In college football, winning isn't the only factor. Who you beat, and how, is a vital part of moving up the rankings and getting into a good bowl game. So each week during the 2012 season, we'll take a look at how Utah State's past and future opponents performed.

Utah State 2012 schedule

Aug. 30 Southern Utah W, 34-3

Sept. 7 Utah, W, 27-20

Sept. 15 at Wisconsin, L, 16-14

Sept. 22 at Colorado State, W, 31-19

Sept. 29 UNLV, W, 35-13

Oct. 5, BYU, L, 6-3

Oct. 13 at San Jose State, W, 49-27

Oct. 20 New Mexico State 1 p.m. (KMYU)

Oct. 27 at UT-San Antonio noon

Nov. 3 Texas State 1 p.m. (KMYU)

Nov. 17 at Louisiana Tech 5 p.m.

Nov. 24 Idaho 1 p.m. (ESPN Regional)

Southern Utah (3-4, 2-2 Big Sky)

Last week: Won at Montana, 30-20

The Thunderbirds bounced back from a tough home loss to Sacramento State by taking care of business on the road in Missoula. They still have a lot of work to do if they want to make a run at the Big Sky title, but they've shown enough talent that it's possible.

Next up: Saturday, Oct. 20 vs. Weber State

Utah (2-4, 0-3 Pac-12)

Last week: Lost on the road to UCLA, 21-14

The wheels appear to be coming off Kyle Whittingham's wagon, and starting true freshman Travis Wilson in the Rose Bowl didn't help. The Utes scored only one offensive touchdown, the second coming courtesy of Ryan Lacy, who recovered a muffed punt in the end zone. The Utes have lost four straight Pac-12 games dating back to last season and are on the verge of going 0-4 to start their Pac-12 schedule for the second year in a row. To stop the bleeding, they'll have to upset a top-10 team on the road — the same team that overcame BYU's blackout.

Related: Utes fall 21-14 at UCLA, starting QB Travis Wilson fails to sway a change in direction

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Next up: Saturday, Oct. 20, at Oregon State (ESPN 2, 8:30 p.m. MST)

Wisconsin (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten)

Last week: Won at Purdue, 38-14

Since narrowly beating the Aggies in a heartbreaker, the Badgers have won three of four, including Saturday's convincing win over the Boilermakers. Wisconsin is lucky to host games against Michigan State and Ohio State later in the year, leaving the Badgers in the discussion for the Big Ten Leaders division title.

Next up: Saturday, Oct. 20 vs. Minnesota