BYU football vs. Utah State Aggies: In-state showdown at LaVell Edwards Stadium, 8:15 p.m.

Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 8:02 p.m. MDT

USU players get ready during warmups as BYU and Utah State play Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo Utah.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Utah State (4-1) at BYU (3-2)

FRIDAY, 8:15 p.m.

LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470)

Natural grass, Provo

TV: ESPN

Radio: 1160AM, 102.7FM

Weather: Clear skies, temperatures in the 50s.

Matchup

Preview

The stakes

For Utah State ... The Aggies are looking for their first win in Provo since 1978, and their second victory over the Cougars in the last three years.

For BYU ... The Cougars are entering a brutal stretch of their schedule and they need to build on the momentum from last week's win over Hawaii.

The trends

For Utah State ... The Aggies have won nine of their last 11 games, dating back to last season.

For BYU ... The Cougars have won 15 consecutive games against USU in Provo.

The edge

Utah State will win if ... The Aggies can force turnovers and score after getting in the red zone.

BYU will win if ... The Cougar defense is able to pitch another shutout and the offense can avoid turnovers and run the ball.

Player to watch

Jamaal Williams, BYU: The true freshman rushed for 155 yards last week. But can he have success against a USU team that is strong against the run?

Key matchup

BYU's front seven vs. USU's Chuckie Keeton and Kerwynn Williams: Can the Cougars keep the Aggies' dynamic playmakers in check?

Injury report

Utah State: Backup quarterback Adam Kennedy could miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury.

BYU: Running back Michael Alisa underwent surgery for a broken arm and will be out 6-8 weeks. Safety Mike Hague is out 1-3 weeks with a torn muscle in his calf.

Next up

On Oct. 13, Utah State travels to San Jose State, while BYU hosts Oregon State (1:30 p.m., ABC).

Schedule

Date. . .Opponent. . .Time/result

Aug. 30. . .Washington State. . .W, 30-6

Sept. 8. . .Weber State. . .W, 45-13

Sept. 15. . .at Utah. . .L, 24-21

Sept. 20. . .at Boise State. . .L, 7-6

Sept. 28. . .Hawaii. . .W, 47-0

Oct. 5. . .Utah State. . .8:15 p.m.

Oct. 13. . .Oregon State. . .1:30 p.m.

Oct. 20. . .at Notre Dame. . .1:30 p.m.

Oct. 27. . .at Georgia Tech. . .TBA

Nov. 10. . .Idaho. . .TBA

Nov. 17. . .at San Jose State. . .2 p.m.

Nov. 24. . .at New Mexico St.. . .1:30 p.m.

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