Some said recent announcements by "power" conference meant the independent BYU football team wasn't going to be able to schedule as well.
How did the Cougars respond?
By lining up UCLA for a home-and-home series starting in 2015.
BYU announced Thursday that the Cougars will head to Pasadena on Sept. 19, 2015 and then host the Bruins in Provo on Sept. 17, 2016.
“I’m excited for this series with UCLA. It’s a great matchup versus an opponent rich in football tradition, and a team that will be fighting for a Pac-12 championship,” BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe said in a statement. “It’s also a great opportunity for our large fan base in Southern California to see the Cougars play in the Rose Bowl—one of the most storied football venues in the country.”
While the announcement shows that the Cougars can still line up with top-level opponents, I think it's also another indication of how the PAC-12 and BYU really should have closer ties.
The Cougars have had or will have games with USC, Cal, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Stanford, Oregon State, Utah and UCLA.
Geographically and from a competition standpoint, I think it would make sense to formalize the relationship (maybe like what Notre Dame has with the ACC). It would just enhance the PAC-12 brand, if the member institutions could see beyond their prejudices.
But that's just speculation about how things should shake out in the future.
The reality right now is that this is a great chance for both teams.
BYU and UCLA have played 10 times, starting in 1983 and most recently with the Cougars winning 2-of-3 in 2007 and 2008. Still, the Bruins hold the 7-3 edge overall.