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  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2014 11:59 p.m.

    @ sammyg

    What's the explanation for Savanna St.? Or Idaho (twice), Or Middle Tennessee St. (Home-home), Or New Mexico St. (home-home), or Hawaii (home-home)?, among others......

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 4, 2014 7:32 a.m.

    Let's set the record straight on Idaho St. scheduling.

    AD Holmoe probably had ZERO options when it came to filling out BYU's first seasons as an independent.

    And then we have the PAC 12 scheduling a cupcake for its cupcake?

    Now that is really funny.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    @ FACTchequer

    Are you seriously comparing Colorado to Idaho St. and Savanna St.? There are weak opponents, and then there are high school teams.....

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    Looking at u's schedule I can only see one sure win with maybe two toss-ups. The rest of the season will all be loses. But hey, utah is in the pac so 2.5 wins should get them a bowl game right?

  • FACTchequer Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 3:19 p.m.

    2fer

    Whether your conference assigns you a weak opponent, or you Independently schedule a weak opponent, is inconsequential. They're still a weak opponent.

    Besides, nobody knows from year to year how good, or bad, a particular team might be, especially when opponents are scheduled several years in advance, as is the case with most non-conference opponents (which, in BYU's case, is every scheduled opponent).

    When BYU played USC during the Crowton era in 2003 and 2004, the Trojans were National Championship contenders, but the Trojans could just as easily have been similar to the mediocre team Utah beat in the Las Vegas Bowl a few years earlier.

    Utah could be 8-4 this season, but they could just as easily be 4-8.

    Which team will Michigan face in September?

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    May 1, 2014 3:12 p.m.

    ND95CA:

    "...the only real choice BYU currently has is whether to remain Independent or rejoin the MWC."

    Not quite. The MWC requires a 75% approval from member institutions before another school can receive and invitation, and I believe the cougars won't get it. They burned a lot of bridges when they left.

    Besides, the MWC is already at 12 teams. That means they'd need a 14th team to balance, and who would they get? I think we could pretty much rule out the MWC inviting Idaho or NMSU. And ditto for any FBS-aspiring FCS teams. UNM might vouch for UTEP, but there would just be too many old MWC teams blackballing the Y for UTEP to be attractive enough.

    I think If the cougars decide they need to rejoin a conference, they're best bet is to petition C-USA. There seems to be enough room over there. With ECU, Tulane, and Tulsa leaving, C-USA falls to an 11-team conference -- just one short of a conference championship game. Plus, you'll get to renew your epic series with Middle Tenn. and, you can force Southern Miss to renege on their cancellation

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    May 1, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    mussingaround:

    Idaho St. is an FCS team in the Big Sky. Colorado is Pac-12 team in the elite "power conference" of the Pac-12. BIG difference there. Huge actually.

    Ooops!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    May 1, 2014 2:54 p.m.

    Jeff 1s:

    "It was so fun to read the comments from certain fans about BYU playing Idaho St. last year. Gee, guess who has a game with Idaho St. this year?"

    First of all, Utah fans were deriding your scheduling of Idaho St. because you don't play a brutal schedule like we do, so you can't really justify playing an FCS team.

    Second, as weak as Idaho St. is....Savannah St. is ever weaker! ISU went 3-9 last year, whereas SSt 1-11; and that one win was vs. an NAIA team. And guess who plays Savannah St. this year?

    And YOU'RE criticizing US for scheduling Idaho St? Just a little hypocritical there don't you think? And then to call US hypocritical is even MORE hypocritical.

    Typical hypocritical coug.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    May 1, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    Uteanymous:

    "Now you're just making stuff up. Utah is...0-4 versus Boise State."

    Nope. YOU'RE just making stuff up. If Utah beat Boise St. back in 1985 and 1987, we couldn't possibly be 0-4 vs. the Broncos.

    "And since the topic of discussion is whether or not BYU's 2014 Defense will be challenged, BYU's record versus USC and Stanford is completely irrelevant."

