Much of a team's place in the college football landscape isn't determined by what a team does on its own. The performance of a team's opponents is a huge factor as well.

Week three of college football in the Beehive State was very much a mixed bag. Utah suffered its first loss of the season to Oregon State at home, Utah State pounded Weber into submission, and BYU sat back and watched. More than 30 other games across the nation, however, hold bearing on Utah, BYU and Utah State's standing going forward.

Here's a team-by-team look at how all the teams on BYU, Utah and Utah State's schedule fared in week three of the college football season.

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BYU COUGARS

The Cougars enter week four well rested, and they'll probably need all the rest they can get.

Following Taysom Hill's bulldozing of the Texas Longhorns, BYU has been very quiet and very introverted. There isn't much news coming out of Provo as to the status of the team. BYU prefers to keep things very much under wraps.

It does so with good reason — its opponent this week is Utah, the bitter rival. As week three demonstrated, Utah is not an invincible opponent, but anytime the Utes and Cougars get together, something crazy is bound to happen.

Here's what happened to the opponents on BYU's schedule in week three.

Virginia Cavaliers

Record: 1-1

Last week: Bye

Up next: VMI (1-2)

Just like the Cougars, the Cavaliers are in the midst of a bye week — something they doubtlessly need following the 59-10 shellacking Oregon delivered in Charlottesville.

"Their speed was something that we've never really seen before, but that's not really an excuse for us," linebacker Daquan Romero told the Associated Press. "There were a whole lot of missed assignments that we blew and alignments that we could have cheated. We didn't capitalize on the opportunity."

Next up for the Cavaliers is the Virginia Military Institute, an FCS squad that lost to Division II foe North Greenville (S.C.).

Texas Longhorns

Record: 1-2

Last week: Lost 44-23 vs. No. 21 Ole Miss (3-0)

Up next: Home vs. Kansas State (2-1)

The calls for Mack Brown's job are getting louder.

The Longhorns led the Rebels 23-17 at the half. They then proceeded to lay an egg in the second half and drop their first big home game of the year.

“I told them we have a new start next week. We’ve got Kansas State,” Brown told the Dallas Morning News. “We get all this righted by winning the Big 12 championship, and that’s what they’ve got to do."

As tall an order as winning the Big 12 championship is, it may indeed be about the only thing that will silence Brown's critics by season's end. Conference play starts this weekend for Texas.

Utah Utes



Record: 2-1

Last week: Lost 51-48 in OT vs. Oregon State (2-1)

Up next: at BYU (1-1), Saturday, 8:15 MDT ESPN2

The Utes lost a heartbreaker Saturday night, losing in overtime 51-48 to Oregon State.

While nobody likes losing, Ute fans should be encouraged with Travis Wilson’s performance. Wilson was unstoppable, running the ball as he rushed for more than 142 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson wasn’t as effective through the air as he completed just 19/33 passes for 279 and two touchdowns. Wilson also threw three costly interceptions on the day.

"I just tried to make plays, tried to make up for those turnovers I had, tried to make this game as close as it could be, but I just fell a little short," Wilson said.

The Utes have no time to dwell on Saturday night’s loss as they must now prepare to take on BYU next Saturday. The long rivalry tradition between these two teams will take a two-year break before resuming in 2016 and 2017, which means this year’s rivalry game will mean a lot more for fans, coaches and players.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Record: 1-2

Last week: Won 17-15 vs. Memphis (0-2)

Up next: at Florida Atlantic (1-2)

Middle Tennessee's archrival must be Memphis; grown men generally don't shed tears of happiness unless they've beaten their archrival.

“As a man, I cried when I saw the game end,” MTSU senior linebacker Roderic Blunt told the Tennessean. “You know, ever since I came to Middle Tennessee, Memphis was a team I did not like. We just let them know that we are the best team in Tennessee.

“That was a beautiful game.”

The defense was the story in the Blue Raiders' win. MTSU sacked Memphis' quarterback three times on the final Tiger drive to seal the win.

