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Published: Sunday, Nov. 18 2012 11:20 p.m. MST

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West Jordan, Utah

with the season a huge downer for both schools, the rivalry game would be sweet if not bitter this week.

BYU and Utah are not good football teams. The head to head game could have gone the other way, but they are equally bad. If Utah played the same schedule as BYU they would be 7-5 instead of 5-7. Dare I give Utah the Colorado game? I will give BYU the New Mexico State game (obviously). So they will finish 7-5. With Utah's schedule I think they swap with Utah at 5-7 as well.

Here is my breakdown. Utah had a patsy in Washington State but BYU played them as well (wash). Utah has Colorado and Northern Colorado (bad teams). BYU has four of those (not two). Weber State, Hawaii, Idaho, and New Mexico State equals four bad teams.

Utah didn't beat anybody of consequence this year unless you count BYU. In turn, BYU beat one team of consequence. That being USU. Sorry but the Georgia Tech game is no different than Utah beating California. All the quality teams on both teams schedules were losses this year.

Alexandria, VA

Did you really just argue that the SEC has it easy because they only play 8 league games? I think that's the first time I've ever heard that. Never mind that Bama has played 4 ranked teams, two in the top 10, and will have to play the #3 ranked Bulldogs to go to the championship. Yes, the SEC is a bit weaker than it was last year, but overall the SEC has 6 ranked teams, 5 of which are in the top 10. It's a tough league, and even one of their worst teams won the NC a few years back.

And why complain about the SEC getting to the championship game? Every time they have gone in recent history, they've won, so arguing that they have an easier path to a game that they usually win doesn't mean much - they still win.

Salt Lake City, UT


We're closing out ourseason at our new rival, Colorado, with a chance for a little payback from last season's embarrassment. What more could we ask for after such a disappointing season?

Ogden, UT

Like the old saying, "Who is buried in Grants Tomb-nobody". Who would win this game if it were to be played? Nobody!


Ufan: Your "new" rival, huh? Just because somebody once said somewhere during conference realignment that the U and CU are rivals now, doesn't make it so. Ask anyone in Boulder, and they'll tell you that Nebraska, Colorado State, or even Northern Colorado are their rivals before anyone mentions U.

I for one will really miss the Utah/BYU game this week. That, on top of Thanksgiving (and the old Nebraska/Oklahoma rivalry game), used to make this the best week of the year for my family and I. Even with both teams having mediocre seasons, it still would have been worth watching, even on the national scale, IMO.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful that my Thanksgiving won't be ruined by my insufferable BYU-loving relatives prattling on and on about how bad BYU is going to beat Utah this Saturday, how they are the best 6-5 team in the nation, how they are just 7 or 8 plays away from being undefeated, how next year BYU will be in the national championship picture, etc. So no, Mike, I don't agree...I'm glad the annual beating took place in September and soon it will be gone altogether.


Get over it, Mike. That ship sailed long ago.

BYU_Aggie, Ufan is not a Utah fan, he/she is a troll that draws constant, unrelated comparisons of Utah to BYU.

Cottonwood Heights, UT


The point here is the SEC seldom plays tough out of conference games, certainly not on the road. On top of that, they schedule 8 conference games versus 9. It's a joke if you really think it through.
Bottom line, several of the highly ranked teams you speak of are there out of conference reputation/affiliation. When an entire conference is highly ranked to begin a season and then only play each other, it's a no lose situation. I don't blame the SEC, they know they have a good thing going, why risk anything by changing? This is exactly why there shouldn't be polls of any kind until mid-season. If that were the case, teams would get noticed for quality out of conference wins and their first few conference games. Bias would still exist, but that system would at least get rid of some of it.
I'm not saying the SEC isn't the best conference in the land, it probably is ... but until I see them playing tough teams on the road I'd rather see them kept out of major bowl games ... too bad for me.

Omaha, NE

I would have never guessed either team would have struggled like they both have this year. I think both teams need to look long and hard at their coaches, top to bottom, to ensure that they have the right people doing the right things to win. I am not singling out anyone on either team, nor do I want to be negative. Rather, both teams and their fans deserve better than what we received this year. If the Utes struggled this year, it is going to be a very challenging year with Stanford and Oregon on their schedule. Likewise, if the Y doesn't improve, their schedule next year will be a lot more daunting. I am happy that Utah State performed well. Go Utes!!

