BYU announces finalized 2018 football schedule

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  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 25, 2018 8:01 a.m.

    cjd1 - Draper, UT
    Jan. 24, 2018 11:32 p.m.

    5-7 and no bowl. Why even bother watching the games this year.
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    Because you support your team/program, enjoy college football and pull for your team through thick and thin?

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    Jan. 24, 2018 11:32 p.m.

    5-7 and no bowl. Why even bother watching the games this year.

  • SIMPLICITY Denver, CO
    Jan. 24, 2018 8:04 p.m.

    This season will result in one of two things in Provo:

    1-Sitake will be fired as Cougar brass and fans demand better

    2-Cougar brass and fans accept the fact that they are just this good. A .500 team at best unless they schedule mcneese st, hawaii, umass, lone peak and northestern south dakota state.

  • burningblue Provo, UT
    Jan. 24, 2018 3:55 p.m.

    6-6 until the Cougs prove they're better than that.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 24, 2018 3:31 p.m.

    I'm going with 7-5.

  • Mountainman38 Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 24, 2018 2:10 p.m.

    This BYU lineup appears to be a more difficult schedule than 2017. They defeated only one of the teams on their 2018 schedule, Hawaii. Their chances of beating Arizona, Washington, Utah, Wisconsin and Boise State on the road are not likely. The home game against Cal is a tossup at best and Cal probably will be favored.

    Some of the other opponents are not exactly "gimmes." Last year the Cougs lost to both Utah State and UMass (in Provo). Northern Illinois is no pushover either. Last year they went to a bowl game and defeated Nebraska in Lincoln. McNeese State is one of the better teams in Division 1-AA, and light years better than 2017 opponent, Portland State (one of the worst teams in 1-AA). Even New Mexico State is on the upswing and went to a bowl game. So that leaves Hawaii as a "sure" victory. If Coach Sitake can squeeze six victories out of this schedule, then he has done an excellent job. But less than that probably will cost him his HC position. And another loss to either Utah State and/or UMass definitely would put him in the fired category unless he knocked off one of the big boys and/or Utah.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 24, 2018 1:57 p.m.

    4 out of the first 5 are brutal, then at the tail end to finish at BSU and at Utah. Daunting; I applaud the effort for putting together a tough, balanced schedule.

  • Jello is Good ,
    Jan. 24, 2018 1:04 p.m.

    I say 6-6 to 7-5. I expect this team to be much tougher focusing more on defense and a running game. They got rid of a QB for an OC that made his bones throwing the ball and replaced him with a lineman/OC that comes from a run-focused offense. It's not hard to figure out the direction.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Jan. 24, 2018 12:28 p.m.

    I say 6-6. I think they beat McNeese, Utah St, Hawaii, Northern Illinois, UMass, and New Mexico St.

    And that's a best case scenario, I'm afraid. Maybe they pull of a win over Cal at home, but I'm not counting on it.

    That's judging the team off last season's story, however. We won't have really any idea if the new coaches can really improve things until September 1.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2018 11:57 a.m.

    Sadly, I'm thinking the Cougars go 3 - 9. Wonder who next years scapegoat will be....