Previewing the 2021 BYU Football Schedule
Before COVID-19, BYU was preparing to play a 2020 schedule that would be one of the most difficult in program history. Its original schedule included three teams (Utah, Arizona State, Stanford) from the Pac-12, two teams (Michigan State, Minnesota) from the Big Ten, and one team (Missouri) from the SEC. In addition, it was set to travel to Boise State to play on the blue turf.
The schedule that took years to organize, however, crumbled in a matter of weeks. First the games against the Big Ten were canceled, then the Pac-12. One domino after another fell until BYU had four games left on the original schedule.
Assuming BYU is able to play their original 2021 schedule, they will face seven P5 teams next season. Here is a quick preview of BYU's 2021 schedule:
vs Arizona - Thursday Sep. 2
BYU will take on Arizona in the new Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders. Arizona is coming off an 0-5 season in which they fired head coach Kevin Sumlin. This will be the coaching debut for new Arizona coach Jedd Fisch.
Utah - Saturday Sep. 11
BYU hosts rival Utah at home. BYU will have another chance to end the streak.
Arizona State - Saturday Sep. 18
BYU will face a third PAC-12 South opponent in as many weeks when they host Arizona State on September 18th.
USF - Friday Sep. 24
BYU will play their third-straight home game against USF on September 24th.
@ Utah State - Friday Oct. 1
BYU will travel to Utah State to take on head coach Blake Anderson for the first time.
Boise State - Saturday Oct. 9
BYU will try to win their third-straight game against Boise State next season. Boise State will also feature a new head coach - former head coach Bryan Harsin was hired by Auburn this week.
@ Baylor - Saturday Oct. 16
BYU will travel to Baylor for their first of three-straight P5 games late in the season. BYU fans have wanted more meaningful games late in the season - that is exactly what the 2021 schedule will provide.
@ Washington State - Saturday Oct. 23
BYU will travel to Pullman to take on Washington State.
Virginia - Saturday Oct. 30
Bronco Mendenhall returns to Lavell Edwards Stadium to take on his former team.
Idaho State - Saturday Nov. 13
After nine very difficult games to start the season, BYU will finally get a little breather against Idaho State.
@ Georgia Southern - Saturday Nov. 20
BYU takes on Georgia Southern for the first time in program history.
@ USC - Saturday Nov. 27
A regular season finale in the Coliseum? Yes, you read that right. BYU will travel to USC to take on the Trojans.
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