Pac-12 football scheduling: BYU’s move to the Big 12 could be highly problematic

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Pac-12 football scheduling: BYU’s move to the Big 12 could be highly problematic

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https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/01/25/ ... oblematic/

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“Internally, BYU moving to the Big 12 presents us with significant scheduling issues,” said Merton Hanks, the Pac-12’s senior associate commissioner and chief of football operations.
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One source indicated the potential loss of the Cougars as a frequent opponent is part of the larger discussion on the future of Pac-12 scheduling strategy.
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The Cougars are an ideal opponent for Pac-12 programs because of their proximity, the quality of the competition and their ability to sell tickets in opposing stadiums.

In some ways, they have played the role of a conference member, all while wanting — but being denied — entry into the league.

(Their flexibility also has provided Stanford and USC with an end-of-season opponent when they don’t host Notre Dame on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.)

The paucity of non-conference options that make sense for the Pac-12 competitively and geographically — the vast majority of Group of Five schools are in the eastern half of the country — would make future scheduling even more difficult if BYU is no longer an option.
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Games currently under contract with the Cougars, starting in 2023, and their status:

Arizona
at BYU: 2026
vs. BYU: 2027
Status: Still scheduled

Stanford
vs. BYU: 2026, 2028
at BYU: 2025, 2029, 2031, 2035
Status: The Cardinal has “opened lines of communication with BYU as they prepare to join the Big 12,” according to a spokesperson. In addition, Stanford has contacted BYU about the need to reschedule the 2020 game that was lost to COVID.

USC
vs. BYU: 2023
Status: The late November game is unlikely to be played, according to a conference source.

Utah
vs: BYU: 2024, 2026, 2028, 2030
at BYU: 2025, 2027
Status: The Utes confirmed the game contracts include an opt-out clause for BYU but said they have not yet been contacted about changes.


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Re: Pac-12 football scheduling: BYU’s move to the Big 12 could be highly problematic

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I would say cancel all of the games. There is no need to help them out.


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