UTAH (8-3, 5-2) at No. 23 BYU (8-2, 6-0)

Clear and cold, with high temperatures in the low to mid-40s.

Today, noon — LaVell Edwards Stadium (64,045/Grass) — Provo

Ticket information: The game is sold out

TV information: The game will be broadcast on three channels — The mtn. (Comcast Ch. 37); CSTV (Comcast Ch. 269, DirecTV Ch. 610, Dish Network Ch. 152); and Versus (Comcast Ch. 34, DirecTV Ch. 603, Dish Network Ch. 151)

Radio: 700AM, 1160AM, 102.7FM

PLAYERS TO WATCH

BRIAN JOHNSON, Utah: The junior quarterback finally gets to make his playing debut in the rivalry. The Utes (8-3, 5-2) are 7-0 this season when he starts and finishes a game.

MAX HALL, BYU: The sophomore quarterback's ability to take over a game gives the Cougars another dimension the Ute defense hasn't faced since Louisville QB Brian Brohm.

KEY MATCHUPS

DARRELL MACK vs. BYU DEFENSE: Mack faces a formidable challenge against BYU's front seven.

DENNIS PITTA vs. UTAH DEFENSE: BYU's top receiver, a sophomore tight end, will test Utah's safeties and linebackers.

THE STAKES

For Utah ... The Utes still have a shot at securing a share of the Mountain West Conference championship with BYU and Air Force. They need to win this game and hope that the Cougars lose at San Diego State. It's the only scenario to earn a piece of the title.

For BYU ... A win would give BYU its second undisputed Mountain West championship, keep the Cougars ranked and establish a two-game win streak against the Utes after losing four straight to their rival.

THE TRENDS

For Utah ... The Utes have won seven consecutive games after a 1-3 start. They're playing well defensively — allowing just one touchdown over the past 14 quarters of play.

For BYU ... The Cougars are working on their 15th straight conference win, extending a league record. They are also seeking their eighth straight victory, a nine-win season, a sixth straight sellout and a 12th consecutive win at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

THE EDGE

Utah will win if ... if its defense is able to shut down the Cougars' attack. The Utes have won six of the last seven games against BYU in Provo, including the past two at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Homefield advantage, thus, seems to be irrelevant.

BYU will win if ... the Cougars don't turn the ball over and give Utah short fields when the Utes will already get many field position breaks because of the effectiveness of punter Louie Sakoda.

UTAH SCHEDULE

Date . . . . . Opponent . . . . . Result/Time (TV)

Aug. 30 . . . . . at Oregon St. . . . . . L, 24-7

Sept. 8 . . . . . Air Force . . . . . L, 20-12

Sept. 15 . . . . . UCLA . . . . . W, 44-6

Sept. 22 . . . . . at UNLV . . . . . L, 27-0

Sept. 29 . . . . . Utah St. . . . . . W, 34-18

Oct. 5 . . . . . at Louisville . . . . . W, 44-35

Oct. 13 . . . . . San Diego St. . . . . . W, 23-7

Oct. 18 . . . . . at TCU . . . . . W, 27-20

Oct. 27 . . . . . at Colorado St. . . . . . W, 27-3

Nov. 10 . . . . . Wyoming . . . . . W, 50-0

Nov. 17 . . . . . New Mexico . . . . . W, 35-10

Nov. 24 . . . . . at BYU . . . . . Noon (CSTV/MTN/VS)

All times Mountain

Overall: 8-3 Conference: 5-2

BYU SCHEDULE

Date . . . . . Opponent . . . . . Result/Time (TV)

Sept. 1 . . . . . Arizona . . . . . W, 20-7

Sept. 8 . . . . . at UCLA . . . . . L, 27-17

Sept. 15 . . . . . at Tulsa . . . . . L, 55-47

Sept. 22 . . . . . Air Force . . . . . W, 31-6

Sept. 29 . . . . . at New Mexico . . . . . W, 31-24

Oct. 13 . . . . . at UNLV . . . . . W, 24-14

Oct. 20 . . . . . E. Washington . . . . . W, 42-7

Nov. 3 . . . . . Colorado St. . . . . . W, 35-16

Nov. 8 . . . . . TCU . . . . . W, 27-22

Nov. 17 . . . . . at Wyoming . . . . . W, 35-10

Nov. 24 . . . . . Utah . . . . . Noon (CSTV/MTN/VS)

