Breaking down the in-state rivalries in 2013: Utah at BYU

Published: Monday, Sept. 16 2013 2:32 p.m. MDT

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BYU had arguably its best defense ever last season, ranking No. 3 nationally in total defense. But the Cougars' inconsistent offense plagued them along the way to an 8-5 finish last season, just the third time in the Bronco Mendenhall era the Cougars have finished below the 10-win mark.

Before the start of spring ball, Mendenhall explained where he sees his program and what he strives to accomplish: "I've self-imposed — no one has imposed it on me — that the minimum standard is a top 25 ranking. That's what I believe is supposed to happen at BYU. I think in five of the last seven years, we've done that. There's not many other teams that have. That's good. Better would be the top 10. Best is national champion.”

While plenty of starters from last season have returned, the Cougars must address some big question marks on offense and defense.
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sandy, ut

This article has to be the least insightful and least interesting sports article I've read in a very long time.

Sooooooooooooooo lazy. The rivalry deserves better analysis than this.

Sandy, Utah

WOW. What a boring article... You should have just stated "BYU and Utah play for the last time in 2 years and it should be a good game".

Salt Lake City, UT

Agreed that the article is lackluster. This article more looks like a preseason primer. I do wonder about the OT loss for the Utes. In my opinion it is more demoralizing than it is motivating. Think of BYU vs St Mary's last year in basketball. That was the turning point in the season in many regards. A hard loss on the home turf in a very abrupt fashion.

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