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 (2-6, 1-4 Big Sky)

Last week: Lost at N Arizona 12-10

Andy Wilder kicked an 18-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the game to cap a 76-yard, 15-play drive and Northern Arizona escaped with a 12-10 victory over Northern Colorado. Northern Arizona's Cary Grossart completed 21 of 32 passes for 225 yards, and Lobato completed 20 of 36 passes for 198 and a TD.

Next up: Portland State

Utah State (7-2, 3-0 WAC)

Last week: Won on the road vs. UTSA, 48-17



It was another Saturday, another blowout for the Aggies. Chuckie Keeton threw for 340 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions against one of the few opponents that remain for the Aggies that have a winning record. After this win, the Aggies are once again receiving votes in the USA Today/Coaches Polls.



USU's success this season is historic for the Aggies. It was their eighth straight conference win. The previous record of seven was set in the 1970's.



It's clear that Utah State is a level above the rest of the WAC, save perhaps one team. The WAC championship will mostly likely come down to a Nov. 17 against Louisiana Tech. Fortunately, the Aggies will have two weeks to get ready for that game in Ruston.



Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, at home vs. Texas State



No. 25 BYU (5-4)

Last week: Lost at No. 5 Notre Dame 17-14

Jamaal Williams scored four touchdowns, quarterback Riley Nelson accounted for two TDs, and BYU snapped a two-game losing streak with a 41-17 victory over Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech has lost three of four. The Yellow Jackets' offense failed on all 10 of its third-down.

Next up: Idaho


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

Last week: Lost vs. UCLA 45-43

Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked a 33-yard field goal as the game ended and UCLA escaped with a 45-43 victory over Arizona State. UCLA Freshman Brett Hundley completed 19 of 31 for 274 yards and four touchdowns. Johnathan Franklin rushed for 164 yards, leaving him 20 yards shy of the UCLA career rushing record.

Next up: No. 7 Oregon State

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No. 13 USC (6-2, 4-2 Pac-12)

Last week: Lost vs. Arizona 39-36

Arizona QB Matt Scott ran for 100 yards and got Arizona's comeback started with a 10-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. He threw for 369 yards, 259 of that on 10 catches by Austin Hill, and finished 27-for-50 passing.

Scott capped his day with his third touchdown pass, a 7-yarder to David Richards that put Arizona up 39-28 with just more than five minutes left. He was wobbly and unable to play on Arizona's final possession after taking a hard hit, but had already done enough to give the Wildcats their biggest win of the year.

USC's Matt Barkley put up big numbers, matching Carson Palmer's school record for 400-yard games with his third, throwing for 493 yards and three touchdowns on 31-of-49 passing. USC finished with 618 total yards and pulled within three on Silas Redd's 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, but couldn't overcome five turnovers -- two on interceptions by Barkley -- and 13 penalties for 117 yards.

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Next up: No. 4 Oregon

UCLA (6-2, 3-2 PAC-12)

Last week: Won vs. Arizona State 45-43

Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked a 33-yard field goal as the game ended and UCLA escaped with a 45-43 victory over Arizona State. UCLA Freshman Brett Hundley completed 19 of 31 for 274 yards and four touchdowns. Johnathan Franklin rushed for 164 yards, leaving him 20 yards shy of the UCLA career rushing record.

Next up: No. 22 Arizona

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No. 8 Oregon State (6-1, 4-1 PAC-12)

Last week: Lost on the Road to Washington, 20-17



Undefeated seasons die in Seattle. First it was Stanford, then it was Oregon State.



After three straight losses, many were saying that the Huskies looked soft. They certainly showed some backbone on Saturday. Despite being outgained offensively 427-293, Washington held on to win 20-17, forcing OSU to fail on a last-ditch-effort 4th and 19 from near midfield.



Sean Mannion appeared in this game, but certainly many Beavers' fans wish he hadn't. He threw for 221 yards and four picks. Washington won the turnover battle, 4-0.



Oregon State hadn't gone 6-0 since 1907, and the Beavers had never gone 7-0. Unfortunately for them, their bid for history fell short.



Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, at home vs. Arizona State



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Cal (3-6, 2-4 Pac-12)

Last week: Lost vs. Utah 49-27

Reggie Dunn set a school record with two 100-yard kickoff returns, and Utah's defense forced three turnovers a 49-27 victory over Cal. Receiver Keenan Allen became Cal's all-time receptions leader with 205 catches but didn't get on track until the game was well in hand. It was the worst loss of the year for the Golden Bears.

Next up: Washington

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Washington State (2-6, 0-5 PAC-12)

Last week: Lost on the Road to Stanford, 24-17

The only winless team in PAC-12 play did quite well on the road against No. 17 Stanford, and had it not been for a 3rd-quarter pick-6, the Cougars could have upset the Cardinal. They also vastly outperformed Stanford in terms of first downs, 25-13, and total offensive yardage, 385-256, gaining 401 yards through the air.

Yes, you read that right. Washington State got 401 passing yards and 385 offensive yards. They lost 16 yards on the ground in this game, mostly due to 10 sacks allowed by the Cougar offensive line. It was only fitting that Stanford snuffed out WSU's last chance ditch effort by sacking Washington State QB Jeff Tuel.

Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, at Utah

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Washington (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12)

Last week: Won vs. No. 8 Oregon State 20-17

Bishop Sankey ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns, Travis Coons kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:20 left and Washington took advantage of four interceptions from Oregon State's Sean Mannion in a 20-17 upset of the seventh-ranked Beavers. Oregon State was trying for the first 7-0 start in school history. Instead it became the second AP Top 10 team to be upset by the Huskies at home this season. Washington knocked off then-No. 8 Stanford 17-13 in late September.

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Next up: Cal

No. 22 Arizona (5-3, 2-3 Pac-12)

Last week: Won vs USC 39-36

Arizona QB Matt Scott ran for 100 yards and got Arizona's comeback started with a 10-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. He threw for 369 yards, 259 of that on 10 catches by Austin Hill, and finished 27-for-50 passing.

Scott capped his day with his third touchdown pass, a 7-yarder to David Richards that put Arizona up 39-28 with just more than five minutes left. He was wobbly and unable to play on Arizona's final possession after taking a hard hit, but had already done enough to give the Wildcats their biggest win of the year.

USC's Matt Barkley put up big numbers, matching Carson Palmer's school record for 400-yard games with his third, throwing for 493 yards and three touchdowns on 31-of-49 passing. USC finished with 618 total yards and pulled within three on Silas Redd's 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, but couldn't overcome five turnovers -- two on interceptions by Barkley -- and 13 penalties for 117 yards.

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Next up: No. 4 Oregon

Colorado (1-7, 1-4 Pac-12)

Last week: Lost at No. 4 Oregon 70-14

Kenjon Barner rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, while De'Anthony Thomas rushed for another score and added a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown against the overmatched Buffs. Most of Oregon's offensive starters were pulled by the midway point of the second quarter. The Ducks built a 56-0 lead by halftime and their 70 points are the most they've scored against a conference opponent.

Next up: Stanford