    And Utah's record vs. Texas and Houston is at relevant? Where is your castigation of mussingaround? He's the one who injected irrelevant statistics into this discussion. Typical hypocritical coug.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    @ mussingaround and Uteanymous

    Utah is playing a conf. game. BYU independently scheduled Idaho St. for late November. HUGE difference.

    Same story this year. Utah's final home game is against Arizona. While BYU will be playing Savanna St.

  • ND95CA Lincoln Park, IL
    May 1, 2014 2:32 p.m.

    "your predictions don't mean much"...

    says the king of failed predictions.

    One thing we do know, the Utes have been heading in the wrong direction if they're hoping to be in the hunt for a conference championship - 4-5, 3-6, 2-7.

    Jay Drew may cover BYU football and basketball, but that doesn't make him anymore clairvoyant than the next guy about the ultimate outcome of college football realignment.

    When the playoffs expand to 8 teams, already being predicted, who's to say that an undefeated or 1-loss BYU wouldn't be in the mix for a playoff berth?

    BYU's football future is Independent of Utah's. It really doesn't matter whether some reporter thinks Utah's situation is better.

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    May 1, 2014 1:37 p.m.

    Great article by Jay Drew today in the "other" newspaper. Even he, a byu fan, acknowledges that the new power being given to the big boy conferences "is not good for byu"

    Also funny is him acknowledging Holmoe has to go beg the SEC to allow byu to be included as a power conference team given that the SEC has mandated its teams all play a power conference team outside the SEC. Its very very unlikely they would do that, as Jay points out, as it opens up Pandoras box and would the conference would then have to consider exceptions for many mid-major programs like boise or Fresno or others. The fact that those teams are in conferences and byu isn't doesn't matter to the SEC.

    They'll be telling byu "no" shortly here about an exception. Just as the pac 12 and big 12 have done, tell byu "no"

    LOl!

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    Ronald Uharriet
    SWun City, Ca.

    My point exactly.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    May 1, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    There is no question that BYU would be better off in a major conference. And I think BYU would be reasonably competitive in all sports of a major conference. In football BYU would do about as well as Utah (who, despite some of the naysayers here, will become more competitive in PAC 12) in a major conference. But the Sunday play thing and BYU's insistence on rebroadcasting rights is too prohibitive and too much hassle for these conferences to deal with. I think if BYU won a national championship, those conferences might be willing to put up with such "hassle." But until then I think we have to accept the reality that independence is our only option, unless we are willing to join a lesser conference. The "freedom" that independence affords is nice, but I am sure Holmoe would attest that scheduling is a royal pain in the neck, and there is potential loss of motivation when there is no conference title to shoot for.

    But any bowl game is better than no bowl game by the mere fact it allows you team an extra 3 wks of valuable practice time.

  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    May 1, 2014 12:18 p.m.

    ekute,

    "I'll venture to say that the majority of byu fans would agree with your comment if they voiced what they're really thinking. More fans like you need to speak up...before it's to late."

    LOL

    As if byu fans speaking up meant something to the power conferences.

    Tom Holmoe already knows what byu fans want, and that's to be in a power conference.

    Guess who else knows byu and their fans want to be in a power conference:

    The power conferences.

    You're right that very very soon it will be too late as its looking like power conferences are being solidified. But its not like byu fans being more honest in their desires to join a power conference will impact anything.

    We don't care they want an invite - we're not going to invite them.

    And it doesn't look like the big 12 cares either, they'd rather stick with 10 teams.

  • ND95CA Lincoln Park, IL
    May 1, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    Ronald Uharriet / 1984 for life

    It's nice to dream, but the reality is Tom Holmoe has no control over when/if an invitation to join the Big 12 or PAC 12 (the only viable options) will ever be extended to BYU.

    So the only real choice BYU currently has is whether to remain Independent or rejoin the MWC.

    In the meantime, would you prefer to have a pre-determined bowl before the season begins, or would your rathing take your chances on getting an at-large invitation to whatever bowl comes calling after all of the bowl eligible teams from the conferences?

