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BYU football: Cougars release their 2014 schedule

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  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 4:34 a.m.

    @ Ed Grady

    (Sagarin)

    118 - CAL
    121 - UCONN

    242 - Savannah St.

    What's hilarious is that 6 of the teams on BYU's schedule finished last season ranked 98 or lower....

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 4:24 a.m.

    @ Snack PAC

    That's a straw man argument.

    Utah has only played Texas once, and it was in 1982. Texas finished #18/17, in the polls. Likewise, the moat recent game against Houston was in 1978, and Houston was a perennial top 20 team. In fact, the Bill Yeoman "era" was the most successful period Houston football ever had. Finally, when Utah played Boise, the Broncos were right in the heart of the Chris Peterson/Kellen Moore era, and they were one of the best programs around. The BSU teams Utah lost to were 13-0 and 12-1. Lets not pretend like any of those teams are even remotely comparable to the ones BYU will square off with in 2014; Boise and Houston especially.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:28 p.m.

    Not the most challenging schedule, and this is hilarious - the easiest game on the docket is Cal - a Pac-12 team.

  • killarney Lincoln Park, IL
    Feb. 25, 2014 6:05 p.m.

    "So you're a Pac 12 fan now? Welcome aboard."

    Says the fan of a team that isn't in the same conference as BYU and doesn't play BYU again until 2016, yet has already spammed an article about BYU's 2014 schedule with at least a half dozen posts, including, as usual, the first post.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Feb. 25, 2014 4:12 p.m.

    Just win baby.

    Utah, BSU, Hawaii all got BCS bowls just by winning. Their SOS was weak but voters count wins. They all moved up in conferences and now they're all losing.

    Just win and let the chips fall where they may. I predict that BYU plays in a big bowl before Utah, BSU, or Hawaii plays in another.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    cordonblue,

    So you're a Pac 12 fan now? Welcome aboard.

    Why didn't you compare Utah to byu?

    LOL.

    Teams that can't beat another join the bandwagon of teams that can beat them.

    LOL

    byu fans are now fans of 11 of the 12 Pac 12 teams since byu can't beat Utah.

    LOL

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    I don't understand how the Cougars can be playing Cal at the end of the season. It was my understanding that it wasn't possible for a Pac-12 team to schedule an out-of-conference team in November? Isn't that one of the reasons a certain other team is unable to fit BYU into its schedule?

    All of this "weak" schedule talk is a bit too early. No, right now it doesn't look like a killer schedule. However, it looks like a pretty well balanced schedule. And for all we know, all of those teams could turn out to be really good next season. Or they could turn out to be really bad. We'll find out starting on August 29.

    And about August 29, my first reaction: another season-opening game on the east coast? Uh oh. Remember what happened last year?

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:23 a.m.

    Our home opener against a power program: Idaho State.

    The same Idaho State that only had ONE win against division 1 teams ALL year.

    I can see why we Utah fans love our prestegous program LOL!

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:05 a.m.

    Ah, nice to see the BYU haters out in full force to comment on the very team and school that they swear they put in their rearview mirror three plus years ago!!! At least we in the Cougar Nation are honest enough to still call the Utes a rival and make room to schedule you in as many sports and other activities as eligible. I like our football schedule for 2014 it may not seem as tough as Utah's PAC12 schedule but I do not think the Utes would go undefeated against this schedule either!!! To Utes fans I say good day and good luck possible hosting one or two NIT games!!!

    Go Cougs!!! Rise Up!!!

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    In 1979, BYU finished the regular season undefeated, but barely ranked in the Top 10, at #9.

    Five years later, after 5 Top 12 finishes in 6 years, and back-to-back Top 7 finishes, BYU found itself ranked #1 from late November to the end of the season to secure the consensus National Championship - ranked #1 by all five major selecting organizations, including the Coaches and AP polls.

    BYU just needs to re-establish itself as a perennial Top 25 team and they'll once again prove to the naysayers that you don't have to be a member of the "establishment" in order to have a very successful football program.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    shorts

    "It was worth leaving the MWC to just not have to play Wyoming anymore."

    Simply escaping The MTN for ESPN was worth it.

    Even now, the MWC struggles to provide a decent television package for its members.

    It won't happen in one or two seasons, but if BYU can get back on track to regularly winning 10 or 11 games and consistently finishing in the Top 25, they'll put themselves in position to secure an invite to the playoffs, especially the playoffs are expanded to 8 teams, which is inevitable.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    Chris B

    "Nick Saban seems to agree that high stars matter, he gets among the highest stars year after year after year."

    You keep spouting off about stars, yet Utah continues to finish in the bottom half of the PAC 12 in recruiting, which, according to your theory, virtually guarantees that Utah will be a perennial conference bottom dweller.

    Compared to the other PAC 12 schools, the Utes DON'T have

    Better coaching
    Faster players
    Stronger players
    Better facilities
    More money
    More resources
    Better television coverage
    Better recognition
    Better tradition

    or any other significant advantage

    So, how do expect the Utes to ever be competitive in the PAC 12?

