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Peavler: Summer breakdown of the Utes' 2014 football schedule

Published: Monday, July 7 2014 7:50 p.m. MDT

Coach Kyle Whittingham welcomes seniors onto the field before they play Colorado on Senior Day at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Utah won 24-17. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Coach Kyle Whittingham welcomes seniors onto the field before they play Colorado on Senior Day at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Utah won 24-17. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

With Pac-12 Football Media Day just around the corner, it's time to take a summer look at the University of Utah's 2014 schedule.

And it's a doozy.

The Pac-12 South looks as daunting as ever with teams such as UCLA and USC on the rise. Meanwhile, Utah has to play Pac-12 North powerhouses Oregon and Stanford in back-to-back weeks. Add a trip to the Big House against Michigan, and Utah will play one of the most difficult schedules in the country. In fact, master prognosticator Phil Steele has the Utes at No. 8 in toughest schedules in his 2014 College Football Preview.

Here's a summer breakdown of Utah's 2014 schedule.

Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.

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