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's past and future opponents performed. Utah's Schedule: Aug 30 vs Northern Colorado W 41-0 1-0 (0-0) Sept 7 Utah State L 27-20 OT Sept 15 #25 Brigham Young W 24-21 Sept 22 Arizona State L 37-7 Oct 4 #13 USC L 38-28 Oct 13 UCLA L 21-14 Oct 20 #8 Oregon State L 21-7 Oct 27 California Nov 3 Washington State Nov 10 Washington Nov 17 Arizona Nov 23 Colorado

Northern Colorado (2-5, 1-3 Big Sky)

Last Week: Won 52-14 vs. Idaho State

Seth Lobato threw for 243 yards and a career-high five touchdowns to lead Northern Colorado to a 52-14 win over Idaho State. Dominic Gunn caught two TD passes and Tromaine Dennis rushed for a career-high 178 yards and two scores for the Bears.

Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27 vs. NAU

Utah State (6-2, 2-0 WAC)

Last Week: Won at home 41-7 vs. New Mexico State

It took USU a single play to take the lead against NMSU. The navy Aggies scored so quickly, the ROTC hadn't even loaded the cannon that is fired after every score. USU became bowl-eligible in October for the first time in more than three decades. They also seem to have resolved some of their kicking issues. Nick Diaz went 2-3 on the day, hitting 52-yard and 48-yard field goals. It's very clear that Utah State is simply a level above nearly everyone else in the WAC. If this trend continues, the Nov. 17 matchup vs. Louisiana Tech will determine the final WAC football championship.

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Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27, on the road vs. UT-San Antonio

BYU (4-4)

Last Week: Lost vs. Notre Dame on the road, 17-14

Notre Dame scored 10 unanswered 2nd half points to beat BYU. With minutes remaining until the end of the game, Cody Hoffman was wide open near the end zone. Riley Nelson misfired on BYU's best opportunity at a go-ahead touchdown, and the BYU offense couldn't advance the ball well enough in the waning seconds to post a game-tying field goal. Nelson said the missed throw would haunt him until he dies. Notre Dame and star LDS linebacker Manti Te'o will continue their restorative run against the Sooners next week. Their offense will need to play better next week. BYU held backup QB Tommy Rees without a pass completion for two quarters.

Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27, at Georgia Tech

Arizona State (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12)

Last Week: Lost 43-21 vs. #3 Oregon

Facing its first true road test, Oregon turned one of Arizona State's biggest games in years into another we've-seen-this-before Ducks rout by running over the Sun Devils in the first half. The Ducks had their way against what had been the Pac-12's best defense, racing to a 36-point halftime lead and rushing for 406 yards for their nation-leading 12th straight road victory.

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Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27 vs. UCLA

No. 10 USC (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12)

Last Week: Won 50-6 vs. Colorado

USC QB Matt Barkley passed for his 100th career touchdown and receiver Robert Woods caught a school record four touchdowns in USC's rout 50-6 rout of Colorado. USC scored 3 touchdowns in the games first six minutes and Barkley threw for 298 yards and six touchdowns as USC's offense put the team up 23-6 at the half. Barkley became the all-time Pac-12 leader in TD passes with 102.

Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27, on the road vs. Arizona

UCLA (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12)

Last Week: Bye

UCLA had a bye week after a 21-14 win against Utah. The Bruins hope to even their Pac-12 standing with ASU by winning in Tempe.

Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27, on the road vs. ASU

No. 8 Oregon State (6-0, 4-0 PAC-12)

Last Week: Won vs. Utah at home, 21-7

The Beavers blacked out their home turf against the Utes, and it appears to have paid off. They capitalized on two first-half turnovers by Utah's freshman QB Travis Wilson and kept Utah from scoring after Utah's second half opening drive, a drive that took the Utes to OSU's 3-yard line and soaked up more than 6 minutes of game clock. Cody Vaz continued to silence any doubters that he would be able to carry the torch to victory after Sean Mannion went down two weeks ago.

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Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27, on the road vs. Washington

Cal (3-5, 2-3 Pac-12)

Last Week: Lost 21-3 vs. #20 Stanford

Apparently the Cal band was not available, as the Golden Bears lost to Stanford 21-3 in the Big Game. The Cardinals outgained the Bears 475 to 217 yards, outrushed them 252 to 3 yards and never lost its grip on the coveted Stanford Axe, which players paraded around the turf while Bears fans exited in silence.

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Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27, on the road vs. Utah

Washington State (2-5, 0-4 PAC-12)

Last week: Bye

The Cougars are still licking their wounds after Cal ran them over 9 days ago. Cal QB Zach Maynard threw for a TD and ran for a second, and C.J. Anderson rushed for two more. Washington State's defense gave up 507 yards to Cal. On the bright side, the WSU passing attack appears to be in good health. They are currently ninth in the nation in passing yards, averaging 322.3 per game. Mike Leach can't be too happy, however, with how one-dimensional his team is--the Cougars get only 40.6 passing yards per game, ranking 123rd. They'll need to take it to the next level if they have a chance against no. 17 Stanford.

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Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27, on the road at no. 17 Stanford
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Arizona (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12)

Last Week: Won 52-17 vs. Washington

Matt Scott threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns, Ka'Deem Carey ran for 172 yards and Arizona raced out of its bye week with a 52-17 rout over Washington.
Arizona went into its bye worn down and beaten up after three straight losses to ranked opponents.

Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27, vs. USC

Colorado (1-6, 1-3 Pac-12)

Last Week: Lost 50-6 at #10 USC

USC QB Matt Barkley passed for his 100th career touchdown and receiver Robert Woods caught a school record four touchdowns in USC's rout 50-6 rout of Colorado. USC scored 3 touchdowns in the games first six minutes and Barkley threw for 298 yards and six touchdowns as USC's offense put the team up 23-6 at the half. Barkley became the all-time Pac-12 leader in TD passes with 102.

Next up: Saturday, Oct. 27, on the road vs. #3 Oregon