BYU just released its official 2014 football schedule on Monday, and given that the Cougars' first game is still 186 days away, it's still way too early to talk about the teams BYU will face this season.
But when has that ever stopped us from doing it anyway?
The Cougars will play two teams for the first time and seven teams it played last season. While it's certainly not as rough a schedule as 2013 was, there's a few interesting games coming up for the Cougars in 2013.
Here's our way-too-early breakdown of BYU's 2013 schedule.
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2013 record: 3-9, 3-5 American Athletic Conference
Record vs. BYU: 0-0 (First matchup)
Way-too-early 2014 outlook: UConn fired head coach Paul Pasqualoni after the Huskies started 0-4, including a humiliating 33-18 loss to lower-division Towson. However, this team gradually improved as 2013 went on and finished the season on a three-game winning streak. Former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco is the new head coach, and BYU is all too familiar with his stout defense. Furthermore, the Cougars have returning quarterback Casey Cochan to deal with. He worked into the starting position as a freshman last season, and he finished his final two games 61-of-87 (70.1 percent) for 772 yards and six touchdowns against Rutgers and Memphis. This team is more dangerous than last year's record indicates.
2013 record: 8-5, 7-2 Big 12
Record vs. BYU: 1-3 (Lost 41-20 at BYU on Sept. 7, 2013)
Way-too-early 2014 outlook: Mack Brown rode off into the sunset after the 2013 season, leaving a ton of talent for incoming head coach Charlie Strong. Strong has already proven his salt at Louisville with a 37-15 record over four seasons and has a Sugar Bowl win over Florida on his resume. Texas had the No. 2 recruiting class of 2012 and the No. 3 recruiting class of 2011, according to Rivals.com. While Texas has underperformed a bit over the past few years, look for Strong to take advantage of all the talent he has at his disposal. In addition, the Longhorns will remember the 41-20 trouncing they took at the hands of BYU last season. It will be difficult for the Cougars to come out of Austin with a win. Look out for the dangerous running back duo of Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown.
2013 record: 8-5, 5-3 American Athletic Conference
Record vs. BYU: 0-1 (Lost 47-46 at Reliant Stadium on Oct. 19, 2013)
Way-too-early 2014 outlook: Houston gave BYU almost all it could handle in last year's battle of Cougars vs. Cougars. Quarterback John O'Korn had a fantastic freshman season as he finished 2013 with 3,117 yards passing and 28 touchdowns. Furthermore, Houston just added a bunch of speedy wide receivers in this year's recruiting class, including Elton Dyer (6-3, ran a 4.4 40-yard dash) and high school track star Isaiah Johnson (6-2, ran a 4.5 40-yard dash). And don't forget about Deontay Greenberry, who finished 2013 with 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns. The BYU secondary will be tested early and often against the Cougars in Crimson. We could see another barn-burner in Provo.
2013 record: 2-10, 0-8 Atlantic Coast Conference
Record vs. BYU: 3-1 (Won 19-16 at Scott Stadium on Aug. 31, 2013)
Way-too-early 2014 outlook: Virginia's Week 1 win over the Cougars would be the only FBS team that the Cavaliers would beat in 2013. Head coach Mike London returns, and he knows that he'll need to win more than two games if he wants to return in 2015. David Watford struggled at quarterback, finishing with 2,202 yards, eight touchdowns and 15 interceptions. However, running back Kevin Parks is dangerous with 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Also, Virginia has some excellent young talent coming in with 5-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown and 5-star safety Quin Blanding both signing with the Cavaliers this year. BYU can't afford another sluggish game against Virginia this season.
2013 record: 9-5, 7-1 Mountain West Conference
Record vs. BYU: 35-45-3 (Lost 31-14 at Romney Stadium on Oct. 4, 2013)
Way-too-early 2014 outlook: Utah State is the team on the rise in the state of Utah, particularly as it beat No. 23 Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl. Quarterback Chuckie Keeton should be healthy again after suffering a knee injury against the Cougars last season. The Aggies will also have a solid backup quarterback in Darell Garretson, who had 1,446 yards and 10 touchdowns in Utah State's final eight games of 2013. Utah State loses a lot of key players on defense, including CB Nevin Lawson, LB Jake Doughty and SS Maurice Alexander. Regardless, Utah State will be BYU's toughest opponent it will face at home in 2014.
