I performed in the Ute band in the 90's and there was only 1 stadium where I had
things thrown at me and profanities shouted at me. Down South. Anyone who doubts
just how nasty this rivalry is has never been to the stadium on game day in
either stadium. Our director came from Minnesota and he said that he had never
seen a nastier rivalry. That's coming from Big 10 country. I am very disapointed
that the game will be in Sept. I wish the Pac 12 would have allowed Utah to
schedule out of conference for this game in Nov.
I hope Bill's call of this week's game is as good as the 2006 call,
"Touchdown, touchdown BYU," spoken very soft and sadly.
Is that utah "athleticism" the stuff they displayed against TCU and
Notre Dame Bill? It looked pretty ordinary to me, especially the secondary. Come
to think about it that secondary looked pretty unathletic against that passing
juggernaut Air Force and gave up almost 600 yds passing to SDSU. But hey Bill
Riley thinks they are athletic LOL
For those who mention that things are becoming more civil in relation to the
Utah-BYU game, it's past time for writers to get on board and cease using the
"Holy War" phrase. It's senseless and does nothing to engender a
One rivalry game in the west that is closer geographically is Oregon vs. Oregon
St. (The Civil War) Eugene to Corvallis is less than 40 miles.
I grew up in LA as a UCLA fan, although, I never actually went to a football
game at USC. Since UCLA is a commuter school, I would say the fans live closer
in proximity than BYU and Utah. Both in the same conference.Yet, as
intense the rivalry is in Southern California it does not hold a candle to the
hate between BYU and Utah.
Agreed Tommy2Shoes.... its intense for this area. To anyone else around the
country, you mention BYU vs Utah and nobody has any idea what you're talking
about. Michigan-OSU, SEC rivalries, the Pac 10 games Tommy mentioned... they're
a big deal with some relevance nationally. I will say though, after watching
this rivalry for the past 13 years, it certainly does involve some pure hatred
from one side to the other. I hadn't even heard of the rivalry before moving
here and its been entertaining to say the least. When you're here and part of
it, its sure hard not to get caught up in the emotion.
Get serious. Football in Utah is not as intense as I've seen between
Cal-Stanford or USC-UCLA. It is a game and a game only. Usually played in
weather so cold a sane person stays home.
Well said Bill.
10 years? Wow Bill you have some serious history with this game. Very hollow.