  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    May 1, 2014 12:13 p.m.

    mussing,

    You predicted we would get destroyed by Stanford this year too, so your predictions don't mean much. Upsets happen. And you're only fooling yourself if you're saying byu fans wouldn't have LOVED to be in Utah's position of being close to a big time conference title game and Rose bowl.

    Any team in the nation would be excited to be within a few plays of a big time conference title game with a big time bowl for the winner. Disagreeing with that is just silly.

    I can tell you who will never be in the hunt for a big time conference title - teams that never get invited to a big time conference.

    LOL

  • ekute Layton, UT
    May 1, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    mussingaround,
    All Major Conference teams are "in the hunt". byu decided to just go get a hotdog.

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    May 1, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    2014 bowl-less junior class

    "our first year we had a chance at the Prestigious Pac 12 conference championship game and rose bowl up until the last week of the regular season."

    Nope, you had a chance to play for a chance to get destroyed by Oregon in the championship game... and you failed miserably.

    In reality, you were just as close to winning the PAC championship after losing to Colorado as you would have been if you'd beaten Colorado.

    btw, a team that is incapable of winning a road game against a conference foe with a winning record will never be "in the hunt" for a conference title, Rose Bowl, or playoff berth... that's just wishful thinking on your part.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    May 1, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    Ronald Uharriet,
    I'll venture to say that the majority of byu fans would agree with your comment if they voiced what they're really thinking. More fans like you need to speak up...before it's to late.

  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    May 1, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    Funny/witty screen name
    Orem, UT

    This is my fantasy coaching Staff.

    HC: Andy Reid
    DC: Bronco
    OC: Crowton
    QBC: Tye Detmer
    OC: Steve Young
    Receicvers Coach: Ben Cahoon

    You fill in the positions below:

    Line Coach:
    Secondary Coach:
    Other coaching positions:
    Recuriting coaches:

  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    May 1, 2014 11:31 a.m.

    1984 for life
    Salt Lake City, UT

    I agree with your comment 100% It sounds like something that I would write for myself.

    I believe that you and I love the sport of Football and our favorite team in that sport is BYU.
    We both want BYU to be all that it can be and that just can’t happen as long as we schedule guaranteed meaningless bowl games each year.

    I would rather be #5,6, or 7 in a Big 5 conference wondering if we might be good enough to get a bowl this season, than to be guaranteed a meaningless bowl because we are #1,2, or 3 in a meaningless conference or as an Independent.

  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    May 1, 2014 11:25 a.m.

    Jeff,

    I find it an embarrassment to use teams like the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders to recall memories, when it would be a sense of pride, to instead recall the memories of the games we
    played vs. Texas, Va, Utah, Boise State.

    I would rather be alloud to forget that we ever played the games that we knew the outcome of before we played those no contest games. I don’t like being the Giant in the David story. I have much more pride when we play the games where we are the David.

    Ron

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    midpacmajor
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Why are you assuming that I am referring to Utah in my comment? No where do I mention Utah.

    What I do believe is that the teams that are in the major conferences have a lot more to play for than BYU does at this point in time. How successful some of those teams are at achieving the ultimate reward that their conference offers is another discussion. However,
    Mr Holmnoe has admitted that he schedules for a bowl game every year.

    My point, refering only to BYU, is that I would prefer to be in a major conference, competing for a bowl game of significance rather than scheduling to assure attendance at a bowl game.

  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    May 1, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    wacmajor,

    When was the last time Utah played for something meaningful? Are you kidding?

    our first year we had a chance at the Prestigious Pac 12 conference championship game and rose bowl up until the last week of the regular season.

    Unlike byu, who after losing to big brother Utah or Virginia or whoever you lose to early on in the season, you have ZERO hope of any good bowl game.

    Utah will be in the hunt for a pac 12 title and big time bowl game almost every season at the 3/4 mark of the season, as many teams will be within a couple losses of each other.

