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Episode 139 – BYU future as independent continues to look prosperous

BYU kicked off the 2013 media day circuit last week to continue the trend of holding their media day festivities well ahead of the conference media days that we will see later this month around the country. Since pursuing football independence after being left out of the Pac 12 expansion a few years back and never receiving much interest from the Big 12, BYU has been doing just fine as a program and the future appears steady in Provo. With a stable television package in place between ESPN and BYU TV and a dedication to scheduling quality programs, BYU is challenging themselves in football and managing to perform admirably.

BYU also has found a way to make their media day one to pay attention to by breaking some actual news when the spotlight is on. Last week was no exception as BYU announced a contract extension for head coach Bronco Mendenhall, a future series with USC and a bowl arrangement with the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego for 2015 and another to-be-determined year. In addition to BYU legends being on hand to speak highly of the state of the BYU program, linebacker Kyle Van Noy was also on hand to represent the program and show a bit of a personal history with Miss Utah, who he defended in the aftermath of a recent unfortunate moment on national television.

BYU is in store for an interesting season, to say the least. With a number of players to replace on defense, BYU still figures to play a level of defense that should be challenging for most opponents on the schedule. And what a schedule it is for BYU. The Cougars open on the road at Virginia and return home the following week to host the Texas Longhorns, who I somehow happen to have winning the Big 12. BYU also plays Boise State, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin and Notre Dame this season, and a game against Nevada in November certainly should not be overlooked. If BYU can get off to a solid start in September, the hurdles in November may not pose as much as a threat, but if they are to reach ten wins then a good start is absolutely necessary.

Continuing what has become a bit of an annual tradition on the podcast, Mitch Harper (@mitch_harper) joined me to recap the news out of BYU media day and to take a look at BYU in 2013. Harper is the co-host of the Cougar Center Podcast and lead editor of Lawless Republic, covering BYU on the Fansided Network. Harper shares his take on the big three news items to come out of BYU’s media day and give us a look at what BYU will look like in 2013 on offense and defense and tell us whether or not ten wins is a realistic possibility for the Cougars or not.

If you want more coverage of college football’s independent programs this week, head over to Crystal Ball Run. In honor of July 4th, we are previewing the independent programs in college football this week rather than a full conference preview.

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.