No question that being an independent is very difficult when it comes to
scheduling games. By playing many teams throughout the country BYU is giving
itself an opportunity to show that they can compete against other conferences.
They need to take better advantage of those opportunities by winning more of
those games.I would personally like to see BYU in a more competitive
league but it will be challenging with BYUs TV Network, although, it is vastly
different than what other colleges wanted for their TV networks. Once teams come
to understand more fully the programming of BYUtv I suspect they will be less
concerned.Re: Bronco - Players like him but he does push the whole
religion message a bit too much. Lavell certainly never stated that football was
number 5 on his priority list and yet he still had several players join the
church during his tenure. The atmosphere at BYU is what it is and if Bronco
focuses on winning games, all the other goals will naturally be met as well.
I am so super happy and excited that BYU went independent! There are so many
good things about being independent It means that we can be tough and have fun
with other teams who are cool and our friends!! Hooray!!
UteologyAll nothing but BYU hating speculation dear perennial
conference bottom feeder.
"it’s still likely future home games will be light on the big names
and heavy on the bottom half of FBS." -- TeeplesIt's worse
then that. If Big 5 is the future, then BYU football falls to tier 2. Unless
that is if Texas decides to award 40+ years of BYU discussions with an invite.
ChristoperBUtah has a better win since joining the Pac 12 than byu
does since going Indy - not trueUtah has a better schedule - which
is meaningless if U don't WINUtah has a perfect record against
our former rival since our split - and has finished BEHIND BYU in record and
rankings both seasons; you've won the battle, but lost the warUtah is a better program - AP Top 25 Finishes BYU 17, Utah 5ESPN
has never had any interest in signing Utah to an exclusive contract, but ESPN
executives have talked about their partnership with BYU in glowing terms many
times.LOL at your BYU-ESPN envy!
ChristoperB"Utah has a better win since joining the Pac 12 than
byu does since going Indy"What? What games have you won? Which
win is better than BYU?"...and has a better future."Debatable. Being a cellar dweller won't be all you think it is."Think ESPN will keep shelling out the money when you can't
point to anything but a win over a WAC team in 2 years?"Let's see... First, since we had a winning record last year with wins
over Georgia Tech and Washington State, your comment is completely without
merit...This year we will have wins over several schools with
possible wins over several top 25 teams...oh yeah, and over the
utes...so, yes, ESPN will still be interested.Unlike the
interest in the utes, which will be nonexistent.Also, I love how you
have to come too BYU article to justify your team's existence.
It's the lazy and/or less-knowledgeable sports fans who tend to start
shouting for coaches to be fired when things aren't humming along
perfectly. A lot of them were shouting for Don Mattingly's head
mid-seasons. It's awful quiet now. Did Mattingly suddenly go from clueless
to genius? Nope. His team just caught fire.Same with Bronco.
"Oh, we only went 8-5 . . he had a man-crush on Riley . . he promoted Doman
too soon . . uniforms, blah blah blah . . fire Bronco!" Really? First, his
overall record is very good, and most coaches would love to have the success he
has. Second, it has never been, never will be, and never should be all about
winning at the Y. It's a completely unique environment, and occasionally
catching lightning in a bottle (1984, 1996) is about the best we can
realistically hope for. I'd rather lose (or win less) than compromise what
makes the Y the Y. Finally, the head coaching job at the Y is as unique as its
environment. Not many D-1 level coaches would want the job, and fewer could make
it work as well as Bronco has.
Point is:Utah has a better win since joining the Pac 12 than byu
does since going IndyUtah has a better schedule(even this year our
schedule is ranked tougher by everyone)Utah has a perfect record
against our former rival since our splitUtah is a better program,
better on the field when we meet, and has a better future.Think ESPN
will keep shelling out the money when you can't point to anything but a win
over a WAC team in 2 years?LOL
UtahBlueDevil"And to BYU... did they really think they were
going to create a ND style dynasty? This weeks game is on ESPNU... what the
heck?"With the Duke - NC Central game being streamed on ESPN3,
you're whining about BYU-Virginia being televised on ESPNU, which, by the
way, is available nationwide in approximately 75 million households?Seriously?
To our favorite troll:ESPN cares more about ratings and the audience
brought to their network by BYUs national fanbase. I do agree that BYU needs to
put a good product on the field to maintain those ratings and their audience,
but I haven't heard any complaints yet from ESPN executives...actually
quite the contrary.Which brings me to Utah. Talk about buyer's
remorse. How must the PAC12 feel right now about their investment? Poor
fellas...if only they'd let their athletic departments make the purchase
instead of their snobby religiously biased admins, they wouldn't be waiting
in the "return items" line."LOL"
I agree that a win over USU isn't going to overly impress ESPN. But neither
is a loss in OT.
Hey Chris B.... which Pac 10 team with a winning record did the Utes beat?
What? They didn't beat any of them.... say it isn't so!And to BYU... did they really think they were going to create a ND style
dynasty? This weeks game is on ESPNU... what the heck? Is that following the
ladies field hockey game\match - what ever it is called?Both teams
were a bit delusional with their easy WAC\MTnest schedules, only to learn what
the rest to the country knew that those records would not hold up when playing a
higher level of game. BYU should beat perennial ACC bottom scraper Virginia.
Great location... should be a good game for the cougs.
