BYU football: Cougars' home games vs. Houston, Utah State to be televised on ESPN

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  • Cabinfever Las Vegas, NV
    June 10, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    "Comparing BYU and Utah bowl destinations during the Independent/PAC era:

    BYU - Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami
    Utah - El Paso"

    Ouch! That's gonna leave a scar!
    Want some Merthiolate with that Spokane?

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    June 8, 2014 6:46 a.m.

    @ Copacetic

    -"There is not a Ute fan alive that wouldn't love to be playing more games on ESPN, regardless of which day of the week. "

    I disagree with this. I like Saturday games, with an occasional one Thursday night every now and then. Teams that play in the middle of the week to get on ESPN are typically from the Mid-American Conference. Utah is not in a position where they have to beg for tv spots and the revenue that goes along with it.

    -"BYU gets more watchers on one of those ESPN games than Utah gets all season long on the PAC channel."

    Admittedly, I don't know. But I'm not sure this is true...

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    June 5, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    Interesting that Spokane Ute and U-PAC together have a double-digit number of posts to this article. You aren't convincing anyone that you don't really care about BYU sports. Obviously, you and most other Ute fans do. The proof is in the postings... the many, many postings.

    Spokane Ute:

    I'm a bit surprised at you. You are usually one of the classiest of the Ute fans who posts regularly. You started out well today but then deteriorated in banter with a few ulta-BYU fans. But at least you finished on a positive note. Enjoy your weekend.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    June 5, 2014 2:31 p.m.

    It is so hilarious reading all the various ways anti-BYU Ute fans try to dis this news. The jealously seeps through no matter how they try to disguise and spin it. It's truly hilarious.

    There is not a Ute fan alive that wouldn't love to be playing more games on ESPN, regardless of which day of the week. BYU gets more watchers on one of those ESPN games than Utah gets all season long on the PAC channel.

    DishTV is quite popular here in Cache Valley. I have many friends who subscribe to it. And sadly, the ones who try to follow the Utes usually have to settle for getting game updates on their phones. It really is quite sad.

    The fact that so many Ute fans are here commenting indicates just how relevant and significant BYU has become. Otherwise, they wouldn't be paying any attetion at all to this sort of press release. But the fact that they are here spouting off legitimizes BYU's significance.

    We don't really care how much money ESPN pays BYU. We're just very happy to be able to watch BYU's games... week after week.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    June 5, 2014 1:55 p.m.

    Everyone have a good day and a good weekend; the Spokane Ute is out of here!

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    June 5, 2014 1:55 p.m.

    Thanks Spokane Ute! All the Ute fans I meet in public are every bit as nice in person as you are on these threads. Thank you! You are doing your school and fan base proud!

    Can't wait for Neyland Stadium!

    Great to hear of Bobby and Roberts success... I hope Turbin continues to get reps, but sounds like they may be harder to come by with a new guy coming in...

    Thanks again!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    June 5, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    Ifel Ofa-sofa

    Really looking forward to the Tenn match up. USU opening game vs. Auburn a few years back was a great, great game. Wagner and Turbin are two of my favorite Seahawks! Enjoy your visit to Knoxville; I will be pulling for the Aggies! Have a good one Guy!

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    June 5, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    Utah State 2014 Football TV Schedule so far:
    Aug 31 at Tennessee on SEC network
    Sept 13 at Wake Forest on CBSSN
    Oct 3 at BYU on ESPN
    Oct 11 v Airforce on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU TBA
    Oct 18 at Colorado on CBSSN
    Oct 25 v UNLV on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU TBA
    Nov 7 at Wyoming on ESPN2
    Nov 15 v New Mexico on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU TBA
    Nov 21 v San Jose on ESPN2
    Nov 29 at Boise on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU TBA
    Dec 6 MWC Championship on CBS

    Sept 6 v Idaho says TV TBA, but no announcement yet, but I'm sure not national

    LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's football game at BYU on Friday, Oct. 3 will begin at 8:30 p.m., and be televised nationally on ESPN it was announced Wednesday.

