4 Make-or-Break Games in 2012 BYU MUST Win

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4 Make-or-Break Games in 2012 BYU MUST Win
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BYU vs Notre Dame

BYU has a schedule that is notable this year in many respects. First is how hard it is. The second is how soft it is. On the one hand it has Big East, ACC, and Pac-12 teams, and Notre Dame. Though not in a conference, the mere name Notre Dame says it all.

The soft games include Idaho, Weber State, New Mexico State, and San Jose State. 

Then come the middle programs, Washington State, Utah State, Oregon State, and Hawaii. Lowly Utah State gets an upgrade by being in the MWC which moves them from soft to middle.

There is balance in this schedule that has evolved very well. The hard games are grouped into two two-week stints. First comes Utah and Boise State, both on the road. In late October comes Notre Dame and Georgia Tech, again, both on the road. 

It is these four road games that set them apart, both in difficulty and who they are. For BYU to be successful in recruiting, exposure, and monetary support it is a must that they come away with at least a split. In the best case, a win in each outing.

These four games this season are the stand out games that talent around the country will be looking at to make their decision about coming to BYU next year, and the year after, and even the year after that.

This year and 2013 could be make-or-break years for BYU in the exposure and notoriety they are seeking. Win, and they gain all of the things they want independence to give them. Lose and they reap the negatives of everything the naysayers have warned about.

Because of that, they become larger than they should be in importance and become the four make-or-break games of 2012. If BYU loses these four games collectively it could put the program back in the MWC.

Following is my assessment of the big four games.

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