BYU football: Cougars scheduled to play Middle Tennessee State

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  • BYU_Convert Provo, UT
    Sept. 29, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    Middle Tennessee just beat Georgia Tech in Atlanta. I hope we can beat Georgia Tech when we play them. Middle Tennessee will be a quality opponent for BYU.

  • GoBYUandCards WeakTakeLake, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    This Tennessee State stuff is confusing.

  • BYU_Convert Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    As Sun Belt members perhaps. MTSU is 2-1 against USU between 2002 and 2004. USU never won in Murfeesboro. My point is that BYU would do well not underestimate what Middle Tennessee can do no matter what their record looks like.

    And Wildcat from Ogden, Wyoming UNLV, and New Mexico are beyond pathetic and these schools don't recruit the Southeast like MTSU does, and everyone knows the southeastern schools play better football than schools in any other region of the country. I would take MTSU over those three schools including CSU-Fort Collins any day of the week.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:16 p.m.

    @ GoBYUandCards

    Tennessee State does play at LP field. MIDDLE Tennessee State plays in a stadium on its campus that holds 31,000 and has literally never been completely full.


    USU and MTSU only played twice as sun Belt Conf. members and they split the series 1-1.

  • BYU_Convert Provo, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 9:42 p.m.

    1984 was a long time ago. There are a few people who need to realize that the past is over. I am very familiar with Middle Tennessee, and my wife is at BYU. They are members of the FBS Sun Belt Conference and typically do very well having defeated Maryland and Vanderbilt over the past few years and caused fans of Alabama, Virginia, and others to sweat bullets. Utah State knows MTSU very well. They lost to them more often than not when they were Sun Belt members. Yes, they lost to McNeese, but color me unimpressed with a meager victory over the absolute worst team in the PAC-12 and FCS Weber who also lost to McNeese. When I think about the principles for which BYU was founded and then see these arrogant, self-righteous comments from people who associate themselves with the school and thus the LDS Church, it is no wonder fans of BYU opponents love to attack the Church and BYU's Honor Code. A little bit of humility and grace sure would be nice and would go much further.

  • GoBYUandCards WeakTakeLake, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    I thought Tennessee State played where the Titans play, and that place seats well over 60K. That may have been why the did that.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 1:14 p.m.


    MTSU is an FBS team (1A & 1AA no longer exist) and are members of the Sun Belt Conference.

    What I think is weird about this deal is that BYU refuses to do a home-home with Utah State due to the size of USU's stadium. Yet MTSU's stadium is only slightly bigger and is never full. Wouldn't it be cheaper and more appealing to take on the Aggies in Logan?

  • GoBYUandCards WeakTakeLake, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    Tennessee State???? Are they serious??!! What is wrong with our athletic depatment! They are not even 1A, they are in the Missouri Valley in 1AA. If they were coming here for a paydate I would understand but they did a 1 and 1? Is this a joke? We should get two wins from the Tigers, or 1AA Kittens.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 10:47 p.m.

    BYU's 2013 schedule is more challenging than probably any other. So the Y fans support the need to schedule a team such as Middle Tenn. State. Yet when the U said they needed to schedule a "lessor" team in 2014 when the U plays 9 PAC-12 teams including Oregon and Stanford and as one of three out of conference games - Michigan. What was the Y fan's reaction. Afraid to play the Y etc. But scheduling Mid Tenn State for 2014? Look at the few games scheduled. Do you really need a "lessor" opponent when you have so few opponents?

    Predictable "fan" reaction - critical of other teams; justifiable for your own!

  • Downtownchrisbrown ,
    Sept. 24, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    Scheduling MTSU is probably the only way they'll get games out that way. I don't see the SEC (other than maybe Ole Miss) being willing to play them. They want to be a national team playing all across the country. I'm sure BYU fans in Tennessee will show up in droves. Also if you want recruits from the area to watch you play, this is another way to get them to the games instead of having them fly in for a home game.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 2:28 p.m.

    @B C

    I bet Riley Nelson isn't glad that Weber State got invited to play at Provo--poor kid has never been the same since!

    Yes some schools play one or two games of lesser conferences. Some actually play the best game available instead of going for 7-8 green light games a year as per Bronco's request.

    2013 games: Texas and GT at home, that is nice along with Middle Tennessee, Boise State, and Utah. Notre Dame, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Houston, USU, and Washington State on the road

    2014 games: Houston, Hawaii, Southern Miss, USU at home. Texas, Boise State, Middle Tennessee, UCF on the road Yeah that is worth being independent.

    2015 games: Boise State and Utah State at home. Southern Miss, Hawaii, Nebraska on the road

    Anyone can schedule big teams for one-game road agreements. Idaho State played Nebraska this year, USU played at Wisconsin, FAU played at Alabama, etc.

