Murray State at Brigham Young
Saturday, Sept. 26, noon MDT
Cougar Stadium, Provo
TV: KSL, Ch. 5 Radio: KSL AM-1160
Looking ahead: at Fresno State, Oct. 3
Of note: This is the first time since a 48-3 win over Weber State in 1979 that BYU has faced a Division 1-AA opponent . . . Backup quarterback Drew Miller, who was considering a transfer because of playing time concerns, has decided to remain with the Cougars.
Watch for: BYU's passing game to make its 1998 debut. The Cougars are just 42-of-84 for 517 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions after season-opening games with Alabama, Arizona State and Washington.
Murray State (3-0, ranked 9th Div. I-AA)
Looking ahead: Tennessee-Martin, Oct. 3
Of note: The Racers have won five straight . . . Murray State is located in Kentucky . . . Head coach Denver Johnson is 10-4 at MSU.
Watch for: Quarterback Justin Fuente. He led Murray State to a 26-14 victory at Southeast Missouri State last week with 230 yards passing and three touchdowns . . . The Racers have an experienced defense with eight returning starters
Boise State at Utah
Saturday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. MDT
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City
TV: none Radio: K-news AM-570, Utah Sports Network
Looking ahead: at Wyoming, Oct. 3
Of note: It's homecoming and Utah's third straight game at home, fourth straight game in the state. It's the first game in which the Utes don't have a demon to exorcise (0-2 to Utah State, 1-3 vs. Louisville's John L. Smith, WAC opener vs. Hawaii).
Watch for: QB Jonathan Crosswhite to have his own package of offensive plays this week after taking over at midweek last week. How well he does depends on if the offensive line can avoid penalties and he and Mike Anderson can hold onto the ball. (If Anderson's wearing gloves, watch out! That's allegedly why he dropped the ball four times last week.)
Boise State (2-1)
Looking ahead: at Louisiana Tech, Oct. 3
Of note: New coach Dirk Koetter was Oregon's offensive coordinator last year. He should recall that Utah couldn't cover the Ducks' tight end, who had six catches for 214 yards and a TD. Jim Brekke is the TE at BSU and is the Broncos' No. 2 receiver.
Watch for: QB Bart Hendricks, who leads the Big West Conference in total offense (666 yards) and is third in league passing efficiency (113.13 rating). His favorite target is Rodney Smith (12 catches for 132 yards and 2 TD). Eron Hurley averages 101.7 yards per game.
Sam Houston State at Utah State
Saturday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. MDT
TV: None; Radio: KVNU AM-610, KWLW AM-700
Utah State (0-3)
Looking ahead: Oregon State, Oct. 3
Notebook: Brad Bohn (8-for-8 FG in '98) was named Big West special teams player of the week again . . . Starting tackle Joe German is out 4-6 weeks with a torn knee ligament . . . Oft-injured Demario Brown is questionable.
Watch for: Offense, please! The Aggies are 106th (out of 112 teams) in the nation in total offense and 110th in rushing. If they can't move the ball against a I-AA visitor, it's going to be an awfully long season.
Sam Houston State (2-1)
Looking ahead: Troy State, Oct. 3
Notebook: The I-AA Bearkats play in the Southland League . . . Sam Houston is located in Huntsville, Texas . . . Coach Ron Randleman is in his 17th year as coach . . . The Bearkats have played six of their last I-A opponents within a touchdown.
Watch for: How much offense the Bearkats can muster against the Aggies' tough defense. They scored just 27 points combined the last two weeks against Chadron State and Texas A&M-Kingsville . . . Joe Rauls has rushed for 275 yards.
Montana at Weber State
Saturday, Sept. 26, 6:05 p.m. MDT
Stewart Stadium, Ogden
TV: none; Radio: KXOL AM-1660
Weber State (3-0, 1-0; ranked No. 22)
Looking ahead: at Sacramento State, Oct. 3
Of note: Homecoming means halftime fireworks . . . . In the ugly-but-we'll-take-it department, WSU beat Idaho State 6-3 behind two Scott Shields' field goals.
Watch for: Morgan Welch to get a lot of carries as Weber tries to keep the ball on the ground and away from Montana's high-powered offense. Welch is averaging 191 yards a game.
Montana (2-1, 1-0; ranked No. 11)
Looking ahead: at Portland State, Oct. 3
Of note: After being upset by SUU, the Grizzlies dropped from No. 3 to No. 11 in the I-AA polls. Senior QB Brian Ah Yat is among the NCAA's total-offense leaders but is prone to throwing interceptions. Montana has beaten WSU nine of the last 10 meetings.
Watch for: the Grizzlies to try and strike early and often as they have their sights set on another Big Sky title and return to the I-AA top 10.
Southern Utah at Western Illinois
Saturday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m. CDT
Hanson Field, Macomb, Ill.
TV: none; Radio: KBRE AM-940, FM-94.9
Southern Utah (1-1)
Looking ahead: at Cal State Northridge, Oct. 3
Of note: T-birds hope to put 66-17 whipping from No. 1 McNeese State behind them . . . . Injuries are still troubling T-birds.
Watch for: QB Matt Cannon, who is ranked second nationally in the I-AA in rushing at 177.5 yards per game.
Western Illinois (2-1, ranked No. 14)
Looking ahead: at Youngstown State, Oct. 3
Of note: Western Illinois won first meeting with SUU last year, 45-6 . . . . Leathernecks are defending Gateway Conference champs.
Watch for: Walter Payton Award candidate Aaron Stecker returned from a knee injury with 143 rushing yards last week. His replacement, Ty Kingsby, had back-to-back 100-yard games the two previous games.