USU football: Local players give Aggies a case for rivalry revival

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  • SLC BYU Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 10, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    Until Utah State can substantially increase their attendance and get their boosters to pony up more $$$ for anotehr 15,000 seats that they can demonstrate they can fill them for MWC games as well as any rivalry games Aggie fans shouldn't assume anything less than 2 for 1 deals with a monetary payout for a consecutive road trip to Provo or Salt Lake City. Utah's and BYU's home attendance is at least 3x the average Utah State ahs been able to attain over the past 2 decades and longer. Less than 10 years ago Utah State looked to be Big Sky (FCS) bound. Scott Barnes knows his program needs $$$ to keep from raising student fees each year and Tom Holmoe and Chris Hill both know they have the fan numbers for higher 6 digit payouts. The only thing keeping Holmoe and Hill from further leveraging Utah State to the road in scheduling is political clout with politicians who fund state schools and high ranking LDS Church leaders who are alumni and deamnd BYU be willing to play USU in Logan.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 10, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    USU has greatly benefited from the instate games in the past as the Aggies didn't have much going on otherwise. Now, not so much.

    In four years Andersen has brought USU from obscurity to a point where USU is competing in every game. The new MWC conference next year gives the Aggies a solid conference to play in with teams that make geographical sense. USU will compete at the top of the MWC.

    I enjoy the Aggies playing the U and Y, but don't expect USU to be as needy as it has in the past. Don't be surprised when USU is no longer willing to give the Y a 2 for 1. And don't forget, the Y now needs USU to help it fill its independent schedule.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2012 6:20 p.m.

    Most BYU fans enjoy the competition with USU, but the economics may favor playing more games at LES. Chris Hill has allowed the PAC-12 affiliation to cause his head to swell and crowd out the interests of the sports fans of the state. His hubris is a disappointment to those of us who pay taxes to the state. Based on quality football, USU has given Utah a bitter lesson about arrogance. The leading PAC-12 teams need another bye on the schedule and Utah seems to fill that role.

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    Sept. 9, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    The continuation of a rivalry that seems to be enjoyed by players and fans will, unfortunately, depend upon the desires and perceived needs financial and ego needs of the people who make up the schedules. Dr. Hill and some Utah fans are so full of themselves for their new-found fortunes(?) in PAC membership, that they find more value in scheduling "not to lose" than in fan entertainment. BYU, looking to re-establish their "national brand," has little need for a Utah State game, or a Utah game for that matter, once their scheduling problems with other nationally branded opponents are worked out. Utah will eventually settle in as a middle to bottom of the pack PAC member, Utah State will drift in the conference shuffle that will continue once the BCS nonsense runs it's ugly course and BYU will find its unique position in national competition. Utah State, as an institution, needs the rivalry more than the others but all three schools owe it to their fans to continue the in-state competition.