- December 31st, 2020, 10:01 am
I think BYU and Virginian Tech would be optimal rivals, for two entirely different reasons.
VT is the top team in the state, we'd be the private school gunning for their spot. We just beat them, so there's a start to it, and I think a real dislike could easily develop. It also sets our target higher than a lowly ODU. I know Va tech has other rivals, but teams can have more than one.
BYU should be branded the friendliest rivalry in sports, as someone else on here pointed out. It's great for national exposure and as much as we are different we are very similar. It also is perfect for scheduling as we're both independent. It could become a rivalry that nationally is watched and understood with proper marketing.
Both teams help our national brand and give us a target higher than typical G5s. I'm not saying we should schedule all P5 games but I don't think we should try to group ourselves with them in a rivalry, it's not the best for the brand. I know many will say this is wishful, but these are my thoughts.