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10 must-see BYU, Utah or USU home football games on the 2013 college schedules

Published: Friday, Aug. 23 2013 11:45 a.m. MDT

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Date: Sept. 21

Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium

A hiatus is just over the horizon, a football season without the annual BYU-Utah rivalry game. What does that mean? The winner of the 2013 matchup, taking place in Provo this year, gains bragging rights for three full years.

Since Utah moved to the Pac-12, the games have been in September, which many think makes the game less important. However because of its rich history, the rivalry game will never lose its steam. It hardly ever matters if one team or the other is having a better season, no one is safe in the rivalry game. That is what makes it so special.
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Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

Good luck to all the teams from Utah!

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

For Utah fans, the order of this list is probably right. But from a national perspective, the biggest games that would get the school national attention with a win, it was to be:

3. Utah State - Boise State
2. Utah - Stanford
1. BYU - Texas

Good luck to BYU, Utah State, and Utah - in that order.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

Sorry, but no.

Stanford-Utah is a bigger game than BYU-Texas.

And no CougFanTX... beating #4-ranked Stanford would bring more national attention than beating #15-ranked Texas. (assuming those teams are still ranked similarly when we play them)

gonefishn
Salt Lake City, UT

Cougfanintx
I like the 3 games you picked but not the order. Texas is picked 3rd or 4th in their own conference and their coach is on a major hot seat.

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

Actually, CougFaninTX had it correct:

Texas at BYU will be a much bigger game nationally than Stanford at Utah.

By the time Stanford comes to RES, the Utes will already be 1-4 (0-2 PAC) and hopelessly out of contention for a bowl bid, let alone anything of significance on a national scale.

But at least the Utes will have that #10 pillow fight in the Rockies game left to look forward to.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

truth,

Utah will end the season 8-4(better record against harder strength of schedule than byu)
and be in contention for Rose Bowl within last 1-2 games of season

When will byu's BCS bowl hopes end.

By game 1 or 2 at the latest!

LOL

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

chris b

"Utah will end the season 8-4..."

bwahaha!

The closest the Utes will ever get to playing in the Rose Bowl will be their road game at UCLA every other year.

Utah will end the season 4-8 and their bowl game hopes will end a week from tonight.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

The Texas game would be worth getting tickets for no question. A thumping of Texas could open some eyes in the BIG12 for the Y?

wwookie
Payson, UT

"The winner of the 2013 matchup, taking place in Provo this year, gains bragging rights for three full years"
-dnews talking about the rivalry game.

That will make it SIX straight years for utah to have bragging rights. Sounds a lot like the nineties, but just in reverse.

gamer
PROVO, UT

I hope Utah wins 6 games this year! I would be thrilled.

Class act
Washington, UT

The Utah vs BYU game use to be big but it is no longer relevent. Utah is concerned with conference games. The PAC12 games are all challenging. The Y game is a no win deal. Utes should win it based on size and talent. Utah holds a substantial lead in the overall series.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@wwookie,

6 straight years of bragging, you're right!

And you're right about things being reversed, something I've been saying over and over

Byu hasn't had a top 10 finish in the last 10 years

And Utah has had 2

Another 10 years Utah will have a Rose Bowl or two

And byu will likely be shutting down the football program as superconferences formed and no one deemed byu a worthy invitee

Iceman
Orem, UT

Class act- Utah holds a substantial lead in the overall series, only because of the early years (before Lavell Edwards, when BYU was more like a club team than a college team of scholarship players.

I don't think Utah wins this on size and talent, by a long shot.

Justmythoughts
Provo, UT

Utah vs Colorado as the number 10 game? .... I guess.

sportyguy
sandy, UT

What the ???

UCLA comes to Utah and Colorado comes in higher?!?!??????

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT
Actually, CougFaninTX had it correct:

Texas at BYU will be a much bigger game nationally than Stanford at Utah.

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Sorry friend.

You apparently don't understand the question. Your blue brother raised the question of which school would garner more national recognition with a victory.

Not, which is the better matchup.

Utah, regardless of their record, beating a Stanford ranked in the top 5 (if they're still in the top 5 by then) would gain more recognition than BYU would by beating a Texas ranked outside the top 15 (if they are still ranked similarly by then).

So again... CougFanTX is incorrect. And so are you Truth.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

chris b

"Utah will end the season 8-4..."

bwahaha!

The closest the Utes will ever get to playing in the Rose Bowl will be their road game at UCLA every other year.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Some exciting action in Utah this year. Perhaps the list should be expanded to 12 games. UCLA (yes, that UCLA) is coming to SLC. They are expected to be a contender, if not win, the PAC-12 South and are currently ranked in or near the top 25. Also Arizona State should be included for the same reasons UCLA should be.

Utah plays 5 of the top 25 teams this year and their schedule has been ranked as high as 5th in the country for degree of difficulty. But wait!.... next year they replace BYU and Utah State with Michigan and Fresno State (both of these teams are ranked in the top 25 of the country currently. It is no stretch to believe next years schedule could be the most difficult in the country.! Unbelievably difficult.... unmatched excitement!