    If you think having 100% chance at being locked into a horrible bowl at week 2 is no different than being in the hunt for a big time conference championship and big time bowl game is no different...LOL

    Keep telling yourself that!

    And yet, isn't it interesting that every big time program in the nation(other than notre dame) prefers the route we're in(being in a big time conference playing for big time bowls)

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 1, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    1984 for life

    When has Utah played for anything "meaningful" since joining the PAC 12?

    Simply playing games in a major conference doesn't mean much if all you are is cannon fodder for the big boys of the conference to pad their conference records.

    btw, "major bowls" will become less and less "meaningful" as the playoffs take root and expand.

    Just like the NCAA basketball tournament, the only "meaningful" post-season games will be played in the playoffs.

    Major bowls will become just like the NIT; a fun reward for teams that aren't good enough to make the playoffs.

  • Funny/witty screen name Orem, UT
    May 1, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    With Bronco at the helm, the defense will always be good. It is just expected. I predict that the defense will be better than last year, with a much stronger secondary. If you have a stronger secondary that places less strain on the front 7. The offense, hopefully, will be better than it was last year. If it is, it will be a great season!
    Go Cougs!

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 10:43 a.m.

    Maybe if we schedule all of the lower tiered teams in every conference in the country, we can continue our bowl streak and these meaningless bowls. Eventually we need to get into a major conference where we can actually play for something meaningful.

    For me, playing for a meaningless bowl game is not as satisfying as playing for a major bowl game, even if that means no bowl game at all.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 1, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    Tajemnica

    "I think the other team will be well past being in a must win situation just to become bowl eligible. That game will probably be 2-3 weeks earlier."

    Name the six games from the following list that you think will be "lock wins" for Utah before the Utes play their last three regular season games...

    Here's the list:

    Idaho State
    Fresno State
    at Michigan
    Washington State
    at UCLA
    at Oregon State
    USC
    at Arizona State
    Oregon

    This should be interesting.

  • maq West Valley, Utah
    May 1, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    @CougarSunDevil

    I think you're being generous to utah. I think finishing 3-9 will be a good year for them.

  • Tajemnica West Valley, Utah
    May 1, 2014 9:55 a.m.

    @ uteanymous

    "Of course, the most important thing to be decided is which team will be playing their final regular season game with a bowl invitation already in hand, and which team will be in a must-win situation just to become bowl eligible."

    I have a feeling that your comment will not become factual. I agree with the first part that one team will be playing their final regular season game with a bowl invitation already in hand but I think the other team will be well past being in a must win situation just to become bowl eligible. That game will probably be 2-3 weeks earlier.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    @idablu - don't you know that wookie and other ute "fans" get to hide behind the color they cheer for and deflect responsibility to do what is right on those people who cheer for the color blue?

    I know its absurd, but they're convinced that if someone wants an excuse for bad behavior, all they have to do is cheer for the color red and suddenly they can point fingers at anyone in blue even when they're engaged in the exact same behavior. And no, its somehow not hypocritical of them either. Typical ute "fans"

    I think the defense wont be quite as good this year, just too many star players to replace. It will probably be good enough, although I'm guessing the offense will be average.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    May 1, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    "Of course, the most important thing to be decided is which team will be playing their final regular season game with a bowl invitation already in hand, and which team will be in a must-win situation just to become bowl eligible."

    Yeah, BYU will have the invite and Utah State might need to win at the end to be bowl eligible, though I think they will probably be bowl eligible before the end of the season. I know you weren't referring to Utah because they won't even be in a position at the end of the season to be bowl eligible...again. Four wins. Five if they Stanford someone, but that's only because most of the PAC are overlooking Utah. And rightfully so.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 1, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    2fer

    "Everybody plays one or two lower level or "bad" teams each season."

    Season-ending opponents:

    Utah at Colorado
    BYU at California

    Of course, the most important thing to be decided is which team will be playing their final regular season game with a bowl invitation already in hand, and which team will be in a must-win situation just to become bowl eligible.

