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. 

During football independence from 2011 to 2022, BYU will have faced 71 different teams from 35 different states, representing every FBS conference as well as Notre Dame and other fellow independent programs. The Cougars will have played 55 games against Power 5 conference opponents in that span and been matched up in 13 games in 10 different NFL stadiums. BYU will have traveled to 27 different states for games while totaling nearly 100,000 miles of travel (approx. 96,076 miles by end of 2022). 

BYU will transition to membership in the Big 12 Conference in 2023. 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
         
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
  Neutral Site Notre Dame Allegiant Stadium Las Vegas, Nevada
         
2023 Home
Boise State
UNLV
Rice
Southern Utah
LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
  Away

USC
Virginia
Houston
Arkansas
UCF
 

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

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

2024 Home

UCF
Georgia Southern
Nevada
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
 
LaVell Edwards Stadium Provo, Utah
  Away Hawaii
Boise State
Rice
Fresno State

Aloha Stadium
Albertsons Stadium
Rice Stadium
Bulldog Stadium

Honolulu, Hawaii
Boise, Idaho
Houston, Texas
Fresno, California
2026 Home

Arizona
Boise State
South Florida

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
  Away Utah (Sept. 7) *rescheduled 2020 game Rice-Eccles Stadium Salt Lake City, 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