Salt Lake City, UT


Sorry my crimson glasses wearing friend, but I'm not only a Utah fan, I'm also a Utah grad. I'm just not a blind red koolaid drinking Utah fan who refuses to accept reality. Utah simply caught a lucky break being in the right place, at the right time, with the right "academics and culture" to snare a PAC 12 invite. If the decision had been based purely on athletic performance, there's no question that BYU would have been invited with or instead of Utah, because BYU's overall football accomplishments make Utah's overall football accomplishments pale by comparison.

I do have to admit that it's nice to see some of the hot air being let out of some of my fellow Utah fans, although I fully expect their delusional boasting to begin again soon.

Mission Viejo, CA

Who on earth would want to watch Utah vs BYU this year? Nobody will be watching either team Saturday. Forget about the "rivalry". It's gone. Nobody outside of Utah cares. Both teams stink and Utah will be a PAC12 bottom feeder for years to come.

My Cougar Club son-in-law cut off his donations and will not be attending the Poinsettia Bowl either. I'll probably go to the the game, since it's is close, but if I see Riley Nelson starting, I'll have my barf bag ready.

No way Riley Nelson beats Rocky Long's defense.

Chubbuck, Idaho

Good thing BYU isn't playing Utah this week. It would be another beat down filled with turnovers, mismanagement of timeouts, penalties, and erratic QB play. I'm grateful during this time of year that I don't have to torture myself with another BYU meltdown against the Utes!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

It would be nice, atleast one of them would get a win.

Meadow Lark Mark

I think the Utah Byu rivalery is over. BYU hasn't been interested in the game for the last 3 years. My hats off to Utah. They are the only one who took the game seriously. I'm glad for a couple of years off for the heated feelings demonstrated by some to hopefully cool off. Honestly I wish both schools the best. This has been a disappointing year for both schools.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This week is the week of rivalry games. While it is true if Utah and BYU were playing it would be a game of local interest and with two evenly matched teams. However, Utah's game against our conference rival gives us a chance to 1) get even for last years loss 2) put Colorado firmly at the bottom of the PAC-12 South and 3) give Utah a chance to win against a BCS team. It is a conference game... I wouldn't trade it for any not conference game at this time of year. The pre-conference games are for games such as BYU!

Frisco, TX

I'm not sure who to blame - Mendenhall, Doman or the trainer (all three are at fault). But it is unconscionable that these three individuals would let a severely injured Nelson play against Utah, Boise St or the fourth quarter of the SJSU game. To risk permanent injury to a 20+ year old kid is beyond belief.

If I was Riley's parents, I would have been livid to see him grimacing in pain and have the coaches put him back in the game. We hear rumors about some college coaches who abuse their players (i.e. Leech and others). To me, this was beyond abuse.

I also happen to belief that any of our non-injured QBs could have won all three of these games.

For his own good (first and foremost) and the good of the team, I hope Nelson will hang up his cleats and not risk further injury. I'm hoping to see Lark as the starter against NMSU and in the Poinsetta.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Sorrenson still wishing rivalry would continue if it was this Saturday - Realy?

I have a bad feeling maybe ND going to lose to USC and we will see two SEC playing for NC. Better not happen because ND will go for lawsuite or will they?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Who am I sir?


The ONLY "opportunity" that playing your "bcs conference rival" gives you is another chance to be thoroughly embarrassed by losing to the same 10-loss team in back-to-back seasons.

Only a completely delusional fan would think that beating any 10-loss team is meaningful.

btw, BYU is headed to the Poinsettia Bowl; Utah is headed to the Coach Potato Bowl; Utah State is headed to a conference championship.

BYU may have to re-think it's plans to keep conference bottom dwellers like Utah on its schedule.

Eddie Would Go


You make is sound like Nelson wanted to come out of the game, but his coaches and trainer wouldn't let him. I doubt that's how it played out.

Nelson, as you said, is a "20+ year old kid." He is 24 years old. That makes him an adult. He probably makes a lot of decisions without his parents input, and whether to stay in the game or not was probably one of them.


Ufan, real fans support their team through wins and losses, trolls rejoice in a team's failing and deride their successes. You, sir, are a troll, regardless of where you claim to have graduated from.

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