Utah State Aggies



Record: 2-1

Last week: Won 70-6 vs. Weber State (1-2)

Up next: at USC (2-1)

What's to be said? Utah State removed its starters at halftime, just as the Utes did the week before, and still the backups managed to score 21 more on the Wildcats, just as the Utes did the week before.

The difference? USU managed to block the extra point on Weber State's lone touchdown.

“It was a total team effort and a total team victory,” Utah State head coach Matt Wells said. “We had a great week of practice and I thought we played well tonight.”

The Aggies now face another major test. They'll head to Los Angeles to face USC. Whether the version of the Trojans that defeated Boston College will show or not remains to be seen.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Record: 2-0

Last week: at Duke (2-1)

Up next: Home vs. North Carolina (1-1)

In the ACC opener for both teams, the Yellow Jackets got their campaign for a conference title started on the right foot.

Georgia Tech collected six three-and-outs and held Duke to a mere 4.1 yards per play. Much of the success may have been due to the fact that Duke quarterback Brandon Connette was unavailable due to a broken collarbone.

Interestingly, Saturday's game was the first time back in Durham, N.C., for Tech's defensive coordinator Ted Roof since he was fired as Duke's head coach at the end of 2007.

The game was also the return of Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee to his hometown of Durham. He led five touchdown drives of 64 yards or longer.

Houston Cougars

Record: 2-0

Last week: Bye

Up next: at Rice (1-1)

The Houston Cougars, just like the BYU Cougars, are coming off a bye week. They're using it to nurse a few wounds.

Starting quarterback David Piland suffered a head injury in UH's contest against Temple, and as of this week, he was still feeling symptoms.

"He's still not 100 percent," head coach Tony Levine told the Houston Chronicle last Tuesday.

UH will face Rice next weekend in a local showdown. The Owls are coming off a 24-13 win over the Kansas Jayhawks and former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps.

Boise State Broncos



Record: 2-1

Last week: Won 42-20 vs. Air Force

Up next: at Fresno State (2-0)

Leading up to the game against Air Force last week, Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick said he's eager to start conference play.

Southwick wasn’t lying as he completed 27 of 29 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown, setting a Boise State record for most efficient passing game in school history. Southwick broke the previous mark set when Jared Zabransky finished 21 of 23 in 2006.

“He was in a great groove,” Boise State coach Chris Petersen told the Idaho Statesman. “… he put the ball where it needed to be.”

Wisconsin Badgers



Record: 2-1

Last week: Lost 32-30 at ASU (2-0)

Up next: Home vs. Purdue (1-2)

What a weird finish in the desert Saturday night.

Wisconsin had the ball with less than 30 seconds remaining. It was inside field goal range. It had plenty of time to set things up. All it had to do was spike the ball and let its kicker take the shot.

Instead, quarterback Joel Stave confusingly placed the football on the ground. ASU thought he fumbled and jumped on the ball. The officials waffled, allowing the clock to run. Wisconsin was unable to get another play off, and the game ended without the Badgers having an opportunity to win it.

“I don’t have a lot to say,” head coach Gary Andersen told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Neither do the rest of us, coach.

Idaho State Bengals

Record: 2-0

Last week: 29-3 win vs. Western Colorado State (0-2)

Up next: at Washington (2-0)

In the third quarter with a 10-point lead, Idaho State turned the ball over. Western Colorado State began its drive from the ISU four-yard line.

It came away empty. No points. Three runs and an incomplete pass, and ISU took over on downs.

“To hold them, especially when we were at point-blank range, is indicative of the improvement we’ve made on our defense,” ISU coach Mike Kramer told the Idaho State Journal.

Here's hoping the Bengals conjure more of that magic in Seattle next week.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish



Record: 2-1

Last week: Won 31-24 at Purdue (1-2)

Up next: Home vs. Michigan State (3-0)

The Irish may have won against perennial Big 10 basement dweller Purdue, but that doesn't mean it was clean and convincing. In fact, even head coach Brian Kelly was among those saying the Irish looked ugly in the win.