  • JMT Springville, UT
    May 1, 2014 8:03 a.m.

    One has to read through the flowerly lines to get a real sense. In order to do that one needs to look at history.

    Historically, Mendenhall is awesome at Defense, and when he talks like this about his defense it means something. I am truly excited to see this unit on the field. I remember back in the day when we went 14-1 and beat Kansas in the Cotton Bowl we had a defensive backfield that included two corners that enabled our entire defense to be dominant. Bacon and Morgan?

    In any case...I'm excited to see what happens here, and like the comment regarding the Seattle Seahawks....great defenses win championships!

    Go BYU!!

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    May 1, 2014 7:17 a.m.

    2fer

    "Typically those games happen early in the season, not late in November on senior day."

    See Utah versus Colorado... a team that is 8-28 since joining the PAC 12 and hasn't finished with a winning season since 2005.

    ooops!

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    May 1, 2014 6:47 a.m.

    Being worst in a power conference like us is more than enough to still be prestegous like us even though we don’t get to go to bowl games anymore.

    Go Utes

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 12:42 a.m.

    @ Jeff

    Not really. Everybody plays one or two lower level or "bad" teams each season. Typically those games happen early in the season, not late in November on senior day.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 12:39 a.m.

    "Top 10 QB" & "the Cougs have a shot at special seasons the next two years, regardless of the SOS."

    You might want to pump the brakes a little bit. I think those two things are at odds with reality.

  • Seldom Seen Smith Orcutt, CA
    April 30, 2014 10:39 p.m.

    Boycott professional division I football and basketball.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    April 30, 2014 9:55 p.m.

    It's great the defense should still be good, but I think we all want to see the offense of old match this great defense. Even when Anae had BYU in the top 25 scoring 30-50 points on everyone would be something. Let's air it out and make defenses match BYU's. I really hope Jordan is healthy this year. He was a big part of what made BYU #3 in defense two years ago.

  • Jeff ls Farr West, 84404
    April 30, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    It was so fun to read the comments from certain fans about BYU playing Idaho St. last year. Gee, guess who has a game with Idaho St. this year? Just a little Hipocritical. And the disparaging scheduling comments continue. Aint that interesting.
    Jeff

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 30, 2014 9:02 p.m.

    Haha utah can't beat are schedule!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    April 30, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    After reviewing byu's schedule and bowl commitment I agree with Jeff Call 100%. go cougars. There's no reason why they can't culminate an 11-1 season with a glorious victory in the miami beach bowl. soooo excited.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 30, 2014 6:11 p.m.

    @wookie

    Yeah we could all take a lesson from Ute fans and players, who are the highest example of sportsmanship, respect for opponents, and civility. Especially the fans who redefine representing your school with class.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    April 30, 2014 5:50 p.m.

    I just love the headline. Wishing vs reality. BYU and UTAH just are not that exciting, ever!

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    April 30, 2014 5:39 p.m.

    Great post Robyuuki. I agree completely. It is interesting to see how confident the coaches are in the defense this year. I think there are some question marks, but they seem to know them best. Bronco is a straight shooter and it would be easy to tell if he lacked confidence in his D.
    For the first time in a long time, the QB position seems somewhere between solid and amazing depending on Hill's accuracy, timing and vision this year. I love Jr. and Sr. qb's! This is how a program should be developed, not starting freshmen at qb. For the first time in 3-4 yrs. there should be a really good offense and defense. Based on the comments by our Utah persons in this article, past articles this yr and surely furture articles, I think they sense this will likely be a solid yr. for the cougs and so the strategy is to discount the schedule, etc. etc. Good luck boyz up north.
    Hey navel, I'm one cougar fan who's really excited for this year, so mark me down.
    Han Solo? Are you out there. You need to reign in Chubacca.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 30, 2014 5:34 p.m.

