Courtesy BYU Photo
BYU running back Squally Canada breaks free during game against UNLV on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Las Vegas.


UMass (3-7) at BYU (3-8)


The basics

Saturday, 1 p.m. MST

LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,725)

Natural grass

Provo

TV: BYUtv

Tickets: BYU ticket office

Parking: map

Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM

Weather: Sunny skies with temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s.


THE STAKES


For UMass ... The Minuteman are looking for a rare win out West. Coach Mark Whipple is 60-61 all-time at UMass. A victory would give him a .500 record at the school.

For BYU ... The Cougars (2-3 at home) are looking to avoid a losing record at LES while trying to put together a two-game winning streak for the first time this season. BYU hopes to send the 18 seniors out with a victory in their final home game.


THE TRENDS


For UMass ... The Minutemen are 0-4 this season on the road but they have come close to knocking off Southeastern Conference teams Tennessee and Mississippi State on the road.

For BYU ... The Cougars are 32-7 in the month of November since 2007 and 18-0 at home. BYU’s last home loss in November was a 41-34 overtime setback against Utah in 2005.


THE EDGE


UMass will win if ... the Minutemen can exploit BYU’s defensive secondary through the air and force turnovers.

BYU will win if ... the Cougars limit mistakes, establish a run game and control both sides of the line of scrimmage.


PLAYERS TO WATCH


Andy Isabella, UMass wide receiver: The senior has caught 51 passes for 841 yards and eight touchdowns this season.


KEY MATCHUP


BYU's running backs vs. UMass run defense: Cougar Squally Canada is coming off a 213-yard performance last week at UNLV. The Minutemen have given up an average of 195 yards per game on the ground.


QUOTABLE


“They’re competitive and they’re putting a lot of points on the board. They hung in there with Mississippi State until the end of the game. Really good coaching staff and an experienced head coach. We know they’ll be ready to come here and play. They’re used to Provo now because they were here last year.” — BYU coach Kalani Sitake


UP NEXT


BYU visits Hawaii while UMass visits Florida International next Saturday in the season finale for both teams.


SCHEDULE


(All times Mountain)

Aug. 26 Portland State, won 20-6

Sept. 2 vs. Louisiana State, loss 27-0

Sept. 9 Utah, loss 19-13

Sept. 16 Wisconsin, loss 40-6

Sept. 29 at Utah State, loss 40-24

Oct. 6 Boise State, loss 24-7

Oct. 14 at Mississippi State, loss 35-10

Oct. 21 at East Carolina, loss 33-17

Oct. 28 San Jose State, won 40-21

Nov. 4 at Fresno State, loss 20-13

Nov. 10 at UNLV, won 31-21

Nov. 18 UMass 1 p.m.

Nov. 25 at Hawaii 7 p.m.