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BYU moves 2023 football game with Southern Utah to September

The BYU Cougars have moved their 2023 football game against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds to September, according to a report from the Desert News.

BYU was previously scheduled to host Southern Utah at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah on Saturday, November 18, 2023. According to a copy of an amendment to the original contract obtained by Deseret News, the two schools will now meet in Provo in the week 2 on Saturday September 9, 2023.

According to the original contract between the two schools which was signed in 2019, the Cougars will pay the Thunderbirds a guaranteed $425,000 to play the game. BYU will also pay Southern Utah an additional $50,000 to move the date of the game. in 2023, although this comes with a stipulation.

From the addendum to the contract:

The visiting team agrees that this payment of $50,000 will be considered in good faith by the parties when negotiating a security payment due for a future football match, if any, between the parties (for example, for reduce this future guarantee by an equivalent amount if the game is played at BYU).

In their first and only on-court meeting, BYU defeated Southern Utah 37-7 at LaVell Edwards Stadium on November 12, 2016.

The date change for the Southern Utah game is the latest in a series of scheduling changes the Cougars are making as they prepare to begin play in the Big 12 next season. A few weeks ago, the Tennessee Volunteers canceled their season opener at BYU instead of playing the Virginia Cavaliers in Nashville, Tennessee.

BYU is also scheduled to travel to play the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023. The Cougars need another non-conference opponent, which will likely be the season opener.

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