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Published: Friday, Oct. 18 2013 2:50 p.m. MDT

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Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"I have tremendous respect for head coach Kyle Whittingham and athletic director Chris Hill," Cavalli said. "On the other side, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe is an old friend of mine. So we have strong connections to both schools."

Having respect for a program is not the same as having a connection to that program. I hope Utah and BYU don't play each other in a bowl. There's absolutely no benefit for the Utes. Playing Wyoming in Albuquerque doesn't sound much better though....

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

The rivalry only hurts both schools. A loss by either seriously hurts the loser's season while a win doesn't bring much notice from the rest of the country. The rivalry should just go away, it's only breeding in-state ill will. A both rematch would just compound the irrelevancy of it all; please don't do this.

Cheyenne, WY

Two for flinching
I would believe that the bowl game has a ton of respect for BYU or else they would not have signed a contract with them.
The benefit for the Utes and Cougs is they get to play in a bowl, and get 3 more weeks of practice.

West Valley, UT

If any team goes to the Kraft Hunger Bowl, then I would say the season was not a success at all for either team.

Salt Lake City, UT

It's time for the Pac-12 and Big10 to take over the Kraft Hunger Bowl and make it an event teams will aspire to play for. Right now it's a joke and byu owns it. The Utes will have to win three more games to avoid that debacle.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

It would be fun, but hopefully not because that would mean we only win 2 more more games. I'm hoping to win all but Oregon!! Also, BYU is a been there, done that game.

It's amazing how far beyond BYU I've come. Now I just look at BYU and think, "nice win, but we have bigger fish to fry."


Smart Aleck
Vancouver, WA

The big question is how many Utah fans would travel to SF to attend the game if the Utes were invited? Everyone knows bowl games are all about money, so the bowl committee will invite the PAC-12 team most likely to fill seats and bring in TV ratings. Without a big national following (like USC), they'd pass on the Utes.

Cougar fans will show up no matter who they play, so the big question is how enthusiastic would Utah fans be for a rematch? The Utes have more to lose in such a matchup than they have to gain. I see the bowl committee picking USC or Oregon State as BYU's opponent, and the Utes going to the New Mexico Bowl to face Wyoming, which is better than going to the Potato Bowl in Boise in December!

La Grange, TN

Every game that BYU and Utah have plaid, with few exceptions have been great games. They usually come down to the last play of the game or over time. The winning margins by both teams amount to no more than a lucky toss of the Dice. This is a rich rivalry, one of the best in the country, and I for one would like to see them play at the end of the season rather than at the start. If they do that, this Bowl game will be a barn burner. Both Utah and BYU will have seasoned Quarterbacks, and each team will have both sides of the ball solid and their rosters healthy. This has the makings of being one of, if not the strongest Bowl game of this season. You who say don't do it I would bet are Utah fans. The players themselves want to play this game. None of the players on these two teams want to play a meaningless bowl game, which is exactly what they would be doing if they are offered this opportunity to play each other again and turn it down. Neither of these two teams will be offered anything better.

Cinci Man

Oh no. I don't think I could take another loss to Utah. Twice in one year would be unbearable. I'm just hoping that BYU can get their offense fixed so that they can become bowl eligible. They should be 6-0 right now, but lost to two teams who came better prepared to the game. Getting through each game, one at a time, needs to be a priority. Worry about the Hunger Bowl later.

Hyrum, UT

I would love to see those 2 teams play again. With Taysom Hill's vastly improved passing, there's not much doubt BYU would beat in a rematch. Utah's fans know that too. Consequently, they don't want to have a rematch. But it would be nice to quiet the most obnoxious of Utah's fans who became even more so after their last game..

Salt Lake City, UT

It would just be another loss for the Cougars. Unfortunately, Sitake and Whitingham have out coached Mendenhall and Anae for the past 4 years.

New York, NY

Ugh. I think most of us (Ute fans) are done with BYU for a while and wouldn't be too excited for a rematch. I would really rather see the Utes play any other quality opponent. But let's not get ahead of ourselves; the Utes have a lot of work to do before becoming bowl eligible and that status is very much up in the air.

Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ

Tators, you're a funny man. Why in the world would Utah be scared to play BYU when they own, as on the field, them. Losing 9 of 12 is not going to lead Utah to fear your team in the least (the Utes have beat them time and time again). I say bring it on, beating BYU twice in a year would be fun to watch and a fitting parting gift for the next two years.

Hyrum, UT

@ Pipes:

3 of the 4 games you referenced went down to the last play of the game. Most smart Ute fans realize that their current streak is on borrowed time, so will come up with all kinds of excuses in wanting to avoid a rematch. They know BYU blew out their last 3 opponents and saw what they did to Georgia Tech.

If I was a Ute fan (heaven forbid) I'd act all nonchalant about a rematch that I knew probably wouldn't go my way. BYU has improved significantly since their Utah game. I don't blame Ute fans for wanting to avoid a rematch. It's human nature to cover up and make excuses when scared.



I wouldn't mind seeing the Utes beating your sorry team one last time before the hiatus. Then the only excuse we would all have to hear from you is "If only they would have played the 9th game of the season, BYU definitely would have won...". It is honestly sickening how some BYU fans and certain media members can't outright admit that Utah is (and has been for most of the time for the past 15 or 20 years) the better football program.

Sparkley Briefs
New York, NY

I wouldn't mind seeing a rematch. It would certainly be more interesting than playing Wyoming. It would give the 0-4 club a chance at redemption and the Utes another shot at further shaming the BYU players who would depart 0-5. I'd bet $50 that within a week of a second Utah win, there would be BYU fans on these boards piling binders of analysis of how the Y is still the better team despite never proving it where it really counts, on the field.

Cinci Man

@Tators and others wanting the rematch
BYU had just as much time to prepare as Utah did, and they didn't get the job done. They promised and didn't deliver. They were slow. They had a stupid game plan. They were lazy and un-focused. I love my Cougars, but when they play Utah, they just don't get ready to play - BEFORE the game. I cry U-N-C-L-E. Let's move on.

The Middle Of, UT

BYU has no other option that is the bowl game that they have a contract into. Now cougs don't get all riled, every team can play in the BCS/Championship game. Not this year for the Cougs 2 losses already to very poor teams, right? I mean we all know how Utah got lucky again.

The Middle Of, UT

I doubt borrowed time is the correct term. I think this run is more like the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's. However, you are correct the Cougs are much better than the team that went to UVA. I realize that BYU is the only program in the country that is getting better as the season goes on but they still would be lacking.

Sitka, AK

@ tators

Why would we want a rematch? We have nothing else to prove. BYU, on the other hand would have nothing to lose since they have already done plenty of that against Utah the past few years. And no, we didn't see or care what BYU did to Georgia Tech. We were watching a much bigger game.

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