I have gone back and forth about whether I would rather have BYU independent or in a conference. Independence has been wonderful as it has enabled me to see virtually every BYU game live (or DVRd), mostly on ESPN. Prior to independence, and at the mercy of the old "Mountain" network, which wasn't offered on my cable system, I was at the mercy of major networks who might pick up a game here or there. In that respect, independence has been wonderful.
I have enjoyed seeing BYU playing well-known teams from big conferences on national TV, with wins over these teams from time to time.
That said, there is excitement belonging to a conference and knowing we are playing for a conference championship throughout the season. I miss that. Even playing for a G5 conference championship would be better than watching us lose week after week.
We have heard from people within the program say that independence is not sustainable. If so, let's go back to the Mountain West, eat our humble pie, and build a winner again--playing the occasional big-name school, and occasionally beating them. I would sacrifice being able to see every game in order know we were winning again.