BYU football: Cougars schedule home-and-home with Liberty

BYU football announced a home-and-home series with Liberty University with games scheduled for 2019 and 2022.

BYU football made some scheduling announcements over the weekend.

The 2019 game will take place in Provo while the return trip to Lynchburg, Virginia, will take place in 2022.

The Cougars and the Flames have never met in football. Liberty became a Division I independent this year after 15 years in the Big South Conference.

The 2019 game completes BYU schedule for that season, which looks impressive at first glance.

2019 BYU football schedule (home games in bold):

August

  • 29: Utah

September

  • 7: at Tennessee
  • 14: USC
  • 21: Washington
  • 28: at Toledo

October

  • 5: BYE
  • 12: at Washington State
  • 19: Boise State
  • 26: BYE

November

  • 2: at Utah State
  • 9: Liberty
  • 16: Idaho State
  • 23: at UMass
  • 30: at San Diego State

December

  • Bowl: Hawaii Bowl versus AAC opponent

 

Another front-heavy schedule features three games against the Pac-12 and one against the SEC.

November gives us five-straight weeks of football, although the competition drops off significantly.

The 2022 game in Virginia joins a schedule that has games at Utah, Oregon, Boise State and Stanford with a home game against USF and a to-be-determined game with Baylor.

BYU football fits into the Pac-12’s November schedule for 2022 and 2023 as Notre Dame plays USC or Stanford, giving the conference 13 teams for the week. BYU comes to balance the odd number, playing the team without Notre Dame on the docket.

As far as BYU football fans are concerned, the matchup with Liberty won’t really move the meter and generate excitement. However, it was a nice gesture by Tom Holmoe and Co. to do the home-and-home.

But that leaves some rolling their eyes. After all, how can you be considered a Power Five school if you don’t act like it?