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Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) talks with the media about game one during a press availability at the team hotel in Houston on Monday, April 15, 2019.

SALT LAKE CITY — We are still months away from the start of the 2019 college football season, especially when considering that spring football just ended across the country, but that doesn’t mean football isn’t in the national conversation.

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Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, left, is tripped by Michigan State's Matt Morrissey (10) and Josh Butler (19) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Orlando Sentinel reporter Matt Murschel kept the conversation going Monday, with his story MWC: The toughest nonconference schedules ranked.

In it, Murschel argues that the Utah State Aggies have the most different out-of-conference schedule of any Mountain West Conference team next season, thanks to matchups with Wake Forest, LSU and BYU.

“For the third straight year, Utah State opens up the season on the road at a Power 5 opponent,” Murschel wrote. “The Aggies travel to North Carolina to take on Wake Forest in search of the program’s second win in the series (1-1). In October, the team travels to LSU in hopes of snapping a 10-game losing streak to teams from the SEC.”

Why do Mountain West conference schedules matter to an Orlando, Florida-based paper?

Well UCF of course, as the Knights and the Aggies will likely battle all season long for the Group of 5 spot in the New Year's Six.

Yellow Jacket legend

Georgia Tech, the alma mater of Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, released a video Monday recounting Favors' lone, but successful season with the Yellow Jackets.

Rudy Gobert mourns the devastation of Notre Dame Cathedral

The Jazz center posted a brief, albeit poignant message on his Instagram account after news broke that the iconic Parisian cathedral was on fire.

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Hot 150

NFL media senior analyst Gil Brandt released his list of the top 150 NFL prospects Monday, ahead of the upcoming NFL draft.

No in-state players earned a spot in the top 50 on Brandt’s list, but three Utes cracked the 150.

Linebacker Cody Barton led the way at No. 77, followed by safety Marquise Blair at 92.

Punter Mitch Wishnowsky, meanwhile, came in at No. 150.

A future Aggie?

When news broke Thursday of the impending transfer of UVU senior Jake Toolson, the expectation of many was that BYU would be among the most likely destinations for the WAC Player of the Year.

According to a new report by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman that isn’t the case, however.

Goodman reported Monday evening that Toolson is eyeing a move to one of five teams, not to mention a possible return to Utah Valley.

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The five teams include Stanford, Arizona State, Duke and Virginia, as well as Utah State.

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And finally…

Considering the Utah Jazz’s struggles to contain the Houston Rockets, particularly James Harden, in Game 1 of their first round series, is this video a ‘too soon’ moment for Jazz fans? Eh, probably not.