This time around, however, it's hard to ignore BYU's first game — against national power Oklahoma, which will be played at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium on Sept. 5.
Needless to say, there will be little margin for error against the Sooners. With such a big game looming on the horizon, there's an added sense of urgency in fall camp.
"It is more intense, knowing you have to open up against a big-time opponent, and knowing you've got to be at your best that first game — no room for mistakes like playing Northern Iowa, where if you make mistakes, you can battle back," said quarterback Max Hall. "If we make mistakes (against Oklahoma), they're going to crush us. We've got to go in there with the mindset that we're going to give them a fight, we're going to play sound football, and we're going to take it to the end."