BYU Football Schedule 2016: 5 Keys For The Cougars

    The 2016 BYU schedule is as brutal as any in college football. Life as an independent isn't all that easy with a slate like this.

    March 27, 2016

    The 2016 BYU schedule is as brutal as any in college football. Life as an independent isn’t all that easy with a slate like this.

    2016 BYU Cougars Football Schedule

    Sept. 3 at Arizona (in Glendale)
    Sept. 10 at Utah
    Sept. 17 UCLA
    Sept. 24 West Virginia
    Sept. 30 Toledo
    Oct. 8 at Michigan State
    Oct. 14 Mississippi State
    Oct. 20 at Boise State
    Oct. 29 OPEN DATE
    Nov. 5 at Cincinnati
    Nov. 12 Southern Utah
    Nov. 19 Massachusetts
    Nov. 26 Utah State

    5 Keys To The Schedule

    – Are you out of your FREAKING mind? Who puts together a schedule like this? The Cougars start out playing three Pac-12 teams with trips to Arizona and Utah, along with a home game against UCLA, and it doesn’t get any easier. This isn’t a way to break in a new coaching staff.

    – On the plus side, the Holy War against Utah – which was a bear of a bowl game last season – resumes in the regular season in the second game of the year. It’s a road trip, but not really. With the game at Utah State to close things out, the Cougars will get their shot to print up State Champion t-shirts with two big rivalry wins.

    – Can BYU own home field? With so many brutal road games, and Mississippi State and UCLA coming to LaVell Edwards, there can’t be any misses in Provo.

    – How’s this for three road trips in a four game stretch? At Michigan State, at Boise State, and at Cincinnati, with Mississippi State the home oasis. Yippee. On the plus side, the season closes out with three straight relatively easy home games against Southern Utah, UMass and Utah State.

    – WATCH OUT FOR … the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. That’s the bowl the Cougars are locked into if they don’t make the College Football Playoff. With this schedule, making that trip to Qualcomm would be a major achievement.

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