2013 record: 12-1, 8-0 American Athletic Conference
Record vs. BYU: 0-1 (Lost 24-17 at BYU on Sept. 30, 2011)
Way-too-early 2014 outlook: The Knights had a remarkable season as they went a perfect 8-0 in conference and beat No. 6 Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. Unfortunately for UCF, star quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson are off to the NFL. That said, UCF is a dangerous squad even though it will be rebuilding on offense next season. The Knights return all three of their top receivers from last season, including Rannell Hall (886 yards, five touchdowns), Breshad Perriman (811 yards, four touchdowns) and J.J. Worton (721 yards, seven touchdowns). Whoever starts at quarterback next season will have some nice weapons to throw to.
2013 record: 4-8, 3-5 Mountain West Conference
Record vs. BYU: 2-5-2 (Lost 28-23 at Mackay Stadium on Nov. 30, 2013)
Way-too-early 2014 outlook: The Wolf Pack are still struggling to adapt after legendary coach and father of the pistol offense Chris Ault retired after the 2012 season. Still, they have some nice offensive talent. Take quarterback Cody Fajardo, who had 2,668 yards and 13 touchdowns passing along with 621 yards and eight touchdowns rushing. The Cougars had trouble containing Fajardo last year. Also, Nevada returns leading rusher Kendall Brock, who finished 2013 with 812 yards and 10 touchdowns. Nevada still has a lot of work to do on defense, however, as it finished No. 104 in scoring defense last season.
2013 record: 8-5, 6-2 Mountain West Conference
Record vs. BYU: 3-1 (Lost 37-20 at BYU on Oct. 25, 2013)
Way-too-early 2014 outlook: How will Boise State do with Chris Petersen coaching for Washington now? The Broncos had a sub-par season in 2013 by Petersen's high standards as they didn't finish ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since 2007. Still, winning on the Smurf Turf is never an easy task. Grant Hedrick appears to be the man at quarterback, and he finished 2013 passing 167-for-242 (69.0 percent) for 1,825 yards and 16 touchdowns to just five interceptions. BYU will also have to watch out for running back Jay Ajayi, who rushed for an incredible 1,425 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2013. Petersen or no Petersen, this will be a tough game.
2013 record: 8-5, 6-2 Conference USA
Record vs. BYU: 0-1 (Lost 37-10 at BYU on Sept. 27, 2013)
Way-too-early 2014 outlook: While the Blue Raiders were good enough to make it to a bowl game, the Cougars handled them easily in last year's matchup. MTSU needs to break in a new quarterback, but it does return running back duo Jordan Parker and Reggie Whatley. Both of them combined for 1,402 yards and nine touchdowns last season. While BYU will likely be heavily favored in this game, you never know what might happen on the road.
2013 record: 7-6, 5-3 Mountain West Conference
Record vs. BYU: 3-15 (Lost 55-7 at BYU on Nov. 6, 2010)
Way-too-early 2014 outlook: UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck managed to take the Rebels to his first bowl game after winning just two games per year for his first three years in Las Vegas. However, he has some rebuilding to do as quarterback Caleb Harring and running back Tim Cornett are gone. At least star wide receiver Devante Davis decided to stick around for his senior year after he had an impressive 1,290 yards and 14 touchdowns receiving last season. The Rebels are familiar with the Cougars as they used to be in the Mountain West Conference together.
2013 record: 1-11, 0-8 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Record vs. BYU: 0-0 (First matchup)
Way-too-early 2014 outlook: This is the kind of game most teams play in August or September. Savannah State is an FCS school, and not a good one as its record clearly shows. BYU should get an easy win here. Too bad BYU will have senior day against a lower-division school.
2013 record: 1-11, 0-9 Pac-12
Record vs. BYU: 1-2 (Won 35-28 at the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22, 2005
Way-too-early 2014 outlook: Calling 2013 a rough year for the Golden Bears would be a severe understatement. Cal was No. 122 in scoring defense and total defense. Cal gave up 529.6 yards and 45.9 points per game. Head coach Sonny Dykes has his work cut out for him in turning this mess of a team around. Still, Cal has some nice players on offense, including quarterback Jared Goff. Goff had 3,508 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. However, the Golden Bears have work to do on the rushing game as Cal's top two rushers combined for just 866 yards and six touchdowns. Frankly, it would be hard for Cal to get any worse, so BYU should expect an improved team come November.