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BYU’s September 2015 schedule is a beast with addition of UCLA


BYU is going to have one monster schedule in September 2015. In addition to the road games at Nebraska and Michigan, as well as a home date against Boise State, the Cougars are also adding a road game at UCLA to the mix.

BYU continues to tap the Pac-12 for opponents to fill the schedule.  The Cougars have agreed to a home-and-home series with UCLA in 2015 and 201, the schools announced today. UCLA will host the Cougars on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, and BYU will host UCLA on September 17, 2016 in Provo to complete the home-and-home series.

It should go without saying that scheduling can be tough for BYU, a program standing firm on life as a football independent despite power conferences weighing BYU as a lighter opponent than Notre Dame in the new College Football Playoff era. For BYU to secure home-and-home dates with teams from power conferences is not exactly uncommon, but it is something the school may at times have to work harder to pick up, especially with teams playing nine-game conference schedules. Getting UCLA on board is significant, especially considering the way the Bruins have been trending upward recently.

It is also somewhat interesting to see that BYU will be facing either UCLA or USC more often than some Pac-12 North teams might, given the conference’s scheduling rotation.

BYU also has games scheduled against Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, California, Washington State and, of course, Utah appearing on future schedules through 2025 as well.

Rutgers WR Carroo expected to have assault charges dropped

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Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.

So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.

Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.

Gamecocks still hope to host LSU Sat., but alternatives being evaluated

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The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.

The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.

Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.