The Holy War rivalry continues this weekend when Utah plays at BYU. This is one of the oldest rivalries in college football, starting in 1896. Utah has dominated the series and has won the last nine. Only two of those games were decided by more than a touchdown. The teams did not play last year, but the 2019 season started with a Utah win.
This year could be another close one. Both teams won their season opener last week as expected. Utah is ranked, and BYU received votes in the latest AP poll. Both teams also had new quarterbacks and both did well. Both teams are better offensively, but in recent years, Utah has found a way to win the close ones.
BYU was relieved to find there was football after Zach Wilson. New quarterback Jaren Hall passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Arizona. After a rocky first quarter, he was solid. BYU has now won 12 of their last 13 games.
BYU averaged 522 yards per game last year but was held to 368 by Arizona in the opener. Also in the opener, Neil Pau'u ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries.
Utah rolled past FCS school Weber State 40-17. Charlie Brewer threw for 233 yards and two scores in his debut. The Utes' defense held Weber State to 57 yards rushing and 213 passing.
Dalton Kincaid caught four passes for 75 yards and both touchdowns. Tavion Thomas ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.