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Published: Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:20 a.m. MDT

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flatlander
Omaha, NE

Of course they won eleven games, they play in the mid America conference

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Good to see the schedule issues ironed out. Go Cougars!

FatMan86
West Jordan, UT

Wow, can't wait for both of these barn burners. I'll bet NBC will buy out the Cougs TV deal to broadcast these games.

Cedarcreek320
Star Valley Ranch, WY

With them added to the schedule, BCS here we come!

RSL*
Why, AZ

Didn't USU beat their Heisman candidate quarterback last year at the bowl game. They seem to like using a high octane offense that can't beat a decent defense.

Taysom4Heisman
Heber City, UT

Chris B

I don't really care if our 2015 P5 games are on the road. I'm not afraid to play anybody anywhere. Unlike Chris Hill who said that the schedule would be too hard to play Michigan and BYU in the same year and backed out of the game.

You utah fans always say the game against BYU is an automatic win, but it's been super close almost every year. Sure, utah has won, but it is far from an automatic win. If it was, Hill easily would have been willing to schedule us these next 2 years. Unfortunately, he didn't have the guts to do it. He understands that even though utah has beaten BYU recently, it is still a difficult game to win.

PAC12Fan
South Jordan, UT

This is huge. I'm sure all the fans that attend the games are overjoyed by this announcement. I for one, can't wait to play ISU in four weeks. The crowd will be pumped.

I actually do feel bad for the tens of thousands of season ticket holders that want big name opponents in the stadium at least half the time. Ask for a refund or free cotton candy.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

So many Ute fans so few comments of value.

NI may be bad in 2018 but USC/UCLA et al might be bad as well. BYU needed to fill holes in the schedule and these games did that.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Why can't you schedule home/home (multiple times) with fellow independent ARMY? I always respected and enjoyed Utah's games against Air Force and Navy! And would feel the same about Army.

fan in orem
Orem, UT

Be careful who you are making fun of. NIU has been to a BCS bowl more recently than any school around here.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

Glad to see the series with NIU, yet another team on the schedule that has played in a BCS bowl in the last five years.

While I'm less excited about ISU, I am glad they were able to even out the 2015 schedule by adding an additional home game. Bummer for fans who attend the home games because the home schedule has been and looks to continue to be horrible. Of course the schedule is great for those of us outside the mountain west who watch every game on national television and can attend many of the road games against great opponents.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

BYU fans:

Why don't you guys just schedule home and homes with 8-9 power conference teams every year?

You want to be considered a big boy right?

100% of the big boys schedule 8-9 games against power conference teams.

Why doesn't byU?

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@Taysom4Heisman
Utah's OOC for 2015 is Utah State, Fresno State, Michigan. Utah's not afraid of playing a bunch of decent teams.

EJM
Herriman, UT

I just got grief last night from a buddy of mine with BYU season tickets about the UTES playing Idaho State this year. Hey, whatever gets you to 6 wins right? Just want to see if he says something today about this quality pickup game.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

NIU is not a bad get. They've had better success in the BCS than BYU (i.e. they've been there, done that). Ironically NIU has a leg up on Big 12 expansion by bringing the Chicago market and since they are in the right time zone.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Taysom4Heisman:

"Unlike Chris Hill who said that the schedule would be too hard to play Michigan and BYU in the same year and backed out of the game."

Utah didn't "back out" of any game vs. our indy-irrelevant little brother. There were never games contracted for 2014 or 2015 to begin with. And furthermore, what's the difference between playing Fresno St. vs. the Y? I mean except for the part about how playing teams in/from California has greater recruiting benefits than doing so likewise with Utah teams. The cougars aren't a tougher opponent than the Bulldogs.

"He understands that even though utah has beaten BYU recently, it is still a difficult game to win."

Not more difficult than playing FSU. The Bulldogs have a better record against us than the cougars do.

"You utah fans always say the game against BYU is an automatic win, but it's been super close almost every year."

You cougar fans always say the game against our little brother down south is super close, but it's been practically and automatic win every year. When you go 9-3 vs. another team, then yeah, it's pretty much automatic.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Come on! Let's give credit where credit id due. byU actually has a decent schedule for 2015, even with adding Idaho State. They only have one November game at home, but at least it's against Fresno State and not Savannah State.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

RE: Chris B.

"Why don't you guys just schedule home and homes with 8-9 power conference teams every year?"

While your comment will probably get deleted for "spam" (you've said the same thing on dozens of other BYU articles), and while you probably don't want or expect a response to such a ridiculous question, I'll take a stab at it anyhow.

BYU plays a schedule very similar to many other P5 teams. That would be 3-4 great teams, 3-4 average teams, and 3-4 bad teams. In an earlier post (that you mysteriously never responded to) I pointed out that BYU has actually averaged a SOS better than the current national champion FSU during the independent era. Just because all BYU's opponents aren't in P5 conferences doesn't mean they aren't quality opponents. Indeed, BYU has played 5-6 teams in the independent era who have played in BCS bowls more recently than Utah but aren't in P5 conferences.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

fan in orem:

NIU "backed in" to the BCS...just like Hawai'i did back in 2007-08: ala undefeated season via weak SOS. They were not worthy, and that's why they got pounded by 3 TDs vs. Florida St.

Johnny Triumph:

Cougar fans keep trying to convince the fans of their big brother on the Hill that their jump from to indy-irrelevance wasn't a knee-jerk reaction. Even though it was. They claim they've been planning indy-irrelevance all along. Yet they also claim they only scheduled a slew of WAC teams because the jump was so sudden (aka, knee-jerk), and they needed time to build quality schedules.

Except that NIU is scheduled for 2018 and 2020. That's 4-6 yrs out, and 8-10 yrs from declaring indy-irrelevance. How much time do the cougars need to schedule a "big boy" slate? And Idaho St? What was all that talk about the cougars being close to a deal with Penn State?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@fan in orem

"Be careful who you are making fun of. NIU has been to a BCS bowl more recently than any school around here"

Yeah, and how did they do in their BCS bowl?

NIU is a great example of how scheduling down is a great way to artificially inflate your ranking. When they finally played a decent team, they got boat raced.

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