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Deseret News college football preview: Features, columns, 2-deeps & schedule breakdowns

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Published: Mon, Aug. 25 9:30 a.m. MDT

 Utah State Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton runs against Weber State during NCAA football in Logan Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

Utah State Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton runs against Weber State during NCAA football in Logan Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Like most years, the fates of BYU's, Utah's and Utah State's football teams lie in hands of their quarterbacks in 2014. We break down the quarterback position for the Cougars, Utes and Aggies, while Brad Rock, Dick Harmon and Randy Hollis weigh in on the upcoming season.

BYU

BYU football: Taysom Hill's experience, ability make him catalyst of Cougar offense

Dick Harmon: Revamped receiver corps expected to push Anae's offense forward

Cougars' 2014 schedule a far cry from 2013 slate

BYU's 2-deep chart

Utah

Utes have depth at quarterback leadership

Brad Rock: Five reasons Utes think they'll be better

Utes' schedule ranks among toughest in the nation

Utah's 2-deep chart

Utah State

Chuckie Keeton's back and ready to be Chuckie again

'It's the most exciting, best time ever to be an Aggie,' Wells says

Vols, Cougars tilts highlight Aggies' schedule

Utah State's 2-deep chart

Weber State

Wildcats set eye on nationally-ranked Arizona State

Weber State's 2-deep chart

Southern Utah

SUU aiming for 'dynamic' offense under Gary Crowton

SUU's 2-deep chart

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1. Ken
Sandy, UT,
Aug. 25, 2014

Utah will do the best with the schedule they have, although the total wins may be higher in Provo or Logan. The evidence of this will be the which team goes to the superior bowl game, which in my opinion will be Utah.

As always, go Utes!!

2. Jumbojimbo
Cheyenne, WY,
Aug. 25, 2014

Which is better, a losing record and a fired coach in the PAC 12, or an independent going to the Miami Beach Bowl? That is the real question.

3. Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT,
Aug. 25, 2014

I really like Whittingham and had hoped for the best, but I am afraid he will be gone after this year. Once again, there is no chance they go to a bowl game let alone go 7-5. There comes a time when just being in a league isn't good enough, you need to produce.

4. Stang08
Southern, UT,
Aug. 25, 2014

Chris B
BYU is not a gimme win. Far from it every year.

5. Swenson435
Providence, UT,
Aug. 25, 2014

Ute fans definitely have a fair point with SOS, but that's just it. Looking at the schedule I think you are looking at a 4-8 year:

@Michigan - not what they once were, but still the big house = Loss
@7 UCLA - Loss
15 USC - Loss
@19 ASU - Loss
3 Oregon - Loss
@11 Stanford - Loss

Then you add in a road game at Oregon St. who you never know what you will get from. You play @Colorado final game in the year in what is supposed to be some big rivalry now apparently, and I'm sure they'll be just as desperate for a win as the Utes. And, I'm not gonna count out a good Fresno St. coming into SLC after they've actually had solid prep vs. USC and the Utes were playing 4th string guys against the boys from Pocatello. Could be ugly... Rather beat the small fish, and play for a prize in December than have no football to look forward to this holiday season.