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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 13 2011 8:32 p.m. MDT

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MiP
Iowa City, IA

I've never been fond of kickers acting as holders. Why not prep Jon Hays as the holder. This gives you an added dimension. USC would have been caught completely off guard by Hays gettting the snap, standing up and lobbing the ball to a streaking tight end for a TD....Just a thought.

The U/Y game lacks national attention because of the teams being 1-1. Had they both won last week, there would be a good chance they would both be ranked. That would generate attention.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Well, duh, the teams didn't beat their last opponents, so are not meeting undefeated. That was needed to create the national hype. Duh.

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

It may not have the hype, but it certainly will have more exposure as the game is televised nationally on ESPN. When the U says national, it must mean it is not being contacted by the LA media. Because no one on the east coast, but very few die hard U fans cared about last weeks USC-Utah game. It was played after most there had turned off the TV and gone to bed.

KamUte
South Jordan, UT

No hype because it means nada. BYU has nothing to gain but pride and Utah has nothing to gain by winning or losing. Two programs going different directions.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

It's just another practice for an AQ team against a non-AQ team.

Nothing to care about here, unless you're the non-AQ team and it makes you feel like one of the big-boys for a few hours.

utah 31
byu 17

And we don't even care about this game anymore.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Hellooo:

"...no one on the east coast, but very few die hard U fans cared about last weeks USC-Utah game. It was played after most there had turned off the TV and gone to bed."

The game ended just after midnight here on the East coast. On a Saturday night. People here on the East coast don't go to bed as early as Provoans. We don't believe when the clock strikes midnight, breaking into early Sunday morning, that our vehicles will turn into pumpkins.

And for the record, I watched the game over at one of our local sports grills with a group of my "die hard U" alumni, and the Utah-USC game was the one being showed on the big screen. Even though it was on the "Vs." channel.

Christy B
Salt Lake City, Utah

Game of the year for Utah fans after that embarrassing beat down to a crippled, unranked Trojan squad in Utah's PAC 12 debut eliminated the Utes from the conference race.

Just another BCS opponent for BYU as the Cougars start building momentum for a great 2011 finish.

BYU 34
Utah 14

Utah fans really do care about this game, they're just pretending indifference so it doesn't hurt so bad when they lose.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

ESPN Prime-time thanks to BYU's contract. A lot of people will be watching this to wind down their Saturday football fix.
Maybe not a lot of Ute fans outside Utah but millions of BYU fans across the country and outside the U.S.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Every Y game lacks national hype.

forreal people
SLC, UT

There are not "millions of byu fans accross the county and outside the U.S." tuning in. Who out side the US watches college football, especially the Y? Please tell me you have some ratings evidence of this "outside the US claim" and your not just making it up.

with 6 mill in the US, and 1/2 of them children under the age of 12 bringing it to 3 mill, and half of that living in Utah bringing it to 1.5 mill, and undesputebly some of those are not die-hard football fans - so lets be generous and say 3/4 of them are (including 100% of the woman)- bringing it to a grand total of 1 mill viewers out side the state of Utah.

1 million.

Does anyone have a problem with my math or my completely incorrect assumption that 3/4 of all men and woman over the age of 12 will tune in for every football game that their favorate team plays?

Why keep up the baisless claim of all the national viewer ship? It's actually impossible if you doe the math.

forreal people
SLC, UT

oh, and i forgot to mention the fact that at least half of the LDS inside the state of utah are NOT BYU fans.

SL valley has 1.3 million people and utah county has how many?

The fanship in Utah is split between USU UTAH and BYU.

fan in orem
Orem, Utah

forreal people: take a chill pill. I think the point was there would be a lot of BYU fans around the world watching the game, since it won't be on KJZZ. Speaking of providing evidence: "The fanship in Utah is split between USU UTAH and BYU" - You're right, the split is 5%, 30% and 65%. Please provide evidence to the contrary. If it was an even split between schools, someone other than KJZZ would have picked up your other games. The PAC is going to come to realize in coming years that they miscalculated when they thought they would pick up the SLC market by adding the u.