    With today's announcement, Utah State will now have a total of 10 games nationally televised this fall with five home contests and five road games as seven of the matchups will appear on one of the ESPN Networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU) and two on CBS Sports Network, while its season-opener at Tennessee on Sunday, Aug. 31 will appear on the SEC Network.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    June 5, 2014 12:59 p.m.


    How many differen't names do you post under? If you honestly think that BYU will end up any where other than Provo or Miami, I have some ocean front property here in Spokane that you might be interested in.

    I do stand some what corrected regarding future bowl tie ins, but your statement doesn't tell the whole story. What a suprise.
    In 2013 it was: BCS/Rose, Alamo, Holiday, Sun, Maaco, Kraft, New Mexico. So when BYU played in it, the bowl was 6 out of 7.
    In 2014 it is: Playoff/Rose, Alamo, Holiday, Kraft, Sun, Maaco, Buff Wild Wings.
    So BYU played in the #6 out of #7 bowl. Hardley a premier bowl; which was my point. It has now moved up to #4, and of course BYU won't be able to play in it. Why are you worried about El Paso? Odd that you didn't mention Vegas, San Diego, Pasadena, etc. I'm sure it was just an over sight. Congrats on being locked into a low tier bowl, in June, vs a team from the American Conference. No other program can has that going for them.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    June 5, 2014 11:58 a.m.


    That's awesome that you know what the investigation is going to turn over, prior to it's conclusion. Great in-sight my friend. Actually, I hope you are right. I wouldn't wish probation, or trouble, on any program; even BYU.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    June 5, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    Spokane Ute

    Furthermore, you don't even know your own conference's bowl lineup.

    2014-2019 lineup
    College Football Playoff/Rose
    Alamo vs. Big 12
    Holiday vs. Big Ten
    Fight Hunger vs. Big Ten (no longer associated with Kraft)
    Sun vs. ACC
    Maaco Bowl Las Vegas vs. MWC
    Buffalo Wild Wings vs. Big 12

    Of course, since Utah isn't good enough to play in a bowl anymore, it's understandable that you wouldn't be keeping up on the latest changes.


    btw, BYU is only "locked in" to the Miami Beach Bowl, if BYU isn't invited as an at-large team to a BCS bowl.

    Frankly, as a BYU fan, I'd much rather be looking forward to spending bowl week in Miami, than home in Spokane on the couch.

    Comparing BYU and Utah bowl destinations during the Independent/PAC era:

    BYU - Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami
    Utah - El Paso

    Sorry, but who would want to spend New Year's Eve in El Paso?

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    June 5, 2014 11:34 a.m.


    "I'm enjoying BYU's ongoing situation immensely. The "entertainment" value is priceless my friend."

    Now why would a Utah fan be more entertained with BYU, than with his own team, unless, of course, he's much more of a BYU hater, than a Utah fan?


    btw, as Wiscougarfan already stated, the big "investigation" will turn out to nothing more than a few minor infractions that will result in some mild hand slapping from the NCAA.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    June 5, 2014 11:26 a.m.

    ...oh, it just occurred to me that U-PAC might be finding BYU's schedule to be "immensely entertaining", not sockgate.

    I have to agree with you there as well (if that was your intent). Funny that Utah fans find the need to constantly post about a schedule that would rank in the top 10 all-time in Utah's history, and #1 all-time in terms of media coverage. Now admittedly the home slate stinks, but it isn't any worse than what we (or Utah) regularly had in the MWC/WAC. And because BYU's fan base extends well beyond Utah I think a great television contract trumps marquee home games. Go Cougs!

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    June 5, 2014 11:02 a.m.


    Cheers to that. I also find the "ongoing situation" to be quite entertaining. It's hilarious that BYU haters (including some members of the media) think there is a story here at all. No major infractions have been verified and it is likely that none will come down from the NCAA. BYU simply holds themselves to a higher standard-thus the investigation.

