After a wild win over Houston last Saturday, BYU returns to Provo to face Boise State at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Friday. The Cougars look to avenge their 7-6 loss at Boise last season and move to 6-2 on the season.
Meanwhile, the Broncos will try to extend their domination over the state of Utah as they've won 21 straight against local teams.
Here's a look at the matchup and what's at stake as the Cougars face the Broncos.
Boise State (5-2) at BYU (5-2)
Friday 6 p.m. MDT
Edwards Stadium (63,470)
Radio: 1160 AM
Weather: Partly sunny at kickoff, temperatures in the 60s
For Boise State
The Broncos, who are looking to capture the Mountain West Conference championship, have won 50 consecutive games in the month of October. The Broncos haven’t dropped a game in October since 2001.
For BYU The Cougars are trying to beat Boise State for the first time ever.
For Boise State … The Broncos have won 21 straight games against teams from the state of Utah, including three consecutive victories against BYU.
For BYU … The Cougars have won four consecutive games, and are looking to win five games in a row for the first time since 2009.
Boise State will win if … The Broncos can run the ball against BYU’s defense and force turnovers.
BYU will win if … The Cougars can protect quarterback Taysom Hill, convert on third downs, and score touchdowns in the red zone. BYU gave up eight sacks against Houston last week. Boise State has recorded 14 sacks in its last three games.
Taysom Hill, BYU: Coming off a performance that saw him throw for more than 400 yards and rush for more than 100 — something no other BYU QB has ever done in a single game — Hill is looking to keep the offense rolling.
BYU’S DEFENSE VS. QUARTERBACK GRANT HEDRICK: Hedrick will be making his first start Friday. Hedrick played well after replacing Joe Southwick last week, completing 18 of 21 passes for 150 yards and rushing eight times for 115 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Nevada.
Boise State: Starting quarterback Joe Southwick is out after suffering a broken ankle last week against Nevada.
BYU: Running back Jamaal Williams (hip pointer) and safety Craig Bills (concussion) are both expected to play Friday.