This fall, all BYU football games will be shown on a large projection screen on The Crossroads Stage in the Manwaring Center, said Doug Stutz, the advisor over sports events at BYU-I.
Stutz said they show the games in the MC to allow students, employees and alumni to enjoy the spirit of a BYU football game together.
Jordan Pollard, a sophomore studying social work, said he enjoys watching sporting events with others because of the social aspect.
“It brings a spirit of unity,” Pollard said.
Ryan Cribbs, a senior studying accounting, said he is very optimistic and believes BYU can win 10 games this season.
“I loved seeing them win their first two games,” Cribbs said. “I don’t think they should keep relying on Hail Marys, though.”
Pollard said he believes BYU will capitalize on the hype they have had and do well this year.
BYU started the season by defeating Nebraska on the road, 33-28 with the help of a 42-yard Hail Mary from Tanner Mangum to Mitch Mathews on the last play of the game, according to ESPN.
The following week, BYU came from behind to defeat Boise State University at home, 35-24.
The go-ahead touchdown came on a 35-yard pass from Tanner Mangum to Mitchell Juergens with 45 seconds remaining, according to ESPN.
BYU lost 24-23 on the road at the 10th-ranked UCLA Bruins on Saturday.
BYU travels to the University of Michigan this week, according to BYU’s football schedule.
BYU’s head football coach, Bronco Mendenhall, said BYU is willing to go out and challenge tough opponents.
“It’s not a time to be safe,” Mendenhall said at BYU’s Football Media Day. “It’s not a time to be complacent. We’re going after anyone who will play us, wherever they’ll play us, on the biggest stages. And we have the team to do it, I think.”
Tom Holmoe, BYU’s athletic director, said BYU football has done very well in recent history.
“If you look at the last four decades, there are only a handful of teams that have done more as far as winning percentages, winning championships and playing in bowl games,” Holmoe said at BYU’s Football Media Day.
Pollard said he loves the atmosphere of college football.
“It’s not a career yet for the athletes,” Pollard said. “It’s fun.”