BYU Football: Can BYU lose a game and still play in a NY6

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Oct 1, 2021; Logan, Utah, USA; Brigham Young Cougars running back Tyler Allgeier (25) is pursued by Utah State Aggies linebacker Kevin Meitzenheimer (33) during the third quarter at Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

BYU Football was ranked 10th in the AP Top 25 this past weekend.

While hardly anyone was really talking about the chances of BYU going 12-0 or even 11-1 coming into this season, the few voices who were said that an 11-1 BYU Football team would qualify for a New Year Six.

Is that still true? Unfortunately, it isn’t looking like it will be. Like every season, things never stack up how they are projected to. BYU is a perfect example of this. Only one AP voter had the Cougars in the AP Top 25 before the season started, and yet here we are.

To say that BYU would make a New Year Six Bowl with even one loss would likely mean that the normal candidates (Clemson, Notre Dame, and Ohio State who all currently have losses) would do what they normally do and take up the spots they normally take. Amongst other aspects, that has not happened, opening up and also closing different doors of possibilities of how the season will shakeout.

The first is the strength of BYU’s schedule.

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