Today is a good day for BYU football, as the Cougars have announced a new series that will begin in 2021 with Baylor. BYU will visit the Baylor Bears in 2021 and Baylor will return serve in 2022 when they come to Provo. Kalani Sitake and co. have to be pleased with this news as it gives them exposure to Texas and increases schedule strength for the future.
2021 will now feature road games against Baylor, South Florida and USC in addition to home games against Boise State, Virginia and Arizona State. Arizona will be a neutral site game as well. 2022 features a tough road test with Boise State, Stanford and Oregon, while also getting Baylor and South Florida at home.
The two teams have not meant sine 1983 and 1984, both winning a game apiece. So, you *could* say the last time BYU played Baylor, they won a national title. It's true, after all.
"This will be another strength of schedule enhancement and a high quality intersectional game that will be appealing to television and the fans of both programs." Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw.
BYU's Athletic Director Tom Holmoe also weighed in on the series,
"We are excited to have Baylor on our schedule again," "Baylor is an exceptional football program and it’s great to see the two schools competing again."
Another note that is worth mentioning is that Bob Bowlsby, the Big 12 Commissioner has approved BYU as the equivalent of a Power Five opponent for this series. This was not true for the Big 12 just a few short months ago. However, it is unclear whether or not this will be the norm in the future:
Big 12 has only approved BYU as non-league Power 5 opponent for Baylor series & not rest of league so far, Big 12 spokesman said— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) March 31, 2016
Sounds like the Big 12 is having some issues, but who knows? When has that not been the case?
Seems like a win-win for everybody. We're looking forward to the games.