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Dana Greene - Not a November to remember

BYU's November schedule is the downside of football independence.
Well, it was another entertaining and interesting football season at BYU. From yet another quarterback controversy to one of the best defensive stretches in school history, the Cougars gave their fans some thrills and some disappointments.

Wait. It's not over, you say? Uh, yes it is.

Have you seen the BYU schedule in November? Idaho, San Jose State and New Mexico State. I think it's safe to say, the season is over. Bring on the Poinsettia Bowl!

Outside of a cupcake game against Hawaii, BYU just ran through the meat of its schedule, and when all was said and done, they didn't do very well. Losses to Utah, Boise State, Oregon State and Notre Dame, however valiant their efforts might have been, just isn't good enough.

Now we have to endure three blowouts before a bowl game. Yawn. I wonder if LaVell Edwards Stadium will even get 50,000 fans for the 1-8 Idaho Vandals.

BYU will go 8-4 this season, but with five of those wins against horrible teams, how much pride can BYU fans take this year?

But we all knew this was the price to pay for going independent. Big-name teams won't even consider scheduling BYU right in the middle of their conference seasons in November.

Don't get me wrong, Tom Holmoe is doing the best he can, and the future schedules look very bright. With games against Texas, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Boise State, Nebraska and now Michigan on the docket, the Septembers and Octobers in the coming years are going to be awesome.

But when the eyes of the sports world are fixated on college football in the most important month of the year, BYU will be nowhere to be found.

They say the games in November are the ones to remember. Just not in Provo.


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