"We have been really trying to get our hands around this thing," Kelly told the Chicago Tribune. "We know we have good players and good personnel — we're trying to figure out the parts and pieces and where they go."

The Irish only have a few days left to get their hands around their season. They play Michigan State next.

Nevada Wolfpack



Record: 1-2

Last week: Lost 62-7 at Florida State (2-0)

Up next: Home vs. Hawaii (0-2)

The Pack looked really good through a quarter and a half. For a long stretch, it led the Seminoles, 7-3.

Then the wheels came off. Florida State scored 59 unanswered points all the way to the win. The pounding was reminiscent of the loss Nevada took at the hands of UCLA two weeks earlier.

After the loss, Nevada head coach Brian Polian told his team there were a lot of things to be pleased about, despite the loss.

"Every time you play, you have to find something positive, something you can build off of," Polian told the Reno-Gazette Journal. "For two halves, we went toe-to-toe with two of the top 15 teams in the country.”

The Wolfpack is likely relieved to be hosting Hawaii this week.

UTAH UTES

The Utes lost a heartbreaker Saturday night, losing in overtime 51-48 to Oregon State.

While nobody likes losing, Ute fans should be encouraged with Travis Wilson’s performance. Wilson was unstoppable running the ball as he rushed for more than 142 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson wasn’t as effective through the air as he completed just 19/33 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson also threw three costly interceptions on the day.

"I just tried to make plays, tried to make up for those turnovers I had, tried to make this game as close as it could be, but I just fell a little short," Wilson said.

The Utes have no time to dwell on Saturday night’s loss as they must now prepare to take on BYU next Saturday. The long rivalry tradition between these two teams will take a two-year break before resuming in 2016 and 2017, which means this year’s rivalry game will mean a lot more for fans, coaches and players.

Utah State Aggies



Record: 2-1

Last week: Won 70-6 vs. Weber State (1-2)

Up next: at USC (2-1)

What's to be said? Utah State removed its starters at halftime, just as the Utes did the week before, and still the backups managed to score 21 more on the Wildcats, just as the Utes did the week before.

The difference? USU managed to block the extra point on Weber State's lone touchdown.

“It was a total team effort and a total team victory,” Utah State head coach Matt Wells said. “We had a great week of practice and I thought we played well tonight.”

The Aggies now face another major test. They'll head to Los Angeles to face USC. Whether the version of the Trojans that defeated Boston College will show or not remains to be seen.

Weber State Wildcats



Record: 1-2

Last week: Lost 70-6 at Utah State

Up next: at McNeese State

What a rough couple for weeks it has been for the Wildcats. After opening up the season with a big win over Stephen F. Austin, the Wildcats have since hit a wall.

Things should improve dramatically as the schedule lightens up. Weber State will look to regain the form it had during the first game of the season.

Oregon State Beavers



Record: 2-1

Last week: Won 51-48 at Utah (2-1)

Up next: Away at San Diego State (0-2)

The Oregon State Beavers left Utah heartbroken after connecting on a touchdown in overtime.

Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion was a handful for the Utes' defense all night, and in overtime he connected with his receiver Brandin Cooks to win the game 51-48. Mannion threw for 443 yards and five touchdowns. Cooks also hurt Utah with 210 yards off nine catches.

Utah's quarterback Travis Wilson did all he could to respond from his own turnovers and had 279 passing yards. Utah's rushing game also came to life as both Wilson and James Poole tallied more than 100 yards, 142 and 117 respectively.

Oregon State now ranks first in passing yards among all FBS teams, averaging 438.7 yards per game.

Next week the Beavers will visit a struggling San Diego State, which will surely have a tough time defending Oregon State's air game.

BYU Cougars

Record: 1-1

Last week: Bye

Up next: Home vs. Utah (2-1)

The BYU Cougars put the critics to bed in resounding fashion in week two against Texas. Not only did BYU defeat a ranked team, but it managed to set a school record for most rushing yards in a single game in the process.

