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BSU-BYU Football Rivalry or Not?

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Loren Orr

Boise State and BYU are scheduled to play through the year 2023. It the game wasn’t a rivalry before it is certainly becoming that now!

The Broncos are 5-2 against BYU, 4-0 in Boise and 1-2 in Provo and as the series continues the rivalry aspect of the game is beginning to show.

Last year Boise State won 28-27 and while BSU leads the current consecutive series of games schedule in 2012 3-2, the Cougars have actually outscored the Broncos in those 5 games 135 to 134.

That type of high level competition and playing the same players year after year leads to memories good and bad and that is what a true rivalry is all about.

This year however both teams say it’s not about the rivalry, is about themselves. The Cougars are reeling at 1-4 and Boise State is not real pleased with their 2-2 mark, all the more frustrating because they blew a 21 point lead in Pullman and were whooped by Virginia 42-23.

BYU was also whooped last week losing 40-24 to Utah State and the Cougars have quarterback issues. Former Eagle High standout Tanner Mangum could be back under center after missing two games with a bad ankle. Backup QB Beau Hoge was hurt at Utah State and his status is questionable which brings us to QB #3, Koy Detmer the nephew of BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer.

Boise State says they are preparing for all three.

At 1-4 BYU’s season is rapidly fading while Boise State at 2-2 still has a chance to win a Mountain West Crown, post at least 10 wins and play in a Bowl game. The Broncos who have 16 players who never started before this season, hope to turn a corner Friday night on national TV in a place that has never been kind, LaVelle Edwards Stadium.

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