BYU ended the football season with a 9-4 record, including a bowl win over a low-wattage opponent. Utah also finished with a 9-4 record, including a bowl win over a low-wattage opponent.

So naturally both fan bases will spend the off-season dismissing and disparaging one another.

But would the talk be the same if they were both 4-8?

Put it this way: Nothing changed when the teams took a two-year break in football. Nor has it changed this year while the basketball rivalry is on hold.

When it comes to rivalries, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

FROSTYTOWN, U.S.A.

Travel + Leisure magazine ranks Salt Lake City the second-most friendly city in America.

Clearly the magazine didn’t visit on the week of the Utah-BYU game.

GAME CHANGER

The Foster Farms Bowl was sparsely attended. Utah doesn’t really move the meter in Northern California, while Indiana doesn’t even move the meter in Indiana.

Hint to bowl officials: Next year, please offer free Foster Farms chicken nuggets to every fan in attendance. Proposed slogan: “Come for the nuggets, stay for the football.”

AGE APPROPRIATE

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is sporting a master mullet, which has been endorsed by Mr. Mullet himself, Billy Ray Cyrus.

“Coach Gundy rockin’ the mullet? Yeah, shows class — and brass,” Cyrus told ESPN.

Great, but why would anyone want to wear an “Arkansas Waterfall” nowadays?

He’s a man; he’s (over) 40.

MR. SUNSHINE

San Diego Chargers tight end Asante Cleveland says Bill Belichick called him on Christmas last year to tell him he was being cut by the Patriots.

Belichick is now targeting Valentine’s Day to let San Diego know the Chargers are moving to Los Angeles.

INCOMING

Barack Obama has reportedly played over 300 rounds of golf as President.

With that much practice, you’d think he could have yelled “fore” to let Hillary know what was coming.

COULDN’T CAREVILLE

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook had heard enough about triple-doubles by the time he hit Salt Lake, last month.

“Honestly, man, people and this triple-double thing is kind of getting on my nerves,” he said. “For the 100th time, I don’t care.”

Exactly what 19,911 Jazz fans were thinking.