An early conference game, against an option team like the Falcons, is what caught Mendenhall's eye when he first saw the schedule. "It's a very unique opponent, and a conference opponent, very early in the season," he said. "So not only do we have to be very prepared to play conventional teams, we will have to do the extra work, probably in fall camp, to make sure we can handle that part."
The Cougars visit TCU (Oct. 16), host Wyoming (Oct. 23), entertain UNLV (Nov. 6), travel to Colorado State (Nov. 13) and host New Mexico (Nov. 20). BYU then concludes the regular season at Utah (Nov. 27).
The Cougars' bye comes the weekend of Halloween, on Oct. 30, like last season.