BYU (1-0) at UTAH (1-0)
WHERE: Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, UT
WHEN: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
LINE: Utah -3.0
Another in-state rivalry makes our list this week as the “Holy War” makes its return to college football. Dubbed the Holy War because of BYU’s status as a religious university, these two schools met every year from 1922-2010 as conference foes before Utah’s jump to the Pac-12 in 2011. Although the two schools agreed to keep playing from 2011-2013, before taking a hiatus in 2014 and 2015. However, the two schools met during the postseason last year in the Las Vegas Bowl, a game that Utah won 35-28.
Both schools opened the season with win as the Utes defeated another in-state school Southern Utah 24-0, while the Cougars earned a hard-fought 18-16 victory over Arizona. If history suggests anything in this match-up, expect the game to be close until the very end as 8 of the last 10 games in the series have been decided by 7 points or less and two of those went to overtime.
DSN College Editor Alex Muller is excited to watch this rivalry once again:
“One of the more underrated and largely unknown rivalries in college sports, particularly on the gridiron takes place out in the Land of Mormons. Outside of a few brief interruptions in a series that has taken place since the 19th century, BYU and Utah have settled their disdain for one another at least once a year. Once conference foes and even after the conference realignment shift in the last handful of years, things dial up an extra notch when the Utes and Cougars get together.
This will actually be the first regular season meeting between the two Beehive State powers since the 2013 season, but the two did meet in a bowl game last December, a 35-28 victory for Utah. The Utes have bettered BYU in the last five meetings head-to-head and 10 of 13 overall. They lead the all-time series 58-34-4.
Utah will look to retain the Beehive Boot in Salt Lake City for another year, while BYU seeks to re-claim the trophy while bobbing and weaving through a rather tough 2016 schedule as an independent.”