The Biggest question should be:
Is it more important to win vs Arizona, Cal, Wisconsin, Washington,
Utah, or even Boise State, or——
Is it more important not to lose to:
FCS Mc Neese State, Utah State, Hawaii, Northern Illinois, U-Mass,
New Mexico, or even Boise State.
Last season, losing to U-Mass, makes this comparison very important.
Would the thrill of beating a P5 or ranked team, be more positive than the negative humilitation experience of losing to teams ranked 100 or worse?
It seems like the best solution would be not to program teams ranked below
65. This could be balanced by not playing teams consistantly ranked in the top
40. Our goal should be to schedule those P5 teams consistantly ranked between 40 and 65. This is the area where we could agree that it is the most important to win vs the best teams we play.
I use the magical number of 65 because it is half of the 130 Division 1 teams in the Nation. While it is not always the case, P5 teams should be expected to be in the top half of the teams in the nation, while the bottom half should be expected to be the G5 teams. If BYU wants to be considered an Independent P5 team, we should schedule like a successful P5 team. Once we learn how to play a P5 schedule, we could at that time, raise the bar in our programing. Right now, we are only kidding ourselves scheduling vs Wisconsin and Washington and next season vs USC. It is fun scheduling the big names, but not realistic. It is not realistic scheduling the FCS and/or the celler dwellers among the G5 and still have the football world think of us as a P5 Independent