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Published: Friday, April 12 2013 1:40 p.m. MDT

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phantomblade
Salt Lake City, Utah

It'll be fun playing in another NFL stadium!

Hondo
Scottsdale, AZ

There's going to be a lot of NFL-caliber talent in this game!

3grandslams
Iowa City, IA

Independence is working out just fine, right Cody?!

International Cougar Fan
Tacoma, WA

I love Independence! Life as and Independent and WCC member is a pretty good deal.

dumprake
Washington, UT

How about playing at a BYU "neutral" site like the University of Utah. Phoenix is hardly neutral. I really hate these so-called "neutral" sites that are walking distance from the university BYU is playing.

PP
Eagle Mountain, UT

Actually the crowd in Phoenix may be more hostile to U of A than they are to BYU. U of A is over 2 hours away and most of the fans in PHX are Sun Devil fans. If I am not mistaken BYU is the 3rd most popular D1 team in the Valley of the Sun.

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

at dumprake - it looks like BYU is losing clout in the college football world where many teams from the power conferences who are on the same level as them won't play BYU with a straight-up 1 for 1 deal. So BYU has to get a little creative or stick to playing teams far down on the college football totem pole. But there are so many members of the LDS church and BYU alums in BYU that the neutral site game in Glendale could include a huge proportion of BYU fans.

AZ gets from 6 to 9 fairly difficult to very difficult games a year from Pac-12 play, which means that their need for big out-of-conference matchups is much smaller than BYU's need is. Thus BYU wants in to this non-conference relationship much more than AZ does so AZ gets the slight spoils of having the neutral site game closer to them.

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

At least one PAC-12 school isn't afraid of overscheduling and putting BYU on their schedule.

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

also with the neutral site game, U of A won't control the ticket sales so if enough BYU fans want to show up for the game then there will be plenty of tickets for them to buy and they could even fill up 50% or more of the stadium.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

@dump - there will be as many or more BYU fans in Glendale than UofA fans. I was at Cowboy stadium in Dallas when BYU played TCU last year. Some would say it was really a home game for TCU since it was just 30 miles from their campus. But I can tell you, there were just as many BYU fans as TCU fans.

This is a great game to add to the schedule.

Hondo
Scottsdale, AZ

"Actually the crowd in Phoenix may be more hostile to U of A than they are to BYU. U of A is over 2 hours away and most of the fans in PHX are Sun Devil fans. If I am not mistaken BYU is the 3rd most popular D1 team in the Valley of the Sun."

Sorry, but ASU fans won't go to the game to cheer against U of A. Fans will only go if they cheer for U of A or BYU or are indifferent, but like college football. Suggesting that ASU fans would go to cheer against U of A is like suggesting that BYU fans would go to a Utah sporting event to cheer against Utah. Most people don't have time to go to sporting events to cheer against teams.

PP
Eagle Mountain, UT

You missed the point Hondo.

Normal Guy
Salt Lake City, UT

These neutral-site games are awesome. Easy for me to get tickets to and the stadiums are incredible. Keep 'em coming!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

BYU has done a great job of scheduling, this should be a good series!

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

This is easy folks:
1. No NFL stadium in Utah...the only comparable thing is LaVell Edwards stadium and of course that's not neutral. Playing in the tiny mid-major SLC stadium wouldn't do.
2. No Stadium in Flagstaff (Half way between)
3. Arizona Sports and Tourism wants to sponser this and they think BYU - Arizona is a good match. You know, they like legacy programs.
4. PAC12 TV can't get BYU on TV any other way (their local league affliate doesn't want to play a tough preseasn game so they scheduled their new rival...Fresno?) so the PAC12 network of course wants the game.
5. Rich Rodriguez recognizes quality and wants to play even if it is some one he likes.
Utah fans-relax, it's all just playing off the homer comments of BYU's most ardent supporters and commentors. (You all know them)

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Congratulations - scheduling a PAC-12 team is great for the cougars (BYU not WSU as they are scheduled as part of the conference games) Even on a "modified" two for one basis. If you want to get a preview of what the Arizona team will be like in 2020 when they are scheduled to be in Provo catch their games in SLC in 2014, 2016, and 2018!

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

hondo

"Suggesting that ASU fans would go to cheer against U of A is like suggesting that BYU fans would go to a Utah sporting event to cheer against Utah."

No, it's like suggesting that Utah fans/BYU haters would go to a BYU sporting event simply to cheer again BYU - the truth is, it happens all the time.

Regardless, at least half the crowd, or more, will be BYU fans - not only does BYU have a large fan base in Arizona, Phoenix is also close enough to Las Vegas, Utah, and Southern Cal to attract lots of BYU fans from those areas.

PAC 12 loves U
Sandy, Utah

@ NObama10

"At least one PAC-12 school isn't afraid of overscheduling and putting BYU on their schedule"

Not at all! Arizona has taken note of the annual beat down the Cougies get from the Utes. Arizona is just looking for an easy non-conference win. Utah has already proven it's dominance over little brother down south!

bribri86
Phoenix, AZ

Here's one AZ BYU fan that will be there...and in greater numbers.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Many cougar fans are well pleased with this new scheduled series. One fan asked why Arizona could do this and Utah could not. Well, I for one will do all I can to match their offer. Because our current agreement has games playing in 2014 and 2016. I propose in 2016 we match the terms of the Arizona/BYU series. Therefore, in 2019 (3 years after the agreement(s) are signed BYU will play at SLC. In 2021 again we will play at Utah (No pro stadium available in the neutral city of Granger) and then in 2023 the Utes will play in Provo. Each game will be contracted separately. That way the cougar athletic director can continue to boast that they have not agreed to a two for one since he said they would never do that again. And equally important, because each game is contracted separately, the Cougars can boast how a PAC-12 team wanted so badly to play a powerful independent team they agreed to play a one and done deal to play at LES with no conditions.

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