At a media luncheon today, Utah athletics director Chris Hill told reporters that the Utes will face BYU in Provo in 2013 and in Salt Lake City in 2016.
The two schools have played every year since 1946, but the future of the series has been in jeopardy ever since Utah joined the Pac-12.
Utah is concerned about making their non-conference schedule too tough. That’s why the series with BYU will take a break in 2014 and 2015, as the Utes are set to face Michigan in a home-and-home series those years.
“To say the rivalry is going to be the same, it’s not,” Hill said. “We need to take a reasonable approach to the season.”
Hill also said the 2013 game will take place in the “fourth week” of the season. However, that would put the game on September 21, a date which is currently occupied by a home game against Boise State on BYU’s 2013 schedule.
Earlier today, we confirmed that Boise State was in fact set to travel to BYU on September 21, 2013. But football schedules are fluid and there’s always the possibility that the Boise State-BYU game could be on the move once more.
Regardless of the dates, BYU’s 2013 schedule is set to be one of their toughest ever. The Cougars will host Boise State, Georgia Tech, Texas, and Utah and travel to Hawaii, Houston, Notre Dame, Utah State, and Washington State.
BYU’s 2013 season-opener could be at Washington State. As VanquishTheFoe points out, Pac-12 scheduling rules currently state that non-conference games be played in the first three weeks of the season.
Utah is set to open the 2013 season at home vs. Utah State on Aug. 29. With the addition of BYU, the Utes only need one more non-conference game to complete their schedule.
Pac-12 games for the Utes in 2013 tentatively include Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, and Washington at home and Arizona, Oregon, Stanford, and USC on the road.