BYU traditionally schedules a challenging, well-balanced and nationally recognized schedule, and as an independent the Cougars will continue to do so. Over the years, BYU has earned victories over top-ranked Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Penn State, California, Texas A&M, Virginia, Mississippi State, Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, Kansas State and Oregon State -- just to name a few. BYU played teams from the ACC, PAC 12, Big 12, Mountain West and Conference USA in 2012. Continuing the tradition of scheduling nationally recognized programs, the Cougars will face off against Virginia, Texas, Utah, Georgia Tech, Houston, Boise State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Nevada, among others, in 2013.
BYU is a national program with opportunities to play against other top schools in the country, including future series against Texas, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, Utah, West Virginia and Nebraska.
BYU signed an exclusive eight-year agreement with ESPN to broadcast their football games. With the announcement of the pact with ESPN came the announcement that BYU has signed a six-year agreement to play Notre Dame and a home-and-home agreement to play Texas in the coming seasons.
BYU was featured on one of the ESPN networks nine times in 2012, including five games on ESPN, two on ESPN2, one on ESPNU and one on ABC, along with two road games on ESPN3 (online).
BYU opponents have included every team in the Pac-12, all but one member of the Big 12, six teams from the Big Ten (including Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin), five teams from the ACC (including Boston College, Florida State and Miami), three teams from the SEC (including Alabama and Georgia), three members of the Big East (including Louisville and Pittsburgh), and independents Notre Dame and Navy.