This fall will mark the last time the BYU Cougars football program will have a hodgepodge schedule that has been a trademark of the team’s era as an independent.

Last week, ESPN’s Chris Low put together a list of superlative schedules around the country, and he gave that independent schedule the nod for the most interesting in the nation.

Low’s observations that led him to this conclusion:

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  • The “highlight” is the Oct. 8 game against Notre Dame in Las Vegas, followed by Arkansas at home the next week (Arkansas won Low’s award for toughest overall Power 5 schedule).
  • Low gave “a tip of the cap” to BYU’s travel department, as the Cougars fly across the country twice (for a Sept. 3 game against USF in Tampa and an Oct. 22 contest against Liberty in Virginia).
  • Low noted that BYU also has road games against Oregon (Sept. 17), Stanford (Nov. 26) and Boise State (Nov. 5), as well as a home game against future Big 12 opponent Baylor (Sept. 10).

Other notes from Low that may be of interest to fans in Utah:

  • UCLA won the award for “Cushiest open to the season.”
  • Arizona State got “Cushiest close to the season.”
  • Utah at Florida on Sept. 3 was one of eight “Must-see nonconference games” Low listed.