BYU will be tested early in its 2019 football schedule, which the school announced Wednesday.
The Cougars' schedule next season features four straight Power 5 teams to start the year and three games against teams that finished the 2018 season in the top 25.
The Cougars open the season with a home matchup against in-state rival Utah on Aug. 29, followed by a road game at Tennessee on Sept. 7 in the first game between the two schools.
Up next is a pair of home games against Pac-12 schools, USC on Sept. 14 and Washington on Sept. 21.
The Huskies finished last year ranked No. 13 in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls. Other ranked teams on BYU’s schedule include at Utah State (No. 21 AP, No. 22 Coaches) on Nov. 2 and home against Boise State (No. 23 AP, No. 24 Coaches) on Oct. 19.178 comments on this story
The Cougars have a bowl agreement to play in the 2019 Hawaii Bowl if they become bowl eligible and aren’t selected in a New Year’s Six bowl or the College Football Playoff. BYU, which went 7-6 in 2018, beat Western Michigan 49-18 in the Famous Idaho Potato bowl last season.
The Cougars’ 2019 opponents had a combined record of 87-65 in 2018, including three teams with 10 or more wins and the two teams — Utah and Washington — who met in the 2018 Pac-12 championship game.
Aug. 29, vs. Utah
Sept. 7, at Tennessee
Sept. 14, vs. USC
Sept. 21, vs. Washington
Sept. 28, at Toledo
Oct. 12, at South Florida
Oct. 19, vs. Boise State
Nov. 2, at Utah State
Nov. 9, vs. Liberty
Nov. 16, vs. Idaho State
Nov. 23, at UMass
Nov. 30, at San Diego State