BYU ready for risk, rewards of independence
Monday, August 15, 2011
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- As a surfer, BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall knows plenty about risk and reward, from riding that perfect wave to experiencing a major wipeout.
Soon he'll see how his team handles the concept as it embarks on its first season as an independent.
Start with a baptism by fire with opening games on the road against Ole Miss (Sept. 3) and Texas, followed by a Week 3 showdown at home with instate rival Utah, which also has plenty to prove after jumping to the Pac-12 Conference.
After that the Cougars face Central Florida, one of the favorites to win the Conference-USA title, followed by October road games against Oregon State and TCU.