Dec. 1 . . . . . at San Diego St. . . . . . 4:30 p.m. (MTN)

All times Mountain

Overall: 8-2 Conference: 6-0

UTAH

OFFENSE

WR . . . . . DERREK RICHARDS, SR. . . . . . 26

Freddie Brown, Jr. . . . . . 88

WR . . . . . MARQUIS WILSON, JR. . . . . . 2

Jereme Brooks, Fr. . . . . . 85

Elijah Wesson, So. . . . . . 8

WR . . . . . BRIAN HERNANDEZ, SR. . . . . . 16

Bradon Godfrey, Jr. . . . . . 81

TE . . . . . MATT SIMS, SR. . . . . . 48

Colt Sampson, Jr. . . . . . 45

Dallin Rogers, Fr. . . . . . 89

LT . . . . . ZANE BEADLES, SO. . . . . . 68

Walter Watts, Fr. . . . . . 71

LG . . . . . C. SCHLAUDERAUF, FR. . . . . . 72

Corey Seiuli, Jr. . . . . . 74

C . . . . . KYLE GUNTHER, SR. . . . . . 63

Tyler Williams, So. . . . . . 57

RG . . . . . ROBERT CONLEY, JR. . . . . . 66

Zane Taylor, Fr. . . . . . 77

RT . . . . . DUSTIN HENSEL, JR. . . . . . 65

Walter Watts, Fr. . . . . . 71

QB . . . . . BRIAN JOHNSON, JR. . . . . . 3

Tommy Grady, Sr. . . . . . 15

Corbin Louks, Fr. . . . . . 23

RB . . . . . DARRELL MACK, JR. . . . . . 6

Ray Stowers, Jr. . . . . . 24

PK . . . . . LOUIE SAKODA, JR. . . . . . 35

Ben Vroman, So. . . . . . 30

KR . . . . . BRICE MCCAIN, JR. . . . . . 1

JEREME BROOKS, FR. . . . . . 85

DEFENSE

LE . . . . . MARTAIL BURNETT, SR. . . . . . 93

Alex Puccinelli, Sr. . . . . . 13

DT . . . . . KOA MISI, SO. . . . . . 41

Casey Sutera, Sr. . . . . . 91

NT . . . . . GABE LONG, SR. . . . . . 94

Kenape Eliapo, So. . . . . . 92

RE . . . . . PAUL KRUGER, FR. . . . . . 11

Greg Newman, Jr. . . . . . 56

RLB . . . . . S. SYLVESTER, SO. . . . . . 10

Mike Wright, So. . . . . . 20

MLB . . . . . JOE JIANNONI, SR. . . . . . 44

Mike Wright, So. . . . . . 20

SLB . . . . . KEPA GAISON, SO. . . . . . 59

Malakai Mokofisi, Sr. . . . . . 22

Nai Fotu, Fr. . . . . . 42

CB . . . . . R.J. STANFORD, SO. . . . . . 25

Justin Jones, So. . . . . . 29

CB . . . . . BRICE MCCAIN, JR. . . . . . 1

R.J. Stanford, So. . . . . . 25

FS . . . . . ROBERT JOHNSON, SO. . . . . . 17

RJ Rice, Jr. . . . . . 7

SS . . . . . STEVE TATE, SR. . . . . . 28

Joe Dale, So. . . . . . 12

NB . . . . . SEAN SMITH, SO. . . . . . 4

Terrell Cole, Jr. . . . . . 21

P . . . . . LOUIE SAKODA, JR. . . . . . 35

Ben Vroman, So. . . . . . 30

PR . . . . . DERREK RICHARDS, SR. . . . . . 26

Brian Hernandez, Sr. . . . . . 16

Marquis Wilson, Jr. . . . . . 2

INJURY REPORT

LB Malakai Mokofisi is doubtful with a strained calf muscle.

