Both the BYU at Air Force and Utah at San Diego State football games are on TV this weekend, but the big question for local fans is whether the BYU-Wyoming contest will be televised a week from Saturday.

And the answer is - maybe.It's a game that, in all likelihood, will decide the Western Athletic Conference championship and the host's berth in the Holiday Bowl. But even that might not be enough to get it on TV.

There are three possible outlets for the game: CBS, ESPN and KSL-TV. A CBS spokeswoman said the network is definitely not interested in the Cougars-Cowboys matchup. (CBS is leaning toward Notre Dame at Tennessee.)

ESPN is interested, but noncommittal. Under the terms of the College Football Association contract, the cable network cannot choose games until after CBS makes its choices. CBS will decide Sunday afternoon; ESPN will make its decision late Sunday or early Monday.

"We are looking at it," said ESPN spokeswoman Diane Lamb. "It's a possibility.

"We're interested in games that have the most appeal nationally - that have the most influence on conference races and rankings."

So the Wyoming team could throw a monkey wrench into the deal by losing at Colorado State this weekend - and CSU is favored.

Cowboy Coach and Athletic Director Paul Roach isn't making things easy, either. He's resisting shifting the starting time of the game, which is scheduled for noon. ESPN has two time periods open on Nov. 10; 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., MST.

Lamb said Wyoming's lack of lights would not be a problem. If the game is selected, portable lights will be carted to Laramie.

Roach is also standing in the way of KSL broadcasting the game. He's rejected one offer from Ch. 5 because he's worried that the station's penetration into Wyoming will hurt the gate receipts.

The argument seems rather ridiculous because the Cowboys draw quite poorly even without being on TV. And, hopefully, he's not counting on too many BYU fans driving to Laramie in the middle of November.

But KSL has upped its offer, so Roach has another decision to make.

And, for the sake of Cougar football fans, let's hope he decides to take the money.


GIVE US A BREAK: "Downtown" Julie Brown, the wubba-wubba girl from "Club MTV," has joined "Inside Edition" as a contributing editor. (Please!) She'll be doing Friday features on what's hot and what's not.

Mr. Spud isn't all that hip himself, but Brown is hardly what he'd consider "in."


ANOTHER MURDER: Way back in September of 1984, the very first episode of "Murder, She Wrote" featured Arthur Hill as publisher Preston Giles, whom Jessica Fletcher reveals to be a murderer.

Well, Hill is returning as Giles in a forthcoming episode - he's released from prison and comes looking for Jessica.

And you can just bet that somebody is going to end up dead.