Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
14 Mac Christensen
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Comment: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir would like to sing the fight song of the winning team on Sunday morning during "Music and the Spoken Word." It's never going to happen, but we root for both teams.

13 KSL anchor Bruce Lindsay
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Prediction and comment: The team that trails in the first three-and-a-half quarters will come from behind with a touchdown in the final moments to win.


12 KSL anchor Nadine Wimmer
KSL

Prediction: The U by 14.



Comment: I wore my blue suit Tuesday to get it out of the way so I can wear red the rest of the week.


11 Utah state Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Holland
Provided by Wayne Holland

Prediction: It's Utah by 5 as a tribute to Tom Barbari, because for years and years, no matter what, he'd say, "It's Utah by 5"



Comment: Just like Election Day it's to going to be a red day. But unlike Election Day, it will be a good day for most Democrats.

10 Utah state Republican Party Chairman Dave Hansen
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Prediction: BYU 27-20



Comment: Utah makes it a trifecta — losing to three religious schools — TCU, Notre Dame and BYU

9 West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder
Margo Moaremoff

Prediction: Utah 21-10.



Comment: If we learned anything from the 2010 elections, it is that Utah is a RED state this year!

8 Sen. Bob Bennett
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Prediction: I think Utah will win. The game is at home, and that always makes a difference.



Comment: I am a lifetime member of the Utah alumni association, and I remain a loyal Ute. (Editor's note: Sen. Bennett has tickets to the game and will be going during his Thanksgiving break from the Senate.)


7 Larry EchoHawk, former BYU player, Utah law grad and current U.S. Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs
KennyCrookston/BYU

Prediction: BYU 24-20



Comment: The Cougars have momentum and a winning attitude going into the game. The confidence of Utah has been shaken in the last three games. Both teams will play hard and it will be a competitive game. I predict a Cougar victory.

6 Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Prediction: none



Comment: (Laughing) I know Utah and BYU and I'm not commenting on (the) rivalry. It's too political.


5 Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Prediction: I am predicting a Utah victory. I think, obviously, BYU has been improving through the year so I predict, Utah 34-31.



Comment: I encourage both BYU and Utah fans to show their support constructively by helping contribute to the Utah food banks.

4 Provo Mayor John Curtis
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Prediction: BYU by 3



Comment: How could anybody pick anyone but BYU? Looking forward to a good game!


3 Gov. Gary Herbert
Brian Nicholson, El Observador de Utah

Prediction: A spirited and competitive game.



Comment: As Governor, I have become very ecumenical — I support and respect both teams. I'm also smart enough to know better than to get in the middle of this great rivalry, which is why I'm going to Canada this weekend to watch the Grey Cup game and avoid questions like these! (Editor's note: Herbert's son-in-law, Ben Cahoon, is playing in the Grey Cup on Sunday.)


2 University of Utah President Michael Young
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Prediction: Utah by 25



Comment: Since my great, great uncle Brigham founded the U. in 1850 and then founded BYU in 1875, I'm going to stick with family tradition and put the U. ahead by 25. That's three touchdowns, a field goal and an extra point — for a Nobel Prize winner.

1 BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Prediction: Given there has been an even split in victories between BYU and Utah over the last decade, I predict this will be another BYU/Utah classic.



Comment: I'll leave predictions about the actual game score to others, but I do expect Saturday's game to continue our traditional, spirited rivalry with both teams playing hard and displaying excellent preparation. Go Cougars!