This week reaches the midway point for most teams, and this preview will be short because there are 3 conference games, 2 teams are off, and Utah plays the lone non-conference game Friday night.
Friday 10/05 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium 8PM ET TV: ESPN
This is the last non conference game for the Utes this season, and it is a tough one. The Utes will have Brian Johnson again at QB after his first full game in 2 years last week against Utah State. Louisville has not performed too well this season by losing in state rival Kentucky and then shocked by previously winless Syracuse. This game is tough to predict the outcome, for Utah they show up against big time games as the UCLA game and then play terrible against lower rated opponents such as UNLV. The troubles Louisville has had are with their secondary which looks lost at times, to say the least. For the Utes to have a strong game they need Darrell Mack to continue his high level of rushing attack and if Brian Johnson's arm is near 100% then I would give the Utes a chance with their passing attack type offense. The Utes need to exploit the Cardinals weak secondary early and with the deep ball by Marquis Wilson and Brian Hernandez and also have under neath quick slants as well. As for the Cards they have Brian Brohm to abuse the Utes secondary if they wish to do so. A problem the Cards had in the Syracuse game and in others are the turnovers. We know Louisville will put up yards and points, but their key to the win is to have success in the pass defense and limit the turnovers. For the Utes they need to exploit the secondary and finish drives with TD's and not field goals. For my prediction it hates me to say but I feel Louisville will snap out of its funk and defeat the Utes at the Oven.
War Memorial Stadium 12 PM MT TV: The Mtn
We will see if Wyoming will continue its streak of not yet allowing a 100 yard rusher all year, but they will have their hands full with Aaron Brown back in the lineup for the Horned Frogs. This is the first conference game for the Cowboys and even though TCU is down this year they are still considered a top level team in conference, and a win here by Wyoming would go a long way in putting them in the conference race with BYU and UNLV who are undefeated thus far. TCU is again playing without stud defensive end Tommy Blake with that mystery illness. Also, if TCU loses this game they are all but assured knocked out of the conference race. Wyoming has the deffense to stop TCU, because their offense is inept with the exception of Brown. If Wyoming can hold Brown to their standard of 100 yards and force TCU to pass with whomever they toss in at QB then follow the Pokes to victory. Wyoming must also not have a repeat performance from last week against Ohio with 7 turnovers, because this TCU team will create some and they prove they have the athletes to return interceptions and fumbles for lots of yards for scores. TCU must find some type of offense to win this game by being able to pass the ball with some type of consistency, and just use their patent defensive play to carry them to victory. For my prediction, I will go with the Pokes they are at home and TCU's is just terrible and Wyoming is much better than Colorado State.
Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium 3:30 PM MT TV: The Mtn.
For the 5th tme this year Colorado State is going for their first win, as a side note they are one of 9 teams in the FBS division who is winless. They do get this home game against the worst team in the league in San Diego State. For the Rams to win they must limit their turnovers, especially the interceptions that Caleb Hanie has been handing out the last few games. Also, the coaching staff needs to feed the ball to RB Kyle Bell, because he is their main running back and needs the ball more then 7 times. San Diego State has only one win and that came against against FCS team Portland State, but besides that the Aztecs have been blown out in each of their games. QB Kevin O'Connell and WR Brett Swain have been the few bright spots for the Aztecs this year. The way that the Rams offense has been going CSU should get its first win of the year at home, because their record is not indicative to how good they are. The Rams should be able to put up points and as long as they minimize the turnovers they should handle the Aztecs.
Falcon Stadium 7:00 PM MT TV:The Mtn.
The last game of the day should be an interesting game. UNLV has shown itself to be able to beat and hang with opponents, compared to last year when they were getting blown out.
UNLV's defense is pretty good by only giving up 22 points per game, but if you take away the Hawaii debacle they are only giving up 15 per game. I expect UNLV to come out strong because they are only one of two undefeated teams in conference play along with BYU, and they will want to continue that trend. Frank Sanders and Ryan Wolfe will be a key to their success. Sanders has been running like a mad man the last few games and Wolfe has been getting involved in more creative was as wide reciever. As for Air Force they are on a 2 game losing streak and are looking to get back into the conference title race with a win over UNLV. The Air Force rushing attack has been stellar against Navy, but they had problems with the Navy rushing attack. The key for Air Force to win is to make the Rebels offense one dimensional and that will give Air Force the edge. Overall the Falcons will win a close one this weekend.