Utah confirmed Tuesday that its rivalry series with BYU won't be played in 2014-15, meaning the Holy War shortly will take hiatus for the first time since 1946.
Why? Part of it is the Utes believing its better to add a home-and-home series with Michigan rather than play their state rival -- and that it's certainly better, for the sake of scheduling, than playing both.
This, apparently, is the price of doing business in the Pac-12 for the Utes.
A statement on the matter from Utes athletic director Chris Hill:
“When we joined the Pac-12 Conference, we knew there would be opportunities for Utah athletics that were never available before. A home-and-home series with Michigan is an example of something that we would not have envisioned even a few years ago and felt we could not pass up. It made our already tough schedule that much tougher and I did not think it was fair to our football program to schedule BYU on those years. We are solidly committed to play BYU in 2013 and 2016 and are close to finalizing a contract. Our intent is to continue to schedule BYU unless unusual circumstances dictate otherwise. In no way does this signal an end to the rivalry.”
Utah will play BYU in 2013 and 2016. No word on game dates thereafter.
You can also expect this year's game at Utah to be pretty salty. It appears the BYU folks aren't thrilled with the Utes decision.
Utah will play Michigan in Ann Arbor on Sept. 20, 2014, and the Wolverines will make their first appearance in Rice-Eccles Stadium in the 2015 season opener on Sept. 3.