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Last year's loss to Nevada was more than a heart-breaker. It was the only loss in what looked like a second straight perfect season. It was the final game for Austin Pettis, Titus Young and Kyle Brotzman, three of the school's best players all time.
However, one of the best coaches in college football, Chris Pederson, has seven starters on offense and seven on defense, including his potential NFL Draft first round left tackle Nate Potter and Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Kellen Moore returning.
They're in a great position to win the Mountain West conference and get back to a BCS game this year. And based on the fact that they're already in the top five or higher in most polls, it's not out of the realm of possibility that they could challenge for a BCS title shot. They'll start out playing at Georgia in week one, a game that could be the start of something special this year.
Still, they'll play their hardest schedule probably in the school's history. After going to Georgia, they still have to play MAC favorite Toledo, one of the C-USA favorites Tulsa, WAC favorite Nevada, Air Force, TCU and travel to San Diego State. The road won't be easy, but this could be their best and final shot for awhile at BCS title glory.