The 2015 BYU football season just got a little tougher for the Cougars. BYU will now be playing the University of Michigan.
BYU football will face off against the University of Michigan in the largest college football stadium in the country. Michigan’s stadium, “The Big House,” holds almost 110,000 screaming fans.
Brandon Doman, BYU football’s offensive coordinator, says of Michigan, “They’re one of the greatest football programs in the country, and their tradition is strong … their fans are great, and their stadium is great.”
BYU and Michigan have faced off only once before in the 1984 Holiday Bowl. BYU defeated Michigan and went on to win the National Championship that year. Coach Mark Weber, offensive line coach, says if the Cougars can beat Michigan again, it will give BYU credibility and help with recruiting and the program’s strength of schedule.
BYU football will be battling more tough teams like Michigan in future seasons.
The Cougars don’t have a good track record against ranked teams this year, but the coaches say to become a better program, they have to play better teams.
Weber says, “I think the vision for this program is to make it one of the best programs in America. And the way to do that is to be playing the best teams in America.”
The Cougars will face Nebraska and Michigan in 2015, but not their rival Utah, who is also playing Michigan that season.