Smart Aleck
Vancouver, WA

The Saturday household schedule this fall will revolve around Utah's games because there is a greater risk of a loss and more riding on each game. Any win will be a "red" letter day. But then again, the USU games are "appointment viewing" because of the underdog factor. Here's to rooting for the underdog!

BYU's wins are a foregone conclusion. I'll just catch the late night replay on BYUtv after the kids are in bed.

Ultimately, I don't have to pick and choose; I can watch them all.

Smart Aleck
Vancouver, WA

The Stanford - Utah game is a strong regional matchup. The Texas - BYU game will generate national interest since Texas and BYU each have a stronger national following. Not to mention that the Stanford game will probably be shown on the PAC12 version of the .mtn, which nobody gets, while the Texas game will be on ESPN.

If the Utes get blown out, this may be a blessing in disguise because no one will see it. If BYU gets blown out, it will be front and center.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

This will be a great year watching both of my teams thump the y. The y will be the under dog against both Texas and USU.

Hook'em and Go Big Blue!!!

Koloss
Hampton, VA

The Stanford-Utah game is WAY bigger than the BYU-Texas game. Texas is trying to make it back to being relevant whereas Stanford is in the hunt for the national championship. Nobody is expecting Texas to win it all this year but Stanford losing would nearly knock them out of the race. The game also has conference implications. If Stanford loses they would have to absolutely beat Oregon to win the North and make into the Pac-12 Championship game and Utah could probably jump into the hunt for the South division title. As for possibly being on the PAC-12 Network, highlights of a Utah upset of Stanford would be plastered all over ESPN. The reality is nobody thinks Utah or BYU is going to win either game so if they lose it's not going to mean much nationally.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Advantage of a conference:

The games listed identifies 4 home games for the Y on the list. Texas and Utah in Sept. and Georgia Tech and Boise State in Oct. November home schedule? Idaho State.

On the other hand Utah's home games identified lists Utah State in August, Oregon State in Sept., Stanford in Oct. and Colorado in November. 4 months 4 games. I submit the Arizona State and UCLA games are much bigger than the Y's Georgia Tech. In reality what does any of the Y's game mean other than that particular meeting? Bowl implications? Not really. No conference standings. Rivalries? How do you develop a rivalry playing a team 2 times? or even 4 times in 10 years? When will the Y play Georgia Tech again? Much more riding of the Utah vs. UCLA and Arizona State games!

anti BCS
Anaheim, CA

Class act

"The Utah vs BYU game use to be big but it is no longer relevent[sic]. Utah is concerned with conference games."

Since when is winning conference games relevant for the Utes. The Utes are always losing to conference bottom dwellers (see Wyoming, Colorado State, New Mexico, 10-loss UNLV and 10-loss Colorado). Only 6 conference championships since 1958 is proof enough that Utah is irrelevant when it comes to winning conference championships.

anti BCS
Anaheim, CA

Who am I sir?

Don't count your ranked opponents until the season's over. The Utes were supposed to play #1-ranked USC last season and ended up losing to a 7-6 team that barely finished above .500.

Ross
Madison, AL

The reason we play the games is so that we don't have to live with political football answers for ever. Until the games are played the blabber about who is going to win or loose is just political.

deductive reasoning
Arlington, VA

Who am I sir?

Home or away, only a crimson-glasses wearing fan would think that ending every season playing Colorado is an advantage.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

Truth Machine

"Texas at BYU will be a much bigger game nationally than Stanford at Utah."

Really? How do you think Texas views this game? I am 100% positive that Texas' bigger concern rests with their conference opponents. A win or a loss at byu means nothing as long as they win the Big-12. Therein is the illusion of being independent. The only people who care a jot or tittle about a game against an independent is the independent and it's fans.

This thread is proof enough that what byu fans care most about is conference standings and championships and byu is no longer playing for that distinction.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

The PAC is getting way more love than last year's lackluster bowl record should have indicated. The league face-planted. Oregon and Stanford are the only two teams ranked about where they should be. I question all the others until they SHOW that they belong in the top25 by beating supposedly weaker teams.

Arizona State--Utah should have made the list because Utah has a bye, home field and a very good chance at winning their first PAC12 game against a team that ends with a winning record in the league. I believe the Colorado game was on the list because Utah and Colorado are evenly matched. Its not a game anyone cares about unless the winner gains bowl eligibility.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

I don't think the Utah-colorado game should have even been listed.

My predictions for the in-state games:

I think the home team wins in all three games, just like last year.

2BCSWINS
West of I15, UT

@jealous of the BCS....."Since when is winning conference games relevant for the Utes. The Utes are always losing to conference bottom dwellers (see Wyoming, Colorado State, New Mexico, 10-loss UNLV and 10-loss Colorado). Only 6 conference championships since 1958 is proof enough that Utah is irrelevant when it comes to winning conference championships."

So what your trying to tell us then is the cougies have lost to a conference bottom dweller 56 times, 3 in a row, 4 of 5, 8 of 11. ? for you why can't the cougies beat this bottom dweller?

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