Utah vs. BYU: A Video Preview of This Year's 'Holy War'

Jon SiddowayCorrespondent INovember 23, 2016

Not that college football fans need much to get revved up for a rivalry game—especially when it is between the Utah Utes and BYU Cougars, a rivalry aptly named the "Holy War"—but, just in case, here is some fuel for the fandom fire: The most recent video by High Point Media Group, a follow-up to the "Are U Ready" trailer featured in this article back in August. 

The boys over at HPMG—which consists of Eric Harris, Ryan Greer and Brett Sanchez, all University of Utah graduates and former members of the MUSS—put this together "with the hope to get fans and players alike pumped up for the game this weekend." (Harris)

An easy task made easier by highlights gathered from YouTube supplemented by audio, animations and, of course, our vivid memories. I bet we can all remember where we were when Brandon Burton blocked a potential game-winning field goal as time expired (2010); when John Back found a wide-open Jonny Harline in the end zone to cap a last-minute comeback; when backup quarterback Brett Ratliff scored five touchdowns en route to an overtime victory (2005).  

Utah leads the all-time series 55-34-4, a series dating back to 1896, and won big last year (54-10). But Saturday's game at Rice-Eccles should be a lot closer; you know, the typical comes-down-to-the-final-play type of ending we're all used to with these teams—five of the last seven games have been decided by a touchdown or less. 

To add to the drama leading up to Saturday, the Utes will be without quarterback Jordan Wynn, who, after three shoulder surgeries and another seemingly on the horizon, announced his retirement. Wynn was knocked out of Friday's game at Utah State—a 20-27 loss—and did not return. Senior John Hays stepped in and is now in the mix, along with true freshman Travis Wilson, to start against BYU. 

If the Utes hope to regain confidence and build momentum heading into another Pac-12 season, Saturday is the perfect time to start.

So, fans, click play and get excited.  


Jon Siddoway is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.