Week four of the college football season was an interesting one for Utah teams.

The Utes went into LaVell Edwards Stadium and beat BYU for the fourth straight year. After establishing a 10-point lead in the first half, Utah held on to beat the Cougars 20-13. Utah State suffered a close, heartbreaking 17-14 loss to USC at the Coliseum.

Nearly 30 other games across the nation also 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

BYU kept the game close against Utah, but it was outmatched as the Utes came away with a big 20-13 win at LaVell Edwards Stadium Saturday night. That heartbreaking loss means that BYU's seniors will leave 0-4 against Utah, and the Cougars won't get a chance at redemption until 2016.

This loss negates any momentum the Cougars picked up in their big 40-21 win Week 2 over then No. 15 Texas. BYU will need to win a lot of games to get past this tough loss. So, here's how BYU's opponents fared this week.

Virginia Cavaliers



Record: 2-1

Last Week: Beat Virginia Military Institute, 49-0

Up Next: At Pittsburgh (2-1)

Virginia didn't even break a sweat as it routed VMI at home. Freshman RB Daniel Hamm make an impression as he rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns against the Keydets.

"Three weeks ago, he was running with the scout team," Virginia head coach Mike London told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "and today he comes out and gets over 100 yards. He definitely was an asset for us."

Kevin Parks also had a big day with 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns with 54 more yards receiving. The Cavaliers will need weapons like this as they open ACC play against Pitt next week.

Texas Longhorns

Record: 2-2

Last Week: Beat Kansas State, 31-21

Up Next: Bye week

The Longhorns broke their two-game losing streak by beating Kansas State at home. That doesn't mean that UT head coach Mack Brown isn't off the hot seat, but at least it's not any hotter after this win.

The Texas offense finally clicked as Johnathan Gray ran all over the Wildcats with 141 yards and two touchdowns.

“You always want to start the conference off right,” Gray told the Washington Post. “We wanted to prove a point and hit them in the mouth.”

Now Texas gets to rest up before taking on Iowa State in two weeks.

Utah Utes

Record: 3-1

Last Week: Beat BYU, 20-13

Up Next: Bye week

Utah went on the road and beat BYU for the fourth year in a row and will own in-state bragging rights until the rivalry resumes in 2016.

"The win is huge," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham told the Deseret News. "Our senior class now has never lost to these guys. Four straight years we've won, which means our junior class and sophomore class will never lose to them either because of the two-year break."

While the Utes didn't dominate BYU in this game, they were clearly the better team. The Utah defense limited BYU's explosive running game, and Utah QB Travis Wilson made enough big plays to lead his team to victory.

Now, the Utes get a bye week to celebrate their victory and prepare their brutal Pac-12 schedule.

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders

Record: 3-1

Last Week: Beat Florida Atlantic, 42-35 in OT

Up Next: at BYU (1-2)

Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic literally took turns scoring touchdowns in a barn-burner. While FAU outgained the visiting Blue Raiders 503-446, MTSU QB Logan Kilgore found Kyle Griswould for a 19-yard touchdown in overtime for the win.

FAU head coach Carl Pelini wasn't impressed with his team's effort.

“There’re no more moral victories around here,” Pelini told the Palm Beach Post. “I want to win games and I want to win games now. That was last year’s story. This year we’re a good enough football team, if we just execute and take care of our business we can compete.

Next up, the Blue Raiders travel to Provo to take on BYU.

Utah State Aggies



Record: 2-2

Last Week: Lost to USC, 17-14

Up Next: at San Jose State (1-2)

QB Chuckie Keeton and Utah State just couldn't move the ball against the stout USC defense. The Aggie defense was able to limit the Trojans to just 17 points at the Coliseum, but it didn't get enough help from the offense to get the win.

USC also dominated with its special teams by pinning Keeton and the Aggies deep in their own territory all game long.

“Obviously that was not his best,’’ said USU coach Matt Wells told the Deseret News. “They did a nice job of disrupting a lot of his rhythm. I wished he’d played better in some areas, but that kid gives us a chance to win every week.’’

While the Aggies were unable to notch a road victory over a Pac-12 team this year, they can continue to roll through Mountain West with a win over San Jose State.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets



Record: 3-0

Last Week: Beat North Carolina, 28-20

Up Next: vs. Virginia Tech (3-1)

Georgia Tech fell behind 20-7 at home midway through the second quarter to North Carolina, but the Yellow Jackets didn't allow the Tar Heels to score again, while scoring three unanswered touchdowns to take the win. Georgia Tech ran for 324 yards and dominated time of possession 40:38 to 19:29.

The Yellow Jacket defense was clutch in this game, and Louis Young made a critical fourth-quarter interception to end a promising North Carolina drive.

"I think we just got a lot more aggressive instead of waiting," Young told Guerry Clegg of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. "There were a couple balls in the air early that I thought we could have made plays on, and I think in the second half we dug deep, leaned on each other and got aggressive in the pass game."

