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Perhaps Tom Coughlin, who coached the New York Giants to a pair of Super Bowl titles, put it best. The calendar and the clock are all set by football season and the offseason, he said.

With the latter coming to a close, the dawn of a new college football season is about to kick off.

Locally, things get started Thursday with a pair of in-state battles Utah facing Southern Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium and Weber State taking on Utah State at new and improved Maverik Stadium in Logan.

On Saturday, BYU opens its season with a new head coach and a familiar quarterback against Arizona at the home of the NFLs Cardinals in Glendale.

Awash in storylines, there are plenty of things to keep an eye on as the games begin for the Aggies, Cougars, Thunderbirds, Utes and Wildcats.

It's time, time to get things started.


The Sitake Era begins: An overview of BYUs offense, defense and special teams

Dick Harmon: Key to BYU's season is managing a tough September out of the chute

5 key factors that will affect the 2016 season

Two-deep: BYU's projected 2016 depth chart


Can the Utah Utes take the next step and earn a spot in the Pac-12 title game?

Brad Rock: Expect another close call for Utes in 2016

5 key factors that will affect the 2016 season

Two-deep: Utah's 2016 depth chart


Utah State anxious to improve on last year's 6-7 record

5 key factors that will affect the 2016 season

Randy Hollis: With Keeton and Vigil brothers gone, Aggies need new leaders to step up this year

Two-deep: Utah State's 2016 depth chart


Defending Big Sky champ SUU determined not to be a one-hit wonder

Thunderbirds' 2016 season schedule


Wildcats aim to use last year's turnaround as springboard to more success

Wildcats' 2016 season schedule


Randy Hollis: Fearless forecast on how Big Five teams will finish this year