BYU, Utah State Announce Changes to Future Football Series

By Kevin Kelley -
BYU-Utah State

BYU and Utah State will now play each year through 2016. (Douglas C. Pizac-USA TODAY Sports)

The BYU Cougars and the Utah State Aggies have announced changes to their future football series and have added an additional game in 2016.

BYU will travel to face Utah State at Romney Stadium in Logan on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 and Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. The Cougars will then host the Aggies at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 and Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.

The 2015 game was previously set for Oct. 2 at BYU, but was changed to Nov. 28 at Utah State. This balances the series so that the contest is played in Logan in odd years and in Provo in even years. The additional game also makes it a four-game, home-and-home series rather than a two-for-one.

“I appreciate the working relationship I have with Scott Barnes at Utah State,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. “We needed to make some adjustments to our 2014 and 2015 football schedules and in the process were able to add an additional game to the series. Scott has done an outstanding job at USU and is great to work with. We value the longstanding in-state rivalry and look forward to the next four games with Utah State.”

“This is an important scheduling adjustment because it begins a home and home series, which has been our goal, and fills a hole in our home schedule in 2015,” said Utah State Director of Athletics Scott Barnes. “We are excited to keep this historic in-state rivalry going and I appreciate working with BYU Athletics Director Tom Holmoe to get this done now.”

BYU and Utah State have met 82 times in a series that dates back to 1922. The Cougars lead the series 45-34-3 and have won 12 of the last 13 games.

The additional contest against Utah State gives the BYU Cougars six games for the 2016 season. BYU is slated to open the season against Arizona in Glendale and later faces West Virginia in Landover, MD. The Cougars also travel to face Utah, Boise State, and Cincinnati.

BYU is the first announced non-conference game for Utah State for the 2016 season.

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3 Comments to BYU, Utah State Announce Changes to Future Football Series

  1. @CougarCentreSLC said....

    I sense there is some intense political pressure from 47 E. So. Temple on this one where there are some powerful Utah State supporters on the governance board of BYU. BYU will give on this one, but don’t bet on them rejoining the MWC as easily as Craig Thompson loves to speculate.

    July 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm
  2. Brock said....

    This is a great move for Utah State because it gives them an extra home game for free. It’s a decent move for BYU because they get two games against an OK opponent at the end of November, which is a tough week to schedule for.

    July 26, 2013 at 7:37 pm
  3. AggiesandCougs said....

    Stay independent cougars! The MWC stinks! Love the match-up with the Ag’s. Great match-up without all the ridiculous drama generated from the Ute/Coug rivalry.

    July 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm

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