    @54-10 - "We'll never know what kind of defense the team has when it plays such a pathetic schedule. Sad really because most athletes want to "test themselves"

    I think you meant to comment on a Utah article and intended to say - We'll never know what kind of defense Utah has when it plays such a schedule. Sad really because Utah defense will get pushed all over the field against teams that are clearly superior. Most athletes want to play for a program where they have a shot at a winning record, on national TV with a chance to play in a bowl game.

    I do wish the Utes would have been willing to schedule BYU instead of Fresno St the next two years. BYU is loaded the next two years with great receivers, RBs, a Top 10 QB. Match the offense with a defense that is in reload mode, instead of rebuilding, the Cougs have a shot at special seasons the next two years, regardless of the SOS.

  • GJ Greenwood, IN
    April 30, 2014 5:35 p.m.

    "this article was just a puff piece designed to give cougar fans something to be excited about."

    Can an article even be written that would give Ute fans something to be excited about? Enjoy the Idaho State game. It could really ugly after that.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 30, 2014 5:31 p.m.

    navelvet

    "Well if you discount all the teams on your weak SOS schedule that the Utes had never even scheduled, there are only 2: Texas and Houston."

    Now you're just making stuff up.

    Utah is 0-1 versus Texas, 0-4 versus Houston, and 0-4 versus Boise State.

    Sorry, but games versus junior colleges don't count.

    And since the topic of discussion is whether or not BYU's 2014 Defense will be challenged, BYU's record versus USC and Stanford is completely irrelevant.

    It's laughable how frequently Utah fans spam BYU articles without even attempting to address the germane topic, like "BYU Cougars expect to field another solid defense this fall", which none of our jealous little brothers even tried to dispute.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 30, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    Honestly, I can't tell if Jeff Call really believes the "cougars expect to field another solid defense this fall", or if he REALLY believes the 'cougars expect to face another season of poor quality offenses lining up opposite the cougars defense", and that this article was just a puff piece designed to give cougar fans something to be excited about. Because I just don't see Y fans that excited about UConn, Houston, UCF, UNR, Middle Tenn, UNLV, or Savannah St.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    April 30, 2014 4:44 p.m.

    goblu

    "I bet the poor boys up north with they could play in a bowl game. Hard to get 6 wins with a pathetic offense playing in a conference who can count a match up with you as an easy victory."

    I know ASU looks at the Utah game as an easy victory. It's one of those games that ASU has nothing to gain and everything to lose when playing them. When ASU wins, it's expected and it does nothing for ASU's strength of schedule or notoriety. If ASU loses (which they haven't done since before 1977), then it's a VERY bad loss and could jeopardize the whole season. The only reason Utah's win over Stanford didn't hurt Stanford was because they got lucky when Oregon stumbled too.

  • Darren Rowe Heber City, UT
    April 30, 2014 4:43 p.m.

    @Chris B

    The Big 12 doesn't switch names because the Big 10 name is already taken. Duh.

    Secondly, adding teams doesn't automatically make the conference better and wealthier. It simply forces them to divide their financial pie among two more teams, so they would probably actually make less money.

    You obviously don't understand how college football works. Or big business.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 30, 2014 4:42 p.m.

    mussingaround:

    "At least 3 of the teams on BYU's schedule are teams the Utes have NEVER beaten."

    Well if you discount all the teams on your weak SOS schedule that the Utes had never even scheduled, there are only 2: Texas and Houston.

    On the flip side, Utah will be facing 2 teams the Y had NEVER beaten: USC and Stanford.

    So what's your point?

  • SkookumDon Tacoma, WA
    April 30, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    I've lived in the Seattle area for the past 30 years, and watched our Seahawks win it all with an elite defense and mobile quarterback. I'm glad to see the Cougars following the same pattern.

  • CBAX Provo, UT
    April 30, 2014 3:49 p.m.

    If Byu wins 5 games they will go to the same bowl as utah!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2014 3:41 p.m.

    @Pac 12,

    Isn't it funny that the big 12 would rather continue to call themselves the big 12 to maintain history even though they are only a 10 team league and can't find a worthy addition to make teams 11 and 12?

