The hottest, not necessarily the best, college football teams in the state right now are Weber State and Southern Utah.
The Wildcats have won two straight, the latest a road victory over Eastern Washington. They've jumped into the national I-AA rankings at No. 18.The Thunderbirds have reeled off four straight victories to improve to 4-2 and 2-0 in the Western Football League. They've moved into the "others receiving votes" category of the Division II poll, even if their coach thinks they're ranked 18th.
The others? Let's see, Utah is stuck in a four-game losing skid with no chance to break it or extend it in this bye week. Utah State has lost two straight by a combined score of 97-17 and faces back-to-back road games against the best of the Big West.
And BYU, that forgotten team that dropped two places in the AP poll without even playing, hasn't won for nearly three weeks.
Here's a look at this week's games.
Colorado State (4-2, 3-0) at BYU (4-1, 2-0), Noon, KSL-TV - Until last year, the only place LaVell Edwards could beat Earle Bruce was on the golf course. But the Cougars' 45-16 victory over the Rams last year put Edwards 1-4 against Bruce.
The two old friends go at it again Saturday in Cougar Stadium, in a game that could determine the Western Athletic Conference title. It looks more and more like this game, along with the CSU-Wyoming game Nov. 3 and BYU-Wyoming Nov. 10 will decide the Holiday Bowl berth.
Edwards called the bye week "productive" and said he gave his team a couple of days off last week to rest. "We worked a lot on techniques," said Edwards.
The Cougars are healthy again except for linebacker Jared Leavitt, who is out for the year with a neck injury. Quarterback Ty Detmer no longer has a cast on his throwing hand and tight end Chris Smith should be able to play after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery two weeks ago.
The Rams are hurting with second leading rusher Tony Alford nursing a sore foot. "I don't know if he'll play or not," said Bruce.
Bruce said he will continue to alternate quarterbacks Mike Gimenez and Kevin Verdugo.
Utah State (1-3, 1-0) at Fresno State (5-1, 2-0) - What a week to be playing Fresno.
The Bulldogs are coming off that shocking 55-point loss to Northern Illinois. Do you think the Bulldogs might be a little bit angry come Saturday? USU Chuck Shelton knows so. "We feel we're going to play a highly motivated team," he said. But he's not intimidated.
"If we can match them emotionally and our quarterback situation keeps coming around, we're going to be in pretty good shape," said Shelton.
Fresno Coach Jim Sweeney said he is concerned about which Utah State team is going to show up, the one that romped past Long Beach State or the one that struggled against Missouri and Oregon.
But Shelton is wondering the same thing about Fresno. Before last week's debacle, the Bulldogs had only given up 40 points in five games. Then they gave up 48 by halftime and more than 700 yards rushing for the game.
Unfortunately for the Ags, their top rusher, Roger Grant, is questionable with a shoulder injury. Ron Lopez will again be the quarterback and with Grant hurting and running back Sean Hampton out, the Aggies may be forced to throw.
Montana (3-2, 0-2) at Weber State (4-2, 2-2), 6 p.m. - Just a couple of weeks ago, the Grizzlies were cruising along ranked No. 2 in the nation. But they blew a 35-17 last-quarter lead at home to Eastern Washington and then were demolished by Boise State 41-3 last week.
"We're looking forward to a big game with Montana," said Weber Coach Dave Arslanian. "I wasn't surprised Boise beat them, just the point spread."
Still Arslanian knows the Grizzlies, who were the preseason pick to win the league, are dangerous. They knocked off Oregon State 22-15 in their season opener.
The Wildcats have had to do without a placekicker. They've scored 68 points in two games without a single extra point or field goal. Their regular kicker Brent Chuhaniuk was re-instated Wednesday.
"We figure we'll go for two every time and if we get it 50 percent of the time, we're just as well off as if we kicked," said Arslanian.
Cal-Northridge (4-1, 1-0) at Southern Utah (4-2, 2-0), 1 p.m. - When BYU's Edwards congratulated Jack Bishop Tuesday on the T-Birds' fine play of late, he asked what the T-Birds were ranked. Bishop blurted out "18th." Apparently it was only wishful thinking on Bishop's behalf.
However a win this week would likely vault the T-Birds into the top 20. Northridge is ranked 15th in Division II and coming off a 19-18 win over Portland State.
"We have an excellent opportunity to win the conference championship and get into the Division II playoffs if we win these next couple of games," said Bishop.