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Published: Thursday, June 5 2014 1:50 p.m. MDT

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Utah'95
FPO, AE

This is a great deal for the Cougars. Congratulations!

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Good job Tom. This is welcome news! Go Cougars!

Copacetic
Logan, UT

And so where are all the Ute criticizers who keep claiming no power conference members will ever schedule games with BYU? Or that if one ever did, they would never get a home-and-home deal?
Is the PAC12 not actually a power conference?

When a school is an independent, it's not as easy to schedule these sort of games. But there are plenty of big-name schools who do still recognize the value of playing a nationally recognized program like BYU who has been finishing more seasons nationally ranked in the top-25 than not.

These games will continue to be scheduled when those schools get the openings to do so. Those opportunities will continue coming about, much to the chagrin of the anti-BYU Ute fans who simply don't know any better.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Awesome, nicely done BYU. Home and Home series to boot. Also nice to see that it's not waaaay out in the future.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Again, welcome news in playing with UCLA. But, did you asked Alabama at all Tom?

Good job Tom!

Riley Mendenhall
Provo, UT

UCLA: What FCS teams should we schedule for 2015 and 2016? How about BYU. The cougars don't have very much talent, plus because of their recent scandal they will have fewer scholarships.

WhoRtheUtes???
Elko, NV

A great team from the top of the PAC 10.2. Great series!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Does anyone know if one program had to pay the other to make this deal work?

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Copacetic:

"...where are all the Ute criticizers who keep claiming no power conference members will ever schedule games with BYU?"

First of all, this article was barely posted for 20 minutes before you asked where all the Ute fans were. Just relax. Give us a couple of hours to find out a new article had even been posted.

Second, here's an article where the Y finally gets a legitimate Home-&-Home, like the kind Utah used to get from UCLA back when we were in the MWC, instead of another one-off or 2-for-1 like the kind YOU usually get after leaving the MWC to play WAC football, and your chief concern is...

...Utah fans? Haha! That just goes to show who the "big brother" in this former rivalry is: the Utes!

That said, what's up with the 5-Home/7-Away game rotation? "Big boy league" schools never have more Away games than Home. How midmajorey of you. Had you seen OUR 2015 schedule? It's a 7-Home/5-Away game rotation. Plus, we'll get 10 "Power 5" opponents that year, with 6 at Home. You'll only get 3 "Power 5" opponents -- again -- with 0 at Home.

Duckhunter
Highland , UT

A very nice upgrade over the losing program on the hill for the 2015 season. Much stronger opponent. Much better history. Much more respected. Much more national cache. Much higher ranked on a far more regular basis. Just everything about it is better.

Nice job Tom.

megaman
Reston, VA

UCLA: What team beat us 59-0 last time we played them? Oh that's right, it was BYU.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I haven't ever seen byu get the first game in these home and homes with the big boys. Why is that?

And for those who think it doesn't mean anything, how about you give me $1 million today and I'll give you $1 million a year from today

Spoons
Lake Tahoe, NV

This is a good series for BYU and I am excited to see it.

Too bad UCLA will not get credit for beating a power 5 team.

Only 5 home games for 2015? That's kind of weak.

xam
Provo, UT

Good job by T.H. to upgrade the SOS

Duckhunter, based on your post BYU's is doomed. If the Y can't beat the lowly Utes then how are they going to even compete against a "much stronger opponent (with) much better history (and) much more respected (with) much more national cache (and) much higher ranked?"

It probably means much more beatings at the hands of the PAC12. Since going Indy BYU has a .285 winning percentage against PAC12 conference yet an embarrassing .000 winning percentage against the Utes. LOL

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

The one downside to this is that it's September games, the part of the schedule where it was generally assumed BYU would be able to schedule good teams.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

RE: Chris B.

"Does anyone know if one program had to pay the other to make this deal work?"

Yes, I have it on good authority that UCLA is paying BYU a cool $20 million to play this series. Keep those great questions coming.

RE: Naval Vet

"...instead of another one-off or 2-for-1 like the kind YOU usually get after leaving the MWC to play WAC football..."

Not true. Since leaving the MWC, BYU has scheduled home and homes with UCONN, Wisconsin, Houston, Virginia, UCF, Boise State (extended series), Southern Miss, UNLV, Stanford, Cincy, USU, West Virginia, Washington St, Nevade, East Carolina, Texas, Cal, and UCLA. In this same period BYU has scheduled 2-for-1s with USC and Notre Dame.

So I guess you were using Ute math. Having 18 1-for-1s is actually more than the two 2-for-1s BYU has scheduled. Gee, it seems kind of "frantic and emotional" of to suggest otherwise. Go Cougs!

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

RE: Chris B.

"And for those who think it doesn't mean anything, how about you give me $1 million today and I'll give you $1 million a year from today"

I don't think you understand how contracts work. If the second game is cancelled by the visiting team, they are the ones that pay the $1 million breach of contract. Win/Win for BYU.

81Ute
Central, UT

My condolences BYU fans 5 home games all season. 1 home game in September and 1 home game in November, bummer.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Ah yes, the old "BYU home-and-home": First game on the road, return game gets bought out. This used to be called a "one and done" or a "body bag game", but BYU fans didn't like the thought of being one of those teams who signs up for those types of games, so they changed the way it's structured on paper.

Enjoy your trip to LA, and don't spend all the money in one place.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Great addition to BYU's schedule, but it calls into question much of the speculation about why BYU didn't get Alabama on their schedule for 2015. With UCLA they now have the feared 7th road game which many said was one of the reasons BYU wouldn't want to play at Alabama.

This does significantly upgrade BYU's SOS for 2015. If they do well in 2015, it could set them up to make some noise in 2016 with that schedule also shaping up into a tough one. Of course in 2016 they will have another Pac 12 team on their schedule in Utah.

Duckhunter,

Funny you should criticize the program on the hill which has beaten BYU in football 4 years in a row and in the past 12 months beaten BYU in just about every sport they play. I agree, UCLA is better than Utah right now. Many expect them to challenge for the Pac 12 title for the next several years. BYU's September schedule in 2015 should be a good measure of their program. That month they play teams of the caliber Utah plays every week. Of course they have the usual 6 cupcakes on the schedule to ensure bowl eligibility.

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