Brigham Young at Fresno State
Saturday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m. MDT
Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif.
TV: KSL, Ch. 5; Radio: KSL AM-1160
BYU (2-2, 0-0 in WAC)
Looking ahead: UNLV, Oct. 10
Of note: The Cougars have scored in an NCAA record 290 consecutive games . . . Kicker Owen Pochman has made 39 straight PATs . . . BYU has lost its last two WAC games, dating back to 1997 losses to New Mexico and Utah.
Watch for: BYU's two-quarterback approach. LaVell Edwards said the Cougars will use both Kevin Feterik and Drew Miller. The duo combined for 313 yards passing against Murray State.
Fresno State (0-3, 0-0 in WAC)
Looking ahead: at Texas Christian, Oct. 10
Of note: Though winless, the Bulldogs have been competitive in losses to Colorado (29-21), Texas Tech (34-28) and Nevada (27-24) . . . In its home opener last weekend against the Wolf Pack, Fresno State drew a crowd of 39,477 - the ninth-largest attendance in school history.
Watch for: How the Bulldogs play in the first half. Fresno State managed just two first downs and 22 yards passing over the first two quarters against Nevada . . . Quarterback Billy Volek has had little protection from an offensive line decimated by injuries.
Utah at Wyoming
Saturday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m. MDT
War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyo.
TV: KJZZ-Ch. 14 Radio: K-news AM-570, Utah Sports Network
Utah (3-1, 1-0 WAC)
Looking ahead: Bye, Oct. 10
Of note: The Utes sorely need to regain their dignity, but Wyoming will be a tough place to find it, especially without All-WAC roving linebacker Phil Glover (surgically repaired ankle). Safety Robert Love (knee) and defensive end John Frank (knee) are unlikely.
Watch for: The Ute offense to stop shooting itself in the foot with penalties and drops, or else it will be eaten alive by the Cowboy defense that allows opponents to convert only 19 percent of their third downs and ranks 27th in the NCAA in rush defense. The Utes are 11th, but missing Glover could inflate their 78 yards-per-game average.
Wyoming (2-1, 0-0 WAC)
Looking ahead: Southern Methodist, Oct. 10
Of note: Second-year coach Dana Dimel is 10-6 in his first head-coaching job. He's a Kansas State product who rose from K-State player to graduate assistant in 1987-88 and eventually to offensive coordinator/line coach in 1995-96. This is the 249th game in War Memorial Stadium history.
Watch for: Wyo's big, experienced receivers (two starters are 6-foot-2) against Utah's 5-10 cornerbacks, who struggled last week. Love's replacement will be either 5-11 Jamal Allen or 6-0 Sitivi Laulu. QB Jay Stoner had the best-ever Cowboy freshman season (1,890 yards) last year and was 21-for-29 with 303 yards in UW's 31-19 win over Louisiana Tech last week.
Oregon State at Utah State
Saturday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m. MDT
Romney Stadium, Logan
TV: Fox Sports NW (delayed); Radio: KVNU AM-610, KWLW AM-700
Looking ahead: at Washington, Oct. 10
Of note: USU is 10th in the nation in rushing defense . . . Riley Jensen is 39th in the nation in total offense and 23rd in punting . . . Brad Bohn is still perfect with nine field goals and 10 PATs without a miss . . . Tony Walker is 28th in the nation in punt returns.
Watch for: A Demario Brown sighting. Brown has missed two straight games with an ankle injury and should play, but then again . . . Also, will the punt unit give up a safety for the fourth straight game?
Oregon State (2-2)
Looking ahead: at Stanford, Oct. 10
Of note: After convincing wins over Nevada and Baylor, the Beavers have lost consecutive games to USC and Arizona State . . . OSU has a six-game non-conference winning streak and an 18-game road losing streak.
Watch for: Tim Alexander, who has caught 18 passes and ranks 18th in the nation in kickoff returns . . . The OSU defense, which shut down the Aggies last year and held Nevada to 6 points.
Weber State at Sacramento State
Saturday, Oct. 3, 6:05 MDT
Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, Calif.
TV: none; Radio: KXOL AM-1660
Weber State (4-0, 2-0 Big Sky)
Looking ahead: Montana State, Oct. 10
Of note: The Wildcats are ranked 12th - their highest ranking since 1994. Weber's 4-0 start is the best in more than 20 years. They lead the Big Sky in total defense and held Montana to barely half its normal offensive output.
Watch for: Morgan Welch, who leads the nation in rushing at 198 yards a game. With his pick last week, Scott Shields needs only three more to become the all-time league leader.
Sacramento State (2-2, 1-1 Big Sky)
Looking ahead: at Portland State, Oct. 10
Of note: The Hornets have already doubled last year's win total. They've never finished better than seventh in the Big Sky and weren't voted to do so this year.
Watch for: Running back Josh Tanner, who is second nationally to Welch in rushing at 190 yards a game. Expect a ground war.
So. Utah at CS Northridge
Saturday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m. MDT
North Campus Stadium, Northridge, Calif.
TV: None; Radio: KBRE AM-940, FM-94.9
Southern Utah (1-2)
Looking ahead: St. Mary's, Oct. 10
Of note: The T-birds have faced three ranked foes to start '98 . . . SUU has dropped from first to fourth in I-AA rushing ranks.
Watch for: QB Matt Cannon to respond from allergies and medication problems.
Cal State Northridge (2-1)
Looking ahead: Montana, Oct. 10
Of note: After a loss to I-AA Boise State, the Matadors beat Big Sky's Northern Arizona and Eastern Washington . . . CSN is receiving votes in the I-AA polls.
Watch for: Redshirt freshman QB Marcus Brady, whose 160.4 efficiency rating is sixth-best in I-AA.