BYU may have more scheduling options in the future following a change in the Big Ten’s scheduling policy.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy tweeted Tuesday that BYU will now count toward the Big Ten’s requirement of playing one non-league, Power Five team per season.
BYU, Army, Notre Dame, Cincinnati & UConn will count toward Big 10’s requirement of playing 1 non-league Power 5 opponent, source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 22, 2015
The Big Ten is the third Power Five conference this year that has allowed BYU to fulfill the non-conference quotas. The ACC announced BYU would fulfill non-league quotas in January and the SEC made a similar announcement in March.
The change should encourage Big Ten teams to schedule games with BYU, who may have shied away from games with independents without inclusionary status.
The recognition from three Power Five conferences should help BYU achieve more national acclaim.
“We’re going after anyone who will play us, wherever they’ll play us on the biggest stages,” head coach Bronco Mendenhall said at the 2015 BYU Football Media Day.