BYU Football: Could a Game Against Boise State Be a Thanksgiving Staple?

Ryan TeeplesCorrespondent INovember 30, 2011

FORT COLLINS, CO - NOVEMBER 01:  A detail photograph of the helmet belonging to quaterback Brenden Gaskins #6 of the Brigham Young Cougars as he warms up prior to facing the Colorado State Rams at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on November 1, 2008 in Fort Collins, Colorado. BYU defeated CSU 45-42.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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BYU wants exposure. It also wants more and better games in November.

Is there any day in November that says “football” more than Thanksgiving Day?

The Cougars have an opportunity to put their product on TV on this blessed day, where it has the country’s nearly undivided attention.

A perfect storm is rising that could allow this to happen, were BYU to be willing to push for it.

The end of one era could mean the start of a new one for BYU

Texas and Texas A&M have played each other on Thanksgiving night in years past in a game that has become a tradition as juicy as a slow-cooked ham.

But that all ends next year, when A&M bolts for the SEC. While the two teams may find a way to play their rivalry game, it likely won’t be on Turkey Day.

So ESPN is left with a sizable gap to fill. Enter BYU and Boise State.

A match made in ESPN heaven

Boise State was an ESPN darling for years. BYU is currently in that slot, making double-digit appearances on the Worldwide Leader’s networks with its own TV deal.

Together, these two teams and ESPN should be able to make it happen.

Geographically, it also makes a lot of sense. The schools are just an hour plane ride from each other, so not a ton of study and holiday time would be missed, and fans could make the trip without taking vacation days.

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 24:  Brandon Heaney #34 of BYU breaks up a pass to Drisan James #11 of Boise State September 29, 2004 at Broncos Stadium in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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More than that, the respective histories of the Boise State and BYU programs make it an appealing watch for over-stuffed and bored fans, who’d rather eat Aunt Mabel’s stuffing than watch another Peanuts Christmas: Thanksgiving Night.

How feasible is feasible?

I admit, the idea is a long shot. Some of the dates for the annual clash between these Inter-mountain foes are set.

And fanbases would have to warm up to the idea.

But in the end, the TV exposure would be worth it. And that’s something both schools are after. 

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