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  • papi_chulo Ogden, UT
    Aug. 28, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    @Chris B
    ---Guess what Chris? NOBODY cares about u of u football.

    We are superior. We are about to complete the career 4-0 SWEEP for our 2013 seniors.
    Can't be any more superior than that!

    ----You would have to say a comment like that because for your little Snacpac team on the hill, nothing is greater than beating BYU...not even winning against a 1-8 Colorado team...oh wait, you didn't do that....

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 28, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    christy

    "The difference between BYU and Utah is that Utah will ALWAYS be able to get 1 for 1's with other power programs"

    Call us the next time Notre Dame, Texas, Miami, Penn St, or any other elite OOC team agrees to visit RES.

    The truth is, Michigan is the ONLY elite OOC team ever to agree to visit RES, and will very likely be the last, at least until U expand that puny little stadium on the hill to big boy size, then Notre Dame MIGHT agree to a 2-for-1 with U, doubtful, but anything's possible.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 28, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    2b

    "Who did Notre Dame schedule?"

    Call us the first time Notre Dame plays in RES.

    Michigan is the first and only OOC elite program to ever visit RES.

    Elite OOC programs like Texas, Notre Dame, Florida St, Penn St, Miami, and USC have been visiting LES for decades.

  • royalblue Alpine, UT
    Aug. 28, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    2b

    While BYU uses national championships, Heisman trophies, Top 25 finishes, national hall of fame players, and national individual awards to measure success, the Utes use BYU to measure their success. Ironic, for a program that "supposedly" moved on more than three years ago.

    Plastering PAC 12 stickers on everything that will sit still long enough to be plastered will never make U any more relevant than all of the other power conference bottom feeders.

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    Aug. 28, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    @spider rico..."This is how it works, a powerhouse Independent schedules a home and home with a BCS conference team"

    Who did Notre Dame schedule?

    @BradleyJ..."I think it is really funny how everybody thinks that utah is this great team. Nobody knew who they were until 2004 (BCS) bowl and 2008 (BCS) bowl. So for a 4 year spand 2004-2008 they were good (I give them credit), but before that and since then they once again have become a nobody. And since they entered the pac 12 nobody cares about the utes all they care about is the pac 12 stickers that they can put on their vehicles.
    BYU has always had a tradition and nationaly recognized. No Comparison at all! Go BYU"

    Your right about that it is no comparison at all 3 straight, 4 of 5, 8 of 11 overall 56-34 Utah completley dominates the cougies on the field!!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:36 p.m.

    Cougars to the rescue!

    A role model on how to play Pac 12 football.

    OK utes,--say thank you.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:52 p.m.

    Chris B
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Y grad,

    "We have continual home and homes with Cal."

    Yes, but Chris: they don't necessarily want to play U.

    Glad U love your PAC whatever membership. Maybe someday they will love U, but so far, U aren't carrying your fair share.

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 27, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    Koloss

    LOL at your weak, clueless spin.

    4 of BYU's 5 losses were to Top 25 teams, 3 of them on the road by a total of 10 points.

    5 of Utah's 7 losses were to UNRANKED teams, by a total of 76 points.

    None of Utah's losses were by less than 7 points, and you only beat lowly 11-loss Colorado by a touchdown.

    Face it, the ONLY marquee wins you've had in the last two years were a lucky skin of your teeth win versus BYU in 2012 and a 7 turnover gift verses BYU in 2011.

    It's laughable that Utah fans spend so much time trying to minimize the very yard stick U use for measuring your success.

  • Koloss Hampton, VA
    Aug. 27, 2013 6:30 p.m.

    BYU was 1-2 against the Pac-12, only beating the worst team in the league and losing to the 5th place South Division Utah and 3rd place North Division Oregon State. Would they really do well in the PAC?
    TechMan thanks for doing lots of research on your claim.
    Utah was ranked higher in 2010 and was 2-1 against BCS teams.
    Cougs were 1-1 and not ranked and lost to Utah.
    2011 Utah was 5-4 against BCS teams.
    BYU was 2-2 and was only ranked #25 in the Coaches Poll. They also lost 54-10 at home against Utah.
    Last year Utah was 3-6, BYU was 2-3, neither were ranked and Utah won the head to head.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    Man, every time a ute poster comments they just put their foot in it. Perhaps a better program would certainly help their argument but that will not come soon.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    @atl134

    "Texas, Boise and....?"

