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The University of Utah athletic program was added to the Pac-12 conference in 2011, after its football team "busted the BCS" two times in the first decade of the 2000s.
Brigham Young University has a prolific athletic program, including a men's basketball team that made it to the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" in 2011.
Utah State University plays in the Mountain West Conference. Nicknamed the "Aggies" the school's basketball arena, The Spectrum, is one of the most feared venues in all of athletic sports, featuring a raucous student body that displays no mercy to their opponents.