    Judging by the now hundreds (possibly thousands) of posts by alleged Utah fans about the state of BYU football this is immensely entertaining. Especially given that over the last few years several sports programs at the U have been found guilty of much more serious infractions and BYU fans just didn't care (with a few trolling exceptions). Thank you for your continued support of all things BYU. Go Cougs!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    June 5, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    The team that's on the outside looking in is BYU. Already locked into one of the lowest of the low bowl gamee for next year. The Miami Beach Bowl vs. some one from the American conference. Impressinve! No chance of playing in a top tier bowl, since only the power 5 conferences have those ties. It's hard to say how much stock BYU fans would put in a win over Utah, since it just doesn't happen. Furthermore, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is the #5 (or 6 of 8 pending championship) of 7 bowl tie-ins for the PAC 12. I would hardley call that a "PAC 12 premier bowl", but it is one that BYU can not play in this year. In the future, you should really do a little reseach prior to making such statements. I hope that helps with your understanding of the pecking order.

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 5, 2014 10:39 a.m.


    Season tickets already renewed, why would a BYU-obsessed Utah fan be so worried about BYU's schedule?

    Playing Houston(8-5), Virginia(2-10), Utah State(9-5), Nevada(4-8), UNLV(7-6), and Savannah State(1-11) at home (31-45 overall),

    isn't much different than playing Pittsburgh(8-5), UNLV(2-11), San Jose State(1-12), Colorado State(3-9), TCU(13-0), and BYU(7-6) at home (34-43 overall),

    Utah's final home schedule in the MWC.

    Three of BYU's home opponents played in bowls last season and two had double-digit losses.
    Three of Utah's home opponents played in bowls in 2010 and two had double-digit losses.

    With the exception of TCU, which had an outstanding year, Utah's 2010 schedule wasn't much to brag about. Even BYU had a very mediocre team in 2010.

    As an Independent, schedules will vary more than in a conference, but I look forward to seeing a variety of teams like Texas, Ga Tech, Notre Dame, Boise State, California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Stanford, and USC playing in Provo.

    Guaranteed, we'll never see Texas or Notre Dame playing in that tiny stadium on the hill.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    June 5, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    RE: U-PAC

    "Football is purely entertainment, and I just don't see very much "entertainment" value in BYU's home schedules."

    REALLY?!! Why is it then that you've made dozens of posts, just in the last week, about BYU and their schedule? Is posting on this board your job? It is entertaining to see so many Utah/PAC12 fans who can't get enough of BYU football. Go Cougs!

  • IDC Boise, ID
    June 5, 2014 10:05 a.m.

    Exposure is great. What I like most is watching BYU play. Can't wait for football to begin. Go Cougars!

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 5, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    Spokane Ute

    "and slap another Kraft Macaroni and Cheese bowl loser on your 1984 Yugo! BYU has lost to Utah 4 straight seasons."

    More proof that Utah fans care more about beating BYU than playing in a bowl.

    Who really on the outside looking in, the team that's played in nine straight bowl games, or the team that's spent the last two seasons watching bowl week from the comfort of their couch?

    btw, Kraft wasn't even involved in BYU's San Francisco bowl game, which will become one of the PAC 12's premier bowl games next season - good job dissing your own bowl.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    June 5, 2014 9:32 a.m.


    Yes, and slap another Kraft Macaroni and Cheese bowl loser on your 1984 Yugo!
    BYU has lost to Utah 4 straight seasons. I guess they can curl their hair and have tickle fights with Savanah State, since the only team they play, who as you state it, plays in the pillow fight of the Rockies, thumps them. How sad it must be to be on the outside looking in. Karma!

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 5, 2014 9:16 a.m.


    Rivalry week and the conclusion of another losing, bowl less season, mercifully ended with another meaningless pillow fight in the Rockies.

    Slap another PAC 12 sticker on something and prepare to enjoy bowl week from the comfort of your couch.

  • Danny T Minneapolis, MN
    June 5, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    I much prefer watching games on friday night or thursday night. On a nice summer or fall saturday its a good chance to be outside rather than watching TV.

    Go BYU!

  • swoop alumnus SLC, UT
    June 5, 2014 7:21 a.m.

    a lot of insecurity amongst my ute pac 10.2. groupies. folks, it is the school and the team that are important. why do so many tout the conference? btw, aren't there any articles on the swoops to read? no crimson, black, no brave just a chicken hawk. Lots have changed since I was a ute, and not really for the better.