TheSportsAuthority
Arlington, VA

forreal people

You're really clueless if you think that BYU/Utah divide is Utah Valley/Salt Lake Valley

half the college football fans in Salt Lake Valley are BYU fans

fan in Orem is close, the overall state is split about

BYU(60%) Utah(30%) Utah State(6%) Weber State(3%) Southern Utah(1%)

outside Utah, the Utes are a very distant 2nd to BYU

65% of BYU's students are from outside Utah

only 10% of Utah's students are from outside Utah

plus there are hundreds of thousands of BYU fans outside Utah who never attended BYU, but very few Utah fans outside Utah who didn't attend Utah

BYU's recent trip to Mississippi is an indication of that:

At the Friday night fireside, the stake center was standing room only; every nook and cranny of the building where a chair could be placed was filled with BYU fans from the area.

It's doubtful if that had been Friday night pep rally for Utah, that the Utes would have had even a handful of locals at the pep rally.

wwookie
Payson, UT

Inside Utah, the split is definitely not 2 to 1 as the self-proclaimed Mr. SportsAuthority believes. Keep on living in your bubble.

Outside the state you are most definitely correct. but let me ask you about real football fans who understand the game - that is most decidely in favor of the Utes, the BCS busters.

And some fans say they don't care about this game (why even comment then?), but this game is big. I get to call my parents and let them know that for another year, they won't dare bring up the fact I am wearing Utah gear when I come see them. Work colleagues will become open game for some fun at their (and their team's) expense.

Utah 24
BYU 17

GO UTES!

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

BYU 34
Utah 14

btw, wwookie, the split in Utah is at least 2 to 1 in favor of BYU

BYU Football on KSL Radio outperformed Utah Football on ESPN 700 by a better than two-to-one margin in most key demographics (2010 season, game-by-game analysis).

Team/Station - Season Average - Season High - Best Five Average

BYU on KSL radio - 184,000 - 229,200 (v. Utah on 11/27/10) - 212,700
Utah on ESPN 700 - 75,000 - 153,100 (v. TCU on 11/6/10) - 97,200

Other media would show the same proportions, but it's much harder to measure since television ratings don't distinguish between BYU and Utah fans, and we no longer have KSL and KUTV simulcasting of BYU-Utah games.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Chris B | 8:57 a.m. Sept. 14, 2011
Salt Lake City, UT

It's just another practice for an AQ team against a non-AQ team.
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How ya doing Chris B?

Has your AQ team beat any other AQ teams since becoming and AQ team?

Oh, sorry, a 9 pt. loss.

But finally, your AQ team will get a shot at playing on ESPN this year. Even you have got to love that national exposure. Maybe your team can get up for that?

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

"but let me ask you about real football fans who understand the game"

You're seriously comparing the football "understanding" of young, wet-behind-the-ears 20-somethings who didn't know that football existed 8 years ago (pre-2003) to fans who've been immersed in great football for decades?

Get over yourself.

#1 > #2 no matter how you spin it

Win a national award of any kind -- national championship, Heisman Trophy, national individual award, national college football hall of fame -- then you can talk about your football "understanding".

The fact that you keep beating the BCS drum demostrates just how little you "understand".

Cougars - Wise Older Brothers
Anaheim, CA

BlueCoug

"the split in Utah is at least 2 to 1 in favor of BYU"

Now you're really hitting below the belt bringing actual, verifiable statistics into the discussion.

BYU season average - 184,000 - during a 7-6 season
Utah season average - 75,000 - during a 10-3 season

skywalker
Palo Alto, CA

Neither team is ranked, they're both 1-1, and Utah hasn't beaten an FBS opponent; so why should this year's game be getting national hype?

September is way too early to play this game. It needs a full season's buildup to do the intensity of the game between fans and teams justice.

DontMUSSwUtah
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

BlueCoug-

You're seriously basing this estimation on the amount of people who listen to the radio? Last i checked, most people liked to watch their sports on these things called television sets. I won't pretend that Utah has more fans than BYU, but a 2:1 in-state ratio is ridiculous.

From a rational standpoint(and unofficial because i'm unable to access any sort of statistic at the moment), its probably more like 49% of the state are BYU fans (about 70%[Being generous]of the church, which makes up about 70% [again being generous] of the state). Utah fans make up about 38% of the states population (Getting 20% of the population of the church, which is 14% of the total population, and 80% of everyone else, which is about 24%). The other 13ish% are the other Utah schools and people who don't care.

For those who don't care to read:
BYU- 49%
Utah- 38%
Everyone else- 13%
Yeah, not quite 2:1.

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