When Brigham Young left the Mountain West Conference in 2012 to go independent, among the downsides was BYU's bowl situation.
BYU signed an agreement to play in the Poinsettia Bowl in 2012 and will do so again in 2016 and 2018, if the Cougars are bowl eligible and not in the Football Four playoff.
So the Cougars are a little in scramble mode. But not this season. BYU contracted with the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco to play a Pac-12 foe, which turns out to be Washington.
Without a conference schedule, BYU plays more tradition-rich programs than ever before (Texas, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin and Notre Dame this year). But the postseason remains important.
Marques Tuiasosopo will be Washington's interim coach, between the transition from Steve Sarkisian to Chris Petersen, and the Huskies are 3 1/2-point favorites. But let's go with BYU in the upset.