BYU football: Could Boise State become the Cougars' next rival?

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  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    This may start as more of a fan rivalry than one between the teams. BSU (the team) is no longer looking to prove themselves, they may see the game as an upgrade on the schedule over the usual WAC opponents they've been playing and a game that will help their SOS. They'll also probably feel like this is a winnable game for them since they've had a better track record of success in recent years than BYU.

    This is a rebuilding year for the team (they lost something like 29 seniors last year and a dozen to the NFL) and have major holes to fill all over. A BYU win in Boise is doable and might tick them off and get something started.

    Where a rivalry likely will take hold is with the fans (community pride). The state of Idaho is sort of the state of Utah-lite. Boise is comparable in size to Provo/Orem and the Boise Metropolitan area is slightly bigger than the Provo-Orem Metropolitan area so there likely is going to be some element of a chip on their shoulder because Boise is a newer community (so to speak) vs Provo-Orem.

  • Fubecao Bellevue, WA
    Sept. 18, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    Just because they're playing each other every year for 12 years doesn't make them rivals. Coach Petersen put it well: it's like a league game. How many years in a row did BYU play Colorado State or New Mexico or Wyoming? More than 12, but they aren't BYU's rivals. Rivalry is different, because it's based on emotion. You rush the field (as many times as necessary) when you beat your rival. You complain when the series with your rival takes a 2-year break. (I don't hear anyone complaining that BYU isn't playing Air Force this year.)

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    ETB, Byu and Boise the top 2 teams in the west? Boise has been for awhile but this year is still young. Stanford,USC,UCLA,Oregon(by far),Utah and Utah State are all better than the cougars with maybe San Jose as well. I do think byu would be in the top ten in the west....maybe. Boise rolls them Thursday and will win all 4 games under contract, if played. Go Aggies. Go Utes.

    Sept. 18, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    Why would anyone think that byu is that big a deal with Boise. I agree with Robert, BSU will get out of this contract with the y. BYU CANNOT BEAT UTAH, it's so one sided now. That's all it will be with Boise.

  • Robert Johnson Sunland, CA
    Sept. 18, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    Wishful thinking, but like Utah, Boise State has moved on. I expect to see Boise State getting out of this contract in the next couple of years.

  • SoCalUtahFan Irvine, CA
    Sept. 18, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    Idaho is BYU's next rival if BYU wants some chance of winning
    the rivalry game.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    Clearly the Best to teams in the west so they are natural rivals. Byu will beat them most of the time, just like all are formal rivals.

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 6:45 a.m.

    Look at the great games and finishes from the Utah State/Utah and BYU/Utah games the past 2 weeks and realize that greed has taken those games away to create "other" rivals. Pretty pathetic!