It’s year seven of football independence for BYU but in some ways, it feels like a new start. The Cougars know the Big 12 isn’t calling anytime soon or any Power Five conference for that matter. So independence is the path for BYU football for the foreseeable future.
Like previous independent schedules, the 2017 slate looks to be front-loaded once again with the slate easing heading into November. That’s life in the strange world of independence where you walk and act like a have, but the powers that be in your sport still deem you a have not.
The only thing BYU can control at this point is winning football games. If the Cougars win big this season, the nation will not view them as a “have-not” this fall.
2017 BYU Cougars Schedule
Bye: Week 4
— Written by Mitch Harper, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Harper is publisher of Rivals' BYU site, CougarNation.com, and also is the BYU reporter and insider for 1320 KFAN and co-host of "The Cougar Center" podcast. Follow him on Twitter @Mitch_Harper.