Hallowed Ground: BYU’s schedule as an independent runs through the nation’s most revered stadiums

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The Granddaddy The Rose Bowl has been a national icon since 1922. The Cougars will play UCLA in the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.

The Granddaddy The Rose Bowl has been a national icon since 1922. The Cougars will play UCLA in the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.

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Keep on Rockin’
The stellar stadium tour Keeps going for Cougars

2016: Spartan Stadium
(Michigan State)
University of Phoenix Stadium*#
(Arizona)
FedEx Field*#
(West Virginia)

2017: Davis Wade Stadium
(Mississippi State)
Aloha Stadium
(Hawaii)
NRG Stadium*#
(LSU)

2018: Camp Randall Stadium
(Wisconsin)
Husky Stadium
(Washington)
Gillette Stadium#
(UMass)

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Student-athletes and fans want the program to play the best teams in the best facilities in the country.

When BYU went independent, Tom Holmoe and Bronco Mendenhall knew the Cougars would have to play the best — and notably, beat the best — to earn a seat at the big-kids’ table. While BYU has always looked for great venues to play in, the past four regular seasons have taken the Cougars to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (Ole Miss), Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (Texas), Cowboys Stadium (a neutral site against TCU), Notre Dame Stadium (Notre Dame), Reliant Stadium (a neutral site against Houston) and Camp Randall Stadium (Wisconsin).

Trips to iconic stadiums play big in terms in player experience and fan getaways. Winning big-time games in big-boy stadiums is the icing on the cake.

BYU’s season of playing in the Cathedrals of College Football

Memorial Stadium

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BYU has never played at Nebraska, and the site is home to the nation’s consecutive sell-out streak of 53 YEARS. Adding to the challenge is a Huskers program that has won the most games in college football since 1975.

Rose Bowl

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The host of the biggest college bowl game in the country is also home to UCLA. Besides the iconic stadium, BYU has to contend with a Bruins team ranked No. 14 in the USA Today preseason Coaches Poll.

Michigan Stadium

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You know BYU has a crazy first month because playing at Michigan is considered the easiest game. The Big House can take your breath away when it’s empty. It’s flat out scary when full.

Arrowhead Stadium

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Former Cougar Andy Reid (coach of the Kansas City Chiefs) may feel at home at Arrowhead, but playing home-state school Missouri in a “neutral” game should make BYU feel like unwelcome guests.

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Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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