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Published: Monday, Jan. 28 2013 8:05 p.m. MST

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Y Grad / Y Dad

"You forgot to clean your oven."

Touché my friend ... well played. :)

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I, for one, think it is a great schedule. I will be anxiously following the season and we'll see how the results are in November 2013. Not certain about future schedules. 2014 shows 9 games -including UNLV, Middle Tennessee, Houston (of the big least - if the conference exists), Souther Mississippi, Utah State and then some top opponents. Leaving 3 games yet to schedule in 20 months.... short time for scheduling football opponents! Anyway - good luck in 11 of your 12 games next year.

Spanish Fork, UT

Great schedule. I would not be sad to only be 7-5. But, I think we win the following:
For sure: Virginia, Middle Tenn. St., Georgia Tech, Houston, Idaho State, and Nevada= 6 wins.

Tough to split: Texas, Utah State, Boise State, Utah= 2 wins, 2 losses (I suspect we'll be 3-1 here)

Likely to lose: Wisconsin, Notre Dame= 2 loses. Overall: 8-4 and a minor bowl win= 9-4

Salt Lake City, UT

Ranked Teams from 2012 on BYU/Utah 2013 Schedules

Utah - at #2 Oregon, #7 Stanford, #16 Utah State, #20 Oregon State
BYU - at #4 Notre Dame, at #16 Utah State, #18 Boise State, #19 Texas - BYU also includes B1G champ at Wisconsin

When was the last time both BYU and Utah played at least four ranked teams in the same season?

Regardless, very tough schedules for both teams.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

As both a Longhorn and an Aggie I love this schedule. What a great opportunity to beat the Y twice in one season! David Ash and Chuckie Keeton will be two of the best qbs the Cougars will face next season.

Salt Lake City, UT

Go Big Blue!!!

Wishful thinking - 1-1 at best, but more than likely your favorite teams will go 0-2 against BYU.

If the Aggies couldn't put more than 3 points on the board with Kerwyn Williams, they're going to have a difficult time mounting much of an offense without him.

Cottonwood Heights, UT


Wow ... that was a very biased way to compare schedule strength. How about we reign you in a bit and simply line up the final sagarin ratings from best to worst of both teams opponents for next year. It's the most accurate reading we have on things until the games are actually played. There is absolutely no bias in this, just straight best to worst sagarin ranking of each Utah and BYU opponent next football season from best to worst, side by side, straight on down:

Notre Dame 5 < 2 Oregon
Texas 16 < 9 Stanford
Wisconsin 23 < 15 Oregon State
Boise St 41 < 28 Arizona State
Georgia Tech 46 < 31 UCLA
Nevada 80 < 33 USC
Middle Tennessee 85 < 44 Arizona
Virginia 87 > 104 Washington State
Houston 108 > 156 Colorado
Idaho State 225 < 179 Weber State
USU 19 = 19 USU

Ummmm yeah ... that ought to clear that up. You're welcome.

Idaho Falls, ID

For the first time in my life, I will cheer for BYU when they play Wisconsin. Other than that, it looks like a 4 or 5 win season. The Y will be so beat up by the end of the season that they might have trouble with the give me game against ISU

Smart Aleck
Vancouver, WA

This is a great schedule. Tom Holmoe's hard work really paid off.

Notice how the whiners' complaints conveniently fall into one of two categories: if the the opponent is too weak BYU is criticized for scheduling a cupcake; if the opponent is a top tier school with a strong program, they project a loss. You can't beat good teams unless you play good teams. So stop complaining and enjoy the football.


USU will get owned, yet again by the Cougs in 2013. BYU will finish 10-3 next year at the worst, book it.

West Jordan, Utah

We will see now if BYU will have trash to talk against Utah when they lose to the Utes AGAIN and don't have an easier schedule to be bowl eligible.

