BYU vs. Utah and other top rivalries disrupted by conference realignment
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After Saturday's rumble at LaVell Edwards Stadium, it will be three long years before BYU makes the trip to Rice-Eccles Stadium to resume its longstanding rivalry against Utah. This in-state rivalry started with a post-scrimmage brawl all the way back in 1896. They remained conference rivals through the WAC and the MWC.
Then the Pac-12 invited Utah, and everything changed.
Ironically enough, Utah was BYU's best friend (off the field, of course) in the Mountain West, particularly when dealing with the conference's terrible TV deal. When the Utes left, the Cougars decided to set out on their own as an independent.
To both teams' credit, BYU and Utah have done more to preserve this rivalry than any other disrupted by college football realignment. The Cougars and Utes managed to keep the yearly game going for two years after Utah joined the Pac-12.
After a two-season hiatus, the best in-state rivalry will resume in 2016.
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