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BYU-Utah football rivalry is evolving — for the better

College football » With teams on different paths, vitriol is down, focus on game up

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"Once the ball is in the air, it’s going to be the same. Our guys are going to play hard. It’s going to be an emotional game. It’s going to be a physical game. It’s going to be exciting. It’s great for the state of Utah. It’s great for both schools. It’s awesome for the game of football, to see just how close we are — families, neighborhoods, everyone having to root for their own team. It’s a special type of deal. Hopefully, this thing keeps going."

Ute running back John White spoke for Utah’s players, but he could just as well have been speaking for either team, when he said: "I’m ready to go out this week and pound these guys. … I’m ready to go out there and pound BYU, these Cougars, and get these guys out of town. … They’re going to give us their best shot and we’re going to give them our best shot. We’ve got to come out with some swagger this week. We’ve got to come out and stick it to them right off the bat."

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So, the rivalry lives on, after all. It’s not dead yet.

Down with dopes that hate, then, up with hopes that spate will have its run and its fun for another year on rivalry Saturday, and a thousand rivalry Saturdays to come.

Gordon Monson hosts "The Big Show" weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 1280 and 960 AM The Zone and 97.5 FM. Twitter: @GordonMonson.

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