BYU Football is going to have to trim down their schedule to only three or four non conference games once they enter the Big 12.
The days of playing in at least an NFL stadium, an SEC stadium and a field in every time zone all in the same season are coming to an end. The Cougars have also had a lot of big name programs come to Provo since going Independent. This was one of the few great parts about Independence. All of that is coming to a streaking halt after next season however when the Cougars enter the Big 12.
Once that happens, it is most likely that the Cougars will play one big P5 team either on the road or at home, a G5 at home and an FCS school also at home. In other words, outside of the Big 12 foes, the Cougars will be visiting maybe three stadiums in a four year period.
That may be a bit different in the first few years of Big 12 play as the Cougars are already scheduled to play at least three games just about every year between now and 2030. For example, it is very possible that in 2023 the Cougars will face Arkansas and Tennessee in the same year.
The bottom line though is that BYU is going to have to get rid of a bunch of games. Following (in general) the P5, G5, FCS scheduling model (with a potential fourth game), here are the games BYU Football absolutely should keep as they enter the Big 12.
In this scenario, I will not be looking at any potential crazy scenarios like rescheduling games to another season or scheduling a game against a team like Alabama or Georgia.