The BYU vs. Utah football game on Saturday marks the third event of the 2011-12 Deseret First Duel rivalry series. The Cougars currently lead the Duel 6-0, following victories in soccer on August 23 and women’s volleyball on September 10.
To celebrate the fifth year of the Deseret Duel and the long-standing rivalry, both schools will wear their home jerseys (blue and red) for the game Saturday and throughout the 2011-12 season regardless of event location.
The 2011-12 season should be unique as BYU and Utah will compete in different conferences for the first time ever. The Utes are now a member of the Pac 12, while the Cougars are independent in football and a member of the West Coast Conference in the majority of its other sports.
Deseret Duel Schedule (more dates and times will be announced at a later date)
Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. Women's Basketball at BYU
Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. Men's Basketball at BYU
Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Women's Gymnastics at Utah
The Duel: Round Five
In 2007, BYU, the University of Utah, and Deseret First Credit Union partnered to create the Deseret First Duel, a celebration of one of the nation's oldest and most spirited college rivalries.
Previously there had been no established series to recognize the athletic supremacy of the Cougars or Utes. The university that wins the Deseret First Duel each year has its name permanently engraved on large granite monuments located at both schools and holds bragging rights for the following year and beyond.
How the Deseret First Duel works
BYU and Utah compete against each other in baseball, men's and women's basketball, football, women's gymnastics, women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, women's volleyball, and men's and women's swimming. Points are awarded to the school that wins each game, meet, or match. A team trophy is also presented to the winner in each sport. BYU won the inaugural Deseret First Duel in 2007-08. Utah claimed the title in 2008-09 and BYU took it back in 2009-10 and repeated as champs in 2010-11.
There are 47 points available in 2011-12. The first team to amass 24 points will capture the fifth-annual Deseret First Duel title.