    4-5, 3-6, 2-7 = 9-18 overall in the conference

    Bottom line, the honeymoon is over for the Utes. Simply being a member of a power conference doesn't mean much if you're not even good enough to qualify for a bowl.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    Once again our BYU-obsessed troll chimes in as the first poster on another BYU article, laughable, since the Utes decided to run away a hide from the Cougars for the next 2 seasons.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    motorbike

    "What team wouldn't go bowling with that schedule?"

    BYU's 2014 schedule will be tougher than Utah's 2004 #67 SOS, and likely as tough as Utah's 2008 #56 SOS.

    BYU plays three teams - Texas, Houston, and Boise State - that Utah has never beaten (since Boise State moved to FBS).

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    Chris B
    You brought up Virginia in a derisive and typical smack-on-BYU way. That's why I brought them up. I pointed out their underachievements so U could see just what your Utes look like to everyone else in CFB outside the MUSS. U also LOL more than anyone I know...I'm glad you're such a happy guy even when the Us future in their prestigious conference against their prestigious schedule is so bleak.

    I like your list...tell me, what part of that list is Utah severely lacking that causes them to underachieve in such an epic way? You like brining up Saban all the time. He's a great coach so maybe that's Utah's problem? He works his guys hard, is that Utah's problem? Pray tell.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    Cougsndawgs,

    How does Virginia recruiting impact my argument?

    I have never said stars guarantee wins.

    Guess what else doesn't guarantee wins:

    Good coaching
    Fast players
    Strong players
    Practicing
    Lifting weights
    Good nutrition
    Watching film
    Scoring lots of points

    You going to tell us these things don't matter either?

    Lol!

    Nick saban seems to agree that high stars matter, he gets among the highest stars year after year after year. But what does he know?

    Lol!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:52 a.m.

    Btw Chris B, you do realize that Virginia has out recruited Utah (by a wide margin) the last three years right? They don't really help all your stars and athletes arguments do they? Or maybe they just have Utah underacheivitis where NFL and highly recruited players never provide wins on the field. U should get together with cavalier fans and share notes...you have a lot in common.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    I love ute fans who's only argument these days is schedule. Yay! U play a great schedule...too bad no one cares because you do nothing against it. Beat a quality team on the road, go to a bowl game at the end of the year, actually have some all Americans and some respect....then maybe U can talk about schedule.

  • shorts Payson, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 6:58 a.m.

    Chris B

    "I can see why byu fans love independence." So if BYU did not go to independence their choice was to stay in the MWC. Take off your "I hate BYU glasses" and tell me the truth. Is this schedule better then a MWC schedule with teams such as Wyoming, CSU, UNM, SJSU ect... We are already playing three MWC schools and we don't have to play the really bad ones. It was worth leaving the MWC to just not have to play Wyoming anymore.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 11:34 p.m.

    Ouch...three games in 12 days, and the home opener only 5 days after the Texas game.

    On balance a good schedule, a little front loaded. Having to play Texas on the road should give anyone who thinks there's a reasonable chance to go undefeated reason to pause.

    What is reasonable is to think there's a good chance of winning all the home games. I'll go to 3 or 4.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 11:30 p.m.

    Rose Bowl call yet?

    "BYU will once again be bowling, for the 10th straight season, which is more than can be said of the Utes..."

    What team wouldn't go bowling with that schedule?

  • Elmer Fudd Sandy, Utah
    Feb. 24, 2014 11:11 p.m.

    "BYU football: Cougars release their 2014 schedule"

    Yikes! Is that the best BYU can do?

    Might as well go back to the MWC to feast on cupcakes week in and week out. At least you'll have a conference championship to play for.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 24, 2014 10:59 p.m.

    Independence is great.

    Wouldn't want it any other way.

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 10:49 p.m.

    I'd agree the home schedule is weak, but the away schedule makes up for some of that. If it happens, undefeated would be respectable.

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 10:38 p.m.

    CB

    "A 3 loss Pac 12 or SEC team would get the nod over an undefeated team with a schedule like this."

    Unfortunately for U, the Utes will be lucky if they're a 3 win PAC 12 team.

  • Rose Bowl call yet? Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 10:35 p.m.

    christy

    BYU will once again be bowling, for the 10th straight season, which is more than can be said of the Utes who, for the third straight season, will be left on the outside looking in when it comes to bowl season.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 10:20 p.m.

    Should be some incredible promotion offers for ticket sales next year!

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 9:57 p.m.

    Even if byu went undefeated with this schedule(LOL you wont) it wouldn't get a playoff invite.

    A 3 loss Pac 12 or SEC team would get the nod over an undefeated team with a schedule like this.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 9:51 p.m.

    The only home game against a power conference program: Virginia.

    The same Virginia that only had ONE win against division 1 teams ALL year.

    I can see why byu fans love independence. LOL!