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Published: Sunday, Sept. 9 2012 9:55 p.m. MDT

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I Bleed Blue
Las Vegas, NV

Get a win in salt Lake and it could be the start of something special. Wouldn't it be great if Utah State and BYU were both undefeated when they meet in Provo?

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

This comes down to who wants it more. Utah will be without their starting QB. But Mendenhall has got to get the team up for this game. Something he hasn't done in several years now. I would love to see the Y return the favor from last year.

Chase
Saint George, UT

BYU looking forward to playing the Pac 10's annex team . . .

Only Utah fans care that the utes beat BYU teams that were "down" the last 2 years. Ute fans will point to the number of wins BYU had last year to make the win look better.

BYU fans will remind those ute fans that BYU only beat one team with a winning record last year - Utah State. Utah state was 7-6. Last year was not a good BYU team.

sammyg
Springville, UT

I Bleed Blue

Yeah, I've been thinking the same thing. Nothing would please me more than seeing the Cougars get sweet revenge this weekend and set the stage for the Aggie match. Can't get too ahead of ourselves though.

Utes are hurting, they have a lot to figure out this week. Whit has his work cut out for him this week, a bunch of damaged goods to sort through and motivate. It might easier said than done to rehabilitate this bunch after such a stinging loss.

The reality of conference play has to be looming in their heads as well. Wynn is gone and a bunch of South Division teams have done well in the preseason. Competition is stiff now and the Utes will start with one or two losses. More mind games!

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

@ eastcoastcoug

Don't know where you're coming from but the Cougars won in OT in Provo in 2009. And there's the classic Beck-to-Harline deal at the U.

Just because a game is close doesn't mean the game was played by uninspired players that didn't give it any effort.

BYU would have won last time in SLC if one missed assignment on the line hadn't occured and resulted in a blocked field goal and that was a year when the Utes were heavily favored.

I remember the "doink" when Utah clanked the potential winning field goal off the right up-right as time expired and lost by two rather than winning by one, again in SLC.

So I think the teams are fairly well matched most years and last years blowout was an anomoly---with 7 turnovers Provo High could have won the game.

I think this year will be close once again, but BYU is in a better position than the Utes. But we'll see...that's why they play the games!

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

A lot of fans are looking forward to it also.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

Just so we are clear on the rules before the game:

If BYU wins, it "counts".

If Utah wins,
- on field results don't count
- it was those PAC 12 refs
- it was "the perfect storm"
- BYU gave it away, the Utes didn't take it

dnay
Salt Lake City, UT

Toosmartforyou, I would say that BYU dominated that game a couple of years ago in SLC, and your right the block field goal may have been a blown assignment, but the fact is Utah made a good play too block the kick. Where we lost the game is when Anae went for it in the Blue zone on 4th down, instead of kicking a chip shot field goal. BYU should have been kneeling on the ball instead of kicking, that game right there pretty much got Anae fired!

And SoonerUte, actually for some of our fan's I'm sure it is like that, just like some of your fans actually think your team was that much better than us because of the final score. You don't take into account that if the the Utes had 7 turnovers the score would have been opposite. So it goes both ways now doesn't it. BYU should have easily won in SLC 2 years ago, but Utah should have won the year we made a 4th and 18. So what do you expect there's many fans on both sides that haven't got a clue!

Proud Ute
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@SoonerUte,

Thank you, you just summarized 100 cougar posts into one. Add a half dozen from comcast sammy and his Direct TV rant and you've got everything they've had to say for the past year rolled into one.

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

I'm happy I will sitting in front of a television set and not at RE stadium to hear heated retoric on both sides especially the Utah hate/vile language/obsene tshirts. Much too intense!! I, for one, am happy NOT to go through the emotions of this matchup for a while, if ever again!

Go Cougars--go BYU!