    Props to Utah and TCU for stepping up! Big 12 would be much better for BYU--but that might mean some tough years. Cougars tucked tail and ran from LA Tech on the road this year--that is why independence is great! BYU in retreat!

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    "So I guess this means that Weber State and Idaho State were not available?"

    No, I'm sure they're still available if Northern Colorado is already booked.

  • B C Park City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:29 p.m.


    "Get used to more Sun Belt, C-USA, and MAC games to fill up the schedule as has been foretold."

    Don't most power conference teams fill their schedules with one or two teams from lesser conferences? Just be grateful that BYU was willing to invite your Wildcats to be one of those schedule fillers.

    As an Independent, BYU will also get used to playing Texas, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Boise State, Utah (when the Utes aren't runnin' scared), Nebraska, and many, many other quality programs.

    The biggest issue with playing Utah State home-and-home isn't the quality of their program, it's the miniscule size of their stadium and fan base that makes it impossible for the Aggies to guarantee a decent gate for visiting teams.

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    So I guess this means that Weber State and Idaho State were not available?

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:12 p.m.


    "New Mexico, Wyoming, and UNLV are all better than Middle Tennessee State."


    Wyoming lost to Toledo and Cal Poly and barely beat Idaho in OT
    New Mexico was destroyed by Texas and Texas Tech and only beat NM State by 13 points
    UNLV lost to Northern Arizona and Washington State

    Current Sagarin Rankings
    #104 Wyoming
    #124 New Mexico
    #127 Colorado State
    #128 Middle Tennessee State
    #131 UNLV

    Yes, it's easy to see how much better off BYU would be playing the bottom half of the MWC than playing lowly Middle Tennessee State.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    @Riddles in the Dark

    Yes, New Mexico, Wyoming, and UNLV are all better than Middle Tennessee State. The Blue Raiders lost to McNeese State this year of FCS.

    I think playing in the MWC would be better than independence. I think BYU could finish third or fourth in that league this year--behind Boise State, Nevada, and Fresno State.

    I think BYU dropped LA Tech off the schedule as they were afraid to lose that game, which they would have for sure. USU and SJSU may be tough games for BYU this year. I still like BYU to beat USU as the Aggies always lose in Provo.

    If USU has any pride, and they don't, they should now only schedule BYU home-and-home only or not at all since BYU does home-and-home with Sun Belt teams.

    Get used to more Sun Belt, C-USA, and MAC games to fill up the schedule as has been foretold. The Big 12 would have been great. Better join the Big East now or have to go crawling back to Craig Thompson on bended knee in the future.

    BYU independence--Go get'em!

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Sept. 24, 2012 11:06 a.m.


    You're always whining, but I've never, ever, seen you offer one single viable alternative to Independence.

    Do you really think that staying in the MWC with their horrible television deal was preferable to Independence and having an 8-year deal with ESPN?

    Who would BYU be playing next year if the Cougars were still in the MWC? Are New Mexico, Wyoming, and UNLV any better than Middle Tennessee State?

    Instead of constantly whining, why don't you give us your realistic alternative to Independence?

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Sept. 24, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    @ eastcoastcoug - BYU is independent because the top conferences such as the Big 12 and the Pac 12 have not offered BYU an invitation to join, and independence so far is better than what the lower conferences who want BYU, such as the MWC and the Big East, have to offer.

    Not that complicated.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 9:41 a.m.

    Expect this one to be on BYUtv. Whatever.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Sept. 24, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    With Texas, Boise State, Utah, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin (all good teams); and Houston and Utah State (solid teams) already on the schedule - we need a game like this. I expect both Hawaii and Washington State to be better next year also. I hope this game is scheduled for Week 1, which is still open.

    I hope Hill is ready to go next year, and we are able to replace our D line. We should be solid at all other positions next year.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    What's wrong with the home and home? BYU needed a lesser team on its schedule since the schedule is very tough. It also fullfills the goal of playing around the country so fans that don't get the chance to attend a BYU game can go.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    Texas did a home and home with Wyoming
    BYU does home and homes to get out all accross the Country to recah their fan bases.
    It's good will and PR.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 24, 2012 1:11 a.m.

    Can someone PLEASE explain to me again why we are independent?

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 23, 2012 11:34 p.m.

    And I thought Utah had a rough weekend

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Sept. 23, 2012 11:28 p.m.

    I know we want a cupcake for next years schedule, but can't we get a 1 year deal or a 2 for 1. Maybe the BYU brand is not very strong after all.

  • bribri86 Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 23, 2012 10:59 p.m.

    Home and home with who? I can see why they announced this Sunday night at 10:00pm.