Why Boise State Playing BYU Actually Makes Sense
This is to help with scheduling issues.
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Air Force vs. Army is why for a rare OOC game.
The Mountain West is planning for a mostly conference schedule with games on Oct. 24 with the exception being Air Force and possibly Boise State. The Falcons are going to play Navy on Oct. 3 and then Army on Nov. 7.
With the Army game being smack in the middle of Mountain West play, it causes an issue and would force a team on Nov. 7 to sit out and that means one less game.
However, when looking at the original Mountain West schedule, Boise State was originally to be played on Nov. 7, the same date as Army vs. Air Force.
Air Force-Army is Nov. 7 and the original Boise State-BYU game was Nov. 6. Currently BYU has that weekend open. Makes sense to do it that weekend so other 10 MW schools can play each other.
Boise State would maybe play BYU instead of Air Force this season.
— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) September 25, 2020
This was not a move the Mountain West made happen with Boise State being able to play BYU. The other option was to have the Broncos sit out and not play, so it makes a lot of sense to have Boise State to play a game and it is a coincidence that the opponent that can slide right in is BYU.
This move is not official but it seems a matter of time that this BYU vs. Boise State game will be played. The Mountain West is expected to send out its schedule in the next week or two.
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The one downside is that Air Force and Boise State will be missed this season and the Falcons should be one of the better teams that would be on their schedule. The only way they would meet up is if the Mountain West scraps divisions and the Broncos and Falcons are the top two teams in the conference by the end of the year.