BYU

OFFENSE

XR . . . . . MICHAEL REED, JR. . . . . . 3

Matt Allen, Sr. . . . . . 10

HR . . . . . BRYCE MAHUIKA, JR. . . . . . 2

Daniel Tervort, So. . . . . . 86

Reed White, Jr. . . . . . 20

ZR . . . . . AUSTIN COLLIE, SO. . . . . . 9

Matt Allen, Sr. . . . . . 10

TE . . . . . DENNIS PITTA, SO. . . . . . 32

Vic So'oto, So. . . . . . 37

Andrew George, So. . . . . . 88

LT . . . . . DALLAS REYNOLDS, JR. . . . . . 65

R.J. Willing, So. . . . . . 64

LG . . . . . RAY FEINGA, JR. . . . . . 76

Walter Kahaialii, Fr. . . . . . 75

C . . . . . SETE AULAI, SR. . . . . . 67

Tom Sorensen, So. . . . . . 53

RG . . . . . TRAVIS BRIGHT, JR. . . . . . 74

Jason Speredon, Fr. . . . . . 73

RT . . . . . DAVID OSWALD, JR. . . . . . 68

R.J. Willing, So. . . . . . 64

QB . . . . . MAX HALL, SO. . . . . . 15

Brenden Gaskins, So. . . . . . 6

RB . . . . . MANASE TONGA, JR. . . . . . 11

Joe Semanoff, Sr. . . . . . 27

HB . . . . . HARVEY UNGA, FR. . . . . . 45

Fui Vakapuna, Jr. . . . . . 1

PK . . . . . MITCH PAYNE, FR. . . . . . 38

Brian Smith, Fr. . . . . . 24

KR . . . . . BRYCE MAHUIKA, JR. . . . . . 2

AUSTIN COLLIE, SO. . . . . . 9

DEFENSE

LE . . . . . IAN DULAN, SO. . . . . . 77

Brett Denney, So. . . . . . 92

NT . . . . . E. MANUMALEUNA, FR. . . . . . 55

Rick Wolfley, Fr. . . . . . 71

Mosese Foketi, Jr. . . . . . 90

RE . . . . . JAN JORGENSEN, SO. . . . . . 84

Judd Anderton, Sr. . . . . . 91

SLB . . . . . BRYAN KEHL, SR. . . . . . 41

Grant Nelson, Fr. . . . . . 39

Austen Jorgensen, Fr. . . . . . 48

MLB . . . . . KELLY POPPINGA, SR. . . . . . 46

Matt Bauman, So. . . . . . 35

Terrance Hooks, So. . . . . . 47

BLB . . . . . MARKELL STAFFIERI, SR. . . . . . 36

Shawn Doman, So. . . . . . 42

WLB . . . . . DAVID NIXON, JR. . . . . . 43

Chris Bolden, Sr. . . . . . 31

CB . . . . . KAYLE BUCHANAN, SR. . . . . . 34

Brandon Howard, So. . . . . . 4

CB . . . . . BEN CRIDDLE, SR. . . . . . 21

Andre Saulsberry, Sr. . . . . . 19

KAT . . . . . CORBY HODGKISS, SR. . . . . . 14

Aaron Attig, So. . . . . . 18

FS . . . . . KELLEN FOWLER, JR. . . . . . 16

Ben Criddle, Sr. . . . . . 21

P . . . . . C.J. SANTIAGO, JR. . . . . . 26

Brian Smith, Fr. . . . . . 24

PR . . . . . BRYCE MAHUIKA, JR. . . . . . 2

Austin Collie, So. . . . . . 9

INJURY REPORT

Safety Quinn Gooch is lost for the season with a knee injury. DL Ian Dulan (knee) is probable.