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Published: Saturday, Nov. 16 2013 1:15 a.m. MST

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gchris
rock springs, wy

What does Notre Dame gain from playing Temple? Nebraska from playing South Dakota State? Utah from playing Weber State? Oklahoma from playing Louisiana Monroe? Texas from playing New Mexico State? The answer is obviously that every NCAA Div 1 team plays some weaker opponents to (1) pad the win-loss record for bowl eligibility, (2) give the fans at least one win, (3) give sports writers without a legitimate story to report something to write about. With the grueling schedule that BYU has played and Notre Dame coming up next week, they deserve a breather. And, who knows, it could be an Appalachin State-Michigan kind of day. It's why they actually play the games.

evansrichdm
west jordan , UT

Hope to see Olsen get some major playing time and that a lot of the SR make some good plays and touchdowns to have their last home game end on a good note.

RepresentBlue
West Jordan, UT

"What can BYU gain from playing Idaho State?"

1. An extra week of prep and recovery before facing Notre Dame.
2. A chance for backups to get some reps. Ammon Olsen should see significant reps in this one, and not just in garbage time either. Taysom should be done by halftime, if not sooner.

Alpiner
Alpine, UT

Dick, the better question is what can BYU lose by playing Idaho State. What did BYU lose last year by playing Weber State? A Freak injury to Riley Nelson, breaking his back, affecting his performance the rest of the season thus costing BYU some wins.

Old Navy
Provo, UT

This is embarrassing! It's way too late in the year to be playing cupcakes. And as long as we remain independent, the late season schedule will always be problematic.

BYU needs to join a conference.

They would be a good fit back in the MWC.

Dibs
Alpine, UT

I like the delicately worded comments about the ability of Anae to react to things being thrown at the offense during the game. It seems clear to me that there is a lack of skill or ability to come up with solutions on the fly.

Pavalova
Surfers Paradise, AU

no way the U puts 17 pts on Oregon and Oregon only scores 38 pts on the U. More like 63-10.

Pavalova
Surfers Paradise, AU

This has nothing to do with this article, but Jake Heaps may have played his last down as a collegiate athlete. His freshman backup is actually moving the ball for Kansas and they're winning. He's done.

Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV

gchris "What does Notre Dame gain from playing Temple? Nebraska from playing South Dakota State? Utah from playing Weber State? Oklahoma from playing Louisiana Monroe? Texas from playing New Mexico State?"

They get tuned up to play a rigorous conference schedule. Something BYU knows nothing about. They don't play them in the middle of November. Ha!

Tators
Hyrum, UT

@ Stringer Bell:

Some people seem to like to criticize wherever and whenever they can.

This game is the next best thing to a bye-week without resting too much for their next big game on national tv... against Notre Dame no less. Something most teams can only dream about doing. Actually, it was pretty good scheduling.

eagle
Provo, UT

Let's call it what it is, a bummer game for both teams actually in November. Idaho State is probably the real winner because I'm sure BYU gave them about 400K to come down from Pocatello.

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