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Published: Saturday, Aug. 24 2013 3:20 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


This is kind of like byu fans getting excited for "go fast go hard" as if simply coming up with a catchy phrase will be indicative of performance on the field.

Remember how well "quest for perfection" turned out. Well actually it did turn out, for UTAH!

Think about the most athletic and best teams byu has played over the last several years(TCU, Florida State, Texas, Notre Dame, Utah, Boise, Utah State, San Jose State)

Isn't byu something like 2-12 against these teams the last 3 years?

And byu fan are excited that they have an enough tougher schedule?

LOL. I am too!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Pretty much a repeat of the article a few days ago that "all byu needs to do is win to get national recognition"


Bronco's byu record against top 25 teams: .200

What makes byu fans believe this year you'll win more than 2 games max against Utah, Boise, Texas, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Boise?

Certainly not history!

But then again, you guys didn't have "go fast go hard" in the past did you?

That will probably make a big difference. All you were missing was catchy phrases.


It doesn't matter because they don't belong to the Elite, Most Prestigious and Revered BCS conference, hence their irrelevance...ain't that right Chris B.? I mean, if they were in conference like that then it wouldn't matter if they win or not because "it's better to lose every game in the PAC-12 than to be independent."

Idaho Falls, ID

Harmon has nailed it--The opportunity is there. We just have to win.

However, if the current BCS conferences are not courting BYU because of their "baggage"--No-Sunday-Play rule and demand for rebroadcasting rights--it is unlikely we'll be courted by a super conference, no matter who we beat.

Also, a major player in this whole super conference play--Texas--probably isn't thinking too highly of BYU right now over BYU's pulling online credits from one of their starters.

Vancouver, WA

BYU took the riskier path by going independent and the rewards of that choice are commensurate with risk. They get the exposure they crave, plus they don't have to split the TV revenue with other conference members. They could have chosen to join a conference but they would have had to lower their standards by allowing Sunday play and they would lose the broadcast rights to all their home games for all sports, not just football. Tom Holmoe has said it is more work being independent, but they have done exceptionally well with that choice.

Go . . . Utes.


It will be interesting to see if a new offensive scheme can come together in its first year. If BYU can also maintain a great defense then they have a good chance of being ranked this year. You never know until actual games are played, but I am excited to find out! Let the season begin, go Cougars!

Syracuse, UT

I love my independent BYU! It sue beats being the door mat of the PAC 10.2. No bowl games in two....make that three years in a row after this year, and then trying to recruit after all that. Yes our great Independent BYU will be seen Nation wide AND playing Nation wide, something some other team in the state can just dream about, just like playing in a bowl game.

St George, Utah

I love Independence. High profile games all over the country with all the exposure and flexibility that just doesn't come while tied down in a conference.
That being said, Independence is a double edged sword. Exposure is not a good thing if BYU continues to have 7-6 or 8-5 seasons. But with the competition BYU is getting on the schedule, 9 or more wins is a successful season. 11 wins guarantees a BCS bowl berth.

West Jordan, UT

Chris B. You sure talk allot for a guy who's team went 5-7 last year and who may not reach that many wins this year. Like the Old Utah team of the past, the Utes will get up for the Cougars and then lay a season long egg. Many experts have the Utes only winning 3 Games this year.

Maybe, Chris B., you should worry about your own teams problems instead of knocking the Cougars. This year I predict a big win for the Cougars in the rivalry game. Something like 28-0.

Of course guys like you always get more out of tearing others down to try and make yourself look better...sad, sad, sad.

Aurora, CO

7 days to go and the anticipation for a great year brought back KVN and Hoffman.

The schedule is perfect for national exposure and with a projected 10-2 record they will be recognized as a top 10 team and a good shot at a BCS bowl. This will be the stepping stone BYU will need to keep them in front of any talk about Super Conferences.

Go COUGARS!!! BYU 43-7 over the Utsies.

Alpine, UT

This year's schedule is exactly what Holmoe promised us when he announced BYU was going independent. This is the year we have all been waiting for not just since going independent but really forever. There were times when we put together a pretty good schedule as part of the WAC or MWC but we still had to play Wyoming and New Mexico and UNLV etc. every year too. Everyone on this year's schedule other than Idaho St. is at least respectable and has an opportunity for a solid season and no one can reasonably debate that having Virginia, Texas, Utah State, Georgia Tech., Boise St., Notre Dame and Wisconsin on the schedule isn't a great thing. My only complaint with this year's schedule is that the only game agains a PAC 12 member is against a bottom dweller. Too bad we don't have Oregon St., UCLA, Arizona, Washington or USC on the schedule as we have in recent years and will again in years to come.

Provo, UT

Hey Chris if you need a job my company is hiring. I wouldn't mind hiring a Utah fan especially if it means getting you off of these boards!!

Darth Vader
Ogden, UT

I'm exicited for the toughest schedule in BYU history.

Go Cougs!

Mcallen, TX

Why would BYU want a conference affiliation?

Yuck! Independence is great!

Frisco, TX

I'm as big of a fan as there is, but a little reality check for my fellow fans - 10-2 will not get a BCS bowl. 11-1 is questionable depending on the records of the #2 teams in the big conferences.

This years schedule is a dream. Next years isn't too bad either. Initially I was worried about being left out of the super conferences, but now I'm starting to think we may be able to bridge the gap as an independent.

But winning is the key. Eight or nine wins this year would be great. But next, we more experience with the new offense and a slightly easier schedule, the Cougs should win 10 or 11. And with a little magic, who knows.

East Salt Lake City, Utah

"the Longhorns are expected to challenge Oklahoma State for the Big 12 title." -- Dick Harmon

Actually Big 12 media picked Texas to finish 4th:

"Oklahoma State has been picked to win its second Conference championship in the 2013 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll, voted on by media representatives who cover the Conference... Oklahoma tallied eight top votes and 355 points to finish second in the preseason rankings...TCU was chosen third with nine first-place votes and 347 points while Texas placed fourth"

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

chrissy get used to being a perennial bottom feeder in your new digs. you can bad mouth the Mighty Cougars all you want, but that won't change the status of your trotting utes dwelling at the bottom of the heap for years to come. the closest you will come to the rose bowl is whenever you go there to get beat by UCLA.

and then comes basketball, which will only add insult to injury. especially when you play BYU and get pounded by them as well.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT


You lose so much credibility when you demonstrate your lack of knowledge like that.

Go ahead and check 2011 again pal. Utah won the Sun Bowl.

So, your foolish pipe dream statement of "three straight years without a bowl game after this season" completely throws your post out the window.

Hey Baby
Franklin, IN

Uteology is right on Texas...4th in the 12...not rivaling OKState.
VA...2nd to last in a basketball conference last year.

And lastly...Eddie, Utah played in a bowl game. 2 years ago we played a d beat GeorgiaTech...BYU fans posted that GT sucked! Always have a d always will suck! Now they are on your schedule and they are an elite football program!

Delusional fans down south

Salt Lake City, UT

Still trying to sell independence. LOL!

The formula Harmon proposes applies equally to every team in the country. What byu has on their schedule are teams at the lower end of their BCS conference and Texas and Wisconsin. This schedule is not all that impressive and just wait until byu fans finally realize what Holmoe and ESPN has in store for them for 2014.

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