From an historical perspective, I love the idea of playing Utah State much more often than we have in the last many years - they were our rival for decades prior to the Edwards era at BYU. From a personal perspective, I have been to many games in Logan, and enjoyed every one. It’s a beautiful location, a convenient drive, and a fan base that is once again regaining some hope for the future - Go Aggies! (except when you’re playing the Utes).
From an historical and regional perspective, I would like to keep playing BYU. I’m less interested in maintaining this relationship as I personally think the rivalry has become so toxic that it is not only counter productive, but provides a significant negative to each of these communities. I’m sure my opinion is in the minority on this board, but I’d be happy if we had a decade apart from The Y. Assuming that we cannot rid ourselves of the horde from the south, I’ll propose a future that includes BYU.
We have 3 non-conference games every year, and spend, to my way of thinking, too many of those games invested in local programs. (There are probably financial and governmental considerations/pressures of which I am not aware or considering, but I cannot consider what I do not know.)
If I controlled Utah football scheduling, I would schedule non-conference games in the following manner going forward:
- one non-conference game, against a lower division team, i.e. Weber State, Idaho State, etc.
- one, historical in-state rivalry game, either BYU/Utah St. with the following conditions:
a. we play BYU home/away alternating, or 2 home for 1 away, if we can negotiate it,
b. we play USU 2 home/1 away - order of appearances, at Utah’s discretion,
- a significant nationally recognized P5 team to test our abilities,
If Utah’s program continues on it’s current trajectory, this would seem reasonable from our perspective, Utah State’s, and possibly BYU’s - who knows what would seem reasonable from the perspective of the Team Down South. They will be going into a former, but diminished P5 conference soon, and may think that affords them some equality with Utah. Perhaps another 9 out of 10 losing record head to head will squash that misconception. Probably not.