BYU And Utah To Play Football In 2011 And Keep The Holy War Uninterrupted

PROVO UT - SEPTEMBER 1: BYU President Cecil Samuelson announces that BYU football will become independent in football in 2011 separating from the Mountain West Conference September 1 2010 in Provo Utah. The remaining BYU sports will become affiliated with the West Coast Conference in 2011. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

BYU and Utah will continue their annual game in 2011, this puts to rest the possibility that the Holy War would have had a one year hiatus for the first time since 1943-1945 which most likely due to college age students being in the military for World War II. So, this is really good news for both sides to continue this game. Here is part of the press release by Utah:  

The modifications to Utah's football schedule include a home-and-home series with BYU in 2011 and 2012. The teams will play in Provo on Sept. 17, 2011 and in Salt Lake City on Sept. 15, 2012.

"We are excited to continue our rivalry with BYU in football and men's basketball and our other sports are busy working out the logistics to make it happen as well," said Hill. "It is an important rivalry to our fans and to everyone involved with Utah athletics."

To make room for BYU on its non-conference schedule, Utah canceled a three-game series with Boise State in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The buyout for the Boise State games will cost a total of $350,000 and Utah will recoup $250,000 from Iowa State, which canceled its return game. The Utes filled the ISU vacancy with a home game against Montana State on Sept. 1. Still in place is Utah's game at Pittsburgh on Oct. 8, 2011.

Utah anticipates playing a nine-game Pac-10 schedule in 2011 with five games in Salt Lake City.

That Iowa State cancellation allowed the Utes to buyout of the Boise State game. Utah's 2011 non-conference will be games at BYU, Montana State, and at Pittsburgh.

Too bad the games are not able to be played on Labor Day night and on ESPN since both schools have that option now since both schools are leaving the Mountai West. BYU's 2011 schedule is very front loaded by now having games against Texas, Hawai'i, Boise State, and now Utah. The back half will be much easier with games against the WAC.

In non-football news Utah and BYU have agree to a four game series begining in 2011 with the first game at Utah.

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