After a tough 20-13 loss to Utah last week, BYU takes the field again on Friday to take on Middle Tennessee State at home.

The offense should have a much easier time against the Blue Raider defense, which should allow quarterback Taysom Hill to improve his dismal 35.1 passing percentage. The defense will also need to step up against running back Reggie Whatley and the Middle Tennessee offense that scored 42 points last week.

Here's everything you need to know about BYU's game against the Blue Raiders at a glance.

At a glance

Middle Tennessee (3-1) at BYU (1-2)

FRIDAY, 7 p.m.

LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470)

Natural grass, Provo


Radio: 1160AM and 700AM

Weather: Temperatures in the low 50s with 30 percent chance of rain

The stakes

For Middle Tennessee … This is a big opportunity for the Conference USA program to play on a big stage on a Friday night.

For BYU ... The Cougars are looking to rebound after a fourth consecutive loss to arch-rival Utah. With a tough game looming at Utah State, BYU needs a win.

The trends

For Middle Tennessee ... The Blue Raiders are 7-1 over their last eight games and are 3-0 in games decided by five points or less.

For BYU ... BYU owns an all-time 42-13-1 record against Conference USA opponents. This is the first meeting between the two teams.

The edge

Middle Tennessee will win if ... the defense can put BYU’s offense into third-and-long situations and force turnovers.

BYU will win if ... the offense can find balance with consistency in the run and the pass game. The Cougars also need to take advantage of opportunities in the red zone, something they failed to do against Utah.

Player to watch

Taysom Hill, BYU: All eyes are on Hill — can his completion percentage of 35 percent improve? BYU is last in the nation in pass efficiency.

Key matchup

BYU’S secondary vs. Middle Tennessee running back Reggie Whatley: Whatley is a dangerous playmaker. Whatley rushed for a career-high 154 yards and three touchdowns last week in a win over Florida Atlantic, and he also averages 30.4 yards per kickoff return.

Injury report

Middle Tennessee: None.

BYU: BYU running back Jamaal Williams suffered a concussion and stinger last week against Utah. It’s doubtful that Williams will play this week.