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Baylor Bears add BYU to future schedules

Coach Art Briles and his Baylor Bears have upgraded their future schedules by adding BYU.
Coach Art Briles and his Baylor Bears have upgraded their future schedules by adding BYU. AP

Baylor has added a home-and-home football series with Brigham Young during the 2021 and 2022 seasons, school officials announced Thursday. The Bears, who have been criticized by College Football Playoff officials for their soft nonconference slates the past two years, will meet the Cougars in Waco in 2021. The return game in 2022 will be in Provo, Utah.

Baylor has been actively seeking to upgrade its nonconference schedules since the advent of the CFP and in the wake of a Big 12 rule, passed in December, mandating that all league teams must play at least one nonconference game against a Power 5 opponent in future seasons. Although an independent in football, the games against BYU are considered the equivalent Power 5 matchups by league administrators.

With the addition of the BYU series, Baylor’s upcoming schedules include 10 matchups against Power 5-level opponents in seven of the next nine seasons. The schedules include games against Duke (2017, 2018), a to-be-announced SEC opponent (2020), BYU (2021, 2022) and Utah (2023, 2024).

Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said the series marks “another strength of schedule enhancement” for a school in the marked for more of them.

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