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Published: Sunday, June 23 2013 6:30 p.m. MDT

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Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

Where is ESPN to help with those lackluster November schedules?

Denver, CO

What BYU needs to do is what Notre Dame did before they did a deal with the ACC. BYU needs to find about six or seven schools they know they can count on each year they can play anytime of the season, including November. Example, like What Notre Dame has/had with USC, Stanford, Pitt, B.C., etc.

If BYU can get teams out west with credibility and good competition such as Boise State, Houston or SMU, Utah State, Air Force, San Diego State, Oregon State, and Nebraska and play them every year, that would solve many of the scheduling issues.

Beck to Harline
Provo, UT

@Howard S.

BYU's November schedule---Wisconsin, Idaho State, Notre Dame, Nevada
Utah's November schedule---Arizona State, Oregon, Washington State, Colorado

Weakest teams- Idaho State, Colorado, Washington State
Average teams- Arizona State, Nevada
Strong teams- Wisconsin
Strongest teams- Notre Dame, Oregon

If you honestly think that Utah's November schedule is THAT much stronger than BYU's, strong enough that you would take time out of your undoubtably busy day, to comment first on a BYU article, then by all means, comment away.

From my standpoint, it looks like BYU has the tougher November schedule, especially considering the away games in Madison and South Bend (Utah's definitely gonna have a tough game in Autzen as well).

I like BYU's schedule this year. I hope we put out a team worth bragging about at the end of the season, unlike the letdowns we've had the best two years. I hope BYU gets a W in the last Holy War that matters. Nothing is more embarrassing to Cougar fans than consistently losing to the Utes.

Go Cougs!
Go Utes! (except on September 21st, of course)

Murray, UT

Howard S, Are you being serious about that question? With the help espn gives BYU they are on national television all throughout the year even when they play the no name teams. Other teams in this state can play USC, Wisconsin, UCLA, Washington, etc and the best they can do is a regional root sports broadcast. Better to be the team complaining about blowing out n names, than to be the cellar dweller no name getting pounded by USC, Oregon, Stanford. Utah should have a great november schedule. But no one outside Salt Lake will even notice.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@Beck to Harline

Wisconsin is part of 2 for 1 deal. ND is part of a 4 for 2 deal with no schedule for retun games to Provo.

The big boys will occasionally play BYU, even in November... they just won't do it on a straight up home and home basis.

Utah's games are all on a perpetual home and home basis

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA


So U can lose both at RES AND in Colorado.

Layton, UT

And you lose both at RES and les. lol.

Go Utes.

Richmond, VA

@ Howard S,

"Utah's games are all on a perpetual home and home basis."
You have no argument from me there, dude! But don't pretend that anyone knows you got that because of anything deserving you did on the field in the Pac 12. The Utes and the Buffaloes were invited to fill a purpose and a need in that conference period, solely out of necessity after the other programs rejected the original invitations. You know it, we know it, and the Pac 12 knows it too. So until you have actually done something that is worth bragging and pounding your chest about in your new conference, please don't pretend you have already. I do like the Utes a lot and follow them except when they play BYU, but I'm tired of the constant put down and deliberate disrespect.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

They should schedule USU, utah and Weber in November.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@ Y Grad / Y Dad

BYU fans crowing that CO did what their team can't do has to be the lamest form of smack...

But hey... it's Monday so I'll cut you some slack.

Adin, CA

The Utah fans piling on BYU because of the November scheduling challenges is hilarious. Yes, it is tough for BYU to schedule as one of the few independents. It would however be impossible for Utah. They could not go independent. Not enough clout or fan base. I know you don't have to worry about it. You got invited to the PAC 12 due to lack of options.

Everyone know that BYU would have been in the PAC 10 or Big 12 in the 1980's if not for their religious affiliation and associated limitations. Utah fans hang their hat on 4-5 good seasons in their history. Talk to me when you been relevant for 40-50 years (see BYU's 5th highest winning percentage of any team since 1970, and 13th highest average ranking of any team since 1970).

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT


Nothin wrong with being second choice... as long as you get chosen... An outcome that does not appear likely for BYU.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT


If TV coverage against a lackluster schedule is the objective... Congratulations... you win.

anti BCS
Anaheim, CA

Nothing great about being second choice when the only reason you were chosen was to be cannon fodder for the big boys of the conference to pad their conference win totals.

Eventually, those perpetual losing, bowl-less seasons will become tiresome, even for the kids on the hill, and the only thing you'll have left to beat your chests about are your fading PAC 12 t-shirts.

Salt Lake City, Utah


BYU's TV coverage included FIVE Top 25 teams including a team that played in the BCS championship game and a bowl game.

Utah's TV coverage included TWO Top 25 teams and no bowl game.

Luckily for U, not much of your 7-loss, lackluster schedule was nationally televised.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Who can forget that EPIC game with Idaho late in the season!

Blue Cougar
Oak Harbor, WA

I love the BYU schedule! It's the best we've ever had. As a BYU Alum in Washington State I'll be able to watch nearly all of the football games, which, unfortunately, didn't happen when we were in the Mountain West. Much of our future schedule will depend on how well our team plays. Victories, even narrow victories, over big name programs will increase the number of fans watching our team play. This, in turn, will lead to better broadcast times and bigger games in November. As for the Utes, I hope they have a great season against everyone but BYU. But after reading the constant barrage of unnecessary negativity from some Ute fans, I'm kind of glad that they're dodging us for a couple of years.

West Point , UT

I would again like to thank you and AZUTE, ekute, Naval, and our other ute friends for your continual obsession with BYU and all things BYU does, says, resembles, and exemplifies. Your incessant denial that BYU means anything to U and that you care more about bowls, conference wins etc, while at the same time posting on just about every BYU article available is a great source of entertainment for us, and always gives me a good laugh to start the day. Keep it up.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

BYU has put together a very nice, and very tough schedule this year. It will be interesting to see how they fare. It seems like Army or Navy might be worth approaching for November games. I beleive both are independents.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@ Blue Cougar

First, when BYU plays the big boys they have a losing record... TV coverage hasn't changed that.

Second, why would wins against the big boys lead to bigger games in November? The big boys already have big games to play in November... they don't need mid-major Indy BYU.

Oh, and if by dodging you mean "dumping" then I see your point.

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