I call your attention to this article: http://www.loyalcougars.com/2015/01/23/byu-football/6510-wait-a-minute-could-this-independence-thing-actually-work/
I think this article has a rational approach to our scheduling. But there is caution also (a quote form this article): “BYU has great things coming. It is building something. BYU hasn’t put together an exceptional year on the field in independence yet and it’s going to need to if it wants that something to get built and be able to continue to stand on its own.”
I think if Bronco cannot muster 9 or more wins next season (even with a harder schedule) then someone else (yes, who would that be?) needs to give the HC position a shot. And yes, money is one of several factors to get someone in here as HC that can garner 9 to 11 wins a year (with an occasional sprinkling of 12 wins) achieve national respect and relevance.