The BYU Cougars and the Utah Utes have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2017 and 2018, the two schools announced this afternoon.
BYU will host the first game of the series at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Sept. 9, 2017. The second game of the series will be played at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Nov. 24, 2018.
Utah athletic director Chris Hill first announced that they were close to an agreement for a 2017-18 series with BYU via a YouTube video in July.
The two in-state rivals also have a contract to meet on Sept. 21, 2013 at BYU and Sept. 10, 2016 at Utah. Due to Utah scheduling a home-and-home series with Michigan, the “Holy War” will not be played in 2014 or 2015, marking the first interruption in the series since 1942.
“As many people are aware we have been working on these two games for awhile,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. “It’s an important historical series for the state and the fans of both schools. It’s nice to have it completed.”
Utah leads the “Holy War” series against BYU 53-31-4. The Utes have also won three straight and seven of the last ten.
The completion of this series gives the BYU Cougars seven scheduled games in 2017 and five in 2018. In 2017, BYU is set to host Wisconsin, Utah, California, Boise State and San Jose State and travel to Fresno State and East Carolina.
In 2018, the Cougars have a home game against East Carolina and road trips to Arizona, Boise State, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Utah now has two non-conference games set for 2017 and one for 2018. The Utes are slated to open the 2017 season at home against North Dakota.