By a margin of 55% to 45%, Brigham Young Cougars fans voted, “yes” they shared BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe’s optimism about the 2013 and 2014 schedules.
In this case, I fall on the pessimistic side.
As a reminder, Tom Holmoe’s optimistic view is that, he thinks “our 2013 and 2014 schedules are good. I say they are better than any schedule BYU has ever played.” I will give him the benefit of the doubt that he was using a little hyperbole on that last part.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not one who constantly bemoans the upcoming schedule. Nor am I trying to say 2013 and 2014 will be worse than the first two years of independence. I think they will be better, but not substantially so that the portion of the fan base that is presently concerned will stop fretting about future independent schedules.
Holmoe is setting high expectations, and no matter how good these schedules are I don’t think they will measure up.
With that being said, based on the information available, BYU has made public seven, possibly eight, opponents from both 2013 and 2014. Here is the quick list:
2013—Texas, Hawaii, Utah State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Boise State, Notre Dame, and maybe Washington State.
2014—Texas, Houston, Utah State, Hawaii, Boise State, Southern Miss, UCF, and maybe Notre Dame.
Based on what we know, BYU has two or three marquee opponents, two or three quality opponents, and two other opponents. This is a good start. How good or bad these schedules end up will depend on who those remaining four or five opponents are. If three or more are quality or marquee opponents, then the schedules will be good.
Thank you to everyone who voted, don’t forget to vote in this week’s poll: “Does Terrence Brown have a future in the NFL?”
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