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Utah Utes football gameday

Published: Tuesday, July 28 2015 12:36 p.m. MDT

University of Utah's Eddie Wide runs for big yards as  Louisville's Daniel Covington persues in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) University of Utah's Eddie Wide runs for big yards as Louisville's Daniel Covington persues in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

UTAH (3-1, 0-0) AT COLORADO STATE (3-2, 0-1)

Snow: 32 degrees.

Saturday, 4 p.m. (MT) - Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium (32,500) - FieldTurf - Fort Collins, Colo.

TV: The Mtn. - Radio: 700 AM

THE STAKES

For Utah ... The defending Mountain West Conference champion Utes begin their title defense. They've won eight straight league games.

For CSU ... The Rams are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak under second-year head coach Steve Fairchild.

THE TRENDS

For Utah ...The Utes are 4-0 after bye weeks under head coach Kyle Whittingham. They've also won the last three meetings with Colorado State.

For CSU ... The Rams have won three consecutive home games — defeating New Mexico (2008), Weber State and Nevada.

THE EDGE

Utah will win if ... the Utes end up with more rushing yards than the Rams. They're 3-0 this season when topping the opposition on the ground.

CSU will win if ... the Rams make things difficult for Utah quarterback Terrance Cain. CSU has picked off eight passes this season.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Eddie Wide, Utah: The junior running back makes his first start in place of the injured Matt Asiata. Wide rushed for 129 yards in the Utes' win over Louisville on Sept. 26.

KEY MATCHUP

CSU's receivers vs. Utah's cornerbacks: First-year starters R.J. Stanford and Brandon Burton are sure to be tested by quarterback Grant Stucker and the Rams' passing attack.

INJURY REPORT

Utah: Offensive lineman Walter Watts (knee) and running back Sausan Shakerin (shoulder, wrist) are questionable.

CSU: Defensive ends Ty Whittier (neck stinger) and Eugene Daniels (knee sprain) are expected to play.

NEXT UP

Utah heads to UNLV on Oct. 17. Colorado State is at TCU on Oct. 17.

SCHEDULE

Date Opponent Time (TV)

Sept. 3 Utah St. W, 35-17

Sept. 12 at San Jose St. W, 24-14

Sept. 19 at Oregon L, 31-24

Sept. 26 Louisville W, 30-14

Oct. 10 at Colorado St. 4 p.m. (mtn.)

Oct. 17 at UNLV 8 p.m. (mtn.)

Oct. 24 Air Force 2 p.m. (VS)

Oct. 31 Wyoming 6 p.m. (mtn.)

Nov. 7 New Mexico 4 p.m. (mtn.)

Nov. 14 at TCU 7:30 p.m. (CBS C)

Nov. 21 San Diego St. 2 p.m. (VS)

Nov. 28 at BYU 3 p.m. (CBS C, mtn.)

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