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Peavler: Summer breakdown of the Utes' 2014 football schedule

By Lafe Peavler, Deseret News

Published: Mon, July 7 7:50 p.m. MDT

 Coach Kyle Whittingham welcomes seniors onto the field before they play Colorado on Senior Day at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Utah won 24-17.

Coach Kyle Whittingham welcomes seniors onto the field before they play Colorado on Senior Day at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Utah won 24-17.

(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

With Pac-12 Football Media Day just around the corner, it's time to take a summer look at the University of Utah's 2014 schedule.

And it's a doozy.

The Pac-12 South looks as daunting as ever with teams such as UCLA and USC on the rise. Meanwhile, Utah has to play Pac-12 North powerhouses Oregon and Stanford in back-to-back weeks. Add a trip to the Big House against Michigan, and Utah will play one of the most difficult schedules in the country. In fact, master prognosticator Phil Steele has the Utes at No. 8 in toughest schedules in his 2014 College Football Preview.

Here's a summer breakdown of Utah's 2014 schedule.

Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.

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1. Duckhunter
Highland, UT,
July 9, 2014

I see a lot of losses coming.

2. sammyg
Springville, UT,
July 11, 2014

Which games will get to > .500? I'm not seeing them.

3. Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT,
July 11, 2014

So once again the Utes have a top ten national schedule. Six or seven wins against this type of competition will be great! Especially if we can steal one or two from ranked opponents. Too bad we don't have BYU on our schedule to give us another guaranteed win.

Duckunter, we at least have the opportunity to play this kind of competition and we bring more ranked programs into the State of Utah every year than at any time in history. I prefer to look at the up side.

4. VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV,
July 11, 2014

sammyg:

You're not seeing them because of your blue tinted glasses.

Thanks for visiting us with your Utah love!

Go Utes!!

5. Duckhunter
Highland, UT,
July 12, 2014

@mormon ute

Congratulations? I'd like to invite you to go to Miami with me in December and actually attend a bowl game.