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Utah, BYU suspend football rivalry in 2014 and 2015

College football » U.’s Hill insists the series isn’t over, but it may be changed for good



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The Utes lead the series 52-31-4 all-time. While the rivalry is one of the longest in the country, it showed no signs of lessening in competition, with five of the last seven games being decided by a touchdown or less. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham is 4-3 against the Cougars since taking over the program in 2005.

However, the competitiveness on the field wasn’t enough to sway Hill, who says moving the game to September from its traditional November slot already seemed to lessen the importance of the rivalry.

At a glance

The Utah-BYU rivalry

» Teams have played annually since 1922, except for 1943-45, when BYU didn’t field a team due to World War II.

» The Utes lead the series 52-31-4 all-time.

» Five of the last seven games have been decided by a touchdown or less.

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"The reality is, now we are both in different leagues and everything has changed," he said.

The Utes cleared the way for Michigan by buying their way out of their planned road trip to Utah State for $500,000.

The Utes, who play in Logan on Sept. 7, likely won’t make any return trips to Utah State, Hill said.

"It’s hard to predict; it may happen one year, but I don’t think so," he said when asked about possible future road trips to the Cache Valley.

The Utes have agreed to a four-game series with the Aggies in basketball, with Utah hosting the Aggies in 2014 and 2016 and playing in Logan in 2015 and 2017.

Hill also expects Utah’s basketball rivalry to continue with BYU.

lwodraska@sltrib.com




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