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Max Hall's favorite target is all that and a ball of wax. He has 26 catches only five last week, but two were for touchdowns for 408 yards in just three games. He's averaging nearly 4 more yards a catch than Austin Collie.
Utah at Air Force
It's the first big matchup of Mountain West Conference title contenders. The Falcons have always given the Utes a game.
The performance of the Pac-10 last weekend did little to alter the perception that there's Southern California and everyone else.
While the Trojans were solidifying their No. 1 ranking with a 35-3 win over Ohio State, the rest of the conference teams seemed to be getting blown out or losing to undermatched teams in what was considered by many the worst weekend in Pac-10 history.
On a weekend that all 10 teams played nonconference games, seven of those Pac-10 teams lost, including four head-to-head matchups with the Mountain West Conference.
Whether that was an aberration or a sign of the quality of the conference's teams this year won't be known until the end of the season.
"Given the history of it, I would think it's just a bad day," said California coach Jeff Tedford, whose team lost to Maryland 35-27. "I wouldn't expect to see this from our conference again at this magnitude. I think this was just a weird weekend."
The lost weekend began on Friday night, when Washington State lost 45-17 at Baylor in a matchup between two of the worst BCS teams in the country.
It only got worse on what's now being called Black Saturday in the Pac-10.
That affects all of us. It affects our reputation and how we're perceived nationally. We all read that stuff. In recruiting and those type of things, it's important in terms of the perception of the conference.
Oregon coach on 'Black Saturday'
Utah State (0-3)
Weber State (2-1)
Southern Utah (1-2)
Dixie State (1-2)
Snow College (3-0)
Time: 1 p.m.
TV: The mtn.
Radio: 1160AM, 102.7FM
About the Cowboys: Their last win in Provo was 21 years ago when they spoiled the Cougars' 1987 Homecoming. This is Wyoming's (1-2) first road game of the season.
Opponent: Air Force
Location: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Time: 2 p.m.
About the Falcons: They rank No. 2 in the country in rushing offense, but dead last in passing offense. The Falcons (3-0) didn't complete a pass in their 31-28 win over Houston last week.
Time: 2 p.m.
About the Vandals: They will try to extend USU's 11-game September losing streak. The series is tied 16-16-2, dating back to 1916. Idaho (1-2) has given up 163 points in just three games.
Opponent: Sacramento State
Time: 3 p.m.
About the Hornets: They easily beat Humboldt State (45-13) and Southern Oregon (27-16) and nearly knocked off Colorado State, losing on a last-second field goal. Evander Wilkins leads the offense, averaging 105.7 yards a game.
Opponent: Northern Arizona
Location: Cedar City
Time: 6 p.m.
About the Lumberjacks: They are coming off a bye after blowing out New Mexico Highlands, 68-10, and hanging tough with Arizona State, 30-13. NAU will try to ruin SUU's Homecoming at the Eccles Coliseum.
Opponent: Western Oregon
Location: St. George
Time: 7 p.m.
Opponent: Arizona Western
Time: 1:30 p.m.
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