It’s been a busy 24 hours for the BYU Athletic Department and Tom Holmoe.
First, it was announced yesterday that BYU would make scheduling changes for its football series with the University of Utah.
“Brigham Young University and the University of Utah jointly announced today an extension of the football rivalry series between the two programs, adding four additional games to the current agreement,” a press release from the Athletic Department read. “As part of the extension, the Cougars and Utes have agreed to take a two-year break in 2022 and 2023.”
The decision to take a two-year hiatus from the rivalry stems from the University of Utah’s agreement to schedule a series with a team from the SEC, which many believe to the University of Florida.
That was not the only scheduling change for BYU, however. The University announced this morning that the Cougars have scheduled a home-and-home with two additional schools in the coming seasons. The first being a match-up with Rice, who the Cougars have faced twice before when the schools were members of the Western Athletic Conference. The series is currently tied 1-1 between the two schools.
BYU ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL GAMES WITH CENTRAL FLORIDA AND RICE
— BYU FOOTBALL (@BYUfootball) September 24, 2019
The second series will come against the Central Florida Knights. UCF and BYU have met twice before with BYU winning the teams’ matchup in 2011 while UCF held the advantage in 2014.
The exact dates and locations for each game are as follows:
vs Rice, Sept. 29, 2023, in Provo, Utah
vs Rice, Sept. 27, 2025, in Houston, Texas
vs UCF, Nov. 11, 2023, in Orlando, Florida
vs UCF, Aug. 31, 2024, in Provo, Utah
Kickoff times and broadcast plans for the games will be announced at a later date.
ESPN 960’s Ben Criddle talked with Dave Brown, former Vice President of Programming at ESPN, about the upcoming BYU schedule and who else Cougar fans may see in the coming years.