Striker
Omaha, NE

I don't get into all this hating and ridiculousness that happens this week, but will say this. If BYU wins this game, all these people calling BYU "wacky" and "wacish" will have to face the fact that Utah will have been beaten by two "wacky" teams. Using their same logic of being WAC champs last year, going 2-0 vs the PAC, and a likely third win, would make BYU PAC champions. BYU would be PAC champions way before Utah even won their divsion. They'd also be WAC champions assuming the likely event they will all those games. PAC and WAC champions, sounds pretty good. Hey, it's not my logic, but haters logic. Take care of business this week and this is very much going to be the case this season. This is a classic case of when trash talking comes back to bite you hard.

When both teams are good, how often does either team win 3 in a row? Rarely. All the advantage goes to BYU in this game, and I think it's pretty clear what those advantages are this year.

couglifer
South Jordan, UT

@SoonerUte and Proud Ute

You forgot one and I have said it more than once the better team won last year but this is a new year looking for a great game. Go Cougars

3grandslams
Iowa City, IA

Actually BYU got rid of Utahs secret weapon last year...Jake Heaps. The Cougars are going to be just fine on Saturday.

gchris
rock springs, wy

@ Sooner Ute

Just so we are clear on the rules before the game:

If Utah wins, it was the game of the century and settles once and for all who is the better team, school, conference, schedule, etc.

If BYU wins
- it's okay, because we are now in the PAC12
- BYU plays WAC teams (better scratch that one)
- Utah once won two BCS bowls
- BYU recruited Riley Nelson when he was on his mission
- BYU's national championship was irrelevent, too long ago, not a "consensus."
- it was those PAC 12 referees (see Utah comments from last week's game refereed by PAC12 refs)
- it was Hayes' fault, Wynn's fault, Johnson's fault, the weather, the time of day, ESPN announcers, BYU's players' ages
- Utah gave it away, BYU didn't win it

sammyg
Springville, UT

Proud Ute

I am so shocked. I announced on Saturday that the PAC 12 Net got a DishNetwork satellite deal, mentioned that I would not be taunting and tormenting you Utesies about it and here you are waking up, uncurling from your fetal position and the first thing you do is invoke my name in talkin' personal smack.

Not what I expected.

You need to start your week with a bowl of sunshine and Wheaties my friend.

Ignoring your Utes after the Logan blowup didn't change a thing for you Monday morning. They still lost and Saturday's now your only bowl game.

I know it looks dismal for the Utes now that the Southern division has come to life and the Utes lost theirs in Logan but you need to get back on your horse.

No excuses like...

QB...
Blechen...
Rookie OC...
PAC 12 refs...

Your Utes need some love and attention. Give them a hug from me, will ya'?

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

LOL at soonerute's and proud ute's pre game bitterness. You ought to at least wait until the game is played and we know the outcome before you get bitter about it. It does reveal where your minds are at going in however. Thanks for revealing that.

LOL!

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

Coug fans, we really shouldn't be crowing about the Utes loss in Logan. I'm afraid they might have kicked a sleeping dog who will rise up and bite. Please don't talk any smack until we actually win. We have to go to Logan, also. Remember that.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Rivalry games are hard to predict. After the way the BYU/Utah game finished in 2010, and the returning players on both sides; I would have predicted a BYU blowout, not a Utah blowout and a BYU blow-up in 2011.

After seeing the Utes struggle on offense against USU, it would be easy to predict a Cougar win, but again one never knows.

I wouldn't be surprised if it's another game that goes down to the last series or even the last play. BYUs biggest question mark has to be the running game. Utahs biggest question has to be the QB. Although Hays seems to be playing better than Wynn.

Go Cougs! 28-24.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Congratulations sooner ute for recognizing reality.

Jeff, it seems like BYU embarrassed themselves last year more so than being embarrassed by Utah.

If BYU can't run the ball against Weber State then they sure won't against Utah. The outcome of this game might be determined by which offense outperforms the other; BYU passing or Utah running. If it's a toss-up the deciding factor will surely be those goons dressed in stripped shirts, and we all know who signs their paychecks.

Good year to be an Aggie fan. They are not pretenders.

BYU Deek
Spanish Fork, UT

Coach Biff,

We actually don't have to go to Logan. . . Utah State is coming to Provo, but thanks for playing. I hereby question your loyalties.

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