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Published: Sunday, June 24 2012 10:27 p.m. MDT

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BlueCoug
Orem, UT

Although I haven't been to a game at Notre Dame Stadium, yet,

I still have my

"Heaven on Earth, BYU 21 Notre Dame 14"

t-shirt from the 1994 game.

I'm looking forward to renewing the BYU-Notre Dame series.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

I though that I was cool for arranging my work schedule so I could attend the Utah game. My son trumped me with the announcement that he and his wife would be attending the Notre Dame game. Hopefully both resounding victories!

Go cougars!!

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Went there with our team a few years ago. Must admit I am not a big Notre Dame fan, didn't want to like the place, etc... but I cam away with a world of respect for the place and its fans. The place just oozes tradition. If you get the change, go. Don't think about it..... just do it. For any sports fan, seeing a game there should be on your bucket list.

Still not a Notre Dame fan, but I have a new respect for the program and its history. And extremely nice fans.

Coyoteghost
Saint George, UT

What a great introductory article. Couldn't help but think of the contrast of this college spirit with that of BYU-Utah games. I hope that the BYU-Notre Dane game comes to replace the former in-state series. May Cougar fans be as hospitable as those of South Bend.

XelaDave
Salem, UT

Have attended two BYU games at ND- each was a remarkable experience- respectful fans- great ushers that had one purpose- make sure your game day experience was the best- have attended games in Provo for years but must admit I have never had a game day experience even remotely close to those at ND in Provo- we can learn much from them on how to put on a show and make it a wonderful experience for all fans no matter who you want to win- their band played the BYU fight song prior to the game- learned and played while we sang along- very cool

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Assuming both BYU and Notre Dame remain independent, I expect this series to continue beyond the 2020 season. I can see it becoming an annual event.

Assuming the proposed playoff system (Top 4 teams chosen by a selection committee) is ratified by the college presidents, I expect to see another wave of conference realignment.

If both BYU and ND do well, this could open the doors for some other teams to turn independent. Navy will bow out of their commitment to the Big East before they ever play a game, just like TCU did. Boise and SDSU could do the same. The Big East offers them nothing without AQ status.

The playoff system will incent conferences towards smaller conferences, not super conferences. I expect to see a move back towards 8 and 10 team conferences, so the "pot of gold" is spread among fewer teams.

I also see teams strengthening their non-conference games and eliminating the cupcakes, to increase their strength of schedule which will be heavily weighted by the selection committee. Whit may want to re-think his plans about leaving BYU in the dust to add another game against Cupcake U.

PAC12Fan
South Jordan, UT

Aaah. Best friends forever. Please take care of us and takes us under your large, wealthy, influential wings as we need more friends right now. And please do it in November. Oh and please make it a home and home. And please make sure it doesn't interfere with important dates like the deer hunt, conference or EFY. . Oh and please make sure we are on NBC. We have a truck you know just in case NBC does not have one.

ECR
Burke, VA

I was also at the game in 2005. Sorry but I was rooting for the Irish. While raising my four sons I instilled in them a deep seeded hatred for Notre Dame - "What college team gets their own TV network? (NBC). Then my oldest son was given a fellowship to the ND graduate school where he earned his doctorate degree. I can't even calculate how much money that was worth but the experience he had attending school there, and our experience in visiting him and his family - and going to a couple of football games - has turned me 180 degrees. Now I'm a huge fan. I'm also a BYU fan, especially in the Lavell Edwards era, but I'll probably be rooting for the Irish in this years's game.

Either way, it should be a great rivalry over the next few seasons. Good luck to both teams.

And by the way, all the friendliness and tradition that everyone in this article mnentioned are totally accurate.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

It sounds like all of us in the state of Utah could learn from Notre Dame fans. They have tough rivalry games almost every week and still manage to keep the focus on football and good sportsmanship. Maybe one day we'll be able to have games against each other in this state and still be able to congratulate each other on a good contest. I'm sure Notre Dame fans aren't perfect but they certainly are light years ahead of all of us.

Big 12 Bob
Salt Lake City, UT

CouginTX, yours is certainly a unique theory. Teams move to independence (BYU) when they can do better than being in a conference (MWC). I don't know the numbers for SDSU, but I cannot imagine that they could pull down more dollars going independent than skimming off the Big East.

