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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah State Aggies head coach Gary Andersen celebrates by kissing the WAC trophy in Logan Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. USU beat Idaho and won the WAC championship.

From coaching changes to player adjustments to psychological moves, the collection of thousands of small decisions — both on and off the playing field — can mean the difference between victory and defeat.

Between 2004 to 2012, the state of Utah has enjoyed some of the best football decision-making in America. Among all three of Utah's FBS programs, football fans in the Beehive State have been treated to more than 10 10-win seasons since 2004 — a remarkable feat by any measure.

However, with Utah's ascension to the Pac-12, BYU's venture to independence, and USU's entrance into the Mountain West, getting to that 10-win mark has become considerably tougher.

This fall, BYU, Utah and Utah State fans hope their respective teams can return to the 10-win club, but it will be anything but easy. BYU and Utah arguably are facing their most difficult schedules in history, and Utah State's slate of opponents is considerably more difficult as well.

Read along as the Deseret News examines what BYU, Utah and USU must each individually do to get to that 10-win plateau and the national prominence that comes with it.

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