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Peavler: Final preseason breakdown of BYU, Utah and Utah State's 2014 football schedules

By Lafe Peavler, Deseret News

Published: Tue, Aug. 19 11:20 p.m. MDT

 Utah State fans cheer at the beginning of the game against Hawaii in NCAA football in Logan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

Utah State fans cheer at the beginning of the game against Hawaii in NCAA football in Logan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

(Ravell Call, Deseret News)

BYU, Utah and Utah State are coming to the end of their fall camps, so it's time to do the final preseason breakdown of the Aggies', Cougars' and Utes' 2014 football schedules before the season starts.

There's nothing way too early about this breakdown.

It's year four of independence for BYU, and the pressure is on for the Cougars to remain nationally relevent in a shifting college football landscape. They'll need to make the most of opportunites at Texas and at Central Florida to help their cause. Meanwhile, Utah has a brutally difficult Pac-12 slate to worry about this season. The Utes will face five teams ranked in the preseason AP Top 25. Finally, Utah State has a solid chance of winning its first Mountain West Conference title.

Here's the final breakdown of BYU, Utah and Utah State's schedules.

BYU's 2014 schedule breakdown

Utah's 2014 schedule breakdown

Utah State's 2014 schedule breakdown

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1. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 20, 2014

I predict Utah goes 7-5 and goes to the best bowl game of anyone in the state.

Coach Christensen at Utah will be the most valuable person this season and I hope he is the future coach of our great program.

2. ekute
Layton, UT,
Aug. 20, 2014

Chris B,

Small teams play small ball and celebrate small rewards(beach bowl, preseason also receiving votes). lol.

3. Sambonethegreat
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 20, 2014

Ags and Cougars will win 10+ games each. Utes will go 5-7 (again) and be stuck in the couch potato bowl (again).

Mark it down!

4. Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT,
Aug. 20, 2014

We Utah fans get to enjoy being at home and home having way fun watching usu and byu play in bowl games in slc on our new big screen tv and that will be way awsome.

Go Utes!

5. ekute
Layton, UT,
Aug. 20, 2014

Cletus from Coalville,

For the Utes, it ain't over till it's over.

USU will probably get an interesting matchup in their bowl game.

I might watch byu play texas and USU on my new big screen hdtv. As for the rest of their schedule and prearranged beach bowl, nah.