    Uconn.

    The more you know.....

  • Jrod Gman Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    @BoSox4
    Blah, blah, blah...you failed to mention Montana St, Northern Colorado, Idaho St, Southern Utah, Washington St, and Colorado. These are just a few of the powerhouses the yewts have played and will be playing the next few years. btw, your 2011 loss to a 3-10 Colorado team was particularly amusing. Well at least you were humble enough to mention Weber State. Doh.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    BoSox4'
    Remind us all again how many NC's u have! Remind us again how many Heisman trophy winners you have! What other sports do you have at the mighty u? Judging from your trophy case I believe you don't have any! Remind us all of WHY anyone would want to go to the u? Good medical school, but beyond that.......nothing, especially sports!

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    BoSox4,
    Like was said earlier Utah can up to play their big brother and have beaten them the last three years. Just so you know there are 11 other games in the season. You might do your math.
    Shall we talk basketball for a bit and see how your utsies have done recently? I didn't think so.

  • Res Novae Ashburn, VA
    Aug. 27, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    @atl134,

    "Odd, all these PAC schools are scheduling BYU. Heh, and here I thought the reason BYU wasn't allowed into the PAC-12 was due to religious bigotry... or so I've been told."

    BYU's always featured a game or two against the PAC for years. But there's a distinct difference between the Cal athletic department scheduling sporting events with BYU versus getting its governing body to agree to a formal association with a conservative religious school.

  • BoSox4 St. George, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    Every year BYU gets on here and boasts about how good they will be... and then they lose to the U. 3 of the last 3, 8 out of the last 11. And you still care about your bogus national championship? lol BYU hasnt had decent players in the NFL for a very long time... maybe the Lions will help you have 1 good NFL player this decade... Put up or shut up BYU because lately you haven't beaten Utah in awhile... so keep talkin your meaningless trash talk while we laugh at you and your constant games against middle Tennessee state, UNLV, UCF, Southern Miss, and Idaho State lol... makes our weakest game (Weber State) look like one of your so called great schedule games :) have fun losing to Utah and Utah State this year while everyone wishes you had the chance to lose to Weber as well

  • TrollPolice Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    Rumor is So. Miss may be trying to back out of their scheduled visit to Provo, so there may be one more change in BYU's 2014 schedule in the works.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    Dont you guys know, Utah doesn't have to win the games. Being in the conference is good enough...according to at least one poster.

  • TechMan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    Congrats BYU. Let's again (4th year in a row) be the HIGHER ranked team AND BEAT more BCS teams than those sitting ducks called 'Utes'. They thought they were good and could hold their own playing the pack 12, but they have SUCKED. It's sad.

    BYU now has the chance to show that it can not only compete with the 'big boys' but actually consistently beat them.

    Utes have won the last 3 match-ups all analysts have agreed each year that BYU was the better team that season. Congrats on beating us, and sorry we were still better (1 bad game DOESN'T define a season). However, the Utes 7 to 8 losses each year DOES define their seasons!

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    atl134

    Remind us how many ranked PAC 12 opponents Utah played in 2012.

    Hint: You can count them on one FINGER!

  • WildCougar Holladay, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    Chris B

    When are you gonna start winning those games. Who cares if you play them if you can't win what is your point?

    We all know you love your pac 12 membership. I am happy for you, utah being in the pac is great for your school. But again, if you can't win what is the point? You were getting more exposure more national pub being in the MWC. At some point you have got to refocus your anger towards encouraging your beloved utes to win. The fact is, is that your team is in the cellar with colorado and washington state, that is not a good place to be. Every team in the pac except for you is getting better. Doesn't that concern you?