Is your theory that there would suddenly be a bunch of independent teams because they got booted from a conference, or because they find independence profitable?

The Big 12 is quite happy with 10 members, so you are correct if you said they won't expand. But I have a hard time seeing the SEC, Big 10, ACC, and others kicking out members. Your theory ignores existing conference and television contracts. Booting members risks litigation and voided contracts, all of which reduce the pot of gold.

Papa Smurf UTE
Herriman, UT

Knutson says that the Y and Notre Dame have a lot in common in the article. The only thing both teams have in common is that they are both religious schools, and they are both independent. That is where the comparisons end. BYU has much more in common these days with Arma and Navy. Both of those teams would give BYU a home and home. Notre Dame, Texas, etc will not. Hopefully the Y can make a game out of it. I dont think that Riley will be the starting QB at that point of the season. He will get dinged up before then, and if he is still in the game without an injury, he is mentally tough, a gamer, and a great guy, but not a great QB against good teams. I guess we will see though. That is why we play the game.

Pedro Sanchez
Magna, UT

In the spirit of great fans, I just want to say that I love you cougar fans. May your team have a great season. Now, I would like to ask you what you have against kids who come from trailer parks? Isn't that the American dream? To rise up from humble beginnings and get a college education? What do you have against beer? I drink only good quality beers. I have never poured a beer on an opposing fan who didn't deserve it.

Have a great football season!

Ares
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Title: Going to Notre Dame is more than a game, it's an experience.

How many schools say that about BYU?

None.

BYU Notre Dame of the West? I don't think so.

Y Grad Pumping Gas
Beaver, UT

Y Dad / Y Grad

A lot of time and energy to go watch two "Y" losses.

I wonder if Notre Dame can beat a 44 point spread.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Y Grad Pumping Gas

Ah, but hope springs eternal. Keep pumping that gas, do it well enough and maybe someday you'll have hope too.

NightOwlAmerica
SALEM, OR

CougFaninTX said:

".....If both BYU and ND do well, this could open the doors for some other teams to turn independent. Navy will bow out of their commitment to the Big East before they ever play a game, just like TCU did. Boise and SDSU could do the same. The Big East offers them nothing without AQ status.

The playoff system will incent conferences towards smaller conferences, not super conferences. I expect to see a move back towards 8 and 10 team conferences, so the "pot of gold" is spread among fewer teams."

Geez. Here we go again with playing follow the leader. Teams are not going to join the independent bandwagon. Besides why would BYU want other schools competing for its WAC teams? Gotta keep hat WAC legacy going! More independent teams would mean BYU would be forced to schedule D-2 teams to fill out their schedule. Do you want that? Hey! Anything for a 10 win season and a top 23-25 finish in the polls right?

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

"If both BYU and ND do well, this could open the doors for some other teams to turn independent'
cOUGFANTX,

Here you go again with the bYu and ND "brotherhood". ND has no interest in bYu doing well as an independent....infact they would like nothing more then bYu joining a conference. Again, Y would ND be excited to have others follow their monopoly on independence? For what ever reason you think ND is your friend....they are not.

Infact, ND is a bit upset on how bYu represented themselves toward the Big East. They really would like bYu to join the Bigeast as a standard football member and leave them to what they do best.

3grandslams
Iowa City, IA

Loved my experience at ND in '05. The fans were classy and friendly. I'm very much looking forward to Oct. 20th and yes, I will be there. I hope this matchup becomes yearly and replaces the rivalry Utah doesn't want to keep.

Chewbacca
Magna, UT

3grandslams- I hope it becomes an annual rivalry too. That would be too funny to see the y playing an annual "rivalry game" in a long term two-for-one series with ND.

Striker
Omaha, NE

So much respect for ND. I love these ND articles. Educational. I'd rather play a classy school and let Utah drop us cuz BYU is too tough of a school to play non-conference to play a school who challenges themselves and plays hard teams week after week, just like BYU will start doing after this WAC contract ends this year. Sounds like if there is one place to attend a football game, it's Notre Dame. Catholics vs. Mormons for years to come. Looking forward to it!

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