Blue roundup: Pundits chime in on possible end of Utah-BYU rivalry game

Published: Tuesday, April 17 2012 11:00 a.m. MDT

Brigham Young Cougars running back JJ Di Luigi (10) is stopped by the Ute defense in college football action in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010.

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The possible end of the BYU-Utah football rivalry is making headlines around the country.

The independent Cougars and Pac-12 member Utes are set to play in Salt Lake City in September, but there are no other games scheduled beyond that.

Writes Yahoo! Sports' Graham Watson: "This is not an issue of whether Utah can beat BYU or vice versa, it's about the mental energy expended leading up to that game. For an entire week, heck, even the few weeks leading up to the contest, that's all anyone will talk about across the state. It's a big deal, can consume both teams and manifest into the biggest game of the season even if it's only the third week of the year. So Utah gets all jacked up for the Holy War on Sept. 15 and could hit an emotional wall for its Pac-12 season opener against Arizona State the following week."

Meanwhile, former BYU running back Harvey Unga has been reinstated from the reserve/left squad list and is rejoining the Chicago Bears.

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