In college football, winning isn't the only factor. Who you beat, and how, is a vital part of moving up the rankings and getting into a good bowl game. So each week during the 2012 season, we'll take a look at how Utah State's past and future opponents performed.

Utah State 2012 schedule Aug. 30 Southern Utah W, 34-3 Sept. 7 Utah, W, 27-20 Sept. 15 at Wisconsin, L, 16-14 Sept. 22 at Colorado State, W, 31-19 Sept. 29 UNLV, W, 35-13 Oct. 5, BYU, L, 6-3 Oct. 13 at San Jose State, W, 49-27 Oct. 20 New Mexico State, W, 41-7 (KMYU) Oct. 27 at UT-San Antonio noon Nov. 3 Texas State 1 p.m. (KMYU) Nov. 17 at Louisiana Tech 5 p.m. Nov. 24 Idaho 1 p.m. (ESPN Regional)

Southern Utah (3-5, 2-3 Big Sky)

Last week: Lost 24-22 vs Weber State

A 46-yard field goal in the 4th quarter proved to be the difference as Weber State defeated Southern Utah for its first win of the season. SUU QB Brad Sorensen threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, but a failed two-point conversion with less than a minute left handed Weber State the win.

Next up: At home vs. Eastern Washington

Utah (2-5, 0-4 PAC-12)

Last week: Lost 21-7 at No. 8 Oregon State

Utah went into Corvalis and moved the ball extremely well, out-gaining the Beavers offensively 307 yards to 227. The offense also excelled at turning the ball over at the most inopportune times, including a DeVonte Christopher fumble on a 3rd and Goal from the 3-yard line on the opening drive of the second half. The Utes also spotted the Beavers 14 points on two first-half turnovers, the first a Travis Wilson pick that allowed OSU to start the drive from Utah's 16-yard line, and the second a Travis Wilson fumble that put the Beavers on 1st and Goal from the 10. On the bright side, the Utes are in familiar territory. For the second time in as many years, they've started league play 0-4.

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Next up: At home vs. Cal

Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten)

Last week: Won 38-13 vs. Minnesota

Wisconsin's James White rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns to push the team's home winning streak to 21, the longest in major college football. Wisconsin QB Montee Ball passed 24 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

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Next up: At home vs. Michigan State

Colorado State (1-6, 0-3 MWC)

Last week: Lost 38-14 at San Diego State

San Diego's Adam Muema rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns to help the Aztecs hand Colorado State yet another loss. San Diego's defense was stout. Derek Largent had two interceptions and Jake Fely had two sacks and a fumble recovery for San Diego. San Diego has won seven of the last eight meetings with Colorado State.

Next up: At home vs. Hawaii

UNLV (1-7,1-2 MWC)

Last week: Lost 32-7 at No. 22 Boise State

Boise State's dominant defense set the tone again, leading the Broncos to another easy victory. Senior cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins shut down the Rebels' corps of fast, young receivers, accounted for two turnovers and teamed up on a second quarter touchdown that helped put the game out of reach before halftime in a 32-7 rout of UNLV .

Next up: On the road vs. San Diego State

BYU (4-4)

Last Week: Lost vs. Notre Dame on the road, 17-14

Notre Dame scored 10 unanswered 2nd half points to beat BYU. With minutes remaining until the end of the game, Cody Hoffman was wide open near the end zone. Riley Nelson misfired on BYU's best opportunity at a go-ahead touchdown, and the BYU offense couldn't advance the ball well enough in the waning seconds to post a game-tying field goal. Nelson said the missed throw would haunt him until he dies. Notre Dame and star LDS linebacker Manti Te'o will continue their restorative run against the Sooners next week. Their offense will need to play better next week. BYU held backup QB Tommy Rees without a pass completion for two quarters.

Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27, at Georgia Tech

San Jose State (5-2, 1-1 WAC)

Last week: Won 52-24 on the road vs. UT-San Antonio

The Spartans got back on track with a road win against first-year FBS school UTSA in can be considered their most impressive offensive performance of the season. David Fales threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns. The Spartans scored 38 of their 52 points in the first quarter, riding momentum from three Roadrunner first-quarter turnovers. UTSA had an extraordinarily difficult time keeping their offense on the field; they turned it over six times. The Spartans are on the cusp of bowl eligibility. If SJSU wants to win a WAC title, however, they'll need help from USU, Louisiana Tech or both.

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Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27, at home vs. Texas State

New Mexico State (1-6, 0-3 WAC)

Last Week: Lost 41-7 on the road vs. Utah State

The maroon Aggies lived up to their reputation as a really poor football team last week, losing to Utah State 41-7. NMSU actually moved the ball fairly well, but couldn't capitalize well enough to get into the end zone until the third quarter, a quarter in which USU is known to play poorly. The maroon Aggies got 21 first downs and piled up 321 yards of total offense. However, they allowed the Navy Aggies 516 yards and multiple big first half plays. They'll have to figure out something defensively in a hurry, because the offensive juggernaut that is Louisiana Tech is coming to Las Cruces next week.

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Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27, at home vs. Louisiana Tech

UTSA (5-2, 1-1 WAC)

Last week: Lost 52-24 vs. San Jose State

David Fales passed 279 yards and 3 touchdowns as San Jose State crushed UTSA 52-24. After out scoring UTSA 38-10 in the first half, San Jose State added another 14 points in the 3rd quarter to seal the victory.

Next up: At home vs. Utah State

Texas State (3-3, 1-0 WAC)

Last week: Bye

After coming off a strong win versus Idaho, Texas state had an extra week to prepare for San Jose State, who won big against UTSA 52-24.

Next up: On the road vs. San Jose State

Louisiana Tech (6-1, 1-0 WAC)

Last Week: Won 70-28 vs. Idaho

Idaho got a bolt of confidence two weeks ago when they beat New Mexico State, but it's back to the doldrums for the Vandals. Idaho allowed 35 points in the first quarter alone. It didn't help that Idaho fumbled the opening kickoff on the 6-yard line. The Vandals also allowed the Bulldogs to run up 839 yards in total offense--431 passing and 408 rushing. Louisiana Tech is the no. 1 offensive team in the nation, but it got downright silly in Ruston last weekend. Idaho, on the brink of FBS independence and reeling with one of the worst defenses in FBS, is probably doing some serious reevaluating of themselves as a football school.

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Next week: On the road vs. New Mexico State

Idaho (1-7, 1-2 WAC)

Last Week: Lost 70-28 on the road vs. Louisiana Tech

Idaho got a bolt of confidence two weeks ago when they beat New Mexico State, but it's back to the doldrums for the Vandals. Idaho allowed 35 points in the first quarter alone. It didn't help that Idaho fumbled the opening kickoff on the 6-yard line. The Vandals also allowed the Bulldogs to run up 839 yards in total offense--431 passing and 408 rushing. Louisiana Tech is the no. 1 offensive team in the nation, but it got downright silly in Ruston last weekend. Idaho, on the brink of FBS independence and reeling with one of the worst defenses in FBS, is probably doing some serious reevaluating of themselves as a football school.

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Next week: Bye