Conference Opener to Holy War Rivalry: What Utah Has to Prove vs. BYU

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Conference Opener to Holy War Rivalry: What Utah Has to Prove vs. BYU
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Ute WRs DeVonte Christoper (10) and Reggie Dunn (14)

Following the Utes' conference opener at USC and its dramatic finish, with USC getting the final bounce its way, Kyle Whittingham and his Utah team head into Rivalry Week for the Holy War game this Saturday at BYU.

Talk about going from one extremely hyped-up game to another, although some say it's just not the same and that there's not as much hype surrounding the Rivalry Game early in the season this year as there would be if it were still placed as the last game of the season.

Still, IT'S UTAH VS. BYU for crying out loud!!! It doesn't matter when the game is played! It will always be a rivalry, and there will always be the in-state tension and excitement leading up to the game and for the game, whether it's played as Game 12, Game 1 or Game 3, as it is this year.

Sure, there's no conference championship on the line as the teams are not in the same conference, and in fact, BYU doesn't even have a conference as an Independent this year.

BUT, this game still means a lot, and both teams and fans have a lot to be hyped up about concerning this game. Follow the slides and hear multiple reasons why each side of the Holy War should be rooting their teams on more than ever...

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