Must-know facts and stats going into the BYU-Utah football game

Published: Thursday, Sept. 19 2013 10:34 a.m. MDT

Courtesy Utah Athletics

Excitement, anticipation, banter and trash talk are buzzing in the Beehive State. The BYU-Utah rivalry continues Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8:15 p.m. MDT in Provo.

Regardless of past outcomes, no matter what the streaks and stats and records are, each new contest is a fresh chapter in which anything can happen. Since the Utes and Cougars won’t meet again until 2016, bragging rights for the next three years are on the line.

But more than that is at stake. A win for Utah will give it renewed confidence as it resumes Pac-12 play, following a disappointing loss at home to Oregon State on Sept. 14. A win for BYU will likewise increase its confidence as it looks ahead to the remainder of the season. And of course, a win for either team puts it one step closer to qualifying for a bowl game.

Over the years, the faces of coaches and players change, but the rivalry between these two squads remains constantly intense. Here are 10 facts about the rivalry going into Saturday’s showdown.

Michael Chase is a graduate of Dixie State University and Deseret News contributor. He is the owner of Mike's Professional Editing LLC, which provides proofreading and audio transcription services. EMAIL: mikesprofessionalediting@gmail.com

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VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Utah is 7-3 at Provo in the last 20 years also.

Go Utes! Build on the twenty year dominance!!

ekute
Layton, UT

The updated article is even better. lol. Go Utes!

spokaloo
Adin, CA

20 years of dominance? Please! Winning 19 of 21 is dominance. Utah is 13-7 over BYU in the past 20 years with 9 of those 13 wins being less than 7 points. Edge, yes. Dominance....in your dreams. The fact is that these two programs are recruiting the same level of talent and that is why the games are consistently close (2011 notwithstanding). To Utah's credit, they hired some great coaches and started caring about football. It has helped them get to BYU's level, whereas for 25 years they were an afterthought. Nobody is going to be dominant again Saturday night. Another close game decided by a play or two.

Speed_Altitude
Centerville, UT

Really liked the picture of McBride and Edwards. Now just try and imagine Whittingham and Mendenhall in the same pose. ha-ha-ha

Northwest Coug
Pasco, WA

spokaloo - You are a voice of reason and 100% correct. These games can't be called anymore. Very equal footing.

Meckofahess
Salt Lake City, UT

Looking forward to another intense and interesting game. I hope the coaches coach well, the players play well and the fans fan well. Lets have some fun and root for our favorite team to win. Everyone stay cool and be grateful to live in a blessed land where we can get fired up over a game. If we lived in Syria, we would have a whole different perspective about life. Let this game be an opportunity for some good sportsmanship and good will to emerge. Lets take that good will and hold it up as a light to others and try to help make this crazy world better somehow! Go Cougs!

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