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Published: Friday, May 30 2014 7:04 a.m. MDT

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Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Why would BYU shy away from this opportunity? If the hole in Alabama's schedule matches up date wise with BYU's it should be a no brainer. BYU wants to get into the playoff and the only way to do that is to play top level teams in as many games as possible each year. Shying away from a killer month isn't going to make that happen. Schools in the Big 5 conferences don't get that luxury during their conference seasons and if BYU wants to sit back and enjoy that kind of a schedule they will never prove the belong in the playoff.

Christine B. Hedgefog
Salt Lake City, UT

I just literally laugh out loud every time CB makes a "big boys" comment. As if her team isn't a goldfish in a shark tank.

tyler11385
Springville, UT

KH - I couldn't agree more. If only...

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

@ChrisB - You can't tell me that Utah would view a game vs a MWC team the same way BYU would. Those are the teams I'm talking about, those who will always love to play BYU. If BYU can swing one game vs Alabama then they should go for it, UNLV will always be there.

BYU hung with Bama in 1998, why not now?

tyler11385
Springville, UT

It's almost as if Texas or Miami would never come to LES either. Crazy talk if you ask me.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

Look no farther than Utah's 2008 football schedule to see the cupcake WAC schedule Utah played. Looks mighty similar.

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And rightfully so, we didn't lose a game. Why don't you give that a try sometime?

Clark W. Griswold
Sandy, Utah

@ Johnny Triumph

"BYU hung with Bama in 1998, why not now?"

East Carolina also hung with Bama and only lost by one point (23-22). Alabama back in 1998 was an average SEC team going 7-5 and 3rd in the SEC west division. Alabama today under Nick Saban is a very strong team winning 3 National Championships in the last 5 years. The Crimson Tide would roll all over BYU if they played today.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT
Why would BYU shy away from this opportunity?

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Because BYU hasn't even remotely been offered this "opportunity."

The author is trying to make it sound like the offer has already been made. In other words, he's dishing the blue kool aid and every BYU fan is drinking it.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

BYU hung with Bama in 1998, why not now?

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There's no way you can possibly be serious with this.

Do you honestly believe the 1998 Tide are nearly as good as they are now? Oh goodness.

1998- (7-5 record, played just two ranked teams, lost to every one of the decent ones, and even lost to a few mediocre ones)

2013- (11-2 record, arguably the best team in CFB, coming off three national titles in the last five years)

Please say you were joking.

Aggie238
Logan, UT

If BYU doesn't schedule this game, the entire athletic department should be fired.

Wanna prove you can hang with the big boys and that it was a mistake for the SEC and ACC to snub you? Here's your chance. Money, meet mouth.

Aggie238
Logan, UT

Also, for the record, I'd gladly ignore my conscience and cheer for BYU in that game.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

Aggie238
Logan, UT
If BYU doesn't schedule this game, the entire athletic department should be fired.

Wanna prove you can hang with the big boys and that it was a mistake for the SEC and ACC to snub you? Here's your chance. Money, meet mouth.

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Problem is, I guarantee you there have been two dozen other teams that have beaten BYU to it. Once word of this story got out, I bet the Bama AD's phone has been ringing off the hook. I mean, he's basically offering $1 million to the first team to fill that spot.

By the time BYU calls, I'll bet that slot has been long since filled.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

Article says Bama's AD has been busy calling dozens of teams to fill that slot.

Meaning, it hasn't even occurred to him to contact BYU... despite the fact they're independent and likely have slots to fill. He's struck out so far because everyone in a conference has the 15 schedule filled already, as they have only three/four nonconference games to schedule. So shouldn't his first thought be to look at the non-conference affiliated independents? One would think.

The fact that Bama's AD hasn't contacted BYU -- when they should have been among the first teams to pop into his head -- tells you everything you need to know about how the SEC views BYU.

Which is to say, they're invisible.

81Ute
Central, UT

Don't do it, you already have a 1 and None in 2015 (Michigan). Two of them will make you look like an lower division school chasing the money. Have a little pride will ya.

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

Holmoe, do what it takes. BYU needs to play every SEC team with a hole in their schedule.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

"byu already has Nebraska and Michigan and that makes their schedule possibly already difficult enough?

LOL - ya, for a WAC team maybe"

Exactly. Look no farther than Utah's 2008 football schedule to see the cupcake WAC schedule Utah played. Looks mighty similar.

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In 2008, Utah beat 4 ranked teams, #6, #7, #18, #25. When was the last time ASU did that, ... BYU has beat 3 ranked teams since 1996.

When was the last time ASU beat a WAC team? 0-3? Really?

Boise State L 24-56
Hawaii L 24-41
Louisiana State L 31-35

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Go for it!

I, for one, am excited to see the possibility of BYU playing Nebraska, Michigan, and possibly Alabama in the same year. (Boise State? time will tell. New coach and they are projected as the 53rd ranked team for next year.) Winning even one game against the first 3 is how BYU will start to gain national respect!

And I love to see the excitement of cougar fans in these posts. Now I hope you understand why I, and most Utah fans, have loved the PAC-12 even when we have only won 30% of our games!

To put in perspective the 2014 projected ranking of Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, and Boise State is #4,#18, #43, and #53 respective. Now look at Utah's 2014 schedule: In eight straight games Utah plays (with 2014 projected ranking in parenthesis) Michigan (18); Washing State ($9); UCLA (5); Oregon State (28); USC (13); Arizona State (16); Oregon (2); and Stanford (8) I know, I know, another Ute fan playing the Strength of Schedule card!

A sincere hope you do schedule Alabama and good luck with the other "high profile" games in 2015!

slcftball
Salt Lake City, UT

Although we are 2-12 against ranked opponents...we need to take this game to earn some respect. So we play 4 hard teams in a year...big deal...take a look at Notre Dames schedule that so many of our delusional fans say we are even par with. We take this game anytime and go be competitive. Thats how we raise the level of our brand. Lets do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Darren Rowe
Heber City, UT

Amazing how right after the ACC and SEC snubbed BYU, many ute fans began talking about how BYU would never possibly schedule an SEC team.

And yet, here we are, just a few weeks later, and it's being discussed. I understand that it's a long shot to get Alabama on the schedule and this is still far from actually getting an agreement to play them, but we have not been shunned by the SEC.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

@CougarSunDevil

Exactly. Look no farther than Utah's 2008 football schedule to see the cupcake WAC schedule Utah played. Looks mighty similar.

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I did and you are wrong. Utah's 2008 SOS is actually "mighty similar" to as ASU's 2012 SOS. BYU's 2013 SOS "mighty similar" to their WAC 1984 SOS.

SOS Rankings:

Utah's 2008 #56 ... 13-0
ASU's 2012 #52 ... 8-5

BYU's 1984 #104 ... 12-0.
BYU's 2013 #97 (currently) ... 10-2 (My projection)

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