"We expected to run on them," BYU quarterback Taysom Hill said of the Texas defense following the game. "We didn't expect to break the school record."

BYU seniors will look to get their first win against the Utes when they welcome Utah to LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday. The long rivalry tradition between these two teams will take a two-year break before resuming in 2016 and 2017, which means this year’s rivalry game will mean a lot more for fans, coaches and players. The game should come down to the final play like most games have gone over the years.

No. 16 UCLA Bruins



Record: 2-0

Last week: Won 41-21 at No. 23 Nebraska (2-1)

Up next: Home vs. New Mexico State (0-3)

UCLA played Nebraska with heavy hearts on Saturday. In their first game since the passing of teammate Nick Pasquale, the Bruins played with his spirit in mind.

"What we tried to do today is go out and play with the type or energy, enthusiasm and passion for the game that would reflect what (Pasquale) meant to us," UCLA coach Jim Mora said.

With the loss of Pasquale clearly a factor early in the game for UCLA, Nebraska's rout was in front of a record 91,471 people Saturday until UCLA rattled off 38 unanswered points; the Bruins ended up beating the Cornhuskers 41-21.

Down 18 late in the second quarter, Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley threw three touchdown passes to help his team make up the deficit.

Next week the Bruins will be back home at the Rose Bowl to take on a struggling New Mexico State.

No. 5 Stanford Cardinal



Record: 2-0

Last week: Won 34-20 at Army (1-2)

Up next: Home vs. Arizona State (2-0)

The Cardinal had a surprisingly small, seven-point lead on Army after two quarters. Stanford regrouped at halftime and turned the heat on in the second half to walk away with a 34-20 victory and improve to 2-0 on the season.

"We kept our calm. We tried to keep an even keel," Tyler Gaffney, who scored two touchdowns and rushed for 132 yards, told the Associated Press. "We went out there with the same mindset, keep grinding. We didn't overlook them. We had to keep grinding. We were down. Adversity stepped in and we responded."

Stanford showed a balanced offense, finishing the game with 408 total yards. Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan completed 13 of 22 pass attempts, averaging 9.3 yards per pass.

Next week the Cardinal will open up Pac-12 Conference play at home against Arizona State.

Arizona Wildcats



Record: 3-0

Last week: Won 38-13 vs. UTSA

Up next: Away at Washington (2-0)

Arizona is off to a 3-0 start but will face its first Pac-12 foe next week against No. 17 Washington.

Last week, the Wildcats soundly put away UTSA 38-13. UTSA owned the majority of possession time, but Arizona had several runs for large gains.

Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker had a big night, rushing for 90 yards and completing 14 of 21 passes for 158 yards. Denker acknowledged the one-sided victory after the game and said his team is now focused on fighting hard for wins in conference play.

"We can only play who's in front of us," Denker told KSAT.com. "Obviously we were expected to win this game. We still had to come out and play. Now we're ready to get into Pac-12 play. This bye week is going to help us focus and prepare even more."

Next week Arizona will enjoy a bye week before heading into a tough Pac-12 schedule.

USC Trojans



Record: 2-1

Last week: Won 35-7 vs. Boston College

Up next: Home vs. Utah State (2-1)

After disappointedly falling to Pac-12 foe Washington State the previous week, USC bounced back by rolling Boston College 35-7. USC's offense schooled the Eagles, racking up 521 total yards while the defense held its opponent to a measly 184 yards.

USC running back Tre Madden wrote history by rushing for 102 yards, which is the first time a Trojan has ever opened the season with three-straight 100-plus rushing games.

A sour spot for USC was penalties. The Trojans were called for 10 penalties, which added up to 100 yards. Luckily for USC, it didn’t affect the outcome of the game since Boston College barely managed to score late in the fourth quarter.

Next USC will face another Mountain West Conference foe when Utah State comes to town. It faced Hawaii in week one.

