Way-Too-Early Look At BYU’s 2020 Football Schedule

Dec 25, 2019, 7:00 AM | Updated: Feb 6, 2020, 12:03 pm

Photo courtesy of Getty Images...

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

PROVO, Utah – It’s never to early to start looking towards next year, right? After a disappointing close to the 2019 season, BYU prepares for year 10 of independence with another tough schedule that features games against six Power 5 opponents.

Let’s take a look at BYU football’s 2020 schedule.


It’s been more than 10 years since BYU last beat Utah. The back-to-back Pac-12 South Champion Utes will be seeking their 10th consecutive victory over the Cougars and the fifth straight against BYU since Kalani Sitake became the head coach.

The Utes will have an intriguing quarterback battle between a pair of heralded transfers in South Carolina’s Jake Bentley and Texas transfer Cam Rising.


Sparty’s trip to Provo will be only the second time in BYU’s history the Cougars have hosted a Big Ten program at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The first instance was against Wisconsin in 2017. This is the second of a two-game series between the two programs. The first meeting took place in 2016 in East Lansing where Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams led BYU to a 31-14 victory.


The last time BYU played Arizona State in football, Kalani Sitake was a fullback for the Cougars. It’s been 22 years since these two programs met and it’s been 23 years since BYU last traveled to Tempe. Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards looks to have a team in 2020 that will be one of the favorites in the Pac-12 South with Jayden Daniels heading into his sophomore season at quarterback.

Coach Edwards has had a lot of success in his first two years in Tempe, one of the cool facts about him is that he was one of the first Black American recruits to visit the Provo campus.


When BYU announced a two-game series with Minnesota in 2016, no one could have projected the growth of the Golden Gophers program in the last three years. But head coach PJ Fleck has the Gophers rowing the boat and playing great football. Minnesota was 10-2 in 2019 and returns a majority of its roster next season.

OCT. 2nd (Friday) UTAH STATE

After a 7-6 season with an NFL quarterback, the relaunch of the Gary Andersen era in the Cache Valley didn’t get off to the fast start many were expecting. BYU took back the Wagon Wheel Trophy after a dominating 42-14 victory in Logan. Now the Wagon Wheel rivalry returns to its General Conference weekend Friday night slot.


SEC football coming to Provo in the month of October. Missouri fired Barry Odom as their head coach at the conclusion of this past season and then hired Appalachian State’s Eliah Drinkwitz. This will be the second game of a two-game series between the programs. The first meeting was in 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium where BYU lost to Missouri 20-16.


The battle of the Cougars will be renewed in 2020. Houston is coming off of a 4-8 season in Dana Holgorsen’s debut as head coach, but don’t expect the Coogs to be down for long. Many of Houston’s upperclassmen opted to redshirt including quarterback D’Eriq King, who’s considered a potential NFL Draft prospect. If King returns to Houston, the Coogs could be dangerous by the time they play the Cougars in blue.


One of the head-scratching losses in the Kalani Sitake era was courtesy of Northern Illinois in 2018. The Huskies defeated BYU 7-6 in Provo that season. In 2020, BYU will return the favor and make their first-ever trip to DeKalb, Illinois. The last time BYU made a trip to MAC country, the Cougars lost to Toledo this past season.


BYU is still seeking its first win on the blue turf against Boise State. The Cougars will get another crack at it next November. This past season, BYU was the lone team to defeat the Broncos in the regular season and it kept Boise out of the New Year’s Six.


For the first time since 2010, San Diego State will make a trek up north to Provo to take on BYU in LaVell Edwards Stadium. The Aztecs will be seeking their second consecutive victory over the Cougars, something the Aztecs have never accomplished.


In most years, the FCS game in November is usually a drag, but this might be a welcomed breather after the gauntlet BYU will face in the first 10 weeks.


Facing Stanford to close out the regular season will be only the second time since becoming an FBS Independent in 2011 that BYU ends the season against a Power 5 team. The previous instance was against Stanford’s main rival, Cal in 2014. If there was a time to play the Cardinal, it might be now as Stanford is experiencing a lot of roster turnover at the moment with over a dozen players currently in the transfer portal, including quarterback K.J. Costello.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

Cougar Tracks

BYU Football, Zach Wilson, Kalani Sitake, Signing Day...

Mitch Harper

Ranking BYU Football’s Best Players To Sign During The Kalani Sitake Era

The best players to sign with BYU football for Kalani Sitake from high school and the Transfer Portal.

3 months ago

Foster Pavilion, Baylor Bears, BYU Basketball, Big 12...

Mitch Harper

Foster Pavilion Was Great Stage For BYU’s First Big 12 Road Game

Baylor's new $212 million home was a great setting for a Big 12 basketball game.

4 months ago

BYU Football, 12-Team Playoff, LJ Martin...

Mitch Harper

Three Things BYU Football Needs To One Day Reach 12-Team Playoff

The 12-team Playoff is coming in college football. What does BYU need to do to one day play in the bracket?

4 months ago

Big 12 Basketball, BYU, Dallin Hall...

Mitch Harper

How Will BYU Basketball Fare In Big 12? Projecting 2024 Order Of Finish

Where will BYU finish in their first season of Big 12 Conference play? Time to make predictions.

4 months ago

BYU Basketball, Mark Pope, Big 12...

Mitch Harper

Mark Pope Lays Out BYU’s Expectations For Inaugural Big 12 Schedule

Big 12 play has arrived for No. 12 BYU Basketball. Mark Pope shares his expectations for conference play.

4 months ago

BYU Basketball, Trevin Knell, Three-Point Shooting...

Mitch Harper

What We Learned About BYU Basketball During Nonconference Play

BYU basketball turns its attention to Big 12 play. But first we take a step back at look at what we learned about the Cougars in nonconference.

4 months ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Way-Too-Early Look At BYU’s 2020 Football Schedule