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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 13 2011 6:00 p.m. MDT

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I Still Can't Say It
Holladay, UT

Rumors are spreading that the rivalry game may not be played every year. The Utes would prefer to focus on their new friends in the PAC.

We all went to high school. You know how it is when you end up in the popular clique with the cool kids. You have to move on...

A break would also make Coach Roscoe happy, who has has said he thinks it's a good idea for BYU to take a few years of from the rivalry game.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

I talked to Holmoe about a month ago asking how the rivalry was going. He said it was strong, and basically said that there's no question as to whether or not there will be future games. He also said that both teams would be wearing their home jerseys for all the BYU-Utah games. I believe he even said that would be the case this Saturday.

Iowa City, IA

These rivalry games are arguably amongst the most exciting played all year, considering the pairity amongst these two. In the end, only a few years did the game actually mean anything (ex: 2008) other than bragging rights.

Don't be fooled. Good games happen in September too. Keep block U on alert...

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

I think they need to do something about it. Either find a way to move it to the end, or make it the opening game of the season every year. The buildup to the game being the opening game would be big! I hope they find a way to make it happen.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah 31 Byu 17. Game over

Bountiful, UT

I agree about it being the season opener. It would be a blast. But I'm excited about the game and want BYU to win as bad as any other year. Bragging rights for a year sounds good to me. Go get em Cougars!

Fort Hood, TX

Hello, my name is SGT_Coug, and I'm a BYU Fan. I'm excited for this week to be over so I can look forward to a great season after this week. After Utah, I don't have to play any other difficult opponents until I travel to Dallas for Halloween. It's rather ironic though, I'll be flying back to Dallas in December for the Armed Forces Bowl since we'll only lose two more games after this week, TCU and USU...

Oh wow, that was a horrible nightmare. GO UTES, 31-17!

Orem, UT

BYU 31 Utah 17. Game over

Utes, Jazz, and RSL Forever
Taylorsville, UT

Actually people will still be talking about this game in November, the game may not have as much riding on the line as it has in the past but as long as these two teams play people will talk about it. The emotions with this rivalry have gotten to be strong enough that changing the time it's played and eliminating conference titles from the equation won't eliminate the urge to brag about who won the game. Reading the comments on the various articles for these two teams is proof of that, both sides rag on each other and claim they are better. For what it's worth I wouldn't have it any other way, it's good to have a rivalry like we have and if it were to end it wouldn't be as fun since I don't know who would step up to be our rivals. Rivalries like this don't form overnight. GO UTES!!!

North Summit 05
Coalville, UT

This will be another great Rivalry game it would be stupid to not play this game even though this is not for the conference title it still means something to the fans players coaches and the school's FSU and Florida are from different conferences as are alot of Rivalry games. I'm very excited to see these teams play especially how both will be very fired up after close losses that we all know should've been wins here's to another great game! GO COUGARS

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Utah taking its second loss won't really remember how bad it was getting beat up by BYU the third week of the season. They won't remember this one because it won't be competitive. By the end of the season the only thing Utah fans will be remembering is that great win against Montana State and HOPEFULLY a win against Oregon State. Most of the other games on the schedule, especially the road games the Utes will be underdogs.

The problem Utah has is simple--they lack a quarterback this year and will not move the ball. They have a decent looking defense, but they can't score enough for the Utes to be in this one.

BYU 34 Utah 13

Richmond, VA

I had hoped for both teams to come into this game undefeated. Unfortunately, that's not the case so the luster is obviously off. There isn't even much to brag about in this game as it's already void of any meaning. I'm still hoping though that the Cougars will come out on top but in no way do I think it's going to be easy. Utah still has a lot of fight in them so I hope the Cougars will be ready. The Cougars offense still has a lot to prove, and Utah State is going to be even more difficult this year. Go Cougs, and good luck!

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

This isn't even BYU's best home opponent. Both Utah State and UCF are going to be more of a challenge.


Mr. Rock-these comment boards are one place the game will ALWAYS matter! Coming into the season I thought BYU would win this game easily, but after seeing the pitiful offensive performance the last two weeks I am not so confident. If anything, BYU had a better defense than ever, but the offense is a melting pot of stagnant potential.

But in the end the winner will have state bragging rights for the next year and folks on these comment boards will post and comment and belittle and disparage. And I can't wait!

Tuffy Parker
Salem, UT

I agree that it's tough to feel as wrapped up in this as in past years because there is so much of the season to follow.

That said, it may be an interesting game because both offenses have struggled so far this year.

Jordan Wynn looks only marginally better than he did at the end of last season - half-a-notch above awful. (Utes should have put more confidence/development in Griff Robles.)

Jake Heaps is half as good as he was at the end of last season - Sophomore slump maybe...

It's possible that one of the offenses will have a breakout game but I'm going with BYU 17 Utah 13

Pleasant Grove, UT

Media, coaches, and players need to remember that at either school football would not exist without the support of the fans. Fans of both teams want this game! Anyone who says otherwise does not know football, or respect the great history and dozens of great games and moments this rivalry has produced.
I know it's just football. However, America and Utah loves football. Give the fans what we want. If you don't, your program may cease to exist.

Ogden, UT

When I read "Way back in ancient times (OK, 2010), BYU-Utah week was a period of fear and loathing," I quit; reading, that is.

Why is is that sports writers (and journalists in general) need to write controversy?

Does it increase readership in this antagonistic society that we've created?

Does everything have to be "in your face," "put the other guy down," "we're better than you," "diehard win at all costs?"

Sorry, but for me that's not sports.

In this world of controversy and strife of all kinds, can't we just have sports events for the fun of the game anymore?

Why do we need to embrace the Vince Lombardi "Winning isn't everything, but losing is nothing," (or words to that effect)?

When sports journalists and commentators keep the pot stirred up, the game suffers and fans start throwing beer bottles at opposing teams and officials like happened in Cleveland a few years ago.

So, so long Rock, I'll put you on my rapidly expanding list of "journalists" whom I don't care to pay attention to (regardless of how "cleaver" the article.

Meridian, ID

I love this game as much as the next fan. I've seen these teams play each other in Salt Lake and in Provo multiple times. I've worn blue in the MUSS because that was the only seat I could get. I've stormed the field, and I've stormed out of the stadium in utter disappointment. Typically, I lose sleep the night before kickoff. I remember thinking on my mission that if I could choose one day a year to come home, it wouldn't be Christmas or Mothers Day; it would be for The Rivalry.

All that said, I'm finding it hard to get juiced for this game. Is it because BYU broke my heart in Texas last week? I lost sleep before that game...

Maybe it's because we no longer share a conference? Or could it be the fact that it's September?

I turned down a pair of free tickets for the game this week. In years past, I would do almost anything for a ticket. "I can just as easily watch it on tv," I think to myself. Maybe I'm getting old...

I can't tell you what it is, but for me, something is missing...

Salt Lake City, UT

It's not irrelevant. There are just more important games for both teams. Utah has to start preparing for Pac 10 opponents. BYU has to start preparing for the Armed Forces Bowl.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA


"I can't tell you what it is, but for me, something is missing..."

I can tell you what it is. It's that your big brother is now playing in the Pac-12, all while you're still a peer to the mid-majors. You're missing that Big TeX invite.

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