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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 2:30 am    Post subject: The Curious Case of BYU Football Reply with quote

But coming after the SEC and the ACC announced BYU would not count as a Big Five team in their new scheduling philosophies, such a move by BYU's old MWC mates is sure to heighten concerns in Provo.

The Mountain West is evaluating its scheduling philosophy regarding BYU, commissioner Craig Thompson told CBSSports.com on Monday.

Mountain West schools play BYU 20 times in the next six years, an average of 3.33 per season beginning in 2014.

At issue for the moment is whether scheduling BYU helps or hurts the Mountain West. The answer varies from school to school. Fresno State plays USC and Nebraska this season. The Bulldogs probably would have had no interest in adding BYU.

Troubled in part with the Mountain West's TV visibility, BYU announced the ESPN deal in 2010 to go independent. The cable giant reportedly pays BYU between $800,00-$1.3 million per home game. On the high end, that's as much as the school was earning per season in the Mountain West.


BYU is the last big fish in purgatory since Notre Dame agreed to the partnership with the ACC. Yes, I do consider them a big program. They arent on the same tier as a Alabama, Florida State, or USC, but I consider them a top 30 program, close to other schools like Washington, Iowa, and Ole Miss.

They could be in a very tough spot in a couple of years. They arent considered a top 5 team by the SEC and ACC, and those two conferences usually have at least one team each that plays BYU every year. If larger Mountain West programs decide that its in their best interest not to play BYU, then they could lose games against Boise State, or even a San Diego State. Notre Dame is partnered with the ACC, so they might not have availability in the future, and Navy is joining the AAC, so another independent will be gone.

BYU wont join a conference that isnt a top 5 conference since they are getting more money from ESPN than they would ever see if they were in a smaller conference. The Big 12 could be their only hope, but the conference seems content now, and is worried about the travel to Utah since they lost Colorado(which doesnt make sense since West Virginia is in the conference).

BYU will always have their games against Utah State, and Utah, and will probably be able to add another game or two against Pac 12 foes, but we could see them forced to play a good number of games against teams from the Sun Belt, or even teams from 1-AA, and as a college football fan, thats not something I want because like I said, BYU is a very good program, with tons of football history.


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