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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 25 2012 12:11 p.m. MDT

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CordonBleu
Park City, UT

It's exciting to be able to play a storied program like Notre Dame, but it's certainly not a make or break situation for BYU if Notre Dame decides to opt out of part of it's scheduled 6-game series with BYU.

I still think there's a decent chance Notre Dame will keep the agreement with BYU as is because the Irish want to continue playing in various parts of the country, as well as, maintaining traditional rivalries with Navy, Michigan State, Stanford, and USC.

Michigan and Purdue are the odd men out since Notre Dame already has regular games scheduled in the Midwest against Michigan State.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

This might help Utah be able to schedule Michigan.

This might help BYU schedule Notre Dame.

Other than that, who has a crystal bell when it comes to colllege football schedules, aliances, conferences, etc? The future is uncertain, just like the picture regarding a national play-off. The BCS is on shaky ground and should have been revamped years ago.

Notre Dame marches to the tune of their own drummer.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

With Notre Dame out of the picture as much for B1G teams it'll open up for teams like BYU to pick up more games. I can imagine BYU playing Michigan, Ohio State, and all the others in the B1G.

Notre Dame might opt out of the BYU games but I kind of doubt it. The ACC is on ESPN and Notre Dame will do more to keep ESPN happy (so that when it comes time to re-up their own NBC deal ESPN won't get in the way as badly as they could) than to keep off and on rivalries with B1G teams alive, and since ESPN helped get BYU that Notre Dame series it should be OK. Notre Dame is much less powerful than they once were, and while they still hold a few cards they'll want to keep the 800lb Gorilla of ESPN happy. But all this remains to be seem.

Hoopty6
OGDEN, UT

My question is why doesn't this trigger a memo in the minds at BYU. Per the article: "Our job is to find opponents that are exciting for our student-athletes as well as our fans to replace Notre Dame."".

Why is BYU not all over this??? It seems there are plenty of opportunities to schedule good games, but they keep making excuses that it is so difficult. Get after it already...

SoCalTrueBlue2
San Diego, CA

What a silly article. Journalism 101 says if your headline poses a question you answer it in the article. No answer in this article. Mediocre journalism.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Notre Dame has a 2 for 1 deal with BYU - 2 home games for 1 away game. Even ND will not find many teams of BYU's notoriety that will take a 2 for 1 deal. Notre Dame will keep the 6 games with BYU, regardless of the Michigan decision.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

looks to me like there may be opportunities for games with Purdue and Michigan. they have holes now in their schedules.

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

@hoopty6 - Have you seen BYU's 2013 schedule? BYU doesn't have all of its future schedules solidified but the 11 games already solidified for 2013 should resolve the concerns of BYU fans who think BYU won't be able to create a quality schedule as an independent.

NightOwlAmerica
SALEM, OR

The only reason to keep BYU is to play a cup cake, that's it. Notre Dame has already said they are focusing on recruiting areas. The beehive state is not high on their list. That's why they will keep playing USC & Stanford in the California market. ND already does well recruiting in the midwest and especially Michigan. And it just might happen to Perdue & Michigan St as well. Big 10 schools are reviving scheduling talks with Pac 12 teams again. And even Boise St. & Big 12 teams are in the mix. Why is there hardly a peep about the Cougars?

If you don't like what I am saying. Look at what is coming out of South Bend, Indiana and Big 10 media outlets today.

The decision by ND is very revealing. They just dumped a long time rival with a storied program. What do you honestly think that says about the relationship between BYU & ND? On top of that ND will keep its rivalry with Navy.

Just watch. ND will make more changes and announces a series with Texas, TCU or A&M to have the Texas football market covered for recruiting.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

@ NightOwlAmerica "The only reason to keep BYU is to play a cup cake. The decision by ND is very revealing. They just dumped a long time rival with a storied program. What do you honestly think that says about the relationship between BYU & ND?"

A cup cake? Really? I guess I always looked at cup cakes as teams who are ranked above 50 or so. BYU was ranked in the Top 25 last year in case you missed the news flash. BYU vs ND would have been a great game last year. This year, I give the edge to ND. But I'll bet you that BYU will win at least 2 of the 6 games against ND, and maybe 3.

As for your second question, you missed the boat. Dumping Michigan and Purdue, is an reflection of NDs relation with the Big 10, and has nothing to do with BYU. ND tried to negotiate to move to the Big 10 with all sports but football, and the Big 10 said all or nothing. So ND moved to ACC and will now avoid playing Big 10 teams in FB to make a point.

NightOwlAmerica
SALEM, OR

CougFaninTX aid;

".....As for your second question, you missed the boat. Dumping Michigan and Purdue, is an reflection of NDs relation with the Big 10, and has nothing to do with BYU. ND tried to negotiate to move to the Big 10 with all sports but football, and the Big 10 said all or nothing. So ND moved to ACC and will now avoid playing Big 10 teams in FB to make a point."

I never said BYU had anything to do with ND's relationship with the Big 10.
Since ND dumped Michigan what does that say about BYU? Their contract is not set in stone. And ND can break it.

BYU wants to be the ND of the West, allegedly. But ND is not really independent anymore. You know I wish BYU would indeed join a conference, even get a deal like ND. Because I would hate to see some BYU fans here implode and take green jello to a new extreme.

As an indie you have to fight to schedule 12 games. A ND deal or full conference affiliation means guaranteed scheduling of five to nine games a season. What you rather have?

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

upinthenight

Sorry to burst your crimson-colored BYU-hating bubble, but if Notre Dame decides to keep BYU on its schedule, what it says about BYU is the Cougars are such a well-respected program that a storied program like Notre Dame would WANT to play the Cougars.

Call us when the Fighting Irish EVER decide to visit RES.

DevilishUte
Tempe, AZ

trew blew

"Call us when the Fighting Irish EVER decide to visit RES."

Why would I call you? Just sayin'.

WACPaddingOurSchedule
pocatello, ID

TrueBlue
Orem, UT
upinthenight

Sorry to burst your crimson-colored BYU-hating bubble, but if Notre Dame decides to keep BYU on its schedule, what it says about BYU is the Cougars are such a well-respected program that a storied program like Notre Dame would WANT to play the Cougars.

Call us when the Fighting Irish EVER decide to visit RES.

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A well respected cupcake for ND?
Yep.

WACPaddingOurSchedule
pocatello, ID

BYU is to ND.
Like Idaho, New Mexico St and San Jose St are to BYU.

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

WACpaddled

Take off those crimson-colored glasses long enough to see reality.

BYU has beaten Notre Dame in Provo AND in South Bend.

Utah is WINLESS against the Fighting Irish.

Utah is so far off Notre Dame's radar that the Utes aren't even a "well-respected cupcake." Call us the first time Notre Dame agrees to visit RES.

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

DevilishUte

TrueBlue said: "Call us when the Fighting Irish EVER decide to visit RES."

You said: "Why would I call you?"

Obvious response: To prove that the Utes aren't all talk when it comes to playing Notre Dame.

NightOwlAmerica
SALEM, OR

EPIC FAIL!!!!

Utah has nothing to do with ND. Why are BYU hopefuls bringing this in to the discussion?
Stick to the subject that BYU has a contract with ND for now. Time will tell what happens.

NightOwlAmerica
SALEM, OR

Ohio State just announced it's dumping MAC teams in the future. That means more mid-majors for BYU to schedule!
The Buckeyes will focus on strength of schedule under the new playoff system.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@nightmagpieamerica

So that means utah will neve play ohio st. Certainly not in res. Can't blame ohio st either as utah has nothing to offer them other than a sure win.

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