    LOL

    Yes, the byu defense will likely put up good numbers again, against a WAC-like schedule in terms of difficulty.

    3 total power conference teams, and 2 of those are the worst in their conferences.

    However, even being worst in a power conference, like Virginia, is more than enough to beat most non-power conference teams like byu as we saw last year.

    Virginia didn't beat a single power conference team all last year

    In fact, they didn't beat a single division 1 team all year, other than byu of course.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    April 30, 2014 3:31 p.m.

    Rise and Shout!

    This is awesome news. I cannot wait to see true sportsmanship at its finest. I always enjoy how gracious BYU players and their fans are and how they represent their school and faith, it is so awesome. Cheering on the defense will be so much fun this year. One thing you know about Bronco's defense is they are always tough and well coached and act in the highest manner possible to represent the school and its faith; classy and true sportsmanship abound. Watching Kyle Van Noy shake the Ute players hands after the loss last year was and is the epitome of what is being taught by Bronco. This same level of sportsmanship was also on display when Max Hall congratulated the U and its fan base for a a great game. This is great news for the Y.

    Go UTES!!

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    April 30, 2014 3:23 p.m.

    54iq

    At least 3 of the teams on BYU's schedule are teams the Utes have NEVER beaten.

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    April 30, 2014 3:19 p.m.

    No talk of JonRyheem Peoples? Come on now. He is one of the players I am most excited about watching his development on the D-Line. As a red-shirt freshman, I want to see him get lots of reps.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    April 30, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    Love the fan support, glad to know Ute fans can still pay a lot of attention to BYU even in a year where there is no BYU-Utah game.

    Personally I would love it if BYU, USU and Utah all go to bowl games this year. Two out of three wasn't bad last year with USU being the only team that won their bowl game.

    Go Cougars, Utes and Aggies!

  • goblu South Jordan, UT
    April 30, 2014 2:34 p.m.

    At 54-10:
    I bet the poor boys up north with they could play in a bowl game. Hard to get 6 wins with a pathetic offense playing in a conference who can count a match up with you as an easy victory.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    April 30, 2014 1:54 p.m.

    I'm excited for the season, both BYU and ASU. I figure BYU will have a good defense this year. I'm hoping BYU's offense is MUCH improved from last year. BYU should have the best outcome in the state of Utah this year. Miami Beach Bowl? Maybe. Could be better though. Every fan hopes their team will be brought into a better bowl. I'd say BYU's chances of making a New Years eve/day bowl game is better than anyone's in the state of Utah. So if BYU's chances are nil, then...

  • Robyuuki Lewisburg, PA
    April 30, 2014 1:51 p.m.

    I am glad to see that BYU's defence is continuing to be strong. The defensive backfield has been a week spot for years. The transfers and healthy players returning should be able to make that area a strong suit. - at least expected to do so. Having played so many years ago and now watching my boys experience the thrill, I hope that the Offence can return to is prior glory days and releave the defence of so much burden to carry on their shoulders.

    It is looking better and better all the time. I say look out Texas we are coming to your house. Those that have not played the game can continue to complain about the schedule strength. Holmoe is doing an incredible job with his hands tied being independant. And you never know a schedule's strength until it plays out. Several of the teams listed have all been in the national champ hunt in the last decade. Can't say that about the Mountain West Conf folks.

  • PAC 12 member by default! Harrisville, UT
    April 30, 2014 1:47 p.m.

    Hopefully the teams on the schedule will be stronger than expected and the BYU defense is tested. Really. Do we know exactly how good or bad cal , boise state, UCF and Houston will be? Of course not. That's why the season is played.

    Looking forward to seeing the Cougars play and play in a bowl regardless of the opponents' strength.

  • Spoons Lake Tahoe, NV
    April 30, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    The defense will be good enough to land a Miami Beach Bowl Invitation. No better, no worse.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    We'll never know what kind of defense the team has when it plays such a pathetic schedule. Sad really because most athletes want to "test themselves" against the best competition and I would assume the BYU athletes are no different.