Here’s a prime attraction of the independent football route for BYU and Navy and Notre Dame:
When Air Force is playing Navy, the Falcons are worrying about the Mountain West. The Falcons are scheming every day during the entire season to finish in the top two or three of a tough conference.
Navy doesn’t have such worries. Navy cruises through the season without the burden of a conference schedule.
It’s an easier path to victories.
BYU seems intent on the indy route, too, and that’s fine. The Cougars have their eyes on TV money, and that’s understandable. Money is always a nice thing to sit around and count. Notre Dame has long been the best example of a school that produces a mountain of cash. Lately, the Irish have not been so adept at producing football victories.
There’s no doubt the Cougars are seeking a less rugged path for their football program.
Here’s an update from Salt Lake Tribune on BYU’s plans:
And here’s my friend John Henderson’s kind, gentle examination of BYU’s plans. (This is from The Denver Post and this is guaranteed to produce at least a couple laughs, unless you’ happen to be a devout BYU fan.)