2. Utah has a huge mental edge
Of all things to do in life under pressure, sports are some of the toughest to do successfully. There is no way to spin this, Utah has a mental edge over BYU. Jaren Hall knows that pick sixes have plagued BYU in this rivalry. The defense knows that Utah always finds a way to pick up yards in big time moments in this rivalry. The offensive line knows that in every big 4th and short play in the last decade, they have not been able to move the Ute’s defensive line to pick up the needed yards. The list goes on and on.
Thinking about not throwing an interception, much like thinking about not missing a free throw, ultimately results in that exactly happening. Each and every position group has a huge monkey on their back and if they let that monkey distract them for even one play, Utah will take advantage.