Utah State at Utah: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.
Utah at BYU: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
BYU at Utah State: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.
This is a three-way battle for the state of Utah. BYU, Utah State and Utah all hail from the Land of 1,000 Lakes, and they have fierce battles that last into the night each season.
Last year, one of the craziest finishes of the season was when Utah's fans gave BYU two chances to tie the game with a field goal. The fans rushed the field, and it resulted in penalties that looked to give the game to the Cougars.
BYU is returning Kyle Van Noy, one of the best defenders in the country. He alone snatched the Cougars' Poinsettia Bowl victory from the jaws of defeat. He is a game-changer, and he will be demolishing offenses for one final year in 2013.
Utah has a way to go before contending for a Pac-12 title, but it is always competitive in the state championship. Last season, all three teams won one of these matches. Utah beat BYU and lost to Utah State, and BYU Beat Utah State.
In 2013, things will turn out more decisive. Utah State will bring in its seventh-ranked scoring defense to trounce the Utah Utes in the season opener and BYU will come out strong behind Taysom Hill (quarterback) and linebacker Van Noy to win the state outright.
Winners: Utah State over Utah, BYU over Utah and Utah State.
State Champion: BYU Cougars.