Arizona State Sun Devils



Record: 2-0

Last week: Won 32-30 vs. Wisconsin (2-1)

Up next: Home vs. Stanford (2-0)

Arizona State lucked out at home last week. The Sun Devils were only up by two points with 18 seconds remaining and Wisconsin was in field goal range. But the Badgers failed to spike the ball in time and the clock ran out, giving Arizona State the victory.

It was a bizarre ending for the No. 20 Badgers, one that coach Gary Andersen will probably find himself rewatching over and over to fully understand what happened.

“I don’t have a lot to say,” Andersen told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Arizona State invites No. 5 Stanford to town next week to open up Pac-12 Conference play.

No. 2 Oregon Ducks



Record: 3-0

Last week: Won 59-14 vs. Tennessee (2-1)

Up next: Home vs. California (1-2)

Oregon had no problem taking care of Tennessee last Saturday, drubbing the Volunteers 59-14.

Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota finished a career night with 456 passing yards, a personal record for the sophomore. He connected on 23 of 33 passes, averaged 13.8 yards per pass and threw four touchdown completions.

"We tried to set up something early with our formations to validate some of the things we had in the back of our mind," coach Mark Helfrich said to the Associated Press, "and our passing game came alive."

Next week, Oregon opens up Pac-12 play at home against California.

Washington State Cougars

Record: 2-1

Last week: Won 48-10 vs. Southern Utah

Up next: Home vs. Idaho (0-3)

In the early stages of the game, it looked like Southern Utah might have a chance. However, Washington State turned up the offense to run up the score and walk away with a 48-10 win.

Washington State tallied 464 yards and, opposite of last week vs. USC when they failed to score a touchdown with the offensive unit on the field, the Cougars managed five offensive touchdowns.

"This is the best day we've had in Leach's offense," Cougar quarterback Connor Halliday told the Associated Press. Halliday completed 32 of 41 passes and was intercepted once.

Next week the Cougars host the Idaho Vandals at home in Martin Stadium.

Colorado Buffaloes

Record: 2-0

Last week: Game postponed vs. Fresno State

Up next: Away at Oregon State (2-1)

This past week, a disastrous rainstorm hit Boulder, Colo., causing intense flash flooding in the area. Due to the city still listed as a national emergency site, university officials decided to cancel the Buffaloes' game against Fresno State.

"Our community is hurting," CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said in an official statement. "Many of our students are displaced from their homes, including many of our student-athletes. This is not an appropriate time for us to hold a game that would put pressure on the community, both in terms of security/emergency personnel, but also in diverting attention from people in need."

Colorado will reschedule the game at a later time. Next week, the Buffs will embrace a bye week and then open up Pac-12 play at Oregon State the following week.

UTAH STATE AGGIES

After an emotional loss at Utah to open the season, the Aggies responded with a big win at Air Force in week two. With so many upsets so far in the early college football season, the Aggies made sure they didn’t overlook Weber State in week three as they took care of business in a 70-6 blowout.

Chuckie Keeton led the way as he continued his record-setting pace throwing for 249 yards while tying his career high with five passing touchdowns in the game. What made it even more remarkable was that Keeton played in just the first half.

The Aggie defense continued to impress as it held the Wildcats to just 30 yards in the first half. The Wildcats' offense never got on track as it never got on the board. The Wildcats had to turn to their defense to get them on the board as they returned a Utah State fumble for a touchdown with less than a minute left in the game.

The Aggies now turn their attention to next week’s showdown with USC. Utah State will be looking to make a statement for itself on a national stage during next Saturday’s game.

Here's a closer look at how USU's opponents fared in week three.

Utah Utes



Record: 2-1

Last week: Lost 51-48 in OT vs. Oregon State (2-1)

Up next: at BYU (1-1), Saturday, 8:15 MDT ESPN2

The Utes lost a heartbreaker Saturday night, losing in overtime 51-48 to Oregon State.

