Offseason BYU News

In case you missed it, BYU announced a new addition to LaVell Edwards Stadium that will be in place for the home opener against Washington State on September 9, 2012.  Because of a generous donation from long time partner, Nu Skin, BYU is adding two state-of-the-art LED video walls, one at each end zone, with LED ribbon boards across the top of both end zones.

But more importantly, the school also revealed its completed 2012 football schedule.  I’ll share it here with a few quick thoughts about how it looks.

Cougars Washington State Cougars
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Wildcats Weber State Wildcats
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Utes at Utah Utes
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
Broncos at Boise State Broncos
Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID
Warriors Hawaii Warriors
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Aggies Utah State Aggies
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Beavers Oregon State Beavers
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
Yellow Jackets at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
BYE Week
Vandals Idaho Vandals
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Spartans at San Jose State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, San Jose, CA
Aggies at New Mexico State Aggies
Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM

I like that we start with a seemingly easier schedule this year to ease the team into game playing shape.  Last year starting at Ole Miss, Texas, and home to Utah was a brutal way to ring in independence.  This year we get a rebuilding Washington State with Mike Leach at the helm as well as Weber State to start the season.  We should be better prepared to go into SLC and even Boise in back-to-back weeks with a chance at wins in both games.  Three straight home games will make it interesting for those of us who make the weekly trek to the games, but Hawaii, Utah State, and Oregon State is a good stretch.  Then comes the gauntlet.  Back-to-back roadies at Notre Dame and Georgia Tech will be a tough test for the Cougars and with success should set them up for the rest of the season in the minds of the voters.  A bye week and three WAC teams round out the schedule.  I like cold weather games; they just feel like football.  However, I will be grateful to be only going to one such game in November this year.

Overall, I like this schedule.  It’s a fair bit more balanced than last season’s schedule.  With ESPN partnering with the Cougars again, visibility shouldn’t be an issue.  I’m looking forward to the season.  September 1 cannot get here soon enough.

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