BYU's historical record vs. the rest unveiled

Earlier this month I received a call from a BYU fan who suggested I add to CougarStats a chart of the BYU football team's record vs. schools from various states and conferences.

So I did.

On the CougarStats match-ups page (link below), you will find a chart that lists this information.

The chart breaks down BYU's records under LaVell Edwards, Gary Crowton and a third column that shows BYU's overall record from 1922 to the present.

Links are also provided to pages that show the scores of every game played against the teams in those states and conferences.

BYU has a winning record against 17 of the 35 states they have played against. They lost more than they won against 14 and split with 4.

The casual observer might be surprised to find that two of the states BYU has had its best records against are California and Texas. You can thank a pair of long series with San Diego State and lonestar lightweight UTEP for that.

BYU has never lost to teams from the states of Arkansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Meanwhile, the Cougars are still waiting for their first win against teams from Alabama, Washington D.C., Georgia, Iowa (one tie) and West Virginia.

A comparison of conference victories begs the question: How did BYU do against BCS schools?

Since 1972, BYU still, unfortunately, has a losing record against teams in BCS conferences (plus Notre Dame). But their 40-52-1 (.435) record isn't bad. And, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the Cougars have owned the rest of the nation with a .767 winning percentage against non-BCS schools.

As for the rest of it, check out the link below and make your own conclusions.

(Editor's Note: Courtney Holzendorf, publisher and owner of, joins's contributing staff with the first of many future articles detailing the many hidden stories within the BYU statistics and football and basketball records on

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