In exactly five days, BYU will play at Utah for the 84th meeting between the two schools. BYU is 10-1, and with their win over Air Force on Saturday, earned their 10th win for the third straight season in a row. The Cougars can earn a share of the MWC title with a win. Utah is 11-0, and looking to secure their second BCS bowl berth in four years. By beating BYU, they will earn their third outright conference championship in fifty years.
The Holy War: there's no other rivalry in the country like it, and this year it seems there is more riding on it for both teams than most.
If BYU wins: they spoil Utah's shot at getting into a BCS bowl, and most likely open the way for the Boise State Broncos to get in, instead. They also get a part of the conference championship for the third straight year.
If Utah wins: they go undefeated in the regular season, obtaining the goal BYU players set for themselves last summer. BCS money and prestige is theirs.
Who will win?
No idea. The Cougars could win, the Utes could win. The only surprising thing would be for one team to get blown out.
With the uncertainty, I'm running a Prediction Contest! To enter:
1. Post your prediction of the final score in the comments section of this post.
2. As a tiebreaker, also post how many total yards Austin Collie will rack up on Saturday.
Example: BYU 27-Utah 24, Collie yards: 132.
You have to have posted your prediction by Thursday at midnight. Any late predictions will not be counted.
The winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card and bragging rights for all their friends and family.