While nobody likes losing, Ute fans should be encouraged with Travis Wilson’s performance. Wilson was unstoppable, running the ball as he rushed for more than 142 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson wasn’t as effective through the air as he completed just 19/33 passes for 279 and two touchdowns. Wilson also threw three costly interceptions on the day.

"I just tried to make plays, tried to make up for those turnovers I had, tried to make this game as close as it could be, but I just fell a little short," Wilson said.

The Utes have no time to dwell on Saturday night’s loss as they must now prepare to take on BYU next Saturday. The long rivalry tradition between these two teams will take a two-year break before resuming in 2016 and 2017, which means this year’s rivalry game will mean a lot more for fans, coaches and players.

Air Force Falcons



Record: 1-2

Last week: Lost 42-20 at Boise State

Up next: Home vs. Wyoming (2-1)

Air Force hasn’t been granted the best of schedules early in the season. With two conference games already in the books, the Falcons have already played two of the best teams in the Mountain West Conference in Utah State and Boise State.

While Air Force played Boise State tough during the first three quarters, the Falcons simply did not have enough in the tank to finish. In fact, Air Force failed to force a punt on every single one of Boise State's third downs.

"That is just a hit in the stomach to us," safety Christian Spears told the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Unfortunately for the Falcons, the schedule doesn’t lighten up as they need to prepare to take on Wyoming this week at home. Wyoming went toe to toe with Nebraska in a back and forth game a couple of weeks ago, a game it ended up losing, 37-24.

Weber State Wildcats



Record: 1-2

Last week: Lost 70-6 at Utah State

Up next: at McNeese State

What a rough couple for weeks it has been for the Wildcats. After opening up the season with a big win over Stephen F. Austin, the Wildcats have since hit a wall.

Things should improve dramatically as the schedule lightens up. Weber State will look to regain the form it had during the first game of the season.

USC Trojans



Record: 2-1

Last week: Won 35-7 over Boston College

Up next: Home vs. Utah State (2-1)

It may have taken it three weeks into the season to finally figure it out, but it looks like USC has found a quarterback. Cody Kessler, who has been sharing quarterback duties with Max Wittek during the Trojans' first two games, passed for 237 yards and two touchdowns against Boston College.

“He played really well and the guys played well around him,” USC coach Lane Kiffin told the L.A. Times.

Even though USC kicked Boston College to the curb, the heat is still on for Kiffin. Expectations are always high at USC, and last season’s record of 7-6 did not win over fans. Kiffen will need to put a winning streak together if he wants the fans to stop chanting "Fire Kiffin" at the Coliseum.

BYU Cougars

Record: 1-1

Last week: Bye

Up next: Home vs. Utah (2-1)

The BYU Cougars put the critics to bed in resounding fashion in week two against Texas. Not only did BYU defeat a ranked team, but it managed to set a school record for most rushing yards in a single game in the process.

"We expected to run on them," BYU quarterback Taysom Hill said of the Texas defense following the game. "We didn't expect to break the school record."

BYU seniors will look to get their first win against the Utes when they welcome Utah to LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday. The long rivalry tradition between these two teams will take a two-year break before resuming in 2016 and 2017, which means this year’s rivalry game will mean a lot more for fans, coaches and players. The game should come down to the final play like most games have gone over the years.

Boise State Broncos



Record: 2-1

Last week: Won 42-20 vs. Air Force

Up next: at Fresno State (2-0)

Leading up to the game against Air Force last week, Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick said he's eager to start conference play.

Southwick wasn’t lying as he completed 27 of 29 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown, setting a Boise State record for most efficient passing game in school history. Southwick broke the previous mark set when Jared Zabransky finished 21 of 23 in 2006.

“He was in a great groove,” Boise State coach Chris Petersen told the Idaho Statesman. “… he put the ball where it needed to be.”

San Jose State Spartans

Record: 1-1

Last week: Bye

Up next: at Minnesota (3-0)

The Spartans will look to get back on track and they face an undefeated Minnesota squad. If the offensive line for San Jose State can give David Fales enough time in the pocket, the Spartans have a great shot at pulling off an upset.

