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In the past, the Cougars have been accused of not taking this game as importantly as Utah has. That cannot be said this year, because the Cougars to a man have said they’ve prepared harder and longer for this game than any they can remember. The pressure is squarely on BYU to break the three-game skid against the Utes
This is Utah’s first away game this season. The Utes have played in hostile stadiums before, but doing so for the first time in a season is always an adjustment.
The Utes may have more overall talent than the Cougars, but BYU will have the best player on the field: linebacker Kyle Van Noy. He has willed BYU to big wins in the past. Can he do it again?
By the Numbers
0 — The Utes have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season. USU QB Chuckie Keeton was the closest to breaking the mark with 85 yards.
2 — Receiver Dres Anderson has had back-to-back 100 yard games with 103 against Weber State and 101 against OSU. He will be Wilson’s go-to man Saturday.
3 — Three of Utah’s coaches played at BYU. They are head coach Kyle Whittingham, defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake and receivers coach Aaron Roderick.
99 — The Cougars ran an eye-popping 99 plays two weeks ago in a 40-21 win over Texas, and will obviously try to push the pace again when Utah visits.
3 — Sophomore running back Jamaal Williams is No. 3 nationally in rushing yards per game, averaging 163, but Utah’s front seven has proven to be adept at stopping the run.
1 — Receiver Cody Hoffman’s quest to become the No. 1 receiver in school history has been slowed by a hamstring injury. He should play and get some ball thrown his way, as Utah loads up to stop the run.
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