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:
Ute Nation, thank you for your love and passion. Let's sell out Vegas and make this a home game. #GoUtes— Isaac Asiata (@AsiataFive4) December 6, 2015
I love reading people's comments... 🔥🔥🔥🔥— Jonny Linehan (@jlinehan9) December 6, 2015
There was excitement for the selection from the fans.
BYU vs UTAH.... Alright let's get it ❤️🙌🏼— smashleyevelyn (@smashleyevelyn) December 6, 2015
I would love to see these helmets pic.twitter.com/qsaIijeTaW— Notre Blaine (@BlaineJacob) December 6, 2015
Look. I get it. Utah has a better football team. Also, #KYLEownsBRONCO. Utah will probably beat BYU. But this match up is very funny to me.— Sang Kim (@5lbtrout) December 6, 2015
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.
Yes we hate BYU but there a lot of reasons Ute fans don't want Vegas. pic.twitter.com/HYwZV24t0V— ExtendWhitt (@jonnyj20) December 6, 2015
My Vegas bowl hate has nothing to do w/BYU. Typically a 6-6 or 7-5 Pac-12 team matches up w/a MWC/BYU-like team. 9-3 Utah deserves better!— Ute Central (@utecentral) December 6, 2015
And the hostility of the rivalry doesn't help:
I never wanted the Utes v. BYU in the Vegas bowl because I hate what the rivalry brings out in everyone. Not looking forward to the hatred.— Nick Park (@sput_nick) December 6, 2015
I hate the Vegas Bowl almost as much as I hate BYU— Joe Coles (@23ounces) December 6, 2015
Some fans had an idealist approach to that view:
There is no reason the Utah-BYU rivalry should "bring out the worst" in everyone. We are all fans of a really fun spectator sport-- a game.— Universal Truth (@pedrodon) December 6, 2015
One thing is for sure, there will be passion heading into this year's Las Vegas Bowl.
As for Utah fans feeling disrespected?
When you think you joined the college football elite and left BYU and the Vegas Bowl behind forever. pic.twitter.com/uaajDOsy9x— Boney Fuller (@boneyfuller) December 4, 2015
And at least one BYU fan came out on the winning end already, money-wise.