  • Whatsnu Sandy, UT
    June 4, 2014 11:29 p.m.

    Las Vegas Aggie

    re: "Rockwell you need to check your local listing Utah State of the MWC currently has 7 ESPN games 2 CBS games and 1 SEC game all scheduled on National TV with 3 more pending."

    Don't know where you're getting your information from, but the Utah State schedule currently posted on ESPN's website (ESPN would certainly know their own schedule) only lists 3 ESPN/ESPN2 games:

    1 ESPN game (courtesy of BYU in Provo)
    2 ESPN2 games (at Wyoming, vs San Jose St)
    2 CBS Sports games (vs Wake Forest, at CSU)

    BYU's schedule on ESPN lists:
    5 ESPN games (at Connecticut, vs Houston, vs Utah State, at UCF, and at BSU)
    1 Fox Sports 1 nationally televised game at Texas
    1 CBS Sports game

    FYI, ESPN Networks are NOT the same as ESPN/ESPN2 - they could be ESPNU or even ESPN3 (which is nothing more than on-line streaming)

  • alphablue Provo, UT
    June 4, 2014 11:24 p.m.

    As a BYU fan I really enjoy reading about the BYU football program and the things that are going on in the program.... especially how our games are being played across the nation on the ESPN channels....whether it's ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPN3.....

    And don't you love the negativity expressed by the Utah and Utah State fans:)

    Personally I will be moving back east this summer to take up residence in Connecticut....My family and I will proudly wear our BYU colors to the UConn game that evening and cheer loudly for the Cougars!!!

    I just don't understand all the negativity expressed in the comments section towards BYU. It all seems conjecture to me. Take your negativity and go elsewhere to express it.

    Go Cougars!

  • BYU sports on TV in Missouri Lebanon, MO
    June 4, 2014 10:38 p.m.

    Looking forward to watching more BYU football on ESPN. Go Cougars!

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    June 4, 2014 9:33 p.m.

    @ Upac

    BYU gets paid a flat fee by ESPN. It doesn't matter if they air the games on ESPN or ESPN3 BYU is paid the same.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    June 4, 2014 9:29 p.m.


    I agree wholeheartedly. I still want to know if Savannah State is bringing its band. If they do I may shell out for the tickets. The chance to see a SWAC team's band live is one of those special things few big college teams get to experience. Its up there with the academy and Notre Dame games.

    Do you fondly remember watching all those Grambling Alcorn State games too? Best halftime shows in all of college football. I watched several of those as a kid on network TV. I'd imagine Savannah State will put on a great halftime for all in attendance. All the SWAC teams are like that. However the schools are in dire straights in recent years. The SWAC used to get players in the NFL, and were financially stable. The BCS years really hurt the black schools. They have had fewer donors and all sorts of upkeep problems. This really is the last chance I think for fans of the game in Utah to experience a program like Savannah State. Its even more special being on Senior Night!

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    June 4, 2014 9:14 p.m.

    Oh the irony of BYU haters commenting negatively about BYU’s weeknight games… Week 1 is a Friday primetime draw vs. UCONN on ESPN. Last season that slot had more than 3 million viewers. Utah’s first game is Thursday vs. Idaho state on PAC12 Network. Later in the season the Utes play a Thursday night vs. Oregon State (10:00 PM on FOX Sports 1). They'll be lucky to get 100,000 viewers for either of those games.

    BYU’s Thursday primetime game vs. Houston (week 3) and Friday primetime vs. Utah State will both be broadcast on ESPN. Trolls are making it sound like these three BYU games (UCONN, Houston, USU) are the worst possible slots but that’s not even close to the reality. All three of these games (all against non P5 teams) will likely have more television viewers than most or all of Utah’s games.

    FWIW, ESPN is also broadcasting five ACC matchups on their popular Thursday night series this season, including the defending national champions. Sorry Ute fans, but this announcement that BYU is nailing down several ESPN (not ESPN 2, 3 of university) slots is huge in terms of viewers and potential exposure. Go Cougs!

  • evansrichdm west jordan , UT
    June 4, 2014 8:37 p.m.

