No. 25 Brigham Young (2-0) at Utah (1-1), 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Line: Brigham Young by 4.
Series Record: Utah leads 55-34-4.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
BYU wants to avenge an embarrassing 54-10 loss last year in Provo and prove it belongs in the AP Top 25. As an independent, any loss will bust its BCS dreams. Utah is trying to avoid being tagged third-best team in the state after losing last week in overtime to Utah State, and losing QB Jordan Wynn to a career-ending shoulder injury.
Utah QB (either senior Jon Hays or freshman Travis Wilson) against a sack-happy BYU defense, ranked 10th overall in the country. The Utes reshuffled their offensive line after getting no push for their backs or protection for their quarterback, and the Cougars have a stout defensive line and playmaking LBs in Kyle Van Noy and Spencer Hadley.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Utah: RB John White. When he gains 100 yards rushing, the Utes win. He gashed BYU for 174 yards last season but had only 9 yards on nine first-half carries before getting untracked against the Cougars.
Brigham Young: WR Cody Hoffman. The 6-foot-4 junior has a 21-game receiving streak and a sizable advantage over Utah DBs. He could be in for a big game if QB Riley Nelson is on target and has the protection, considering Utah's secondary also will be missing SS Brian Blechen (suspended) and perhaps FS Eric Rowe (strained hamstring).
FACTS & FIGURES
Utah has won two straight (and seven of the last 10) over its fiercest rival, including a 17-16 thriller in Salt Lake City two years ago in which the Utes blocked a last-second field goal to escape with the victory. ... BYU is on a six-game winning streak dating to 2011. ... Utah freshman QB Travis Wilson is 3 for 3 passing and has three TDs (one passing, two rushing) in spot action this season. ... BYU QB Nelson was recruited by Utah. ... Three of Utah's coaches, including head coach Kyle Whittingham (1978-81), played at BYU. ... The teams will take a two-year hiatus from the series in 2014 and 2015.