The 1961 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University in the Skyline Conference during the 1961 college football season. In their first season under head coach Hal Mitchell, the Cougars compiled a 2–8 record (2–4 against conference opponents), tied for fifth place in the conference, and were outscored by all opponents by a combined total of 289 to 130.
The team's statistical leaders included Eldon Fortie with 469 passing yards, 422 rushing yards, and 891 yards of total offense, and Paul Allen with 261 receiving yards and 58 points scored.
|September 16||San Jose State*||L 13–14|
|September 23||at West Texas A&M*||L 8–55|
|September 30||at North Texas*||L 30–41|
|October 7||Montana||W 7–6|
|October 14||at Utah||L 20–21|
|October 21||at Wyoming||L 8–36|
|November 4||Utah State||L 8–31|
|November 11||Colorado State||W 30–16|
|November 18||at Oregon State*||L 0–35|
|November 25||at New Mexico||L 6–34|