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How BYU, Utah and USU's opponents fared in week three

Published: Monday, Sept. 16 2013 1:38 a.m. MDT

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Record: 2-1

Last week: Lost 51-48 in OT vs. Oregon State (2-1)

Up next: at BYU (1-1), Saturday, 8:15 MDT ESPN2

The Utes lost a heartbreaker Saturday night, losing in overtime 51-48 to Oregon State.

While nobody likes losing, Ute fans should be encouraged with Travis Wilson’s performance. Wilson was unstoppable, running the ball as he rushed for more than 142 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson wasn’t as effective through the air as he completed just 19/33 passes for 279 and two touchdowns. Wilson also threw three costly interceptions on the day.

"I just tried to make plays, tried to make up for those turnovers I had, tried to make this game as close as it could be, but I just fell a little short," Wilson said.

The Utes have no time to dwell on Saturday night’s loss as they must now prepare to take on BYU next Saturday. The long rivalry tradition between these two teams will take a two-year break before resuming in 2016 and 2017, which means this year’s rivalry game will mean a lot more for fans, coaches and players.
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mdp
Bountiful, utah

It should be an entertaining rivalry game between two mediocre teams. My guess is that Utah will have trouble with BYUs defense, BYU wont.

WisCoug
VERONA, WI

@ mdp

Yeah, with Weber State and Oregon State as their most recent opponents, it is pretty safe to say that the quality of BYU's defense will be a bit foreign to the Utes. The most interesting match-ups appear to be the defenses and the QBs for both sides (particularly Wilson vs the raw BYU secondary and Hill vs the Ute front [cover 0? cover 1?]). I expect a good game and am optimistic (as any fan should be) about the Cougars chances. Can hardly wait for Saturday.

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

Did anyone see that Kansas lost and Heaps threw 2 interceptions? I hope he improves. Kansas can be a good team.

Go Cougars!!

wahului
Stockton, CA

Jake heaps throw interceptions??? Who'd have thought!?!?!?!?!?

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

Texas 1-2 after non-conference play. That's a solid case for people who say pre-season rankings are meaningless.

Mars_
Logan, UT

@SoonerUte

I thought so as well.

@everyone else

I see the USC game as another test like Utah. The comparison games are fun, but teams are usually better than their worst loss and worse than their best win by the time the season is done. So yes, Oregon State lost to EWU, but I think they're better than that and Utah played them really tight. Utah finally seems to have found a quarterback - something they did not have last year or the previous couple of years.

USU has been here before: Wisconsin, Auburn, Utah this year, and BYU the last 2 years. We're on the road against a quality opponent. Time to close the deal and bring home the win.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Where's Chris B? I marked it down where he said the Utes would beat Oregon State.

I have to admit, Utah has seen no defense. Van Noy and company will be in Wilson's nightmares come Sunday......That said, which BYU offense will show up?

Yes, we all know that Texas was overrated. But it was a quality win for BYU, and haters on the hill are having a hard time coming to grips with it. How many ranked teams has Utah beaten this year?

Ducks are better than the Tide. Good thing there's a playoff.

Horrible Stumper
Hyrum, UT

I feel that this week will be the litmus test for the Aggies, Utes, and Cougs. Are the Cougs as bad as they were against Virginia, or as good as they were against Texas. Is the PAC 12 really as good as conference as they claim to be, or are the Utes just over their heads. The Cougar / Utes game will be a good indication. And will the Aggies finally be able to pull out a win over a quality opponent. Beating USC on their home field would be a great indicator. Good luck to all three of them. The loser of the BYU/Utah game will be in for a long season.

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