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99 times out of 100 a win over Gonzaga would earn the headline. Not even news of the great Jimmer and his eventual departure out of Sacramento could trump the announcement. 

In America football is king.

On Monday, Athletic Director Tom Holmoe announced the 2014 BYU football schedule. This was the earliest release of the schedule ever for the football team. And for Cougar fans around the country, it felt like an early Christmas gift. 

Games against Connecticut, Texas, Houston, Boise State, Utah State, and California highlight a schedule that seems to reflect what Bronco Mendenhall envisions for this program as it heads into its’ fourth year as an independent. 

BYU’s football team will be facing high-caliber opponents in almost every major region in the country. These are the benefits of playing in the “ESPN Conference” rather than a regionally bound conference like the Mountain West. With the flexibility to showcase each week on national television and remain relevant, BYU fans should be drooling over this year’s schedule. 

Taysom Hill will be public enemy #1 as the Cougars head to Austin September 11 to try and steamroll first-year coach Charlie Strong and the Longhorns for a second-straight year. Houston comes to Provo looking for revenge after last-year’s barnburner at Reliant Stadium that ended in a BYU 47-46 win.

Each week, regardless if it’s in Provo or on the road, the matchups are juicy.

This year’s team will be challenged to perform at an elite level like last season, but won’t have to worry about heading back to Wisconsin or South Bend. 

 With the strength of independence, BYU looks poised to continue to play nationally relevant programs each week, unlike our red rivals in Salt Lake who seem to become accustomed to being the doormats of the PAC-12.

So, flip your calendars to September and mark off the dates. Tell your boss you’ll be sick and fire up the grill; because it all starts 185 days from now, when BYU heads to Connecticut to kick off the 2014 season.

See you there. 

From the desk of Spencer King, who helps produce BYU Sports Nation.

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