The season opens on Sep. 1 at home with a rematch against Arizona. BYU lost to Arizona in last year's season opener 16-13, after Arizona scored a field goal with only seconds left in the game.
On Sep. 8, BYU will face another Pac-10 team. This time, the Cougars will go up against UCLA in the Rose Bowl. BYU has not played against UCLA since 1995, when they lost in Provo to the Bruins, 23-9. The Cougars will look to improve on a 1-6 all-time record against UCLA. What remains to be seen is whether or not former BYU quarterback Ben Olson, who transferred to UCLA after his mission, will be the starter. Olson started for UCLA at the beginning of last season, but was injured midseason and replaced by Patrick Cowan. Cowan held on to the starting job for the rest of the season, most notably leading the team past #2 USC, 13-9.
The UCLA game is the start of a tough stretch for BYU, in which the team will play four of their next five games on the road. BYU will play next at Tulsa on Sep. 15. The Golden Hurricane, lead by new head coach Todd Graham, will look to avenge a 49-24 loss to BYU last season.
Conference play will open up against Air Force on Sep. 22. Air Force will be without Fisher DeBerry at the helm for the first time in 23 years. Instead, former Air Force quarterback Troy Calhoun will lead the Falcons. BYU defeated Air Force 33-14 last season.
Prior to BYU beating New Mexico 42-17 last year in Provo, the road team of the BYU-New Mexico series had won the last five games. The Cougars will hope for some of that road luck next season when they take on the Lobos on Sep. 29.
On Oct. 13, after a bye week, it's Viva Las Vegas! Sin City is becoming quite the familiar destination for BYU, thanks to the school playing in the last two Las Vegas Bowls and the recent Mountain West Conference basketball tournament. Much like with BYU and New Mexico, the BYU-UNLV series saw the road team win the past five games until BYU broke that streak, winning 52-7 at home last season. Expect a large amount of Cougar fans to create a home atmosphere for the Cougars in Las Vegas.
The battle for conference supremacy will be put on hold when the Cougars take on Division 1-AA Eastern Washington on Oct. 20.
Conference play resumes on Oct. 27 when BYU plays at San Diego State. BYU defeated the Aztecs last year 47-17 in Chuck Long's first season as head coach.
With the San Diego State game out of the way, the Cougars can enjoy the fact that three of their four remaining regular-season games are at the friendly confines of LaVell Edwards Stadium. First, Colorado State comes to town on Nov. 3. The Rams fell to BYU last season, 24-3.
After opening conference play the last two seasons against TCU, the Cougars will not face TCU until Nov. 8 in the 2007 season. Last year, BYU avenged the heartbreaking 2005 51-50 overtime loss with a 31-17 victory. For the second year in a row, the BYU-TCU game will be played on a Thursday. This is BYU's only Thursday game next season. The fact that the game will be played later in the season is significant, as it may have conference championship implications. Could it even have BCS implications?
Brrrrrr! BYU heads to chilly Laramie Nov. 17 to take on the Wyoming Cowboys. Laramie is certainly not an easy place to play in the winter, but BYU will not be looking to make excuses. Instead, they will look to pull out a victory. BYU beat Wyoming 55-7 last season in their first game being nationally ranked since early on in the 2002 season.
Circle Nov. 24 on your calendars, Cougar fans! That is when the Utes come down south for the always-entertaining rivalry game. The heated series is so exciting because of the fact that nearly every game comes down to the wire. In fact, only one of the past ten meetings between the two teams, and three of the past fourteen, have been decided by more than seven points. Last year's game will live on forever in the hearts of Cougars everywhere. Looking to break Utah's four-game winning streak in the rivarly, the heavily-favored Cougars started out strong and looked as though they would run away with the game. But the Utes answered back, taking a ten-point lead into the fourth quarter. The final three-and-a-half minutes saw three lead changes, with BYU scoring the winning touchdown with no time left on the clock. Criticized for never being able to beat Utah or for not winning the close games, John Beck scrambled and scrambled before throwing the ball to the other side of the field towards the end zone. The play was eerily similar to the final play of the BYU-Utah game the year before, except for the outcome. Johnny Harline made a sliding catch, giving each player on the team their first victory over the Utes. The 33-31 victory was every bit as thrilling as the other memorable finishes in the rivalries' history. Will next year's game feature another heart-stopping finish?
Following an 11-2 season, #15 national ranking, outright conference championship and a dominating bowl victory, expectations are high for BYU, despite losing some key seniors. Cougar fans may be a long way from knowing how the season will play out, but with the 2007 schedule out, speculation and predictions will no doubt be on everyone's minds.
The full 2007 schedule is as follows:
Arizona: Sep. 1, 3:30 p.m. (#)
@ UCLA: Sep. 8, TBA
@ Tulsa: Sep. 15, 8 p.m. (+)
Air Force: Sep. 22, 1 p.m. (*)
@ New Mexico: Sep. 29, 6:30 p.m. (+)
@ UNLV: Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m. (*)
Eastern Washington: Oct. 20, 3:30 p.m. (*)
@ San Diego Statue: Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. (*)
Colorado State: Nov. 3, 12 p.m. (*)
TCU: Nov. 8, 7 p.m. (#)
@ Wyoming: Nov. 17, 12 p.m. (*)
Utah: Nov. 24, 12 p.m. (+,*)
Keep in mind the times for the away games are not necessarily Mountain Standard Time.
# - Versus
* - MTN
+ - CSTV