Georgia Tech appears to be the favorite in the ACC Coastal Division, and next up is traditional ACC power Virginia Tech.

Houston Cougars

Record: 3-0

Last Week: Beat Rice, 31-26

Up Next: at UTSA (2-2)

The Cougars can't be happy with how they started or finished, but they did just enough to come away with the road win over upset-minded Rice.

Houston fell behind 13-7 in the first quarter, but then rolled out 24 unanswered points to take a commanding 31-13 lead early in the fourth quarter. Rice tried to come back with two late touchdowns, but fell short. The Owls couldn't convert on a critical fourth-down play to keep the drive alive.

"When we needed that stop at the end, it was our defense that got it for us," UH coach Tony Levine said to the Houston Chronicle.

Boise State Broncos



Record: 2-2

Last Week: Lost to Fresno State, 41-40

Up Next: vs. Southern Miss (0-3)

Boise State is off to its worst start of the Chris Petersen era. Friday night also marked the first time that Petersen lost to Fresno State.

The Broncos put up a valiant fight on the road. They fell behind 34-19 with 58 seconds left in the third quarter, but Aaron Baltazar scored two touchdowns and Joe Southwick added a third to put the Broncos up 40-34.

However, the Boise State defense couldn't stop Derek Carr and BYU transfer Joshua "Juice" Quezada. The Bulldogs drove 87 yards to take a 41-40 lead with 2:14 left in the game.

“We made too many errors,” Petersen told Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman. “Just across the board, we can point the finger many different directions. When you’re playing a good team, you can’t make those types of errors."

Boise State's loss gives Utah State a leg up in the Mountain West Conference. The Broncos will try to shake off this tough loss against winless Southern Miss.

No. 24 Wisconsin Badgers



Record: 3-1

Last Week: Beat Purdue, 41-10

Up Next: at Ohio State (4-0)

BYU better be glad it didn't have to play Wisconsin this week.

Purdue had to know it was in trouble when it saw the odd ending to Wisconsin's loss to Arizona State. There was no doubt that the Badgers would come out with a vengeance against the Boilermakers at home.

Purdue made things interesting when it pulled within four points in the second quarter, but Wisconsin scored 27 unanswered points and never looked back.

"An interesting week to say the least," Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen told Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "We put it to bed, put it to rest. We didn't miss a beat."

Now Andersen has to get his team ready for a dominant-looking Ohio State squad.

Idaho State Bengals

Record: 2-1

Last Week: Lost to Washington, 56-0

Up Next: at UC Davis (0-4)

Idaho State didn't have a prayer on the road at Washington.

The Huskies took a 42-0 lead at the half and never looked back. Washington's Keith Price threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns on the day, while Idaho State's Justin Arias had just 140 yards and two interceptions.

Well, Idaho State picked up a big paycheck to get slaughtered on the road as most FCS teams do.

"A couple of teams in our conference have been butchered by the Pac-12," Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer said to the Idaho State Journal. "We went on the table today and Steve's (Sarkisian) guys did not disappoint."

Now the Bengals can turn their attention to a member of their own division in winless UC Davis.

No. 22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish



Record: 3-1

Last Week: Beat Michigan State, 17-13

Up Next: vs. Oklahoma (3-0)

It was an ugly, tough home win for the Fighting Irish, but a win nonetheless.

The Michigan State defense held Notre Dame to just 220 yards of total offense. However, the Spartans committed four pass interference penalties and gave up 115 yards in penalties alone.

“It was the game I envisioned — not a beauty contest,” ND coach Brian Kelly told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Both defenses carried the day today. Michigan State has a great defense — tough and physical. We had to match that.”

Notre Dame won't have time to catch its breath after this win as it faces Oklahoma next week.

Nevada Wolf Pack

Record: 2-2

Last Week: Beat Hawaii, 31-9

Up Next: vs. Air Force (1-3)

Freshman quarterback Tyler Stewart stepped up in his first start at Nevada as he passed for 202 yards and three touchdowns against an admittedly soft Hawaii defense in the home win.

“It’s only one win, but I cannot tell you how proud I am of this football team,” said Nevada head coach Brian Polian to the Reno Gazette-Journal “We faced a lot of adversity in the first month of the season," referring to big losses to UCLA and Florida State.

The Wolf Pack will look to go 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference against Air Force next week.

That concludes BYU's opponents, so up next are the teams that Utah has played and will face this season.

Utah Utes

The Utes went into BYU's LaVell Edwards Stadium and came away with their fourth straight win over the Cougars. Utah can brag about this win as the rivalry takes a break until 2016.

The win was just what the doctor ordered for the Utes after a tough 51-48 overtime home loss to Oregon State last week.

