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Published: Monday, July 15 2013 6:15 p.m. MDT

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Denver2Portland
Denver, CO

Utah is on BYU's schedule, that will definitely weaken it.

Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Boise State, Texas, and Utah State should be difficult games.

Georgia Teach, Virginia, Houston, Nevada, should be wins, but you never know what BYU team will show up.

Utah, Middle Tenn., Nevada, Idaho State, are definite wins.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Safe to say I will enjoy your season very much!

Denver2Portland
Denver, CO

*Nevada a definite win

Blue Rampage
Salt Lake City, UT

Think Notre Dame. Their schedule is mined with teams that might destroy them or deliver a big win for the Irish. We can’t know how good a schedule is going to be. Who would have worried about Boise State or Nevada ten years ago?

I like to see Holmoe book games against storied teams and then let the chips fall. Let's see Syracuse, LSU, Tennessee, Penn, Pitt, Georgia, Arkansas, Wake Forest (I loved the movie "Brian's Song," when I was a kid and Brian Piccolo played at Wake Forest.)...

...Washington, UCLA, USC, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Boston College, Texas, Ole Miss, Oregon, Stanford, Cal, Michigan, Texas A&M, Ohio State, West Virginia, Baylor, Auburn, Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Florida, Academies, Miami...

...add Rice, Temple, Rutgers, Tulane, Utah, Utah State... with every game on a network or BYUtv, nobody should complain.

Think these teams are tough? Four years from now they might be stinking up their conference or some of these teams might win a national championship.
BYU can beat Oklahoma and lose to San Jose State. Lately we have not been beating good teams. Maybe this year will turn that around.

Just book and let the games happen.

32843
PROVO, UT

@ Chris B

"Safe to say I will enjoy your season very much!"

No more than the rest of us are going to enjoy the Utes season!

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

"BYU can beat Oklahoma and lose to San Jose State."
The SJS starting quarterback got to play the whole game...

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Uh, no brainer that it's BYUs toughest schedule ever. Still plenty of built in wins, but unquestionably their most difficult.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

SoonerUte,

If we extrapolate the BYU/Oklahoma game in 2009 we see that BYU should have won anyway. Oklahoma's OL wasn't adequately protecting Bradford, and even if continued without injury the game result would have likely been the same.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Riverton Cougar

"If we extrapolate the BYU/Oklahoma game in 2009 we see that BYU should have won anyway. Oklahoma's OL wasn't adequately protecting Bradford, and even if continued without injury the game result would have likely been the same."

I couldn't agree with you more ... Oklahoma was simply not good in 2009. It was a a big win that we all learned later was simply NOT that big.

flatlander
Omaha, NE

Glad to see that so many agree that past schedules have not been very tough. SEC and Big 10 teams play top 25 teams every year. Glad they have this schedule but they need tough schedules every year or they will continue in mediocre bowl games.

FanOfAllUtahTeams
nsl, UT

This 2013 schedule is just about perfect.
I don't think the Y could handle playing 10 teams in the top 20, but 4 or 5 is good.
The schedule has a good rhythm with alternating difficulties and strategic byes:
At #84 (4-8) Virginia (ACC) then vs Big12 #19 (9-4) Texas at home (LES);
A Bye before the dangerous #59 Utah Rivalry game at home;
#106 (8-4) Mid.Tenn at home then at rival #21 (11-2) USU;
At home vs a beatable #38 (7-7) Georgia Tech (ACC);
At #110 (5-7) Houston (CUSA) then vs #39 (11-2) Boise State at home;
A needed Bye, then at #20 (8-6) Wisconsin (Big10);
Vs #235 Id.State, then at #5 (12-1) UND and then at #79 (7-6) Nevada.
Records and Ranks based on 2012 results and/or Sagarin year end ranking.
The only gimme is Idaho State - no other game is 'safe'. They can't start soon enough.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

Riverton Cougar--

"SoonerUte,

If we extrapolate the BYU/Oklahoma game in 2009 we see that BYU should have won anyway. Oklahoma's OL wasn't adequately protecting Bradford, and even if continued without injury the game result would have likely been the same."

Yet, w/out SM, it took a late-game miracle-drive barely win by merely 1 point! OU hovered around .500 all season long and finished the season, unranked! All of this, w/an airport celebration/downtown parade/unranked FSU beatdown at home 2 games later/non-BCS Bowl Game, to boot! Lol

Silly 2-Star byu and their self-delusion! Lol

Toughest schedule? Lol....Still significantly weak, barely ranked in the Top-50% of the nation! UTAH's is light-years tougher than this weak-sauce schedule at the #12 ranked SOS, nationally! Lol

2 bye-weeks preceding UTAH/WISC, MTSU before usu, UH [minus Sims] before bsu and ISU [arguably the worst FCS program in history] before nd! Lol

junkgeek
Agua Dulce, TX

Already starting with the excuses, I see...

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

Azute1 and all other BYU detractors: all this pounding of the chest about being in the PAC and having a tough schedule is sort of silly. Having a membership to an elite gym and putting 500 pounds on the bar does not make you an elite weightlifter. Lifting that much makes you an elite weightlifter. So much of the Ute commentary seems to be based on pounding their 2 year old chests and boasting about their Hulk pajamas.
No one hands out cookies for having a tough schedule. You get recognition for winning on your schedule. That stands for anybody. BYU. Utah. USU. ISU. Texas. ND.

FanOfAllUtahTeams
nsl, UT

The 2009 Sooners would have won more games had not BYU's Defense (Colby Clawson) taken him out.

I agree, however, that Oklahoma allowed BYU to get to Bradford and Landry Jones way too many times.

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

D2P. . BYU strength of schedule varies by web site; 42, 47, 49, while Utah's SOS from the same web site is 5, 6, 12. Hey BYU fans they can't all be wrong.

Instead of dissing BYU for a schedule that's barely Top 50, I wish them luck, except when the play Utah (and Utah State).

U 90
Corona, CA

"Meanwhile, BYU’s 1984 national championship has been maligned by critics for decades because of its so-called weak schedule that season. The Cougars did upset No. 3 Pitt in the season opener, but the Panthers ended up with a losing season." (3-7-1)

This quote is not from a Utah fan, it's from one of your own

U 90
Corona, CA

@Denver2Portland "Utah is on BYU's schedule, that will definitely weaken it."

An absolutely brilliant post D2P. You do realize that BYU has been owned by Utah. So how do you figure Utah is the soft spot on your schedule? Classic.

Solomon Levi
Alpine, UT

JoCo Ute

"Hey BYU fans they can't all be wrong."

Actually, they can.

A year ago, how many polls were predicting that Utah State and San Jose State would finish in the Top 25, while pre-season national championship contender USC would barely finish above .500?

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

@Vladhagen

No one hands out cookies for having a tough schedule. You get recognition for winning on your schedule. That stands for anybody. BYU. Utah. USU. ISU. Texas. ND.

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No, but they do handout BCS bowl games, BCS title games, and now playoff games for having a tough schedule.

For example...

* 11-1 USU will most likely get to play in Vegas and has no chance at a BCS bowl.

* 11-1 BYU will most likely play a 2nd-tier bowl but with a 2013 type schedule does have a shot at a BSC bowl game since 4 BCS teams will be in the playoffs.

* 11-1 Utah/Texas/ND will most certainly get a BCS bowl and have a chance at a playoff berth.

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