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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29 2013 10:00 a.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

We're each moving on. Us to the BCS and Pac12, and you to the WAC. We're each establishing new rivalries. You with Utah State and Idaho State.

Us with Colorado, USC, and UCLA.

Let's just pat each other on the back and move on.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

How about passing a bill requiring BYU to play Utah State on an even playing field? Right now BYU requires Utah State to play two times in Provo for one game in Logan.

West Valley, UT

Chris B your correct, we have moved on, some of our teams go to bowl games, and some don't.


Chris B.

How's that moving on to the the PAC-12 and BCS working out for you and the "mighty" Utes? Utah is nothing more than a Welcome-mat... err, Doormat to the Pac-12. The Utes have now won ONE game in PAC.

Enjoy finishing in last place in basketball and the bottom half of the PAC in football. I foresee many more years of Utah sitting at home watching other teams go Bowling.

BYU's new rivalries are with Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Boise State, Ole Miss and the list goes on. By the way, these teams don't HAVE to play BYU, they WANT to.

USC, UCLA, etc., on the other hand HAVE to play Utah because it's a conference game. The only reason U were invited to the PAC is because the south division of the Big 12 wanted to stay put.

U. are the new Washington State, Arizona State, Cal, and Colorado of the PAC... you know, they needed another team to beat up on and U. fit the bill.


riverton, utah

Urban Meyer actually said BYU???????//

Spanish Fork, UT

Yo Henry. How about you pass a bill requiring USU fans to actually show up for your home games and when you get 40,000+ fans then you can talk about a level playing field where its a home and home series.

Either that or require that whatever BYU pays USU for playing at a 65,000+ venue USU has to pay BYU for playing in from of 20,000 fans.

Fortunately, USU administrators are much smarter than some of their fans who deal in non sequiturs.

Plano, TX

The key difference being that in Texas, those 2 schools are state institutions which could be held to compliance. In Utah, BYU doesn't fit that model. I lived in Texas for 20 years until a month ago, it's a BIG deal that it's gone... BYU/Utah, not so much - it's actually a pretty minor rivalry comparatively speaking - and yes, I lived in Utah a long time and was on the sideline for several of the games. Utah deserves to be in the PAC conference with other research schools (seems they're still researching how to win there though) and BYU out playing to audiences around the country as something of an emissary for their sponsoring church - it's a win-win. No one loses. Let new things happen.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

@Festus - yes Coach Meyers and including Alex Smith said that as well on the same page.

Chrissy, keep on talking about your bcs talk stuff and $$$$. You are one strange dude.

Well good for them (Texas) and hope the bill come through. But, if it doesn't then college football going to suffer with many football fans around the contry going to show no interest in sports.

Right now, I am looking foward to 2013 football season with a lot of tv in our path, whatever the outcome of the game going to be. Go Cougars! And I smell Dead Black Rose for utah, MARK THAT DOWN!

Cedar City, UT

@rlsintx...it's ironic how myopic the views are in big state of TX. BYU/UTAH rivalry is a big deal in this state and the religion vs state aspect of the rivalry makes it as heated as anything in TX, it just doesn't have the raw numbers.

Salt Lake City, UT

I don't why haters like Chris B. have to inject their delusional vitriol into every conversation that mentions the Utes and Cougs; he knows, like we do, that the Utes have done rather poorly since they jumped to the PAC-12. Haven't come anywhere close to either the Rose Bowl (where I recall Chris B. predicting that's where the Utes would be their first season in the conference) or even a BCS bowl. I guess reality is slow to come to people living in denial.

Drivel aside, legislation forcing teams to play? Are you kidding me? That's one of the most absurd things I've ever heard a state legislator proposing (and that includes here in Utah, where state legislators propose bills such as identifying a "state gun" for Utah, in the same vein as the state flower, state tree, etc.; ridiculous). There are better and more pressing issues our legislators should be focusing on than mandating football game matchups.

Matters like that are not the function of government; they are the function of the private sector. The longer elected officials trifle with stuff like this the more time is taken away from doing what their jobs.

Mission Viejo, CA

With BYU playing a slate of teams around the country, the local BYU-Utah game is less interesting to fans outside of Utah. I personally could not care less if BYU and Utah ever play again. Frankly, BYU's stage is bigger than Utah's. Heck BYU's stage is bigger than most PAC12 teams including my Alma Mater, Washington. Being an also-ran in a conference dominated by marquee teams is not very interesting. I wouldn't cross the street to see Iowa State play Iowa, or Utah vs USC. I'll travel to see BYU play Virginia this year, or Washington to play BYU (if UW ever has the guts to play them again).

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA


"BYU's new rivalries are with Texas, Wisconsin,...Notre Dame, Georgia Tech,...Ole Miss and the list goes on. By the way, these teams don't HAVE to play BYU, they WANT to."

Of course they want to play the Y. Texas and Notre Dame get 2 Homes to every away game. Wisconsin and Ole Miss get 1 Home game, and don't have to return to Provostan. Utah would like that arrangement as well, and as soon as Holmoe finally does the right thing and accepts a 2-for-1 from your big brother on the Hill, I'm sure the series will continue it's annual rivalry.

But I'm afraid the list does NOT go on. Ga. Tech had already backed out of their last 2 games. Ditto for Hawai'i, and last I heard, So. Mississippi is having second thoughts.

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