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R. MARSH STARKS, ROYAL PURPLE LAS VEGAS BOWL
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Executive Director John Saccenti announces the matchup between Utah and BYU in the 2015 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl to be held in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. The announcement was made in Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. (Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl / R. Marsh Starks)

After days of speculation, it was announced Sunday afternoon that No. 22 Utah and BYU officially will meet up in the Las Vegas Bowl, which sparked, well, mixed reviews on social media.

The rivalry between schools broke off after a 2013 matchup, which Utah won 20-13. It was originally set to renew again after a two-year hiatus in 2016. The Utes currently hold a four-game winning streak in the series.

How the players reacted:

Utah players turned to social media quickly to announce their excitement for the game.

"Us players were licking our chops when we found out this was a possibility," quarterback Kendal Thompson tweeted out shortly after the news broke out. He wasn't alone in that sentiment:

There was excitement for the selection from the fans.

However, a portion of Utah's fan base felt that the selection was a knock on the program that finished in the Top 25 as co-Pac-12 South champions this season and was selected to the same bowl game as last season.

And the hostility of the rivalry doesn't help:

Some fans had an idealist approach to that view:

One thing is for sure, there will be passion heading into this year's Las Vegas Bowl.

As for Utah fans feeling disrespected?

And at least one BYU fan came out on the winning end already, money-wise.