Watch: Tribune sportswriters talk BYU joining the Big 12; Utah vs. BYU game

Tribune sportswriters Gordon Monson, Josh Newman and Norma Gonzalez discuss BYU’s move to the Big 12, and Saturday night’s game between the Cougars and Utah Utes.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Coaches Kyle Whittingham and Kalani Sitake shake hands after the game as Brigham Young University (BYU) hosts the University of Utah, NCAA football in Provo on Friday Aug. 30, 2019.

BYU vs. Utah.

Cougars vs. Utes.

However you choose to phrase it, it all means the same thing in the end: a passionate rivalry.

Saturday’s matchup between BYU and Utah will be the last one until 2024. For the AP-ranked No. 21 Utes, they’ll be looking to win their 10th straight game against “the team down south,” which would be a rivalry record for consecutive wins.

For BYU, the Cougars looking to end the 9-game losing streak against their eternal rivals and start their 3-straight homestand with a win.

If Utah vs. BYU rivalry week wasn’t hectic enough, the news that BYU will officially be joining the Big 12 Conference made it even more of a frantic week.

With the big game coming up and fresh off the BYU-Big 12 news, we at The Tribune needed to have a roundtable talk about all of this!

Tribune sports columnist Gordon Monson, BYU beat reporter Norma Gonzalez, and Utah beat reporter Josh Newman sit down with moderator Xoel Cardenas to discuss BYU’s move to the Big 12 and the big game between the Cougars and Utah Utes on Saturday.

Some of the topics discussed were:

  • How BYU’s move to the Big 12 will bring a new beginning for the program

  • What quarterbacks Charlie Brewer and Jaren Hall proved in their first games as starters

  • Which key in-game battles both BYU and Utah need to win in order to come out with the W

  • Monson on the rivalry’s pendulum swing from BYU to Utah, as well as his prediction on the game

Also, questions from the live chat Zoom audience are answered, including which ice cream is better: Utah State or BYU.

Watch the conversation here: