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History of the rivalry: The top 15 BYU vs. Utah football games

Published: Monday, Sept. 16 2013 11:25 p.m. MDT

Utah Utes cornerback Greg Bird (35) recovers the muffed punt form Brigham Young Cougars tight end Bryan Sampson (85) in college football action in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Utes cornerback Greg Bird (35) recovers the muffed punt form Brigham Young Cougars tight end Bryan Sampson (85) in college football action in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The BYU-Utah rivalry is about to hit its first hiatus since World War II as the Utes visit LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday. It will be three long years before the Cougars travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium in 2016 to resume one of college football's most intense rivalries.

So, what better time than the present to look back at some of the rivalry's most memorable games?

From the first brawl in 1896 to Fandemonium in 2012, with the Rice Bowl and answered prayer in between, these are the 15 games to remember as BYU prepares to receive Utah.

Lafe Peavler is a national college football featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @MasterPeavler

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