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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28 2013 4:05 p.m. MDT

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JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

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.

Buena Park, CA

"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.

Lindon, UT

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!

Stop The Nonsense
El Paso, TX

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 words

And of course, I'd like to see a bowl win. (Who doesn't?)

Go Cougars!

Danbury, CT


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?

South Jordan, UT

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!

Salt Lake City, UT


You'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.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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 State?



"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.

Hayden, ID

Chris, Be careful what you say! The Utes have lost to several WAC teams (not just Utah State) and will again!

deductive reasoning
Arlington, VA

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.

Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV

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 USU
Go Aggies!!!

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

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 basketball purposes.

Anaheim, CA


There 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!

Orem, UT

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 start.

Go Cougs!

Durham, NC

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.

Krispy Zadoosh
Salt Lake, UT

I agree that a win over USU isn't going to overly impress ESPN. But neither is a loss in OT.

West Point , UT

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.


Palo Alto, CA


"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?


Salt Lake, UT

Point is:

Utah has a better win since joining the Pac 12 than byu does since going Indy

Utah 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 split

Utah 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?


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