Just about every college football aficionado in the state of Utah knows in detail how the BYU-Utah football rivalry has gone recently.

For Cougar fans, it's an ongoing source of disgust and disappointment, while Ute fans view it with a sense of pride.

So what exactly will BYU have to do in Thursday's season-opener (8:15 p.m., ESPN) to end Utah's run of eight straight wins?

Let's get the obvious one out of the way first, although it is also the most accurate:

The Cougars will have to score more points than the Utes.

As much as people want to argue in favor of their viewpoint, the simple fact is that the better team ALWAYS wins because the only standard that matters is what is on the scoreboard.

So Utah was eight points better than BYU in 2018, six points better in 2017, one point better in 2016, etc. The Utes were not dominantly better but they were better enough to emerge victorious.

Until the Cougars can flip that script, the outcome will be the same.

Here's a look at five things BYU has to do to when facing Utah this week to get the win:

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