ACC, SEC Won’t Recognize BYU As ‘Power 5′ School

Brace yourselves, BYU fans. It’s going to be a confusing few years. Today, both the ACC and the SEC decided that the Cougars will not count as a “Power 5″ team, meaning that programs in both conferences will not fulfill the requirements of playing one other major football school by scheduling them. In short, that means that while any team in either conference can still schedule BYU, it won’t make nearly as much sense to.

Notre Dame, which is also independent in football, is the lone exception made by the two conferences for the scheduling requirement. 

The decision could have a huge impact on the entire landscape of college athletics. BYU no doubt considers itself a top-tier program. But now, in order to be recognized as such and be able to schedule big-time opponents, the Cougars may need to start looking at finding a conference to call home. Something tells us this won’t be the last we hear regarding this situation.

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