Brigham Young football coach Bronco Mendenhall said the feeling is unavoidable, so why not just come out and acknowledge it?
Mendenhall is used to playing in-state rival Utah during the final game of each season. Not the seventh. Not the fifth. And definitely not the third. But that is just what BYU will do Saturday, when it hosts the Utes at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Mendenhall acknowledged that there is a great deal riding on the outcome of contest, as everything from Beehive State recruiting to personal pride are at stake. Factor in that the heavily hyped game in some ways has more drama this year after each school's conference change and Utah's entrance into the Pac-12, and Mendenhall would rip up his school's current schedule and create a new one that replaces Hawaii with the Utes on Dec. 3 if the change was within his power.