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Published: Thursday, Aug. 1 2013 1:40 p.m. MDT

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Riverdale, UT

@Chris B --> I have an offer for you. If you will stop making exaggerated, vitriolic statements about Utah/BYU rivalry games, I will root for Utah in the Utah/BYU games. Interested?

By the way, I am BYU/1978 BSEE, so this would be significant. If you could work out a reasonable number of these sorts of relationships, you could materially alter the "balance of (cheering) power" for the foreseeable future.

How 'bout it?

Larry H

Lincoln Park, IL


"Whatever the color,..."

Stopping your jealous, clueless comment right there.

BYU hasn't lost to Utah while wearing royal blue since last century.

In fact, the majority of BYU's games versus Utah while wearing royal blue have been DOMINATED by BYU, 18 of 20 during LaVell's first 20 years, including 27-0, 56-6, and 56-28 back-to-back-to-back.

Layton, UT

Another sign that this game means everything down in provo. Utah stands at the edge of their second four year sweep in the 2000's while byu is wound up tighter than a $3 watch. Love it!

Lindon, UT

@sambonethegreat: What does Aug 29 have to do with anything. The Utah game is Sep 21, and BYU's first game, against VA, is Aug 31.

Idaho Falls, ID

My family has had season tix to BYU for 32 consecutive years. Now we're scattered about the country and none of them live in Idaho. But come game day....it's a happy reunion for our tailgate at BYU home games...several come from out of state. The tradition of Royal Blue was fantastic and we all love to see it return...even if for only one game. GO COUGARS!

Salt Lake City, UT

Holmoe hatches a scheme to have a bye before the Utah game. Then, byu decides to dust off the light blue unis because that's the only color that works for them against Utah. Clearly, this is byu's most special game of the year as no other game is receiving such "royal" consideration.

Utah, on the other hand, will show up at LES and play football. No special scheduling. No gimics with uniforms...just good ole' fashioned football.

It's also interesting to note that, according to one post above, the ticket prices for the Utah game match those for Texas. That speaks volumes! Pac-10.2? I don't think so...the actions of byu and their fans demonstrate otherwise. byu is fortunate to host the Utes!

Palo Alto, CA


"Whatever the color, the result has been..."

In 1971, a new BYU flag was created consisting of two horizontal stripes in the school's colors of white and royal blue.

Since then, BYU is 23-6 versus Utah while wearing royal blue (including 2009).

The angst being generated amongst the hill crowd because of BYU's decision to wear royal blue during this year's rivalry game is comical.

Las Vegas, NV

My mom will be happy they are going back to royal blue. She thought it blasphemous that they changed to navy.

It will be fun to call her, and all the rest of my family, for the fourth year in a row!

August 29 can't get here soon enough. Four more weeks!

Go Utes!!

Palo Alto, CA


"Another sign that this game means everything down in Provo."

Don't kid yourself. The fact that U and dozens of other Utah fans are here commenting about the color of uniforms BYU will be wearing on September 21st proves that this game means everything to the kids on the hill.

scenic view
Baltimore, MD

I like the decision - BYU's royal blue uniforms created an indelible impression on college football fans nationwide, from the 70's through the 90's, and it's fun to see them return every few years.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

I love this color blue but it really doesn't matter since we either always beat Utah or when we don't it is because we beat ourselves.

Always Two Steps Ahead
Vancouver, WA

I don't like this decision for a couple of reasons.

First it puts a lot of unnecessary extra pressure on the football team to win. By digging into the past, the Y is publicly telegraphing to their opponent that they're setting themselves up emotionally. They're making themselves a target because while Utah will not only be motivated for a win over their rival, they now have an opportunity to crush them emotionally.

Secondly the royal is just plain ugly. As a long-time BYU fan I remember the royal blue of the '70s, '80s and '90s. It's what I grew up with. But while the football was great, i.e. national championship, Heisman Trophy, etc., the uniforms were not. The navy blue has been a definite improvement. Even the ones with the tan highlights from the early 2000s were ok, although the bibs were a disgrace. And the black unis last year were sharp! I'd rather see the black ones come back one game a year.

Salt Lake City, UT

I just hope that the Utes are not allowed to appear in the red jerseys. It is not their hone field. They need to be told to show up in white.

scenic view
Baltimore, MD


BYU and Utah have been wearing their home jerseys, regardless of whether the game is in Provo or SLC, for decades.

Layton, UT

The royal unis are really only popular among the older generation of BYU fans. The younger generation much prefers the darks. BYU made the right choice changing to dark blue. The only time I really liked the royals was when they included black trim. They really should throw in the black trim in these throw backs, especially since it would compliment those times when they decide to do black-outs.

Baltimore, MD


"The royal unis are really only popular among the older generation of BYU fans."

Your "theory" will be severely tested on September 21st.

I know lots of "younger generation" BYU fans who like BYU's royal blue unis.

You're correct about the royal blue with black trim, they did look very sharp.

Salt Lake City, UT

I agree, I only liked the royals when they included the black trim. They looked sharp. The royals with only white are too light and dull. The black element plays into the black uniforms really well. Utah only introduced black in their uniforms within the last 10 years and now they try to use it as if it is one of their main colors. BYU actually had black in their uniforms way before that. BYU should stick with the dark blue uniforms unless they bring back some black to go with the royals!

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

I don't mind the royal blue once in a while for a throwback feel in certain games. Making it a regular color would wear out it's novelty real fast. Let's face it guys, the dark blue is much better looking. It's just more modern looking and looks sharper. For the most part, the royal blue is old and ugly looking. Over time, it gets faded and just looks purple and ugly, leaving BYU's uniforms looking more like Northwestern's than BYUs. I understand some of the older fans wanting to hold onto tradition, but come on get with the times guys. At least Bronco went back to the old logo design to be true to tradition. To be fair as well, the Miracle Bowl uniforms in 1980 were dark blue as well.

I also like when teams mix up design now and then. I didn't used to, but Oregon made me learn to love it. They have some cool uniform designs. I hope now and again BYU does some more blackout uniform games cause those looked sharp.

And the earlier poster is right. No one owns any color! Especially mainstream colors like blue and red.

Orem, UT

Ifel Of'a-sofa

"steal, maybe not but copied... YES."


BYU didn't begin wearing royal blue until the early 70's.

Before that, BYU wore, drum rolllll...

Navy Blue.

In 1999, BYU simply returned to a shade of blue that had been used at BYU for decades prior to 1971. Even during the 70's, many BYU athletic teams, such as track & field, continued to wear navy or dark blue unis.

The Aggie claim that BYU copied Aggie blue is patently... false!

Orem, UT

Cougar Claws

BYU never had a consistent or standard shade of "royal blue".

"Royal blue," as it was called at BYU from 1971 to 1998, varied from year to year, and from team to team, from a light powder blue to a dark blue, depending on the shade of blue each individual team decided on for the coming season.

Having a standard shade of blue for all BYU branding was one of the concerns BYU addressed when they adopted standard uniform colors in 1999.

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