CEDAR CITY — Southern Utah closes out the home portion of its 2007 schedule today when the Thunderbirds host former SUU coach Rich Ellerson's Cal Poly Mustangs at 1 p.m. in a Great West Football Conference matchup.

The Thunderbirds (0-8, 0-2 GWFC) will be looking to break through in the win column, but the task won't be easy. Cal Poly brings a traditionally tough defense as well as a high-powered offense into Eccles Coliseum.

The Thunderbirds nearly broke through on the road at both Montana State and Youngstown State earlier in the season, but have suffered 20-plus point setbacks the past two weeks

Cal Poly and UC Davis are the only unranked teams the Thunderbirds have faced in 2007. The other Thunderbird opponents were all listed in the FCS or Division II top 25 polls at the time they played SUU.

Meanwhile, Cal Poly (5-3, 1-1 GWFC) bounced back from its first loss in five games last week when it beat Idaho State, 48-28.

Today's game will be the 21st meeting between SUU and Cal Poly. Cal Poly holds a 14-6 edge in the series and has won the past six games, including last year's 18-14 thriller in San Luis Obispo. SUU holds a 5-4 edge in the series in games played at Eccles Coliseum.