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Grasping at Straws

Bryan Kehl

When fans of rival schools banter over which team is better, they look for any point of reference to buttress their claims of superiority. A convenient measuring stick is performance against a common opponent. Come Saturday evening, bitter rivals BYU and Utah will have played three of the same teams, and their fans will have plenty of new fodder for debate.

Utah is currently 3-2 with wins over Northern Arizona, Utah State and San Diego State. BYU is also currently 3-2 with wins over Tulsa, Utah State and TCU. When the Utes shut out Utah State, some of the Cougar defenders took notice and wanted to make a statement of their own. "Sure we want to keep Utah State out of the end zone," said outside linebacker Kelly Poppinga prior to the Utah State game...

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