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BYU Cougars vs. Utah Utes, 8 p.m. MT

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Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver JD Falslev (12) runs as Brigham Young University defeats Weber State University in football 45-6 Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Provo, Utah.  
 (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver JD Falslev (12) runs as Brigham Young University defeats Weber State University in football 45-6 Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Provo, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

No. 25 BYU (2-0) at Utah (1-1)

TODAY, 8 p.m.

Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017)

FieldTurf, Salt Lake City

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 700AM, 1160AM, 102.7FM

Weather: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees

Matchup

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Utah Utes quarterback Jon Hays (9) warms up prior to the BYU game in Salt Lake City  Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Utes quarterback Jon Hays (9) warms up prior to the BYU game in Salt Lake City Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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The stakes

For BYU ... The Cougars can avenge last season's 44-point loss at home to the Utes. Their hopes of being a BCS Buster would gain energy with wins at Utah and Boise State over the next five days.

For Utah ...The Utes are looking to avoid an in-state sweep by USU and BYU. Besides playing for pride, they could use some positive momentum heading into their second season in the Pac-12.

Utah Utes injured quarterback Jordan Wynn  (3) talks to teammates prior to the BYU game  in Salt Lake City  Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Utes injured quarterback Jordan Wynn (3) talks to teammates prior to the BYU game in Salt Lake City Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The trends

For BYU ... The Cougars are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2009. They haven't opened with three straight wins since going 6-0 in 2008. BYU hasn't won at Utah since a 33-31 decision in 2006.

For Utah ... The Utes have won the past two meetings against BYU and four of the last five played up on the hill. Utah's 54-10 win last season in Provo was its largest margin of victory in 89 years.

Player to watch

Riley Nelson, BYU: The mobile senior faces a Utah defense that allowed USU's Chuckie Keeton to rush for 86 yards last week. Nelson also faces a Ute secondary that could be without its two regular safeties.

Utah Utes quarterbacks warm up prior to the BYU game in Salt Lake City  Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Utes quarterbacks warm up prior to the BYU game in Salt Lake City Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Key matchup

Utah offense vs. BYU defense: The Utes have yet to score a single point in a first quarter this season. Another slow start could spell trouble against the Cougars. Their defense is giving up just 9.5 points per game.

Injury report

BYU: Wide receiver Ross Apo (hamstring) is expected to play after missing last week's game. Defensive lineman Ian Dulan (sore back) is not expected to play.

Utah: Quarterback Jordan Wynn has retired because of a shoulder injury. Safety Eric Rowe (hamstring) is questionable.

Next up

BYU plays at Boise State on Thursday, while Utah opens Pac-12 play Saturday at Arizona State.

Brigham Young players run on to the field prior to the Utah game in Salt Lake City  Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young players run on to the field prior to the Utah game in Salt Lake City Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Utah schedule

Date. . .Opponent. . .Time/result

Aug. 30. . .N. Colorado. . .W, 41-0

Sept. 7. . .at Utah State. . .L, 27-20 (OT)

Sept. 15. . .BYU. . .8 p.m.

Sept. 22. . .at Arizona State. . .8 p.m.

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.

Utah Utes wide receiver Kenneth Scott (2) celebrates his touchdown with Utah Utes running back Lucky Radley (44)  in Logan  Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Utes wide receiver Kenneth Scott (2) celebrates his touchdown with Utah Utes running back Lucky Radley (44) in Logan Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

BYU schedule

Date. . .Opponent. . .Time/result

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

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

Sept. 15. . .at Utah. . .8 p.m.

Sept. 20. . .at Boise State. . .7 p.m.

Sept. 28. . .Hawaii. . .6 p.m.

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

Oct. 13. . .Oregon State. . .TBA

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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