I like the schedules Tom is putting together. They're never going to be
"perfect", but he is scheduling a good mix of national and regional
opponents that will give BYU an opportunity to be successful on a national scale
IF they win.I do agree that BYU needs to start taking better
advantage of their opportunities by beating some of these big name opponents.Winning at least 2 of the 4 games versus Texas, Boise State, Wisconsin,
and Notre Dame, and of course beating Utah and Utah State, would be a good
manaenThere have been a few stumbles along the way, but all in all,
Bronco and Holmoe have done a fantastic job. How many coaches in BYU history (or
even Utah history) have finished in the AP Top 25 in four of their first five
seasons as head coach? How many AD's have been able to schedule teams like
Texas, Nebraska, Michigan, Wisconsin, and USC in the short span of two or three
years?Well done Tom and Bronco!
I think Chris B makes a good point that it would behoove BYU to win some more of
their biggest ESPN games in order to increase their chances of maintaining the
current nice contract.Its still nothing to fret too much about
though, because even if ESPN dumped BYU, BYU could probably always just go back
to where they were before - the MWC. Which would even be an upgrade for
Chris B,To answer your question, at least we beat USU in regulation!!! It
was not a pretty win but it was a win and we not only went bowling last year for
the eight straight year but won our bowl game!!! Please remind us how the Utes
did in their bowl game last year!!! See your team on Sept. 21st!!! Good luck
tonight the Utes are going to have their hands full with a very motivated Aggie
team!!!Go Cougs!!!Go Utes except against BYU and USUGo
Given the difficulties of having to juggle scheduling of 12 games a year,
instead of only three or four, Tom Holmoe has done a fantastic job.Looking forward to watching the Cougs against the Cavs in a couple of days.Thanks to Tom's hard work, BYU fans from across the nation are
going to be able to attend BYU games in the coming years.
Chris, Be careful what you say! The Utes have lost to several WAC teams (not
just Utah State) and will again!
"Now's the time to upgrade from the AD and coaching staff that have us
stuck in mediocrity."Are you serious? Who else could do as well
as these two have with the restrictions of the Honor Code?Now,
regarding BYU's scheduling there is something to be worried about with the
power conferences going to nine game schedules. The SEC may do so soon. I like
independence and think it is viable for a few more years but, longterm BYU needs
to find their way at least to a football only agreement with a power conference.
And after 2 years,What is the best win ESPN executives have seen as
they decide the future of the byu arrangement?A win over WAC Utah
manaenYou're not making any sense. Scheduling is
all about playing a good mix of tougher opponents and winable games. Exposure,
by definition, means more eyes watching the results of playing those tougher
opponents. Of course there's the potential for being embarrassed in front
of a large audience. But the flip side is having a great opportunity to have
great success in front of a large audience.As far as ESPN dropping
BYU in five years, that's nothing but Eyeore-like speculation. Unless
you're clairvoyant, you have no way of knowing what bar of achievement BYU
must attain in order to extend their contract with ESPN five years from now.
While no conference is knocking down BYU's door to sign them up as a full
fledged member, they sure want what the Cougars bring on game day: increased
ticket sales, national TV coverage, etc.The Cogs brain trust is
doing just fine!
@Manaen,Who do you have in mind? IMHO as a BYU fan of 40+ years, the
current coach and AD are doing as well as LaVell in his day. I'd like to
see a step up too (a BCS Bowl appearance and win would help), but who is going
to take us there?
As a BYU fan, I think it's incredible what Holmoe has been able to put
together for this year and beyond. Sure, we don't have the amount of
big-names on the schedule (at home) each year as we might like, but it's a
heck-of-a lot better than being in the MWC, which is our ONLY other option at
this point. Beggars can't be choosers.I also think that Bronco
is the best coach out there for BYU. We'll see how this season goes, but
I'm optimistic that the position coaches have been upgraded at least
slightly (Atuaia is the wildcard here, as Dupaix seemed to do a good job last
year). If we can start to land most of the top LDS talent, BYU will become a
powerhouse once more. This is how I will feel about this year's potential
outcomes:10 wins = There are no wordsAnd of course,
I'd like to see a bowl win. (Who doesn't?)Go Cougars!
Holmoe is a respected AD. Why do some people always look on the other side of
the fence, like a bunch of cattle, thinking the grass is greener (or better) on
the other side? There will never be another coach like Lavell Edwards. Bronco is
the right coach for BYU. He brings a well rounded program which includes BYU
(LDS) goals to the table. BYU tried a big name coach (Crowton) and his recruits
let him down. There is no better coach for BYU right now than Bronco. And I do
not believe there is anyone better as AD then Holmoe. Let's not be
pessimistic. Let's back our AD, coaches and team. GO BYU!
"3 years into BYU football's independence, scheduling is still a rough
road"Given the 8-5 embarassment last last year and the potential
for being exposed instead of having exposure in 2013 and 2014, how much rougher
becomes this scheduling road when ESPN drops BYU as their "House Team"
as their contract ends in five years? Now's the time to upgrade from the
AD and coaching staff that have us stuck in mediocrity.
Give credit where credit is due. BYU has worked hard to develop a very
respectable schedule. Additionally being ESPN's "House Team" has
really helped make BYU's transition to being an independent a workable
option.ESPN's money and connections will continue to raise the
bar for BYU football scheduling. Good luck except for when you play the UTES.