While the rush of college commitments continues to run on with Signing Day here in full force, programs are avidly working on restructuring their schedule for the future.
The most recent move pits Arizona and BYU in a home and home series that will take place in 2026 and 2027. First, BYU will host Arizona in September of 2026 and then the Cougars will repay the visit the following year. The scheduling move comes as no surprise as the two sides had already agreed to square off in a three game in 2016 and 2018 last year, and today, announced the future series as well as the decision to move the 2020 game in Provo to Las Vegas in 2021.
In the ever changing landscape of college football, its imperative for independent teams such as BYU to schedule difficult opponents- like Arizona- and this mutual relationship could pay off for both sides as the two teams attempt to qualify for the College Football Playoff. Still, the match up is extremely integral to BYU’s future success, and its essential the Cougars are able to maintain strong relationships with Pac-12 and Big 12 opponents. BYU already has scheduled future games with Michigan State, West Virginia, Michigan, LSU, Wisconsin, USC, Virginia, Stanford, Washington and more. It is these games that will provide the Cougars a chance to prove themselves on a larger scale while also looking ahead to the future.
The two programs are both coming off of exceptional 2014 campaigns as the Wildcats reached the Pac-12 championship, and the Cougars fell in the Miami Beach Bowl. Still, both schools have areas in much need of improvement, and restructuring their future schedules to feature quality opponents bodes well for their ability to win over CFP voters
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