would have to come up
with two additional home games, or three home games if the other team that
cancelled is either Utah or Middle Tenn. State, the two home games with no
dates. You will recall, Tom Holmoe indicated that two teams had cancelled, one
that was under contract and the other one not yet under contract. I would assume
that an uncontracted game would not have a scheduled date. Perhaps it would also
not be announced.
@wookieOthers have already pointed it out to you but I'm gonna
do it again just because your post was so ignorant of facts.Next
season BYU has Wisconsin and Notre Dame scheduled for Novemeber. Both schools
are far superior to what utah will be playing against in Novemeber.LOL!
Duckhunter said""Others have already pointed it out to you
but I'm gonna do it again just because your post was so ignorant of
facts.Next season BYU has Wisconsin and Notre Dame scheduled for
Novemeber. Both schools are far superior to what utah will be playing against in
Novemeber.LOL!"Who cares! I would be laughing as
well. BYU has already proven they are not capable of beating better teams.So I agree LOL!
DuckhunterHighland, UTI believe you are the one "ignorant
of facts". You make the claim " Both schools are far superior to what
Utah will be playing against in November", yet Utah has not released the
schedule for next year so you have no way of kowing when Utah will be playing
Oregon and Stanford.Typical Duckhunter.
@54-10I doubt stanford will be more than ok next year. I suppose
oregon might be on the November schedule but they will be no better than having
Notre Dame on the schedule that month. We do know that utah's biggest rival
colorado will be on utah's November schedule because that is when the pac12
has designated those two designated rivals play. That alone probably drags
utah's schedule down below BYU's, not that utah is guarnateed to win,
just that colorado is guaranteed to be a bad team.
@nightynightDo we really need to re-cap utah's record this
DuckhunterHighland, UT@nightynightDo we really need to
re-cap utah's record this year?LOL!>>>>>>>Do we really need to re-cap
BYU's record this year?
The BYU imposter"Do we really need to re-cap BYU's record
this year?"What 'BYU fan' would be embarrassed about
this year's record? Certainly not me, I enjoy BYU sports whether we win or
lose.Only a poor Ute fan that's been so frustrated and
disappointed over his team's sad performance for two years in their
conference would ask the question.You're not a 'BYU
BYU ImposterNo team that's fallen just short of a one-loss
season, that would have included road wins against two Top 25 teams, and a team
that's now a serious national championship contender, has anything to be
embarrassed about.True BYU fans are frustrated about losing three
road games by a total of 7 points, not so much because of the losses, but
because they can clearly see what could have been without one missed snap, one
errant pass to a wide open receiver, or one botched two-point conversion.
--JEFFE--As soon as the play-off system goes into action in 2014, it wont
matter if you are a member of one of the BIG-6 conferences.---------Not true, but you can keep dreaming.If that
was the case then Notre Dame would not have aligned itself with the ACC over the
sinking Big East?I seriously doubt an undefeated BYU will get a
playoff spot over a 1 loss team from the SEC, Big 12, PAC-12, or Big Ten. For example, look at Louisville at 9-0 they're currently #9 and
behind several 1 and 2 loss teams from the SEC.
@Riddles in the DarkTrue BYU fans are frustrated about losing three
road games by a total of 7 points, not so much because of the losses, but
because they can clearly see what could have been without one missed snap, one
errant pass to a wide open receiver, or one botched two-point conversion.----------One missed snap didn't cost you the game.
It was the fact that Utah picked it up and took it to the house.
Utah was up 24-7 going into the 4th. We let you back in the game by turning it
over on downs at our own 16, which resulted in TD for BYU and the score
24-21.You also got spanked at home by Oregon State and won 6-3 at
home against Utah State.
UteologyYou're making the same argument that was made against
the possibility of a WAC or other non-power conference team ever winning a
national championship.Then BYU caught lightning in a bottle in 1984,
and the entire "football establishment" was turned on its head.It's taken 30 years to finally come to fruition, but BYU's 1984
National Championship was one of the catalysts that set major college football
on its course to adopting a playoff.btw, after having an undefeated
regular season in 1979, just like Louisville this season, BYU was also only
ranked #9, behind several 1- and 2-loss teams from power conferences.btw2, Notre Dame is still in the Big East, but the Irish have a legitimate
chance of playing in the BCS championship game THIS SEASON, which is a much more
difficult threshhold to cross than making a four-team playoff. Notre Dame main
reason for forming its alliance with the ACC was to facilitate easier scheduling
and to have access to better bowls.
We now know that Virginia is replacing Washington State on the 2013 schedule.
The Virginia game is an away game, so we have 6 away games and 5 home games
scheduled, which includes Middle Tenn. State, for which we do not yet have a
date. We will need an additiona home game, or 2 home games, if we elect to play
13 games (Hawaii Rule). The schedule should be out very soon - I think Tom
Holmoe indicated he was waiting for the signed contracts to be returned. This
is a great schedule and I am excited for the 2013 season.