Tom Smart, Deseret News
Northern Colorado (0-0) at Utah (0-0)
Thursday, 5:15 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017)
FieldTurf, Salt Lake City
TV: Pac-12 (Comcast: Ch. 37)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 92 degrees.
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For Northern Colorado ... The Bears are playing for their first victory since 2010. They went 0-11 last season, going winless in their inaugural campaign under head coach Earnest Collins Jr.
For Utah ... The Utes are looking for their fifth consecutive season-opening victory. They're also seeking to get back on the winning track at home after losing last year's finale to Colorado, 17-14.
For Northern Colorado ... The Bears were projected to finish last in the Big Sky Conference by both the coaches and media in the league's preseason polls. Northern Colorado is 0-2 vs. Utah.
For Utah ... The Utes were picked to finish second in the Pac-12 South behind USC in the conference's preseason media poll. They're 66-25 overall under head coach Kyle Whittingham.
Player to watch
Jordan Wynn, Utah: All eyes will be on the junior quarterback as he sees his first action since a season-ending shoulder injury against Washington on Oct. 1. How durable will Wynn be this time around?
Utah offense vs. Northern Colorado defense: Since the Bears gave up 438.2 yards per game last season, the Utes could get off to a roaring start under new offensive coordinator Brian Johnson.
Northern Colorado: None.
Utah: Defensive lineman Junior Salt is out for the season with a broken foot.
Northern Colorado hosts Colorado Mesa on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Date. . .Opponent. . .Time/result
Aug. 30. . .N. Colorado. . .5:15 p.m.
Sept. 7. . .at Utah State. . .6 p.m.
Sept. 15. . .BYU. . .8 p.m.
Sept. 22. . .at Arizona State. . .TBA
Oct. 4. . .Southern Cal. . .7 p.m.
Oct. 13. . .at UCLA. . .TBAOct. 20. . .at Oregon State. . .TBA
Oct. 27. . .California. . .TBA
Nov. 3. . .Washington St.. . .TBA
Nov. 10. . .at Washington. . .TBA
Nov. 17. . .Arizona. . .TBA
Nov. 23. . .at Colorado. . .1 p.m.
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