  • Che26 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    caleb in new york

    I understand what your saying but,

    Southern Miss was 12-2 two years ago and the reason they were so bad last year was a terrible coach who has been fired and replaced. (The Coach from 2011 was hired by North Carolina and his replacement did a terrible job in 2012.)

    Houston is supposed to be better then they were last year, and I would argue they are just a better program then most MWC schools. They were a game shy of going to a BCS bowl game in 2011 (loosing to Southern Miss) and they have been rebuilding from all the seniors they lost that year.

    Connecticut is a BCS school and was in a BCS bowl only a couple of years ago. I'll admit they are a mid to bottom BCS program, but I would still take them over %80 percent of the MWC and day.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    Y>U

    In additional to having a perennial Top 25 football program, BYU also has many other nationally ranked programs. Scanning the DN today, you can find articles about these nationally ranked BYU teams:

    #4 Men's Cross Country
    #6 Women's Soccer
    #7 Women's Cross Country

    Those aren't WCC rankings; those are NATIONAL Top 10 rankings.

    In the 20 years of the Directors' Cup which recognizes athletic excellence across all men's and women's sports, BYU has finished ahead of Utah 20 out of 20 seasons. 2013-14 won't be any different.

    ---------

    BYU's 2013 football schedule is one of BYU's best ever, but 2014 looks to be exciting also.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:08 p.m.

    I was curious how Cal would stack up with BYU’s other opponents so I looked up the Sagarin ranking of future opponents from the last three seasons to get a sense of program quality.

    #14 Wisconsin
    #17 Notre Dame
    #19 Boise State
    #22 USC
    #25 Nebraska
    #30 Michigan
    #32 Texas
    #35 BYU, for reference sake
    #42 West Virginia
    #42 Utah
    #44 Cincy
    #46 Arizona
    #50 Cal
    #52 Nevada
    #55 UCF
    #68 Houston
    #71 Utah State
    #74 UCONN
    #80 Fresno State
    #82 Virginia
    #87 Southern Miss
    #87 East Carolina
    #89 Washington St.
    #148 UNLV

    Looks like Cal is right in the middle-of-the pack. It’s encouraging to see how balanced BYU’s future schedules are top-to-bottom. Many challenging but winnable games. Also cool that our two longest series' (ND and Boise State) are two of the top three opponents we face.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:53 p.m.

    @WON84
    "If you look only at conference affiliation that statement is true but, I can quickly spot three on the schedule who've played in recent BCS bowls..."

    Hmm...

    Thu Aug. 28 at Connecticut Huskies
    Sat Sept. 6 at Texas Longhorns
    Sat Sept. 13 --- Open Date --- ---
    Sat Sept. 20 Virginia Cavaliers
    Sat Sept. 27 Houston Cougars
    Fri Oct. 3 Utah State Aggies
    Sat Oct. 11 at UCF Knights
    Sat Oct. 18 Nevada Wolf Pack
    Sat Oct. 25 at Boise State Broncos
    Sat Nov. 1 at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
    Sat Nov. 8 Southern Miss Golden Eagles
    Sat Nov. 15 UNLV Rebels
    Sat Nov. 22 --- Open Date --- ---
    Sat Nov. 29 at California Golden Bears

    Texas, Boise and....?

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    Odd, all these PAC schools are scheduling BYU. Heh, and here I thought the reason BYU wasn't allowed into the PAC-12 was due to religious bigotry... or so I've been told.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:47 p.m.

    I am disappointed that it is Cal instead of Utah on that Thanksgiving weekend, but obviously that ship has sailed. Without that option then the Golden Bears in the Bay Area for Thanksgiving is a great replacement. Imagine a weekend of BYU vs. Cal on Saturday and the 49ers and Broncos on Monday night...awesome.

    Looking forward to the 10-2 record this year building to the 2014 undefeated season and the four team playoff for a national championship. What a great ride we are in for. Buckle up and enjoy the journey.

    GOOOOOOO COUGARS!!!!!!!

