While watching BYU beat Houston on Thursday night to improve to 3-0, I wondered when the Cougars are likely to face a team that might beat them.
I came to this conclusion: BYU will be 11-0 when it visits Cal on Nov. 29.
That will have the Cougars – and their fans — convinced they ought to be in the mix for the College Football Playoff.
In the meantime, BYU fans will be cheering hard for Cal to have a good season, because the Cougars’ strength-of-schedule will need it.
Playing as an independent, BYU faces a schedule that won’t much impress the playoff committee: Utah State, Central Florida, Nevada, Boise State, Middle Tennessee, UNLV, Savannah State and Cal.
Hardly a gauntlet.
Here’s the rest of Cal’s schedule, with my best guess of the record their opponents will bring on game day:
• at Arizona, Sept. 20: The Wildcats (2-0) will be 3-0 when the Bears visit after facing Nevada on Saturday. The Wolfpack beat Washington State last weekend and two years ago spoiled Memorial Stadium’s reopening. But they’ll be no match for Arizona.