BYU, Utah and Utah State are all stepping up in their schedules this season, which means that there's plenty of exciting games to watch.

BYU is playing its most difficult schedule in school history with big names like Texas, Wisconsin and Notre Dame on the docket. Utah faces a brutal Pac-12 schedule that includes games against Pac-12 North powerhouses Oregon and Stanford. Utah State is making the transition to its new home in the Mountain West Conference.

We've already covered the best in-state home games. Now, it's time to look at the top 10 overall games involving Utah's FBS college football teams.

Lafe Peavler is a Deseret News sports writing intern and a national college football featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @MasterPeavler

No. 10: Boise State at BYU

Date: Oct. 25

Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium

Last year's Boise State game was one of many missed opportunities as the Cougars fell 7-6 on the Smurf Turf after a failed 2-point conversion.

Now, if BYU wants to take back the title of the premier team not in an automatic qualifying conference, it has to take it away from the Broncos. It can do just that as the Broncos visit LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The Cougars better take this opportunity. This might be the best shot they get before Chris Petersen builds Boise State into a top five program again.

No. 9: Utah at Oregon

Date: Nov. 16

Venue: Autzen Stadium

Even though Chip Kelly is gone to the NFL, Utah will have its hands full with the Oregon offense.

After all, the Ducks still have Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas.

The road to a Rose Bowl bid runs right through Autzen Stadium. Can the Utes slow them down enough to win?

No. 8: BYU at Wisconsin

Date: Nov. 9

Venue: Camp Randall Stadium

BYU plays some of college football's best coaches, but no big-time coach will be more motivated to beat the Cougars than new Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen.

Andersen built Utah State into a conference champion, but the one thing he just wasn't able to do was beat BYU. Now, he gets another shot at the Cougars as he takes over coaching the Badgers.

That adds more even more flavor to an already fascinating game.

No. 7: Boise State at USU

Date: Oct. 12

Venue: Romney Stadium

Utah State made history by winning its first conference championship since it joined the FBS. Despite losing head coach Gary Andersen to Wisconsin, the Aggies return quarterback Chuckie Keeton and most of their key players from last season.

Which means that Utah State can make history again.

However, the Aggies now play in a more difficult conference in the Mountain West. If they want a ticket to the MWC championship game, they have to beat Boise State.

And who knows? A big win like that could be a springboard for a possible BCS busting campaign.

No. 6: UCLA at Utah

Date: Oct. 3

Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium

Whether or not they beat Pac-12 North powerhouse Stanford and Oregon, the Utes can win their division if they can beat UCLA at home.

The Pac-12 South doesn't have a clear favorite, so a win over the Bruins at home would give the Utes a leg up. However, that will be a tall order as UCLA returns quarterback Brett Hundley and All-American linebacker Anthony Barr.

No. 5: Texas at BYU

Date: Sept. 7

Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium

No one can complain this season that BYU isn't bringing big teams to Provo.

Few names in the college football world are bigger than Texas. If the Cougars can upset the Longhorns, they'll receive instant national attention.

Playing teams like Texas is important for BYU's independence to work. However, BYU has to win these games if it wants to be relevant in the national college football landscape.

No. 4: USU at Utah

Date: Aug. 29

Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium

If any one game ruined Utah's season last year, it was when Utah State beat the Utes for the first time since 1997.

Head coach Kyle Whittingham acknowledged this in Monday's press conference, telling reporters that this loss "set the tone for a lot of things" last season. Beating Utah State will be key to keep team morale up before Pac-12 play begins. A loss on Thursday could be as disastrous as last year's.

On the other hand, Utah State would love to make beating the Utes a common occurrence. Furthermore, this win helped give the Aggies the confidence they needed to win 11 games and a conference title.

No. 3: BYU at Notre Dame

Date: Nov. 23

Venue: Notre Dame Stadium

If BYU had upset Notre Dame, last season would have a totally different feel.

Incidentally, it also would have saved us all from a terribly lopsided BCS national championship game.

The Fighting Irish probably won't be a top five team when BYU faces them in late November. However, getting a big win over a team like Notre Dame could make BYU's season, particularly if BYU doesn't beat any of the other big names on the schedule.

Also, it's Catholics vs. Mormons. What more do you need?

No. 2: Stanford at Utah

Date: Oct. 12

Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium

If the Utes really want to make a statement, this is the game to do it.

Stanford rolls into this season at No. 4 in both major preseason polls. It is one of the big favorites to win the Pac-12, and there's a decent chance it could even play for the national championship.

If Utah really wants to be a power player in the Pac-12, it has to win games like this.

However, Stanford is one of the most balanced top teams in the nation. It returns a solid quarterback in Kevin Hogan and much of its No. 11 scoring defense.

No. 1: Utah at BYU

Date: Sept. 21

Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium

Any rivalry game between BYU and Utah is special as this is one of the most heated series in the nation. This year's game is unique in that the Cougars and Utes won't square off in another rivalry game until 2016.

That means three solid years of bragging rights are on the line.

Neither team wants to wait three years to avenge a loss. That makes for a fantastic game.