View from the Booth: Nothing is more intense than the BYU-Utah rivalry

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  • utetubaguy Ogden, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 11:20 a.m.

    I performed in the Ute band in the 90's and there was only 1 stadium where I had things thrown at me and profanities shouted at me. Down South. Anyone who doubts just how nasty this rivalry is has never been to the stadium on game day in either stadium. Our director came from Minnesota and he said that he had never seen a nastier rivalry. That's coming from Big 10 country. I am very disapointed that the game will be in Sept. I wish the Pac 12 would have allowed Utah to schedule out of conference for this game in Nov.

  • bro-v1 Orem, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 7:00 p.m.

    I hope Bill's call of this week's game is as good as the 2006 call, "Touchdown, touchdown BYU," spoken very soft and sadly.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    Is that utah "athleticism" the stuff they displayed against TCU and Notre Dame Bill? It looked pretty ordinary to me, especially the secondary. Come to think about it that secondary looked pretty unathletic against that passing juggernaut Air Force and gave up almost 600 yds passing to SDSU. But hey Bill Riley thinks they are athletic LOL

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    For those who mention that things are becoming more civil in relation to the Utah-BYU game, it's past time for writers to get on board and cease using the "Holy War" phrase. It's senseless and does nothing to engender a positive perspective.

  • Oregon College Station, TX
    Nov. 24, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    One rivalry game in the west that is closer geographically is Oregon vs. Oregon St. (The Civil War) Eugene to Corvallis is less than 40 miles.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 12:41 p.m.

    I grew up in LA as a UCLA fan, although, I never actually went to a football game at USC. Since UCLA is a commuter school, I would say the fans live closer in proximity than BYU and Utah. Both in the same conference.
    Yet, as intense the rivalry is in Southern California it does not hold a candle to the hate between BYU and Utah.

  • RiverRat77 West Valley City, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 11:47 a.m.

    Agreed Tommy2Shoes.... its intense for this area. To anyone else around the country, you mention BYU vs Utah and nobody has any idea what you're talking about. Michigan-OSU, SEC rivalries, the Pac 10 games Tommy mentioned... they're a big deal with some relevance nationally. I will say though, after watching this rivalry for the past 13 years, it certainly does involve some pure hatred from one side to the other. I hadn't even heard of the rivalry before moving here and its been entertaining to say the least. When you're here and part of it, its sure hard not to get caught up in the emotion.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 10:32 a.m.

    Get serious. Football in Utah is not as intense as I've seen between Cal-Stanford or USC-UCLA. It is a game and a game only. Usually played in weather so cold a sane person stays home.

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Nov. 24, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    Well said Bill.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 24, 2010 7:34 a.m.

    10 years? Wow Bill you have some serious history with this game. Very hollow.