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5 reasons Utah will beat BYU in the 2012 Rivalry Game

Published: Friday, Sept. 14 2012 7:40 p.m. MDT

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They say you can throw the records out the window when two rivals meet, and you can pretty much do that with Utah and BYU. Though both teams have been competitive the last eight years (regardless of record and talent), this game almost always seems to come down to the final play. The only three times that hasn't happened the past decade were in 2011, 2008 and 2004...all Utah wins.

In 2005, big underdogs and battling injuries, the 5-5 Utes went down to Provo and knocked off the surging Cougars in overtime to salvage their season. A year later, with BYU much improved and having already locked up the Mountain West Conference championship, Utah again nearly upset the Cougars, though this time it was John Beck and Jonny Harline creating a bit of magic of their own.

Ultimately, if history is a template, this game will come down to potentially one or two plays and if that's the case, the Utes have just about as good of a shot at winning as the Cougars.

Just ask Brandon Burton.
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