Utah only had space on their schedule for three non-conference games and Utah wanted to play BYU, Pittsburgh and Montana State instead of Boise State. Pittsburgh is currently 2-2 while BYU is 1-4. Montana State is a Football Championship Series (FCS) opponent. The Broncos are 4-0 and ranked fourth in the nation in pursuit of their third consecutive unbeaten season and fourth in their last five years.
The official Utah announcement and 2011 non-conference schedule is included here. The decision to cancel the series with Boise State gives Utah openings in their out-of-conference schedule in 2012 and beyond. At this point, the only games scheduled are rivalry games with BYU for at least 2011 and 2012 and games with Utah State from 2012-2015.
Meanwhile, Boise State has had trouble getting opponents to come into Boise. #10 Utah would have been the first top ten opponent ever willing to come to Bronco Stadium. It is not known at this time if another top ten team is willing to challenge the #10 home team in college football history (73-2). Utah's decision to drop the Boise State series opens up a home game for 2011, an away game in 2012 and another home game in 2013.