It's not Washington or UCLA or Arizona or Oregon State.
It's the University of Utah.
Instead of squaring off in the traditional regular-season finale in November, the longtime in-state archrivals are meeting in the first game of the year. Instead of winter parkas and gloves, fans wear short-sleeved shirts and suntan lotion. No conference championships or bowl bids hang in the balance. There's no seasonlong hype leading up to the rivalry game, though fans have had the entire off-season to look forward to it. The players are just grateful two-a-days are over, while the fans are still trying to learn the names of their teams' starters.
Is this where the BYU-Utah rivalry, one of the most heated and competitive in the nation, is headed?
With the Utes moving to the Pac-10 in 2011, and the Cougars remaining in the Mountain West Conference for the foreseeable future, there's no doubt their storied rivalry, which dates back to the 1890s or 1922 — depending on which school you ask — will change forever.
But how will the rivalry change? Will it diminish? Will it flourish? Or will it vanish?