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Published: Monday, March 4 2013 2:30 p.m. MST

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Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

Sounds like a fun home and home. I don't believe BYU has ever played UConn.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Congrats...that's a great schedule addition for the basketball team.

Oh, wait...

Just the FAX
Olympus Cove, Utah

frightened sparrow

"Congrats...that's a great schedule addition for the basketball team.

Oh, wait..."

Wait for what?

UConn BEAT Pittsburgh and tied for the Big East Championship with the 2004 Panthers.

UConn played in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.

So, the Huskies BEAT Utah's 2004 Fiesta Bowl opponent, the Ute's most "formidable" foe during Utah's 2nd best season ever, and the Huskies have been to a BCS bowl more recently than the Utes.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

The scheduling just keeps getting better and better. True that UCONN is not a football powerhouse, but they are a well respected program and playing in Connecticut is certainly better than playing in New Mexico. These kinds of games are perfect for balancing out a very difficult schedule against top teams like Wisconsin, Notre Dame, and Texas. Good work Holmoe. Go Cougs!

KVN/Hoff want 0-4 against UTAH
Ogden, UT

Why not try and schedule duke and kentucky so you can try and claim powerhouse SEC and ACC wins?

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

“We are very excited to bring another nationally prominent opponent to Rentschler Field,” said UConn athletic director Warde Manuel.

UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni is entering his third year as head coach and has led teams to nine bowl games. “The series with BYU is a great opportunity and challenge for our football program,” said Pasqualoni. “Everyone in college football knows about the proud heritage of BYU football.”

Perhaps the word from an underpass in Salt Lake City has not reached the east coast yet because those statements defy everything the local know-it-all fans have ever preached.

Nevertheless, way to go Tom for taking the football program to a good location and opponent for the BYU fans and team.

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

its OK. But 2014's schedule has a lot of mid-major or low quality bcs-type teams in it. I think 10 or 11 slots are filled and the Cougs need some big-time games for the last spot or two. Otherwise 2014's schedule will be a big step back from 2013. 2015 already looks tough though with @ michigan and @ nebraska.

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

Excited for the series. This is one of the benefits of being independent.

just-a-fan
Bountiful, UT

As a resident of Connecticut I am excited to see the Cougars play here! I'll wear blue and white and leave it that.

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

KVN/Hoff are gonna dominate U

"Why not try and schedule Duke and Kentucky so you can try and claim powerhouse SEC and ACC wins?"

Why would BYU want to replace PAC 10.2 bottom dweller Utah with a couple of bottom dwellers from other "big boy" conferences?

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I like it, another good opponent and a chance to travel somewhere new for a game. UConn is easily as good as half the pac 12, probably better, so that make it a good opponent. Can't wait!

ekute
Layton, UT

@Just the FAX and @TrueBlue

Who said anything about Utah? Jealous????

ekute
Layton, UT

@Duckhunter

And who said anything about the Pac12?

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Good games.

We will work UConn twice.

U 90
Corona, CA

Duckhunter

Could you please provide sagarin ratings for the bottom half of the pac12 and UConn.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

2014 / 2015 Schedule Note

BYU replaces Utah with UConn.

Utah replaces BYU with Fresno St.

UConn may not be Alabama, but I'd rather play UConn than Fresno St.

2014 is shaping up nicely with Texas, UConn, Virginia, Houston, Boise St, Utah St, Nevada, UNLV and a couple more games to add. It may not have the panache of 2013 or 2015, but it's way ahead of our first couple of years of Indy and our MWC schedule. I like it!

ekute
Layton, UT

To the Ute Fans,
Leave them alone and watch them compare everything they do to the Utes and the Pac12. lol.

Y's little brother
Sandy, UT

So what have we learned.

UConn would have been an elite team in 2004 if they'd won the 4-way tie-breaker for the Big East conference championship and played Utah in the Fiesta Bowl (instead of Pittsburgh).

UConn was an elite team when they played in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl just a couple of years ago.

But, now, without changing conferences, UConn is suddenly not an "elite" program simply because a bunch of non-AQ interlopers moved into their conference.

Of course, the same thing happened to the PAC 10.2 when Utah moved into the conference, the only difference being that the PAC 10.2 was strong enough to absorb the hit.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

RE: U 90

"Could you please provide sagarin ratings for the bottom half of the pac12 and UConn."

A reasonable request... here's the bottom six from last year and their rankings over the last five seasons.

Arizona (44, 64, 30, 37, 24) average = 40
Washington (52, 44, 28, 52, 129) average = 61
Utah (61, 39, 26, 24. 5) average = 31
California (78, 38, 33, 46, 16) average = 42
Connecticut (89, 76, 56, 28, 40) average = 54
Washington State (104, 83, 79, 126, 138) = 106
Colorado (156, 107, 68, 91, 72) = 99

And because I was curious…
BYU (26, 34, 45, 15, 32) average = 30

Conclusions based solely on Sagarin ratings: Uconn would have been a cellar dweller if they were in the PAC 12 (just ahead of Washington, WSU, and Colorado), Utah belongs in the top half of the PAC, and Utah and BYU are pretty much neck and neck over the last five years. Does any of this really matter? No. But it is interesting. Go cougs!

sls
Columbia, MO

UConn is located in the media heavy NYC market, so this is a great move for exposure. And UConn is a worthy opponent. They have beaten Notre Dame--something that Utah has never done.

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