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    "While the 2014 season will not be as good as the 2013 season in terms of Schedule. People who think it will be the same as the MWC have short memories.

    Gone are the days where we play the UNVL, Wyoming, CSU, and New Mexico in the same season. Every team on the 2014 schedule is better then those teams except of course UNLV."

    maybe you forgot to check 2012-2013 results before you posted? Southern Miss went 0-12 last season. Wyoming, CSU, and New Mexico were 1 games behind Connecticut and Houston in the win-loss columns.

    Middle Tennessee overachieved in 2012-2013.

    Lots of factors yet to play out will determine whether the 2014 schedule is in reality an upgrade over an MWC schedule. But tradition and recent results don't support your assertions.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    I love how Chris will not back down an anything, even when his beloved PAC 11+u goes behind his back and schedules 1 for 1 with BYU. How dare they without consulting him first. I guess Chris is as irrelevant as the team he cheers for.

  • Brad J West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    I think it is really funny how everybody thinks that utah is this great team. Nobody knew who they were until 2004 (BCS) bowl and 2008 (BCS) bowl. So for a 4 year spand 2004-2008 they were good (I give them credit), but before that and since then they once again have become a nobody. And since they entered the pac 12 nobody cares about the utes all they care about is the pac 12 stickers that they can put on their vehicles.

    BYU has always had a tradition and nationaly recognized. No Comparison at all! Go BYU

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    "If you look only at conference affiliation that statement is true but, I can quickly spot three on the schedule who've played in recent BCS bowls..."

    I assume you are counting Connecticut as one of your 3 recent BCS teams. Connecticut was a pretty average team even when they made it to the BCS and in the last year or 2 would have probably been a lower-half MWC team.

    I forgot about the Texas matchup being possibly a great one, but BYU usually got at least 1 big non-conference game a year even back when they were in the MWC.

    But even if the quality of schedule goes down substantially from 2013 to 2014, at least the TV situation for the Cougs is much better.

  • Che26 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    While the 2014 season will not be as good as the 2013 season in terms of Schedule. People who think it will be the same as the MWC have short memories.

    Gone are the days where we play the UNVL, Wyoming, CSU, and New Mexico in the same season. Every team on the 2014 schedule is better then those teams except of course UNVL.

    The nature of Independence is going to cause us to have fluctuating schedules. Some season will be great and others won't be as great, but we will always have a better schedule compared to our years in the MWC.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    I like the 2014 schedule. It's a good mix of perennial Top 25, bowl, and competitive teams from across the country - 11 different states spanning the length and breadth of the country from California to Connecticut, Texas to Idaho, with an East coast media heavy opening, and an interesting game in a fertile recruiting area to end the season.

    After a couple of seasons of growing pains in scheduling, Tom is starting to deliver what he promised BYU fans as an Independent

  • Y>U Anaheim, CA
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    Sorry christy, but you're about to start a four-year winless streak for your freshman in addition to the bowl-less streak you've already started for your freshmen and sophomores.

    1 National Championship to none
    1 Heisman to none
    6 Hall of Fame players to none
    15 National Individual Awards to none
    17 AP Top 25 finishes to 5

    As far as national awards go, you couldn't be more inferior.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    I will be at the Phoenix game against Arizona. I will be cheering on BYU. Anyone who thinks there are not a ton of fans for BYU in Phoenix are only kidding themselves, or haven't spent much time outside the protective walls of Salt Lake.

    Still laughing that ANYONE thinks Utah will contend for a Rose Bowl bid. LOL

    Go Cougars,
    Go Devils!

  • WON84 PLANO, TX
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    "Barring some surprising standout seasons by multiple teams on BYU's 2014 schedule, it looks like BYU's 2014 schedule is not that much better than if they were back in the MWC."

    If you look only at conference affiliation that statement is true but, I can quickly spot three on the schedule who've played in recent BCS bowls...

    They're doing pretty well with scheduling. I think independence will work for a few more years but, hopefully they've got a plan should the five larger conferences choose to leave the NCAA.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    Christy,

    We are superior. We are about to complete the career 4-0 SWEEP for our 2013 seniors.

