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 lost a great deal of production on its defense with the graduation of Brandon Ogletree, Romney Fuga and Ziggy Ansah, who is now playing for the Detroit Lions. Eathyn Manumaleuna, JUCO transfers Marques Johnson and Kalolo Utu and freshman Tuni Kanuch will round out the defense this year, along with Bronson Kaufusi, replacing Ansah.

Though it probably won’t be quite as strong a unit as last season, this Cougar defense should still suffocate its fair share of opponents.

On the offensive side of the ball, Riley Nelson has graduated. A controversial quarterback, he often stayed on the field and managed to sustain some good drives. Though there is no question Hill is the starter, he must stay healthy. Otherwise, it could be a long game against the relentless Utah defense.

As for the offensive line, the unit has essentially started over from last season. Manaaki Vaitai and Michael Yeck are two of the primary starters on the line. Along with them, potential starters include Josh Carter, Edward Fusi, Tim Duran and De'Ondre Wesley. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae has shifted the line around a bit since the Virginia loss, though, so this could change again.
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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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