On Bronco Mendenhall’s weekly radio show with Greg Wrubell on KSL 1160, Mendenhall mentioned there is talks about a potential series between BYU and SEC powerhouse, LSU.
Mendenhall also mentioned the desire to play more Big Ten games along with service academies and Boston College.
Whenever you hear Bronco mention the desire to play Big Ten teams, look no farther than Northwestern. That has been a program that Bronco has wanted on the schedule since he came to BYU. There were talks back in 2011 that BYU and Northwestern might play a game at Wrigley Field.
Religious institutions like Boston College and service academies hold a place in Bronco’s heart as well. The schools tend to match the same standards and values as BYU. Logical scheduling opponent. BYU and the Eagles played a two-game series in Mendenhall’s first two seasons as head coach in 2005 and 2006. The Cougars haven’t faced a military academy not named Air Force since Navy in Ty Detmer’s Sophomore season in 1989. The Midshipmen have never came to Provo. BYU did have Army scheduled to a 2-for-1, but the Black Knights backed out after their AD, Kevin Anderson, left for Maryland. Tom Holmoe has mentioned that Anderson owes him a game, so maybe a new series with the Terps is in the pipeline as well?
Back to LSU though. No one knows if there would be a home-and-home or one-and-done with the Bayou Bengals. The two programs did have a series scheduled back in 2003 and 2004. LSU backed out due to “SEC commitments” (yes, the same excuse Alabama gave BYU in 1996) and BYU ended up scheduling Boise State instead.
In BYU’s storied history, the Cougars have faced teams from the SEC five times (not including match ups with Texas A&M as they were part of SWC or Big XII). BYU is 2-3 all-time in those games, and only one was in Provo. A game against Mississippi State in 2000.
If Tom Holmoe and BYU can land a home-and-home with LSU, would be one of the biggest scheduling coups in the programs history.
The best part about a potential LSU series, getting the chance to meet “Da Future”. If you’re not familiar with Tiger Bait, get familiar.