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Can Utah make it 10 straight against BYU? Extended bragging rights are on the line

It’s the first meeting between the two teams since 2019, and the last time they are scheduled to meet until 2024

Utah’s Kyle Whittingham and BYU’s Kalani Sitake will lead their football teams into a matchup on Sept. 11.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and BYU coach Kalani Sitake shake hands after game in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. The two coaches will meet at midfield once again Saturday when the two teams square off at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
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It’s rivalry week — and it’s the last one we’ll see for a while.

Utah and BYU collide Saturday (8:15 p.m. MDT, ESPN) in Provo. It’s the first meeting between the two programs since 2019 and it’s the last time they are scheduled to meet until 2024.

It will mark the first time fans will be allowed to watch a game at LaVell Edwards Stadium since the 2019 season.

The Utes have won nine consecutive games against the Cougars, tying the longest streak by either team in the centurylong history of the rivalry. Utah is vying for its 10th straight win against BYU.

Last Thursday at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the Utes opened the season with a 40-17 victory over Weber State and now, coach Kyle Whittingham is looking for a lot of improvement as they visit the Cougars Saturday.

Numbers game

16-6: Not only has Utah won nine in a row over BYU, this is the Utes’ record against the Cougars over the last 22 meetings.

57: Yards allowed rushing by Utah’s defense against Weber State.

262: Passing yards by Utah quarterbacks Charlie Brewer and Cam Rising against Weber State.

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Comments from Deseret News readers

“The team that wins this week is the team that was able to make the best adjustments and improvements over week 1. Neither BYU nor Utah played particularly well in game one. Both made errors and had production issues. BYU has the home-field advantage and will likely be pumped over an invitation to the Big 12. That is likely worth 7-10 points. On paper, Utah is better, so we’ll see if they play well enough to overcome BYU’s advantages. I’m looking forward to a good game.”

— ricwhite

“I’m actually surprised that the Utes are only a 7-point favorite — however Utah didn’t look impeccable against Weber. BYU showed up in the 2nd quarter — the rest of the game was inconsistent and questionable. If BYU shows up like they did in the 2nd quarter then it would be a game if the Utes show their best also. Utah beat Weber State, and needed to wear them down before putting them away — which wasn’t a great showing either. The 1st half was OK but not great considering the competition. There are aspects of both teams that looked wonderful, and some play on both teams that were very unremarkable. The 1st quarter Cougars would lose to the 1st half Utes — but the 2nd quarter Cougars would beat the 1st half Utes. I give a big advantage to the Utes, but BYU showed that they can play. My worry for my Cougars is that they need to put more together than the Utes do. I also think that the BYU defense plays scared way too much and that gives them a weakness against a team that does power runs. Statistics put the game at 7 points or less, my eyes don’t.”

— Josh

Up next

Sept. 9 | 6 p.m. | Soccer | vs. BYU | @Salt Lake City | Pac-12 Network

Sept. 9 | 7 p.m. | Volleyball | vs. Weber State | @Salt Lake City | Utah Live Stream

Sept. 11 | 8:15 p.m. | Football | vs, BYU | @Provo | ESPN

Sept. 12 | 3 p.m. | Soccer | vs. Dixie State | @Salt Lake City | Pac-12 Network