Independence and Future Opponents

When BYU announced it was going independent in football, one of the driving forces was an opportunity for national exposure through a partnership with ESPN and BYU Broadcasting. The Cougars also sought better access to television games for its national fan base and the opportunity to schedule high-profile opponents. To this point, this past season while going 11-1 to finish No. 11 in the final polls, BYU appeared on an ESPN network 10 times (ESPN six games, ESPN2 three games, ESPNU once) with its two additional games also being broadcast on national channels, Fox Sports 1 and BYUtv.  

Over the past 10 seasons since embarking on football independence in 2011, BYU has faced 63 different teams from 35 different states, representing every FBS conference as well as Notre Dame and other fellow independent programs. BYU has played 43 games against Power 5 conference opponents in that span and has nearly 40 future matchups already scheduled entering the 2021 season with teams from the P5 leagues.  

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Below is a year-by-year breakdown of the announced opponents (in no particular order) on future BYU football schedules:

FUTURE OPPONENTS
YEAR HOME/AWAY/NEUTRAL OPPONENT STADIUM LOCATION
         
2021 Home Arizona State
Boise State
Virginia
Utah
South Florida
Idaho State
 
LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
  Away

USC
Baylor
Washington State
Georgia Southern
Utah State

LA Memorial Coliseum
McLane Stadium
Martin Stadium
Paulson Stadium
Maverik Stadium

Los Angeles, California
Waco, Texas
Pullman, Washington
Statesboro, Georgia
Logan, Utah

  Neutral site Arizona Allegiant Stadium Las Vegas, Nevada
         
2022 Home

Baylor
East Carolina
Wyoming
Arkansas
Utah State
Dixie State

LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
  Away Boise State
Stanford
Oregon
South Florida
Liberty

Albertsons Stadium
Stanford Stadium
Autzen Stadium
Raymond James Stadium
Williams Stadium

Boise, Idaho
Stanford, California
Eugene, Oregon
Tampa, Florida
Lynchburg, Virginia
         
2023 Home Tennessee
Boise State
South Florida
UNLV
Rice
Southern Utah
LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
  Away

USC
Virginia
Houston
Arkansas
UCF
Utah State

LA Memorial Coliseum
Scott Stadium
TDECU Stadium
Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium
Spectrum Stadium
Maverik Stadium

Los Angeles, California
Charlottesville, Virginia
Houston, Texas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Orlando, Florida
Logan, Utah

2024 Home

UCF
Utah State
Georgia Southern
Hawaii
Dixie State

LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
  Away East Carolina
NC State
UNLV
Wyoming
Utah
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Carter-Finley Stadium
Las Vegas Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Rice-Eccles Stadium
Greenville, N.C.
Raleigh, N.C.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Laramie, Wyoming
Salt Lake City, Utah
2025 Home Stanford
Virginia
Minnesota
LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
  Away Hawaii
Boise State
Utah State
Rice
Fresno State

Aloha Stadium
Albertsons Stadium
Maverik Stadium
Rice Stadium
Bulldog Stadium

Honolulu, Hawaii
Boise, Idaho
Logan, Utah
Houston, Texas
Fresno, California
2026 Home Arizona
Boise State
Utah State
LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
  Away Stanford
Troy
Stanford Stadium
Veterans Memorial Stadium
Stanford, California
Troy, Alabama
2027 Away Arizona
Boise State
Arizona Stadium
Albertsons Stadium
Tucson, Arizona
Boise, Idaho
  Home Fresno State LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
2028 Home Ole Miss
Boise State
LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
  Away Stanford Stanford Stadium Stanford, California
2029 Home Stanford LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
  Away Ole Miss
Boise State
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
Albertsons Stadium
Oxford, Mississippi
Boise, Idaho
2030 Home NC State
Boise State
LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
2031 Home Stanford LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
  Away Boise State Albertsons Stadium Boise, Idaho
2032 Home Michigan State
Boise State
Army
LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
  Away Arizona State Sun Devil Stadium Tempe, Arizona
2033 Away Boise State Albertsons Stadium Boise, Idaho
2034 Home

Boise State

LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
2035 Home Stanford
Missouri
LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah