Big-5 futures

Up: Utah — A win could bring national title hopes.

Up: BYU — The second of four likely wins.

Up: Utah State — Expect the Northern Ags to cruise.

Stable: Weber State — Dr. Jekyll and coach McBride.

Up: Southern Utah — A very deserved invite to Big Sky.

Player to watch

TCU quarterback Andy Dalton

His 38 victories as a starter are more than any other quarterback in college football. He's thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game this season.

Game of the week

(4) TCU at (6) Utah

Saturday, 1:30 p.m., CBS C

Simply the biggest football game — on a national scale — to be played in the great state of Utah.

Quick read

Boise, say aloha to Hawaii

HONOLULU — While Boise State and Nevada have grabbed the spotlight this season, another Western Athletic Conference school is quietly racking up wins.

Hawaii (7-2, 5-0 WAC) has breezed through its competition in the past six weeks, with the closest game a six-point win against Nevada, and surprisingly given itself a shot at stealing the conference title from the No. 2 Broncos in a season where the Warriors were predicted to finish near the bottom of the league.

"I think we're peaking right now. I think it's a good time for us," Warriors coach Greg McMackin said.

The confident and Hawaii Bowl-bound Warriors will see exactly how far they've come when they face heavily favored Boise State on the road Saturday.

"There's a lot at stake on this game for both teams. That's the way you want it," McMackin said. "You want to get in a situation like this. That's what it's all about."

The matchup is the biggest in McMackin's three seasons at Hawaii. But he insists there's more pressure on the Broncos (7-0, 3-0), who are chasing another perfect season and a national title.

"They probably have more to lose than we have because they're looking at the national stage," McMackin said. "We've already got our bowl taken care of. We're looking for the WAC championship, and they are, too."

The Warriors, who have won six straight by an average margin of 30 points, are largely known for a high-octane offense that leads the nation in passing. But it's their aggressive defense that has given them new life and success this year.

Hawaii ranks second in the nation behind Oregon with 24 takeaways, including 21 in the past six games.

"It's us playing as a team — playing as one now," said safety Mana Silva, who has five interceptions, giving him 12 for his career, one shy of a school record.

—Associated Press

State of the state

BYU (3-5)

Opponent: UNLV

Location: Provo

Day: Saturday

Time: noon

TV: The mtn.

Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM

About the Rebels (1-7): They are trying to stop a four-game losing streak — allowing 40 or more points in each of those games. ... The only team the Rebels have held under 30 points was New Mexico. ... They have played 23 freshmen this season.

Utah (8-0)

Opponent: TCU

Location: Salt Lake City

Day: Saturday

Time: 1:30 p.m.


Radio: 700 AM

About the Horned Frogs (9-0): First time since 1956 that TCU played a game with both teams ranked in the top 10. ... TCU was 2-0 in games attended by ESPN College GameDay in 2009. ... Have given up just 16 points in five MWC games.

Utah State (2-6)

Opponent: New Mexico State

Location: Logan

Day: Saturday

Time: 1 p.m.


Radio: 1230 AM, 95.9 FM

About the Aggies (2-6): The game will mark the 10th anniversary of Emmett White's record-setting day where the USU running back/returner accumulated 578 all-purpose yards — breaking the previous record by 143 yards.

Weber State (5-3)

Opponent: Montana State

Location: Bozeman, Mont.

Day: Saturday

Time: noon

TV: none

Radio: 1430 AM

About the Bobcats (7-2): Denarius McGhee is their biggest threat on offense, as he has thrown for more than 400 yards in two straight games. ... He also scored the game-winning TD in overtime against Idaho State last week.

Southern Utah (5-4)

Opponent: Dixie State

Location: Cedar City

Day: Saturday

Time: 1 p.m.


Radio: 91.1 FM

About the Red Storm (2-7): This is the final game of the season for Dixie State. ... Both of the Storm's victories came against Canada's Simon Fraser. ... Cody Stevenson leads the passing attack, completing 54.7 percent of his passes for 1610 yards and 10 TDs.

Dixie State (2-7)

Opponent: Southern Utah

Location: Cedar City

Day: Saturday

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: 91.3 FM


Snow College (7-2)

Opponent: Phoenix College

Location: Phoenix

Day: Saturday

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Radio: 650 AM