    Can't be any more superior than that!

  • Utes-Best Lil Brothers Anaheim, CA
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    christy

    "A 1 for 1? Surprising Cal would do this."

    Only surprising to U. BYU has been scheduling home-and-home series with PAC teams for decades.

    The Arizona series is a home-home-neutral series.

    at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on September 3, 2016
    at Arizona Stadium in Tucson on September 1, 2018
    at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on September 12, 2020

    And, yes, Phoenix Stadium is a neutral site in a NFL stadium; BYU has thousands of fans in the greater Phoenix area.

    Don't be too surprised to see the game nationally televised a part of a season-opening trio of games on ESPN/ABC.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    What? A PAC 12 team did a home and home? How how how? A team from a conference of such prestige? Mind blown.

  • Christy B Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    Time to move along little sister and cease with the petty jealousy.

    Until we learn how to beat a decent PAC team, all of our talk about having a "superior" schedule is just that, all talk, but no walk.

    On the bright side, we can now promise our new recruits that they'll be home for the holidays; no worries about spending the holidays far away from home in places like El Paso and Albuquerque.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    that's the last game that was left for the 2014 schedule. Cal is a good game but I'm slightly disappointed in it. Cal will be comparable to Utah in that they will be very talented and a difficult opponent but will probably be unranked and may even have a losing record. The 2014 schedule includes a lot of good opponents but likely no great opponents for BYU. I was hoping for a home run with the last 2014 game to be scheduled so that the home run could buoy up the rest of the schedule. Barring some surprising standout seasons by multiple teams on BYU's 2014 schedule, it looks like BYU's 2014 schedule is not that much better than if they were back in the MWC.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    Holmoe is definitely starting to find his groove in schedule. A nice balance of home and away throughout the season, 2 Perennial Top 25 teams, a traditional rival, plus several frequent bowl teams. Overall, a solid schedule with some interesting games throughout.

    Thu Aug. 28 at Connecticut Huskies
    Sat Sept. 6 at Texas Longhorns
    Sat Sept. 13 --- Open Date --- ---
    Sat Sept. 20 Virginia Cavaliers
    Sat Sept. 27 Houston Cougars
    Fri Oct. 3 Utah State Aggies
    Sat Oct. 11 at UCF Knights
    Sat Oct. 18 Nevada Wolf Pack
    Sat Oct. 25 at Boise State Broncos
    Sat Nov. 1 at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
    Sat Nov. 8 Southern Miss Golden Eagles
    Sat Nov. 15 UNLV Rebels
    Sat Nov. 22 --- Open Date --- ---
    Sat Nov. 29 at California Golden Bears

    4 Aug/Sep, 4 Oct, 4 Nov
    6 Home, 6 Away
    1 PAC, 1 Big 12, 1 ACC, 4 MWC, 3 AAC, 2 C-USA, 0 FCS

    Well done Tom!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    Y grad,

    We have continual home and homes with Cal.

    And USC(1 for 2 with you guys)
    And Arizona(1 for 2 with you guys)
    And Oregon
    And Stanford
    And UCLA

    Yes, I do love my Pac 12 membership!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    Tough pill to swallow, Chris?

  • Spider Rico Greeley, CO
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    This is how it works, a powerhouse Independent schedules a home and home with a BCS conference team

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    BYU's previous November scheduling issues seem to be steadily improving; even PAC teams, supposedly "unavailable" just as year ago, don't seem to have any issues scheduling November games with BYU.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    A 1 for 1? Surprising Cal would do this.

    USC wouldn't.
    Neither would Arizona.

    Utah scheduled a straight up 1 and 1 with Michigan, one of the most prestigious programs in college history.

    The difference between byu and Utah is that Utah will ALWAYS be able to get 1 for 1's with other power programs

    It looks like byu ocassionally will get them, but not typically.

    Just ask USC and Arizona

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    Interesting, so far only USC was able to schedule for November. Nice to add two games with Cal.