On second thought: BYU reportedly turns down chance to play Power 5 opponent
BYU is reportedly turning down an opportunity to improve its schedule by playing a quality opponent.
The Cougars are currently a top 10 team led by a Heisman contender in quarterback Zach Wilson. At No. 8 in the country, BYU has risen to an impressive ranking despite a very lackluster schedule.
To this point, the best wins on their schedule are Navy and Boise State. A lot has been made about that weak schedule, prompting Wilson to sport a headband in Saturday’s win over North Alabama that read “Any team, any time, any place.”
Any team, any time, any place. pic.twitter.com/Rs9ihEGfA8
— BYU FOOTBALL (@BYUfootball) November 21, 2020
As luck would have it, BYU had a chance to live that out. It was announced Sunday that the Pac-12 game between Washington and Washington State was getting canceled due to issues at Washington State, prompting Washington to investigate other opportunities to fill the void on the schedule.
According to Bruce Feldman, Washington extended an offer to play BYU this coming weekend. Feldman reports that the Cougars turned down that game, instead wanting to see where the team ranks on the initial CFP Rankings that are set to drop Tuesday evening.
SOURCES: #BYU turned down the opportunity to play #Washington this coming weekend. UDub had reached out yesterday but was told BYU wanted to wait until after the CFP rankings Tuesday to gauge their place. "It's off the table."
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 23, 2020
It’s possible BYU doesn’t need to boost the schedule to get a CFP bid, and it’s possible there are other issues not reported holding up this contest. Still, the irony is hard to miss.