When Brigham Young left the Mountain West Conference to become an independent after the 2010 season, it was viewed by many observers as a risk not worth taking.
But the Cougars have thrived on their own, winning 18 games the past two seasons. Quite an accomplishment considering that BYU had to upgrade its schedule. This fall, the Cougars will play six teams that have participated in a BCS bowl game at least once since 2008 — Texas, Utah, Georgia Tech, Boise State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.
Thanks to Mitch.