BYU (5-2) vs. Idaho State (2-5)
Saturday, 1 p.m. MT
LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470)
Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM
Weather: 61 degrees, sunny
For Idaho State . . . the Bengals are earning a big pay day regardless of the outcome, but a victory over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent would be a monumental upset and a huge step for the program.
For BYU . . . the Cougars are trying to extend their winning streak to five games and are simply looking to improve on offense, defense and special teams.
For Idaho State . . . the Bengals haven't beaten an FBS opponent since a 27-24 win over Utah State in 2000. Since then, ISU is 0-15 against FBS foes.
For BYU . . . the Cougars are 4-0 all-time against FCS opponents, with the most recent coming in a 41-17 victory over Northern Iowa in 2008.
Idaho State will win if . . . the Cougars completely collapse defensively against the Bengals' pass-happy offense and ISU can force a multitude of turnovers.
BYU will win if . . . the Cougars have a balanced attack on the ground and through the air and are able to execute the game plan.
PLAYER TO WATCH
JAKE HEAPS, BYU: Heaps, who started the season as the starter, could play today for the first time since Sept. 30 if the Cougars can get a big lead. How will Heaps respond?
BYU's SECONDARY VS. IDAHO STATE'S PASSING OFFENSE: The Cougars' secondary has been vulnerable to big passing plays this season. ISU boasts the No. 4 ranked passing offense in the FCS. Bengal quarterback Kevin Yost is No. 1 in the FCS in passing.
IDAHO STATE: Offensive lineman Braeden Clayson (wrist) is out until the beginning of November.
BYU: Defensive linemen Hebron Fangupo (ankle) and Romney Fuga (knee sprain) are day-to-day. Linebacker Ezekiel Ansah (MCL sprain) is questionable. Tight end Richard Wilson underwent season-ending knee surgery earlier this week.
Idaho State visits Montana State on Oct. 29. BYU faces TCU at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex., on Oct. 28.
(All times Mountain)
Sept. 3 BYU 14, Ole Miss 13
Sept. 10 Texas 17, BYU 16
Sept. 17 Utah 54, BYU 10
Sept. 23 BYU 24, Central Florida 17
Sept. 30 BYU 27, Utah State 24
Oct. 8 vs. BYU 29, San Jose State 16
Oct. 15 BYU 38, Oregon State 28
Oct. 22 vs. Idaho State ( 1 p.m., BYUtv)
Oct. 28 vs. TCU, in Arlington, Tex., (6 p.m., ESPN)
Nov. 12 vs. Idaho (TBD, ESPN Networks)
Nov. 19 vs. New Mexico State TBD (TBD, ESPN Networks)
Dec. 3 at Hawaii (5:30 p.m., ESPN2)
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