Nevada punts BYU from 2008 schedule

BYU was suppose to open the season with a game against a top tier WAC opponent, until Nevada decided to bump the Cougars for a home date with Grambling State. The Deseret News broke the story on this bombshell. This same thing happened to Wyoming for next season when Syracuse backed out of their contract and must pay Wyoming $250,000, but at least Syracuse let Wyoming know a year in advance unlike Nevada who gave the Cougars an 8 month notice.  Nevada claims that they want to have a competitive non conference schedule, the other games included Texas Tech, Missouri, and UNLV.  So with BYU their schedule was pretty tough, but it they wanted to get out why not reschedule back in August or something.  Now BYU is looking for a new home game for Aug 30th, there has been talk of bringing in Florida State who has an open date and the fact that BYU is heading to Tallahassee in 2009 so this might work.  One thing BYU should try to avoid is scheduling another I-AA for a gimme  home game, but instead they should try to schedule teams from BCS conferences, but play the lower teams for easy wins against teams like Baylor, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Stanford.  Because those teams are from a BCS league that would be more impressive then beating I-AA and for some reason some even better then a team like Nevada even though Nevada is probably better then those teams I mentioned.  This method of scheduling, if possible, would help the league with almost for sure wins and they would help the strength of schedule.  This is exactly what the Missouri Valley Conference does in basketball, by playing teams in power leagues that are mid or near bottom where if they win it helps their RPI because of the league the other team plays in.  Plus if they were to lose it would not damage their RPI.  This is what BYU and the MWC needs to do this allows them to schedule wins but also not be ridiculed for playing Eastern Washington or Weber State.   As for teams for BYU to play I will see what I can find who would be good replacements for BYU


5 Responses

  1. I completely disagree with you on who BYU should schedule. As Bronco himself mentioned, what incentive does BYU have for scheduling a difficult non-conference schedule? Did you pay attention at all to the teams awarded BCS bowls? Two stand out as having weak non-conference schedules: Kansas and Hawaii. 2/3rds of the BCS formula is purely based on polling, which is extremely biased to just winning out your games (see Hawaii). All BYU has to do is schedule patsies, win their games, and they are in. Simple…

  2. Dan that may have worked this year, but pollsters are going to think twice about voting teams into a position to be considered for a BCS game or the title game (see Ohio State) I am not suggesting that they go out and try to schedule USC, Texas, or Oklahoma. They should not be scheduling I-AA teams or even teams like Idaho, La. Tech, or low level teams from the WAC. Utah State is an exception because its a local game and it is tied to a hoops series as well. They should be playing teams they know they can beat but be from a BCS league, very similar to what the Missouri Valley does in hoops. They should try to play teams from the Big 10 like Minnesota, Indian, or go play Southern Miss, Fresno State, Iowa State, and teams that are from BCS leagues but games that are winnable and teams from respected conferences. I can guarantee to you right now that the next team that tries to get into the BCS from a non auto league will need to do what Utah did to get a sniff and that is blow opponents out. If BYU schedules all patsies they will not get in and the same can be said toward the title game with Ohio State who scheduled every school in Ohio non conference games. Go check out for more insight on this topic.

  3. BYU did schedule a 1-aa team. What is that gonna do? Not prepare them for the mwc schedule where they have to go to TCU and UTAH, where they WILL (mark my words) lose because those are both two bcs caliber teams who will be prepared. Maybe they should focus on winning the conference before they talk about bcs. Classic cocky byu fans….

  4. What, BYU lose to TCU and Utah, yeah right. What an idiot! Yeah, if this was basketball maybe I could agree with you. Wait, come to think of it BYU has trumped both TCU and Utah the last two years in both sports. Either way, playing in SLC doesn’t bother BYU, and if you look at their winning history against Utah they have won more games in SLC than in Provo against Utah. As for TCU, it’s the classic over ranked Texas team. TCU has never been good, and they never will!

  5. Yeah, they played another I-AA team and it was a gimme home game. Saying BYU isn’t a BCS caliber team after they’ve owned the MWC the last 2 years is a pretty big joke though.

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