This may start as more of a fan rivalry than one between the teams. BSU (the
team) is no longer looking to prove themselves, they may see the game as an
upgrade on the schedule over the usual WAC opponents they've been playing
and a game that will help their SOS. They'll also probably feel like this
is a winnable game for them since they've had a better track record of
success in recent years than BYU.This is a rebuilding year for the
team (they lost something like 29 seniors last year and a dozen to the NFL) and
have major holes to fill all over. A BYU win in Boise is doable and might tick
them off and get something started.Where a rivalry likely will take
hold is with the fans (community pride). The state of Idaho is sort of the state
of Utah-lite. Boise is comparable in size to Provo/Orem and the Boise
Metropolitan area is slightly bigger than the Provo-Orem Metropolitan area so
there likely is going to be some element of a chip on their shoulder because
Boise is a newer community (so to speak) vs Provo-Orem.
Just because they're playing each other every year for 12 years
doesn't make them rivals. Coach Petersen put it well: it's like a
league game. How many years in a row did BYU play Colorado State or New Mexico
or Wyoming? More than 12, but they aren't BYU's rivals. Rivalry is
different, because it's based on emotion. You rush the field (as many
times as necessary) when you beat your rival. You complain when the series with
your rival takes a 2-year break. (I don't hear anyone complaining that BYU
isn't playing Air Force this year.)
ETB, Byu and Boise the top 2 teams in the west? Boise has been for awhile but
this year is still young. Stanford,USC,UCLA,Oregon(by far),Utah and Utah State
are all better than the cougars with maybe San Jose as well. I do think byu
would be in the top ten in the west....maybe. Boise rolls them Thursday and
will win all 4 games under contract, if played. Go Aggies. Go Utes.
Why would anyone think that byu is that big a deal with Boise. I agree with
Robert, BSU will get out of this contract with the y. BYU CANNOT BEAT UTAH,
it's so one sided now. That's all it will be with Boise.
Wishful thinking, but like Utah, Boise State has moved on. I expect to see
Boise State getting out of this contract in the next couple of years.
Idaho is BYU's next rival if BYU wants some chance of winningthe
Clearly the Best to teams in the west so they are natural rivals. Byu will beat
them most of the time, just like all are formal rivals.
Look at the great games and finishes from the Utah State/Utah and BYU/Utah games
the past 2 weeks and realize that greed has taken those games away to create
"other" rivals. Pretty pathetic!