PROVO, Utah – After a unique year impacted by COVID-19, the BYU football schedule gets back to what Cougar fans have grown accustomed to during Independence, a lot of Power 5 teams.
The 2021 BYU football schedule features seven teams from power conferences with three making trips to Provo.
Within those games against Power 5 teams, BYU will face some familiar faces in former head coach Bronco Mendenhall and former offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this slate of games isn’t impacted by COVID-19, because this schedule has a lot of intriguing matchups.
Opening a season against Arizona has become a common occurrence in the Kalani Sitake era. This will be the third time under Sitake that BYU has opened a season against the Wildcats. As was the case in 2018, Arizona breaks in a new head coach.
Kevin Sumlin is out. New England Patriots quarterback coach Jedd Fisch is in.
Fisch inherits an Arizona program that finished 2020 with an 0-5 record, and they closed out the abbreviated season with a 70-7 loss to rival Arizona State in the Territorial Cup game.
The Wildcats field zero players on the Pac-12’s All-Conference teams to conclude 2020. This is a big rebuild job for Fisch in Tucson that is going to take time.
If fans are allowed to attend Allegiant Stadium in September, expect a large contingent of BYU fans. BYU has a strong following in Las Vegas and they always come in large numbers for the Cougars.