To help his team, SJSU coach Ron Caragher said he intends to run very up-tempo practices.

"The one thing you can lose in bye weeks is that game speed if you go two weeks without actually playing a game," Caragher told the Contra Costa Times. "I find it beneficial to have an up-tempo high practice at game speed."

New Mexico Lobos



Record: 1-2

Last week: Lost 49-27 to Pittsburgh (1-1)

Up next: Bye

New Mexico won its first game of the season in overtime last week against UTEP. The win meant the world to New Mexico and its fans — the much maligned program has had little to be happy about for quite a few years. So what did New Mexico have for an encore? Not much.

New Mexico lost 49-27 to Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Panthers scored touchdowns on six of their first eight possessions and didn’t look back.

“I felt like we’d play better in the first half,” UNM head coach Bob Davie told the Albuquerque Journal. “We didn’t, but at least we came back in the second half and leave here better than we were at halftime. It’s small victories right now.”

New Mexico has a bye week this week to get ready for a Mountain West showdown against UNLV.

Hawaii Warriors

Record: 0-2

Last week: Bye

Up next: at Nevada (1-2)

Norm Chow's Hawaiian struggles continue. Heading into week four of the college football season, Hawaii has yet to win a football game.

Even worse news from the islands, the University of Hawaii athletic department is suffering financially as a direct result of poor ticket sales to football games. The department recently received a $13 million bailout.

Luckily for Hawaii, the schedule lightens up as it heads into Mountain West Conference play against Nevada. Hawaii will need to play a complete game if it wants to win this year.

For Norm Chow's sake, let's hope the third game is the charm for the Warriors.

UNLV Rebels



Record: 1-2

Last week: Won 31-21 vs. Central Michigan (1-2)

Up next: Home vs. Western Illinois (2-1)

We here at the Deseret News would like to take credit for inspiring UNLV to its first win of the season. Obviously, the Rebels read our capsule from last week about the billboard featuring former basketball coach Lon Kruger and decided enough was enough.

The Rebels rattled off 31 straight points at home in a school record-tying comeback win. Backup quarterback Caleb Herring threw a 50-plus-yard pass in the middle of the second quarter for a huge gain, and the UNLV Rebels suddenly woke up.

“There’s no other feeling like winning,” Herring told the Las Vegas Sun.

UNLV will look to equal its win total from last year this week against Western Illinois.

Colorado State Rams



Record: 1-2

Last week: Won 34-17 against Cal Poly

Up next: at No. 1 Alabama (3-0)

Colorado State picked up its first win of the season last Saturday when it beat Cal Poly 34-17. The Rams went pass happy in the win.

Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson had a nice game, going 21-for-30 for 297 yards and two touchdowns. Equally impressive, Grayson had no turnovers. Colorado State running back Chris Nwoke had an impressive game, rushing for 133 yards on 19 carries.

Hopefully Colorado State fans enjoyed the game because this week’s game against Alabama won’t be pretty. Alabama stayed undefeated, beating No. 6 Texas A&M 49-42 in College Station, Texas, Saturday.

Wyoming Cowboys

Record: 2-1

Last week: Won 35-7 vs. Northern Colorado

Up next: at Air Force (1-2)

Wyoming took care of business. The Cowboys beat up on Northern Colorado, 35-7.

Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith passed for 264 yards and running back Shaun Wick rushed for two scores. The Wyoming defense also got in the mix on offense as it returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

“I was excited because I knew I was going to take it to the crib," Jordan Stanton, a Cowboy who returned an interception for a touchdown, told the Casper Star-Tribune. "As soon as I saw that ball get tipped, I don’t know, my eyes were bigger than they ever have been before.”

It’s crazy to think that Wyoming is a couple points away from an undefeated record at this point in the season. The Cowboys take on Air Force this week in a Mountain West showdown.