BYU 2013 Football Schedule

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On Monday, Tom Holmoe presented the final version of the 2013 BYU football schedule on BYUtv.  As most of these games have been scheduled or known about for some time now, there weren’t any surprises.  The schedule represents one of the best, if not the best schedule ever in BYU football history and the home slate promises to be a buffet of whose who in college football this year. (H/T to fbSchedules.com for the schedule format.)

Date   Opponent
Saturday
08/31/13
at Virginia Cavaliers
Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA
Saturday
09/07/13
Texas Longhorns
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Saturday
09/14/13
Open Date
Saturday
09/21/13
Utah Utes
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Friday
09/27/13
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Friday
10/04/13
at Utah State Aggies
Romney Stadium, Logan, UT
Saturday
10/12/13
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Saturday
10/19/13
at Houston Cougars
Site TBA, Houston, TX
Saturday
10/26/13
Boise State Broncos
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Saturday
11/02/13
Open Date
Saturday
11/09/13
at Wisconsin Badgers
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Saturday
11/16/13
Idaho State Bengals
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Saturday
11/23/13
at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
Saturday
11/30/13
at Nevada Wolf Pack
Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV

Let me just quickly point out some of the highlights, at least as I see them.

Opening on the road in Virginia is a great start.  It’s a game against a BCS-caliber team in the ACC that should be a very winnable road game.  I like the idea of opening on the road because these guys will have been together beating on each other for much of the month prior to kick off and going on the road with the knowledge that they finally get to beat on someone else should help bring this team together.

Anyway you slice it; getting Texas into Provo is a huge win for the Cougars.  Two years ago, the team nearly beat the Longhorns on the road and this will be a very good early season test for the team.

A bye week after the Texas game will allow the team to look at any miscues and struggles and fix the issues as well as add a few extra days to the game prep for Utah, who, by the way, will be dealing with Oregon State at home while the Cougars are home resting and prepping.

This is the year the Cougars have to beat the Utes . . . at nearly any cost.  No more excuses, no more failings.  The home crowd will not put up with that kind of garbage anymore.  The BYU defense will still be stout while the offense should be improved.  The BYU home fans deserve a win here.

After hosting Middle Tennessee State, the Cougars venture up to Logan where the last visit resulted in the Aggies first win over the Cougars in a long time.  They will be working through a changing of the guard at head coach, but they still have Chuckie Keeton, who, until proven otherwise, is the best quarterback in the state.  His dynamic dual-threat ability will make it hard for the Cougars to get the win, but either way, it will be a great game.  Both MTSU and USU will be Friday night games; both likely to be on the ESPN family.

Georgia Tech is another great get for Provo as the Cougars will host an ACC team this season as well.  BYU may have man-handled them in Atlanta last season, but they were no slouch for much of the rest of the season and will provide an entertaining game for the fans to watch.

Heading to Houston won’t be the most glamorous of destinations this season, but it’s a good middle of the season roadie for the team in October.  Plus, the team always needs some time to play in Texas to work on the recruiting.

Boise State comes to Provo and is bound to score more than seven points this time so the Cougars will need to step up their game.  BYU hasn’t had a win over the Broncos in as long as I can remember and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of my Boise-loving relatives made the trip down here.  They talked some trash last year; I’ll look forward to repaying the favor this year.  Don’t be surprised if this game ends up on Friday night; it’s a good game for a Friday night.

BYU’s second bye is at the perfect time to start off November.  Having the two weeks in three roadies against some of the cream of the college football crop will be tough and having the break right before will be a welcome chance to recharge for the rest of the season before heading to Camp Randall to face Gary Anderson and the Badgers of Wisconsin.  If I was travelling out of Utah to a game this year, I’d go see Camp Randall.

Thank you to Idaho State for performing their role as punching bag for our back ups and giving the home fans something to watch in person one more time.  It will be a chance to make any last tweaks before heading to South Bend again to face the recently-humiliated Fighting Irish.  This too will be a great game.

Finally, the nod to Kyle Van Noy by scheduling a road game in his home town is a very nice gesture by the administration and should be a very entertaining way to close the season and begin to prepare for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl later in December.

What do you think of the schedule?  Which road game(s) are you most likely to try and make it to?

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