Has BYU Been A Winner Or Loser Of Conference Realignment?
Pete Fiutak of College Football News answered that question.
BYU is approaching Year 8 of Independence
Pete Fiutak, the Publisher of College Football News joined me on Cougar Sports on ESPN 960 earlier on Thursday and we discussed his 2018 preview of BYU football on CFN.
Along with the 2018 preview, we discussed BYU’s path as an FBS Independent and whether or not they’ve been a winner or loser in the conference realignment world as it approaches nearly 10 years into this new world order for the sport. Pete said the following:
“I would say at the very least, BYU has guessed right. The difference between the have’s and have not’s has grown significantly. Because of that, yeah, I would say BYU sort of guessed right.”
That’s a fair assessment. BYU’s power brokers realized that if they had stayed in the Mountain West, it would not serve them well financially or in regards to exposure, independence was the only move they had to make. Even though it was something that the University was exploring as early as 2007.
But at the same time, it’s hard to not say BYU hasn’t been a loser in conference realignment. The ultimate goal all along has been to springboard from independence to a Power Five conference. With the window of opportunity to enter the Power Five structure looking darker and darker as the years go by, can BYU football remain an Independent and succeed? The answer is yes if you look at the data provided by Ryan Teeples over at ESPN960Sports.com. But it’s a unique path that has never been done in College Football history. And no, don’t mention Notre Dame. They are basically an ACC school at this point and they’ve always had a seat at the party while BYU is trying to find a way to squeeze themselves into the cool kids club.
It’s an interesting argument, but it can’t be denied that BYU’s hierarchy had the vision to realize staying in a Group of Five would hurt perception as the gap continues to grow between Power Five’s and G5’s.
Listen to the full interview with Fiutak and me from ESPN 960 on Thursday.