Old WAC rivals, BYU and Arizona State will once again meet on the football field in 2020 & 2021. The two schools announced the home-and-home agreement on Thursday.
BYU and Arizona State haven’t played each other since 1998. When the 2020 season comes around, it’ll mark 22 years since the last time these two historic programs last met.
Both schools had an agreement to play in the 2009 & 2010 seasons, but that was canceled. The cancellation worked out for BYU though, as it opened the door for the Cougars to play in the Cowboys Classic against Oklahoma in the 2009 season-opener.
Arizona State is one of the better programs within the Pac-12. After USC, there isn’t many programs that are better to schedule in that league than the Sun Devils. And to get a home-and-home is very important for BYU.
When BYU first went into independence, the Cougars didn’t have many games scheduled with teams in the Pac-12. When Pac-12 commissioner, Larry Scott imposed a rule for Pac-12 teams to only play non-conference games within the first four weeks of the season, many felt it was a move to prevent Pac-12 institutions from playing the Cougars. Now that is not the case. The Cougars have a total of 18 games scheduled with six Pac-12 schools between the 2014 and 2025 seasons.
With the new College Football Playoff era upon us, and strength of schedule expected to be a large component who the top teams are, BYU will continue to benefit with scheduling. The Cougars are never going to be a team that hurts an opposing team’s S.O.S. Over 40 years of averaging 8+ wins a season, and being one of the top five programs in wins over the last 40 years says there can be a lot gained from scheduling a program like BYU. Arizona State Head Coach, Todd Graham seems to feel this was a priority for ASU to schedule BYU:
“It has been a priority of ours to schedule a future football series with Brigham Young University. Scheduling is so important to the overall success of a program and this is the type of matchup that we are seeking to fulfill our future openings.”
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