Even with this schedule, BYU might six wins because USU will fade without Gary Anderson, Middle Tennessee State is on the schedule as is Idaho State.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Re: Chris B

If our team is a nobody what does that make your team? Seriously you went 5-7 last year! Stop bragging. and no, I'm not bragging on behalf of BYU either. Neither team earned bragging rights last year.

That said, both teams have some great players. Let's hope the best for both teams this next year.

West Jordan, Utah

Smart job scheduling for Holmoe and BYU.

Virginia on the road is winnable. Texas at home in week two when bodies are fresh and motivation is high means a legit chance for BYU. If 2-0 by then, BYU gets a bye week to prepare for Utah (much needed). The Cougars are due for a win in the rivalry, and if that plays out, then they have Middle Tennessee State at home and USU minus Gary Anderson on the road. Not that I predict it, but 5-0 is imaginable for a BYU fan here. From there momentum can kick in. GT can present problems with their option but BYU is usually disciplined defensively for such attacks. Houston could be tough but if BYU has their act together with their Anae offense by week 7, I give them that game. Boise State at home will be tough, but Boise was down last year (worst team they have had in 10 years). If they don't bounce back at get QB play, BYU wins there. 8-0 would be a BYU dream. Wisconsin is next after another bye (smart). Then comes Idaho State, Notre Dame and Nevada. Could be special BYU.

Pa. Reader
Harrisburg, PA

Tom Holmoe has delivered.
He promised a quality schedule.
He said there would be changes to restore the BYU offense after an embarrassing, dismal year.
Check and check.
Based on strength of schedule, if BYU is 6-6 and bowl eligible at the end of next season it will be a success.
Predictions of double digit wins are not credible unless and until the Cougs can actually defeat a top team. They face several next year so the opportunities are there.

Montana Mormon
Miles City, MT

Chris B: You're hilarious. Unfortunately, as a BYU alum, I don't expect we will get to watch your YouTube rendition of Rise and Shout. I'm afraid I have to agree with you on the prospects of BYU's ability to win enough games to be bowl eligible.

Danbury, CT

Nice to see 5 games east of the Mississippi. It will be great to see BYU in the news in those markets leading up to the games. Wins there would be even better. Keep scheduling BYU in the East!!

btw - One thing you'll find with people and programs that are truly great: they don't make much notice of anyone who is not a real threat. By the daily presence of so many Ute fans (early) on BYU blogs, Utah has clearly not "arrived". I've never understood the obsession with BYU by the Utes. Can someone explain this?

Cedar Rapids, IA

The past two years, we read over and again from anti-Y folks that the BYU schedule stunk in November, which made the Cougars a suspect team.

Now with a very decent schedule (not counting Idaho State), the Cougars will stink again, we read, because the schedule is too difficult. They again are a suspect team.

So, we can expect the lesson learned from this is that the anti-BYU folks would complain over anything BYU does.

I live in a state where Iowa and Iowa State are the biggest of rivals. Nowhere do I see the nastiness of their fans toward each other that I read from the anti-BYU folks. The "antis'" lives must be very sterile such their only excitement seems to come from trashing BYU.

This seems to be a small but representative example of how society as a whole is operating today.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

That's a good schedule. Pretty cool that Holmoe could put it together. I like how CougfaninTexas immediately compares it to Utah's. Paranoid, envy, jealsous? Maybe a little of all three. I really don't know what one has to do with the other? Any how, both teams play a good schedule; now it's time to go out and beat some teams.

Per the article "If the Cougars are bowl-eligible in 2013, they will play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco." That's the bummer of being an independent. Whether you go 6-6 or 10-2; the end result is the same.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@ eastcoastcoug

It goes both ways; don't kid your self. Look on any Utah thread and there's the same cast of characters (haters) taking shots at Utah. Kinda sad really; both ways. As far as the article goes, that's a good schedule. Like I said, now it's time for both our schools to go out and win; the opportunity for a great season is there.

Bloomington, IN

Y Dad/Y Grad-definitely the best post of the day. Thanks!

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