    Everyone all either talking up or down the whole BYU TV things. I am just glad I can watch there games, not like what it was like in 2009 when most of the games we heard on the radio or had to wait for highlights etc. Now I get to watch all their games and I do not care who they are playing I always have a good time watching. Last I remember sports and football was about having fun, not comparing each others horses so to speak.
    I also do enjoy the Thursday and Friday night games so I can enjoy the rest of the weekend or do some work around the house.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    June 4, 2014 6:59 p.m.

    Vegas, you over-exaggerate. Please site your reference. I see two usu games on ESPN 2, one on ESPN, one on SEC, and two CBS sports. Only ESPN and ESPN2 can really be viewed by anyone, so that is 3 games, far less than the 10 you claim are all over national TV. BYU has 5 on ESPN alone. Sorry, your post is not at all convincing.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    June 4, 2014 6:22 p.m.

    TV exposure is great and BYU has a large independent audience because of the LDS tie in. But having said that, I still get the feeling that most BYU fans would like to see the Cougars with a conference affiliation. There is no question it is a lot of fun competing for a championship and developing rivalries with conference members rather than dealing with a scheduling mishmash of different opponents over the years.

  • USNGary San Diego, CA
    June 4, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    Las Vegas, I don't think USU's games are on ESPN, maybe ESPN3 and those CBS games are hidden like the PAC 12. They are CBSports, not CBS.

  • Sambonethegreat Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    The PAC-12 network is the new Mountain. Aggie and Cougar fans have a lot more to be happy about in terms of TV coverage than the Utes do. Mark it down!

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    June 4, 2014 5:25 p.m.

    I LOVE the Thursday and Friday games. Being one of four or two games being on the television is great for exposure. I wouldn't mind seeing BYU with a BYE week connected play one of the rare Tuesday or Wednesday games.


    BYU highlights are all over ESPN on Saturday afternoons when they play on Thursday or Friday. You should check it out. BEFORE the games they often show the highlights of previous games. At HALFTIME they show the highlights. At the end of the game they show the highlights. Usually the Cougars get two or three minute clips early on in the day, and gradually less as the day winds on. It sure beats having the game played Saturday night with very few repeat exposure. Besides when they play early in the week I can take time and spend it with the family.

  • CougMan San Diego, CA
    June 4, 2014 5:07 p.m.

    @Christopher B,

    Yes, Saturday afternoon would be great but how can you argue with ESPN (yes, ESPN) on Thursday or Friday nights when there's not a dozen other games to compete against. And clearly better than trying to find a game on some obscure PAC-12 channel, which isn't even available in most U.S. households.

  • Las Vegas Aggie Logan, Utah
    June 4, 2014 5:05 p.m.

    Rockwell you need to check your local listing Utah State of the MWC currently has 7 ESPN games 2 CBS games and 1 SEC game all scheduled on National TV with 3 more pending. So I don't think your independence means much as it relates to TV.

    Oh yes 3 of USU games are on Friday including one with the Y and I think 5 more are prime time and the last on Saturday. The days of the mountian went away. It's time to get into the 21st century.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    June 4, 2014 4:44 p.m.

    Why doesn't ESPN show byu on Saturday afternoons?

  • PhilRM Anchorage, AK
    June 4, 2014 4:43 p.m.

    Is the U of U even on T.V. this year?

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    June 4, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    ESPN has been the key to independence. It's nice to be able to see your team, I'm not sure BYU has had this much coverage since KSL tv held the broadcast rights.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    June 4, 2014 4:00 p.m.

    I love the Thursday and Friday night games. Prime time and center stage; looking forward to it!

  • Kaladin Greeley, CO
    June 4, 2014 3:34 p.m.

    Does anyone know how to find ESPN on my carrier? Wait, that's easy, it's standard nationally

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2014 3:27 p.m.

    Our HD truck and broadcast partner make us the most watched college football team in the world.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    June 4, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    It's nice to have ESPN as a partner - when some fans question why BYU went Independent, that's the primary reason, television coverage.

    The MWC still doesn't have a television package that's even close to what BYU has with the World Wide Leader.