BYU vs. Utah and other top rivalries disrupted by conference realignment

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18 2013 2:48 p.m. MDT

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Watching the Aggies play the Longhorns used to be as much a part of Thanksgiving as the turkey. Now, that tradition has gone the way of the dodo.

The rivalry came to an abrupt end as Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC last year. It's no secret that A&M resented the way that Texas lorded over the conference, and the new Longhorn Network was the final straw, according to Andy Staples of SI.com.

Of course, these two schools could have worked things out so that this rivalry would continue. After all, Florida makes time for Florida State and USC always makes sure to play Notre Dame.

Instead, pride won out.

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin completely blew off the importance of this rivalry, according to CBS's Chip Patterson. "It's not relevent to us anymore. That's the whole point. It's not an important issue."

College football nation doesn't see it the same way. State Rep. Ryan Guillen introduced a bill to force Texas to play Texas A&M every year, according to ESPN.

It didn't pass, and Texas vs. Texas A&M is no more.
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Layton, UT

Might as well play them and beat them every year. The insults from the jealous haters will never stop anyway. Go Utes!

Farmington, UT

Utah's invitation wasn't "coveted" it was desperation to get the PAC 11 to the PAC 12. Colorado accepted and Utah surely has to be thought of as having a better program than Colorado......or maybe not? If it truly were a coveted invitation to join Larry's group, you'd have witnessed at least one BIG 12 team accept the invite and Utah would still be in the MWC.

Sorry to bore you with the facts.

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