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Published: Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

How many of BYU’s opponents are from the so-called Power 5 conferences?

Three — Texas (Big 12), Virginia (ACC), Cal (Pac-12). Two of them are among their league’s weakest teams. Cal and Virginia managed just three wins between them last season.

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Actually, they only won ONE game. Since TWO wins were against D2 teams and BYU.

Virginia 19
BYU (8-5) 16

Virginia 49
Virginia Military (non-IA) 0

California 37
Portland State (non-IA)30

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

I feel sorry for season ticket holders, forking over thousands of $$ for the pathetic home schedule this year. But El Paso and Wyoming were no better than this year's bunch.

BYU did so little in the late '80's and '90's to capitalize on their "National Championship" and win significant games (we lost to Miami and Penn St. before we beat them at home), court conferences like the PAC10, and get into and win BCS bowls. Even Hawaii went to one - sheesh! We reap what we have sown...

What we could do now: hire better position coaches who have actual experience doing what we hire them to do. Bronco, Dolman and a bunch of others were first timers in their role at BYU. Fire Anae who doesn't have a clue what he is doing and is so incredibly defensive about anyone questioning him. Give Holmoe 3 years to get us into a regular P5 conference.

Danny T
Minneapolis, MN

I wish they were gonna play utah. that is always a fun one to watch.

BJR
Duchesne, UT

This not playing Utah is great for both schools. It is a sick rivalry with fans acting like they have never been taught or heard the words good sportsmanship. We need to get away from it and see if we can't learn to treat each other in a civil manner. We should support each other and be an example of how to treat our friend and family rather than become crazy people and use vile language and name calling. We should not play each other until we can get our actions under control. The coaches, fans, and the Media are to blame.

IndeMak
South Jordan, UT

BYU could get a better schedule in the MWC. Wait...

Independence is wonderful.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Oh, go ahead and point fingers. Doesn't matter which one.

I'm ecstatic Utah is playing Michigan these next two years (home and home) rather than BYU. Or as some would prefer to say playing Fresno State rather than BYU. Hoping to play again once in every three or four years in the future.

LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT

Once again our jealous little friend from the hill demonstrates his BYU obsession.

Nobody is claiming that this is the most difficult schedule in the world, but simply having to travel 22,000 miles in the course of one season is a challenge.

And anybody claiming that Texas in Austin, Boise State in Boise, and UCF in Orlando won't be a challenge, doesn't know a thing about college football.

btw, it's laughable that Uteology has to tear down a couple of P5s in order help himself sleep at night, when he usually acts as if playing a P5 is always a significant challenge regardless of the team when Utah plays them - see Colorado.

ekute
Layton, UT

Doug,

Go ahead and point fingers all you want. There's not a Ute or a Ute fan on the planet that regrets out schedule.

Max-was-right
springville, UT

I love the little utie fans and their selective memory. They love to talk Virginia and how bad of a loss it was. I wonder if they remember the Colorado game and losing at home to a team that hadn't won a road game in like 50 years or something???

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

this is just a bad bad schedule

100% of the big boys play at least 9 games against other big boys.

If byU ever wants to be considered a big boy, they should play 9-10 games against the big boys.

Not 3-4.

Just another reason byU is a mid major

midpacmajor
Salt Lake City, Utah

ekute

Everyone knows that it's Utah that ran away from the rivalry because Chris Hill didn't think the Utes were good enough to play both BYU and Michigan in the same season - that's a fact that's easily verifiable.

When are Utah fans going to stop obsessing about BYU's SOS and start worrying about their own team winning games?

Taysom4Heisman
Heber City, UT

@Uteology

We only play one good P5 team, but we play a handful of solid non-P5 teams.

utah likes to talk up their Pac-12 schedule, but the fact is WSU, Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon State are not exactly juggernauts that the utes are facing.

In no way am I trying to say BYU's schedule is nearly as difficult as utah's. I understand that utah's schedule is much more difficult. I am just saying that BYU's schedule is more solid than people give it credit for, and utah's schedule isn't as much of a week in and week out grind that people like to say it is.

Samurai Jack
Layton, UT

Does BYU get honorary membership in the PAC12 in 2019 when they play UW, WSU, USC and hopefully Utah?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Samurai Jack

"Does BYU get honorary membership in the PAC12 in 2019 when they play UW, WSU, USC and hopefully Utah?"

No, since most or all of those games will get bought out.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

Why is the Miami Beach Bowl circled twice on the map? Has BYU already received an invite?

Maybe because Bingham High would be guaranteed a bowl game playing this schedule.

BYU is guaranteed 9 wins this year and if they beat Texas, Boise State, and UCF they might be invited to a major bowl game. I'm thinking at worst BYU goes 10-2.

Good luck!

@LonestarRunner

Colorado beat THREE D1 teams, Virgina ONE.

Playing P5 teams is a challenge ask Bronco and Kyle.

Utah's winning percentage since joining the PAC-12:
11-18 37% vs P5 teams
7-1 88% vs non P5 teams (only loss to #16 USU)

BYU's winning percentage since going Independent:
5-11 31% vs P5 teams
22-2 90% vs non P5 teams (only losses to #18 BSU and #22 SJS)

Blue Rampage
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris B, you are right. If BYU wants to be a "big boy like U," they need to play a bunch of tough games and lose over half of them. Or, go back to qualifying for a BCS bowl by beating a bunch of MWC schools. Then, maybe they could become a Pac12er.

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

As a long-time season ticket holder, since 1982, I don't feel a bit sorry for BYU's season ticket holders. Independence guarantees a steady stream of new opponents and it'll be fun to see a variety of opponents from across the country visiting LES every season. I enjoyed hosting Texas last season. This season it'll be fun hosting Houston. In future seasons, we'll see Wisconsin, USC, UCLA, and most of the other PAC 12 teams visiting LES, and we'll get to see BYU playing in some great venues, West Virginia in Landover MD, Nebraska in Lincoln, Michigan in the Big House, and Arizona in Glendale.

Looking forward to a fun season.

Go Cougars!

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

Max-was-right
springville, UT

I love the little utie fans and their selective memory. They love to talk Virginia and how bad of a loss it was. I wonder if they remember the Colorado game and losing at home to a team that hadn't won a road game in like 50 years or something???

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Actually, 50 years is the last time BYU beat Utah at LES.

* Colorado beat THREE teams, TWO P5 teams

* Virgina beat ZERO P5 teams, ONE P5 wannabe team

theDailyObserver
Salt Lake City, Utah

Taysom4:

"The fact is WSU, Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon State are not exactly juggernauts."

You're right, they're not. But with the exception of perhaps Colorado, each of those teams aren't pushovers, either. Last year, WSU took Auburn, a team that ended up playing for the National Championship, down to the wire on Auburn's home turf. In addition, they beat USC in LA. Arizona blew out Oregon, and Oregon State had Oregon on the ropes in the Civil War.

My point is that those teams will still be a weekly grind when Utah plays them this year. It's called league parity. But I forgive you for not knowing anything about that concept, given byu's current and unfortunate situation as an independent.

Cougsrock original
Maricopa, Az

Apparently, some readers don't realize that BYU played one of their toughest schedules last year. Next year is even tougher. The life of independentcy. I think BYU fans know this. Maybe a few interlopers don't. Or refuse to admit it.

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