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Published: Monday, Aug. 25 2014 7:10 p.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 6:39 a.m. MDT

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Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

We have a much better team this year and we will dominate UConn.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

@WisconsinCougarFan

I often disagree with Chris B. but he's accurate here.

You said "I'd love to hear who all 9 of the Utes opponents are considered "big boys." If you're counting Colorado, Idaho State, and Washington State than you obviously don't understand college football and who the real players are." Actually I think it's you who doesn't understand the landscape of college football.

The truth? Idaho State is weak but half of BYU's schedule is loaded with teams closer to Idaho State than legit opponents. Although it's likely Washington State and Colorado finish at the bottom of the PAC 12, they're still big boys. Why? Because they have the size and athleticism that Nevada, Middle Tennessee State, UNLV and Savannah State do not. If you're implying Washington State and Colorado aren't worthy opponents, then add to BYU's lack of schedule strength further with California (bottom of the PAC/Utah doesn't face them this year), Virginia (worse than Colorado), and Connecticut as well.

USU and Houston are solid opponents but lack BCS athletes. Football is a war of attrition. Playing bigger schools takes its' toll regardless of win/loss record.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

It's easy to think Washington State is a bad football team. But they would have a real good shot winning the conference if in the MWC or WAC. Look at it this way. Washington State beat USC last year. Believe me, Savannah State, Middle Tennessee State and UNLV have no shot beating USC. Another take, although BYU lost to Virginia last year, BYU would have a better shot beating USC than Virginia would. Upsets happen but the underdog has to have the ability to win if they play lights out and the 'big boys' lay an egg. Utah lost to Colorado a couple of years ago, but Utah can beat Stanford when they bring their A game. Colorado? No. But the Buffs are still capable of beating Utah if they don't come to play.

Other than Idaho State, Utah could be beaten by any team on their schedule this year. I don't think that will happen and look for Utah to be 7-5 this year.

There is good reason why many around the country think Utah has one of the toughest schedules in the nation.

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

This is the fourth time I've posted this radical concept this week:

BYU will play anybody anywhere. This schedule is the result of the turmoil a couple of years ago when conferences were realigning and chaos ruled.

Future BYU schedules are and will be comparable to anybody. SOS will demand that conferences SEC stop playing Tier III teams. They'll have to schedule teams like BYU. SEC says BYU won't count, but the real reason is that the SEC doesn't schedule strong OOC teams. They'll play the bottom tier teams in the P5, which will be an upgrade. But they will still duck BYU. Because scheduling BYU can get you beaten.

PAC-12 powers are already scheduling BYU. WSU and the like probably won't for the same reason WSU cancelled the return game after losing badly in Provo. They can't afford another loss.

So while Utah fans are prepared for another losing season because of their schedule, BYU should be thinking 12-0. Could happen this year. Probably not, but better than preparing your excuses for a bowl-free season like the team up north.

Wannabe
Bakersfield, CA

@gdog3finally

Don't forget to mention that Stanford had to lay an egg and Utah play their A game for Utah to win. If that is the case as you suggest for Colorado to beat Utah. We all know that the gap between Stanford and Utah is much grander than the one between Utah and Colorado (2 wins vs 1 win).

I would have buyers remorse if I were the the PAC10.

65TossPowerTrap
Salmon, ID

Are we still talking about how "hard" utah's schedule is? Yes, it is hard - too hard. Face it utes, you simply are overmatched in the Pac-12. BYU is a mid-major team and should stay that way. BYU should not go the way of TCU and Utah. BYU should not become what Utah has become - the Kansas of the Pac-12.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Go Cougars! I'm excited to see how things go this season, of course we expect better than last!

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