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Published: Tuesday, July 10 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

This is great news for byu. Just think of all pickle juice byu will be able to drink to get ready for the big game in 2014.

Highland, UT


Norman, OK

This is a shame

Frisco, TX

What a tragedy for the fans! Of course, both programs will survive without the game, but ending one of the best rivalries in college football is shameful. Hill will forever be remember as the one who ended the rivalry. I hope he's happy with his legacy.

Unca Bon

I have mixed emotions about this. I don't mind it so much since the rivalry has reached unhealthy levels and will relieve at least some of the tension between the two teams. But college football is also missing out on one of the best rivalries in sports that often provided thrilling finishes. Best of luck to you Utes. Go Cougars!

Sacramento, CA

Go USC Trojans! Beat the Utes.

Alpine Coug
Alpine, UT

Awesome news for both programs. Make fans of both schools appreciate the amazing rivalry in a new light. Couldn't have come at a better time. On the other hand, can hardly wait until September. Ought to be an awesome showdown!

All the best to both schools in the hiatus and beyond.

Cedar Hills, UT

That's a shame, it really is. I think saying "that's just the current landscape of college football" is just a cop-out. I'd be surprised if it's picked up in 2016 - it will be too easy to replace it with 'better options.' Sad to see. When will the craziness end? To think that all of this is in the name of "it's in the best interest of our school and our fan-base." Not sure whose best interest this is.


Bailing on BYU and USU? Utah really has no sense of tradition or rivalry. I pity any Utah fan that actually cares about football.

BYU and Utah won't play for a world war... and for joining the Pac-12.

I guess those Utes are just nothing but the "big time" now.

Papa Smurf UTE
Herriman, UT

Sounds about right. They needed to make room for Michigan, and buying out Utah St in 2014 will allow us to have another home game, since we would only have 4 PAC 12 home games that year. I wish this was not the case. There is nothing that I love more than the UTAH vs yBu game every year, and beating them into the ground. My wife and I even made sure that we did not have our first kid during football season, so there was no conflict with this or any other game. This will only make the rivalry that much more intense. 2 years off, will only build the trash talking between teams.

NW Coug
Provo, UT

Unfortunate but somewhat predictable. Decades and decades of a great rivalry just cast aside. What a shame but, again, not a surprise.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

Lame! College football having a playoff is a step in the right direction, but all the realignment garbage has ruined too many good traditions and rivalries. It doesn't make any sense at all. I mean San Diego in the Big East? and these are supposed to be institutions of higher learning. Institutions of greed if you ask me.

Layton, UT

BYU certainly has better options. Now why would I want to travel to Michigan again? Go Cougars and everyone else that Utah plays.

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

Good news for college football fans in Utah. Let the rivalry continue.

Go Utes! I can't wait for football season.

Brigham City, UT

Wow. The end of life as we know it must be near. Oh the agony! Weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth! Or, maybe duckhunter said it best: meh.

Plano, TX

It's good that Utah is getting to play UMich, the team BYU beat to seal its national championship.

Papa Smurf UTE
Herriman, UT


They may have better options some years, but most years, not so much. You aren't going to get those great teams as of right now giving you home and home. Actually wins some games against ranked teams, or teams above .500 to end the year, then they might talk to you. Plus, your better options are only in Sept. You need better options throughout the year. Your schedule is WEAK!!!!

In 2014 the UTES have home games with Stanford, Oregon, USC, and AZ, along with 2 other teams not scheduled. Probably both crap, but who cares when you have USC, Stanford and Oregon, Plus road games against Michigan, UCLA, AZ St, etc. That is a GREAT schedule. Having yBu at home to beat that year would be icing on the cake. I am sad to see the rivalry go away for a couple of years, but that is what's happening with college football. It is all about the money and power.

Go Utes
Salt Lake City, UT

Very disappointing. As a Ute season ticket holder, I always look forward to this game. I understand the reasons for discontinuing, but I feel that big money and conferences are taking the fun out of college football.

Centerville, UT

This is a shame and a testimony of director Hill's short-sightedness. The rivalry has been around much longer, and means much more to us fans and alumni than the short term thrill of a lucrative series against Michigan. Lets get real, if our conference foes are all PAC 12 schools, why do you need Michigan? I would rather keep the rivalry going. Because in years from now, noone will care about the Michigan games, but the exciting rivalry games of recent years will always be talked about.


Here is a video I made about this a couple of months ago.

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