Last year and from the start of their football career, Liberty has been an FCS team.
This is the first year, and as an Independent, they are now among the G5 Independent Ranks.
We were favored to win Toledo by 17 points but instead struggled to come out with a 7 point win at Provo.
Toledo proved to be a better team than we expected. We proved to be not as good of a team as we thought we were following the Boise State and Utah State games.
At Liberty, there is no shortage of money. Their Church-owned University is prepared to spend whatever it takes to get the best coaches they can hire. They may soon pass us up as the better team with their church commitment to their team.
Having said that,
When BYU plays tough teams as am underdog, BYU plays tough, looks tough and is tough.
( Tennessee, USC, Boise State, Utah State) etc.
When BYU plays “Give me Games” we play down, we look down, and we are down, ( Toledo. USF).
To barely survive a first-year independent team, fresh out of
the FCS ranks, and survive that game at home, is nothing to shout about.
If history is true about BYU, And we beat teams like ranked Oklahoma in the Dallas Cowboy’s new Stadium, and when we dominate Texas 3 times in a row, at home and away, and when we beat UCLA at home 59-0, and when we beat USC, Tennessee, And Wisconsin, and when we beat Notre Dame in Provo, and, and, and, and the list goes on, there is pride that resonates around the entire USA…
When we lose to Utah and Washington, ranked so far ahead of us that we are not even on the same first two pages of rankings, yes, it is a disappointment but there is no shame. In fact, win or lose, there is still pride that they were on our schedule.
When we beat up on teams like Weber State, Idaho State, or any team ranked 100 or worse among the 130 A1 teams, where is the pride? There is none. It’s like a 6th grader beating up on a 2nd grader. There can be no pride,
On the other hand, when that 6th grader, (BYU) picks a fight with the second-grader, (UMASS), and the sixth-grader loses to that 2nd grader. Who gets the cheers, Who gets booed.
Which game will be remembered the longest. our win against Utah State. or our loss to UMASS?
In Summary, looking at the progress in the SOS of last year, this year and next year, we are on the right path with improvements each season. I commend our AD for this.
On the other hand, I would suggest not programming G5 teams that are expected to be ranked below 65.
Play nine P5 teams that are expected to be ranked in the 50’e or worse. (The lower ranking for the P5 team, the better.
Play no FCS teams.
Schedule like this and there will be many P5 wins to be proud of and no loss that will bring shame or ridicule.