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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Utes 82 Jake Murphy scores the first touchdown of the Utah Utes vs. Northern Colorado Bears game at the University of Utah on Thursday, August 30, 2012.

Utah (1-0) at Utah State (1-0)

Friday, September 7th, 6 p.m.

Romney Stadium (25,513)

AstroTurf, Logan


Radio: 700AM/97.5FM

Weather: 78 degrees, mostly clear

The stakes

For Utah ... The Utes are playing for a state championship, of sorts, with back-to-back contests against USU and BYU. Then comes Pac-12 play at ASU. A showdown at home with USC follows.

For Utah State ... A victory over the Utes would give the Aggies some serious in-state bragging rights, as well as momentum for upcoming road games at Wisconsin and Colorado State.

The trends

For Utah ... The Utes have won the past 12 meetings with the Aggies, including six consecutive triumphs in Logan. They lead the all-time series by a 77-28-4 margin.

For Utah State ... The Aggies are coming off their first winning season since 1997 and are expected to contend for the final WAC football championship this fall.


Chuckie Keeton, Utah State: The sophomore quarterback completed a school-record 88 percent of his passes (22-of-25 for 304 yards and two TDs) in USU's win over SUU last week.

Key matchup

Utah RB John White vs. USU's defense: The Utes are 9-0 over the past two seasons when White tops 100 yards rushing. The senior had 119 in last week's win over Northern Colorado.

Injury report

Utah: Tight end Westlee Tonga (concussion) is questionable.

Utah State: Quarterback Adam Kennedy (arm) is questionable.

Next up

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Both teams return to action on Saturday, Sept. 15. Utah faces BYU at Rice-Eccles Stadium and Utah State visits Wisconsin.


Date. . .Opponent. . .Time/result

Aug. 30. . .N. Colorado. . .W, 41-0

Sept. 7. . .at Utah State. . .6 p.m.

Sept. 15. . .BYU. . .8 p.m.

Sept. 22. . .at Arizona State. . .TBA

Oct. 4. . .Southern Cal. . .7 p.m.

Oct. 13. . .at UCLA. . .TBAOct. 20. . .at Oregon State. . .TBA

Oct. 27. . .California. . .TBA

Nov. 3. . .Washington St.. . .TBA

Nov. 10. . .at Washington. . .TBA

Nov. 17. . .Arizona. . .TBA

Nov. 23. . .at Colorado. . .1 p.m.