As we await a decision from the SEC, Big 12, and ACC on their scheduling plans, BYU is making progress on making up the five P5 games it lost.
Alabama beat writer Cecil Hurt appeared on BYU Sports Nation Wednesday morning and said there is a “good possibility” that BYU and Alabama play each other. This, of course, is contingent on the SEC not going conference only and keeping at least one non-conference game on the schedule for each team. The SEC’s indication the past month is that they will do at least some sort of non-conference scheduling.
Alabama Sports Writer @CecilHurt weighs in on the question we've all been wondering about. Is @BYUfootball going to take on BAMA?— BYU Sports Nation (@BYUSportsNation) July 29, 2020
"I think there's a pretty good possibility that it will happen."#BYUSN #BYUfootball pic.twitter.com/u5hfARHryH
Jay Drew of the Deseret News reported earlier in the week that if the SEC approves a “plus one” model for non-conference scheduling, BYU-Alabama is a go — likely on September 5.
As for other scheduling possibilities, the NCAA approved a blanket waiver for week zero games, meaning teams can open their season August 29. The week zero waiver was given to provide more scheduling flexibility and give teams a larger window to fit in games.
The Big 12 appears to be using this week 0 exemption, as TCU and UNLV are eyeing a game that week. Oklahoma State lost their week one game versus Oregon State and could be a potential week 0 option for BYU.
If BYU schedules a week zero game, they would kickoff the season Saturday, August 29.