A week of smack-talking, pranks and rivalry jokes is gone — rivalry gameday has finally arrived for football fans.
Utah will visit LaVell Edwards Stadium, where they hold a 3-2 advantage over BYU in games played since 2003.
BYU is looking to find the holes through the Utes defensive line and quarterback Taysom Hill will need an even more prominent performance than his 259 rushing yards against Texas.
Here are the stakes, trends and other keys to the rivalry matchup.
UTAH (2-1) at BYU (1-1)
SATURDAY, 8:15 p.m.
LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470)
Natural grass, Provo
Radio: 1160AM and 700AM
Weather: Sunny with wind, 82 degrees
The Utes would love to carry a four-game winning streak into the series hiatus. More importantly, however, is some momentum heading into a season-ending stretch of eight consecutive Pac-12 games.
For BYU ... After three straight setbacks to Utah, many of BYU’s seniors have never beaten the Utes. The Cougars don’t have a conference championship to play for, so they need to win this game for a shot at the state title.
For Utah ... The Utes defeated BYU 54-10 in 2011 — the last time the teams played in Provo.
For BYU ... The Cougars have a 2-3 record against Utah at LaVell Edwards Stadium since 2003.
Utah will win if ... the Utes can play effective defense — avoiding the problems Texas had in Provo. Travis Wilson’s continued development is also key.
BYU will win if ... the Cougars avoid turnovers and if the offensive line protects quarterback Taysom Hill and opens up holes in the running game.
Taysom Hill, BYU: What will the sophomore quarterback do for an encore after rushing for 259 yards and three touchdowns against Texas?
BYU’s offensive line vs. Utah’s defensive line: The battle in the trenches could be quite pivotal as the Utes try to make things uncomfortable for Hill.
Utah: Nothing reported, as per team policy during the season.
BYU: No players on the two-deep are expected to miss the game due to injury. However, senior linebacker Spencer Hadley will not play because he is serving a five-game suspension for violating the honor code.