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Letter:: Keep BYU-University of Utah game

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 13, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    I think Utah should approach BYU with the same attitude BYU used on USU.

    The Y fans were always saying - "it's a no-win to play USU, if we win we were supposed to and if we lose, it's a reputational nightmare"

    the U can rightfully say the same about BYU.

    Y fans said of USU, "we hold a 10 game lead in the series, it's not even close, we outclass them"

    Utah has a 20+ game lead in the series with BYU.

    isn't the Y demanding a 2 for 1 with USU? the U should do the same with the Y.

    I'm with 1aggie, the U can rotate between USU and BYU

  • Informed Voter South Jordan, UT
    April 12, 2012 12:27 a.m.

    I would not miss the game either. The bad behavior by fans has killed my interest in the game.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    @Mountanman
    "You do realize don’t you that in every sport where BYU played Utah, BYU has won every contest for two years except in football?"

    False. Utah won gymnastics both years. Utah women's basketball last year beat BYU en route to winning the mountain west tournament. There's probably other things you got wrong too, I just listed the ones I know from memory.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    Wishful non-thinking about the Conference of Championes from Chris the denier.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    April 11, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    I'd rather The U keep the rivalry w/ Utah St.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 11, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    I think it makes sense for Utah to play an instate rival each year, but why not play BYU every third year (with Utah Sate and Weber State added to the mix)?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 11, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    @ Chris B. You do realize don’t you that in every sport where BYU played Utah, BYU has won every contest for two years except in football? So much for Pac 12 superiority! It doesn’t exist!

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    @Chris B.

    "But this game is now only the #8th or 9th most exciting game on our schedule."

    As a Ute student, that idea is absolutely absurd. There might be a year where USC (or insert some strong PAC-12 south team) is higher, an Oregon or Stanford type undefeated team from the north is higher, a PAC-12 championship game would be higher, and a strong bowl game would be higher. So if we have an extremely good season the BYU game might be 5th most exciting. However, most years it'll be one of the three most exciting games.

    The notion that BYU is a gimme is absurd, recent history will show that BYU has consistently been among the top 60 or so schools. Why does 60 matter? Because there are approximately 60 BCS schools, the thing you care about so much and as such you concede the idea that roughly 60 out of the 110 D1 schools are legitimate football programs. Therefore, since they are top 60, BYU would be one of them.

  • Alex Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    Please, let it die. The ridiculous behavior exhibited by BOTH University's fans is embarrassing.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    The reality of being in a BCS league is that playing "non-AQ" competition is less than desirable. Sure, we need a gimme game to start every season, and perhaps byu can fill that void.

    But this game is now only the #8th or 9th most exciting game on our schedule.

    Colorado is our rival. And we're in a BCS league.

    Sorry, we're moving on.

    Good luck in your WAC pursuit again this year, I think you have a good shot.

  • MarkMAN West Columbia, TX
    April 11, 2012 7:40 a.m.

    Of all the pros and cons for BYU to leave the Mountain West (WAC) teams behind, by far the best and most important change was, finally, the very real possibility that UTAH and BYU would end their competition. Why? Go and read. Now a continuation in baseball or softball or gymnastics or other minor sports certainly would be good.

    The sad part about these changes is the loss of Wyoming and CSU and Air Force. Those were great and long-time opponents minus a couple of years. Well AF wasn't so long still great. I have a very good friend who was the noise-guard at Wyoming during those tense 60's. His stories are more than interesting, they are critical to our understanding.

    Hopefully, the competition will end. It will be GOOD for both.

    Mark