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Published: Monday, Sept. 16 2013 2:11 p.m. MDT

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Ufan
Salt Lake City, UT

Good job Chris and Tom.

Despite the pretended disinterest from a few fans, this a series that vast majority of BYU and Utah fans want to see continued. It's literally the biggest game on the Utah sports calendar.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Why did we switch to Fresno?

Fresno is as good of a program as byu, will provide as much of a challenge, and is in a key recruiting area.

We already are winning the recruiting war in Utah(see HEAD TO HEAD) wins by Utah every year since our Pac 12 invitation.

So we're already getting the best local kids.

But local kids don't provide speed.

We need to go to Texas/California to get speed.

Great decision to get more exposure in California by playing one of the best non-power conference teams in the country.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

byu should be grateful we're playing them.

They need Utah. Utah does not need them.

Utah has a great schedule by virtue of being worthy of a Pac 12 invitation.

Besides, byu is not a rival anymore.

No power conference teams consider non-power conference teams true rivals

Can anyone name a single great rivalry including 1 power conference team and 1 non-power conference team?

Nope!

San Diego considers USC/UCLA rivals.

USC/UCLA don't consider San Diego a rival.

This is similar to Utah/byu

We are above byu and the more we disassociate ourselves from WAC programs like byu/usu the better.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

When this game is played in 2017 it will have been SIX years since byu beat Utah.

SIX YEARS!

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

This is interesting news. Can you please produce the dates/times schedule thing for the 2025 contest so I can plan for Armageddon? You might need a crystal ball but drastic circumstances call for all measures taken for all of us in the red and blue holding our breath for the future and all the investment time can allow.

Reasonable thinker
Murray, UT

I for one wish it was over and we NEVER play each other again. Utah fans puffed attitude about being in a power conference is wearing thin.

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

Why did Utah switch to Fresno St.?

Because, as Dr. Hill himself said when he made the announcement in July 2012:

"What we have to do is make sure we don’t come close to overscheduling," he said.

In Hill’s mind, playing both Michigan and BYU in the same years would have put the Utes in that situation.

"I can’t expect us to play 11 really, really difficult games in a season," he said.

Spin it however helps U sleep at night chrissy, but the reality is Hill dropped BYU for Fresno St to give the Utes a better chance of being bowl eligible in 2014 and 2015.

Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

I guess that it is fitting that both schools announce the continuation of the rivalry just before the 2 year hiatus...

Most fans on both sides have argued that quitting the rivalry is silly; Dr. Hill realized his mistake, and this is a step in the right direction to righting that wrong. I also appreciate his earlier youtube video announcing his willingness to continue to play BYU.

Those fans who have lamented the demise of the rivalry, rejoice! And as for those who think the rivalry should die because it is too heated, here's at least one fan who believes the 2-year break will help temper those crazed fans and feelings a bit.

souptwins
Lindon, UT

Glad to see the game return to Nov. some where down the road even if it isn't for awhile. Nice to see the PAC come around with several games against BYU in Nov. scheduled.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Looks like Utah just like the rest of the PAC 12 got its two for one with BYU. 2016 RES. 2017 LES. 2018 RES. LOL!

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Is it lonely in your dark world Chrissy??

The BYU/Utah game will add class to both schedules. Anyone who believes otherwise is in a state of denial. Looking forward to Saturday. Go Cougars!!!

mussingaround
Palo Alto, CA

Dutchman

Looks like you're desperately and emotionally just making stuff up.

2000 SLC
2001 Provo
2002 SLC
2003 Provo
2004 SLC
2005 Provo
2006 SLC
2007 Provo
2008 SLC
2009 Provo
2010 SLC
2011 Provo
2012 SLC
2013 Provo
2016 SLC
2017 Provo
2018 SLC

LOL at the desperate mind games Utah fans have to subject themselves to in order to help them sleep at night.

Area 52
Tooele, UT

The way Utah played on Saturday night (the Defense was horrendous), they may want to schedule easier teams. After BYU beats them they will have a tough road ahead to become bowl eligible. Wow, three years in a row without making it to a bowl game is quite the accomplishment. Chris B and all the other "U" fans can keep their so called cherished PAC-12 membership. Every so-called power conference has a bottom-dweller team and Utah is quickly becoming like Duke, Kentucky, Iowa State, and Indiana.

anti BCS
Anaheim, CA

Dutchman

Typical Utah math - what part of alternating home and away do you not understand?

Independent/PAC era

2011 @BYU
2012 @Utah
2013 @BYU
2016 @Utah
2017 @BYU
2018 @Utah

joseywales
Park City, UT

It's easy to understand really. When you are in a power conference, those games are good enough for your SOS for rankings consideration. If you are in a mid-major, or Indy, then you have to schedule as many good teams as you can. Utah learned this the hard way in 04, 08 when because of the weaker MWC schedule, they were never voted high enough early to garner the BCS vote. I have no problem playing the Y and in fact think we should every year as the first game.

Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

Some "fans" (aka chrissy-esque trolls) like to bash the opponent and pretend that somehow makes them better "fans."

Let me be perfectly clear: such "fans" are the minority in this state. I'm proud to say that my neighbors and I may cheer for the opposite team in the Holy War / rivalry, but every other waking moment of our lives we are there for each other. Examples:

I need to move a heavy object? He's the first one to offer to help.

I see his kid running down the road? I'm the first to run after, chat with him, and remind him why it isn't safe as we walk back to his mother.

My garage is left open? He'll kindly shut it and let me know about it...you get the idea.

I love this state, I love BYU and Utah football, and I hope everyone knows that almost ALL the fans I know are the same, cheering for each other the rest of the year, and exhibit true sportsmanship always. Trolls cheer when the other teams gets an injury, loses, etc. True fans know how to cheer for both teams, win or lose.

Rockarolla
West Jordan, UT

Chris I think you're the one who is desperate...for a woman, or a man...Chris is a woman's name too.

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

byU "fans" actually responding to Dutchman mentioning the 2-1 is hilarious.

Blocked! 54-10 and Doink!

Go Utes!

el guapito
Provo, UT

Utah's bowl game for 2013 is this week end. It must be really discouraging for them to realize that they will have to wait until 2017 for their next one.

phantomblade
Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah fans cluelessly making excuses for Dutchman's silly claim are hilarious.

27-0, 56-6, 56-28, 55-7, 70-31, 4th and 18, Beck to Harline ripping the heart out of Ute Nation!

Go Cougars!

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