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BYU and Utah Football to take break, but extend series

The rivalry series will take a pause, then continue in force.

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The BYU and Utah football teams jointly announced Monday evening that there are some changes coming to their future scheduled games. The programs were contracted to play each season until 2024, but will now play each other through 2028, with a two-year break coming in the 2022 and 2023 seasons. This is reportedly so Utah can play an SEC opponent — Multiple sources are reporting it’s the Florida Gators.

“We have a responsibility to take care of the future of this great rivalry, not just in football but across all of the sports. There may come a time in the future where we need to ask Utah to make an adjustment for us. That’s how a relationship works. Utah approached us about an opportunity they have and we agreed to work with them,” is part of what BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe had to say about the changes. You can read more from him in BYU’s full press release.

Obviously, there are a lot of different opinions out there on this — With the win streak sitting at 9 for Utah, could a cooling off period be a good thing? If you ask me, yes, but I know many disagree and hate that the two long-time rivals won’t face each other for a couple of years. The last season BYU and Utah didn’t play each other was 2014. They weren’t on each others’ schedules in the 2015 season either, but ended up meeting in the Las Vegas Bowl (see, these are some of the memories I could do without, in the rivalry).

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