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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Utes running back Devontae Booker (23) runs against Michigan Wolverines defensive end Frank Clark (57) in Ann Arbor, Michigan Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Utah lead Michigan 26-10 in the fourth quarter before a lightning delay.

BYU and Utah made Athlon Sports' list of the Top 25 non-conference college football games for 2015.

Four of BYU's matchups made the list. The Cougars' contest with Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, was the highest ranked at No. 16.

"A bizarre but interesting matchup of underrated coaches takes place at an odd time, halfway through November. The Tigers and Cougars have only played once before, a 21-17 BYU win in the 1983 Holiday Bowl. Taysom Hill vs. Maty Mauk late in the year sounds fun to me (if both can stay healthy)."

The other three of BYU's games to make the list are its trips to Michigan (No. 20), UCLA (No. 21) and the season opener at Nebraska (No. 24).

The Utes' season opener against Michigan at home also made the list at No. 19.

"These two have only met three times with all three games taking place in Ann Arbor. Utah has won two of those meetings, including a 26-10 thumping of the Wolverines last season. On a Thursday night with Jim Harbaugh leading the way, this game should be much more intriguing."

The nonconference game that topped Athlon's list is Oregon's trip to Michigan State on Sept. 12.

Missouri head coach says independents should join conferences

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel told ESPN he wants college football independents to join conferences. Pinkel even went so far as to suggest that independents, including Notre Dame, shouldn't be allowed in the College Football Playoff unless they join a conference.

"I think all independents should join a conference, as a general rule," Pinkel said. "I didn't say Notre Dame in particular everybody. You don't have independents in the NFL. Leagues are leagues. I just think it's difficult to assess a team that's not in a league. It's nothing against Notre Dame, it's just my opinion."

Of course, comparing the neat-and-orderly system of divisions and conferences in the NFL to college football's more complex and confusing system is comparing apples and oranges. Missouri will play independent BYU this November.

Jazz have the No. 3 young core

ESPN's Bradford Doolittle ranked teams based on the potential of their core young players, and the Utah Jazz were No. 3 on the list. Doolittle listed Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, Trey Burke, Rodney Hood, Alec Burks, Dante Exum and Trey Lyles as the Utah's key young players.

"Gobert's amazing second season buoys a young Utah core that is brimming with both talent and depth. Gobert's three-year forecast ranks third among under-26 players. If Exum makes a second-year leap, it's quite possible the Jazz will top these rankings if we revisit them during the season."

The two teams ahead of the Jazz in the rankings are the Milwaukee Bucks and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Basketball prospect wants to beat his grandmother at basketball 100-0

Wasatch Academys Koby McEwen won MVP honors at the Toronto North Pole Hoops Showcase, and he is starting to get some attention from the likes of Baylor, Ole Miss and Utah. In an interview with North Pole Sports, McEwen talked about his competitive side.

If I play my grandmother, I want to beat her 100-0, McEwen told North Pole Hoops.

McEwen wont be playing his grandmother in college, but his competitive spirit will be well appreciated wherever he goes.

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