BYU, Stanford extend future football series with four additional games

By Kevin Kelley -

The BYU Cougars and the Stanford Cardinal have extended their future football series with four additional games, both schools announced on Wednesday.

BYU and Stanford are scheduled to meet this season at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, Calif., on Nov. 28, 2020. The two then meet in Stanford two seasons later on Nov. 26, 2022.

Games at BYU’s LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, are scheduled for Sept. 13, 2025 and Sept. 1, 2029. The contest in 2029 was previously scheduled for the 2023 season.

The four-game extension of the BYU-Stanford football series adds games at Stanford on Nov. 28, 2026 and Nov. 25, 2028. The two new games in Provo are scheduled for Aug. 30, 2031 and Sept. 1, 2035.

Below is a list of all eight scheduled BYU-Stanford football matchups:

  • Nov. 28, 2020 at Stanford
  • Nov. 26, 2022 at Stanford
  • Sept. 13, 2025 at BYU
  • Nov. 28, 2026 at Stanford
  • Nov. 25, 2028 at Stanford
  • Sept. 1, 2029 at BYU
  • Aug. 30, 2031 at BYU
  • Sept. 1, 2035 at BYU

BYU and Stanford have only met twice on the gridiron in a home-and-home series that was played over 15 years ago. Stanford won both contests, 18-14 in Provo in 2003 and 37-10 in Stanford in 2004.

BYU is scheduled to open the 2020 season on Thursday, Sept. 3 on the road against the in-state rival Utah Utes. Stanford opens their 2020 campaign two days later on Saturday, Sept. 5 at home against the William & Mary Tribe.

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I hope this scheduling doesn’t repeat what Notre Dame did to BYU: schedule several early home games for Stanford and then just buy out the later BYU home games.

Did ND buy-out the return game in Provo? I thought it was in still-to-be-scheduled hyperspace, but with some rhetoric mid-last year that there would be news soon on additional BYU-ND games, including the “owed” game.

It is ridiculous that ND hasn’t felt greater urgency to get that game on the schedule. Shameful, really.

Possibly. But BYU opened the door for the 2023 move to 2029 when they needed the 2023 date to enable a Tennessee series. So at this point, BYU couldn’t turn down two Thanksgiving games as an independent. This is not worse than the previous Home 2025/2029 and road 2020/2022.

May be a USC series coming too. This is a replay of 7 or so years ago when the PAC 12 made The Cardinal and Trojans schedule Thanksgiving to allow Notre Dame in the alternate years.

Just the 14 week season, 2024 and 2025 have 15

Agree that BYU really needed the Thanksgiving dates, but so does Stanford assuming they extend the Notre Dame series. They don’t have a lot of options that allow them to avoid an open date in even-numbered years.

I don’t like that so many of the Provo-based games are late in this series. I’m worried a new Standford AD will look up in 2027 and ask “why are we playing 3 of the next 4 games in Provo” and decide to cancel one or more of the games. I also don’t understand why the Provo games have to be played so early each season. Couldn’t they at least be October games?