Utah needed this win given that it is about to hit the teeth of its difficult Pac-12 schedule. Now, it can celebrate a win over its rival and use this bye week to prepare for its remaining opponents.

Here's how Utah's opponents did this week.

Utah State Aggies



Record: 2-2

Last Week: Lost to USC, 17-14

Up Next: at San Jose State (1-2)

QB Chuckie Keeton and Utah State just couldn't move the ball against the stout USC defense. The Aggie defense was able to limit the Trojans to just 17 points at the Coliseum, but it didn't get enough help from the offense to get the win.

USC also dominated with its special teams by pinning Keeton and the Aggies deep in their own territory all game long.

“Obviously that was not his best,’’ said USU coach Matt Wells told the Deseret News. “They did a nice job of disrupting a lot of his rhythm. I wished he’d played better in some areas, but that kid gives us a chance to win every week.’’

While the Aggies were unable to notch a road victory over a Pac-12 team this year, they can continue to roll through Mountain West with a win over San Jose State.

Weber State Wildcats

Record: 1-3

Last Week: Lost to McNeese State, 43-6

Up Next: vs. Sacramento State (1-3)

It's one thing to allow 70 points against FBS teams like Utah and Utah State, but it's another to lose by 37 points to a team in the same division.

The visiting Wildcats have some soul-searching to do after this big loss.

"Our consistency hurt us and we couldn't sustain drives," said WSU head coach Jody Sears to Paul Grua for KSL. "McNeese State is a really good football team, but we just made too many mistakes and were not consistent."

Fortunately, Weber State's next opponent just lost a heart-breaker to Southern Utah University.

Oregon State Beavers



Record: 3-1

Last Week: Beat San Diego State, 34-30

Up Next: vs. Colorado (2-0)

The visiting Beavers won another thriller after beating Utah 51-48 in overtime last week. This time, Oregon State escaped San Diego State after scoring two touchdowns in a nine-second stretch.

Cornerback Steven Nelson scored the go-ahead touchdown with an interception return. He earned a new nickname in the process.

“It was definitely crazy,” Beavers CB Rashaad Reynolds said to the Corvallis Gazette-Times. “That’s 'Mr. Pick' himself. Steven Nelson, he makes timely picks. Big plays. That shows the type of player he is. He’s a big-time player. He came in, he’s making plays.”

Colorado better be ready for "Mr. Pick."

BYU Cougars

Record: 1-2

Last Week: Lost to Utah, 20-13

Up Next: vs. Middle Tennessee (3-1)

BYU lost to Utah for the fourth season in a row.

"A lot of guys are disappointed," said defensive back Daniel Sorensen to the Deseret News. "The loss is upsetting. ... On defense, we had a couple of times where we could have created turnovers and we didn't. If we made one of two of those plays, we might have helped the offense out and given them good field position."

The visiting Utes were simply the better team and will own the bragging rights until BYU travels to Rice-Eccles Stadium in 2016. BYU QB Taysom Hill had two shots to at least tie the game up late in the fourth quarter, but instead he threw a pick and an incompletion.

Now the Cougars need to recuperate and prepare for Middle Tennessee.

No. 13 UCLA Bruins

Record: 3-0

Last Week: Beat New Mexico State, 59-13

Up Next: Bye week

UCLA didn't always look pretty, but it didn't have to play its best game to beat college football's worst defense. UCLA turned the ball over three times, but that didn't stop the Bruins from picking up almost 700 yards of total offense and scoring 59 points in the home win.

Now, the Bruins get a bye week to prepare to open Pac-12 play at Utah.

"The games leading up to conference are a big momentum thing for us," UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley told the Los Angeles Times. "The conference is looking very tough. We need to take this momentum and run into the Pac-12, keep winning games."

The Ute defense will have its hands full, no doubt about it.

No. 5 Stanford Cardinal

Record: 3-0

Last Week: Beat Arizona State, 42-28

Up Next: at Washington State (3-1)

The Cardinal completely owned Arizona State in the first half as it kept the Sun Devils off the board to take a 29-0 lead into the locker room. Arizona State head coach Todd Graham wouldn't let his team give up, however, and the Wildcats outscored Stanford 28-13 in the second half.

It wasn't enough, however, to give the Sun Devils the road win.

"I'm not going to apologize. I don't care about style points," Cardinal coach David Shaw told the San Jose Mercury News. "We played one great half, a solid third quarter and a bad fourth quarter. It wasn't for a lack of effort."

At any rate, no one should underestimate what Stanford can do. Up next is a battle-tested Washington State squad that won't back down, either.

Arizona Wildcats

Record: 3-0

Last Week: Bye week

Up Next: at Washington (3-0)

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats must be happy with a 3-0 start. However, Arizona's three wins came against a FCS Northern Arizona, a bottom-tier MWC team in UNLV and a program that started playing football in 2011 in UT-San Antonio.

It will get a true test on the road against a ranked Pac-12 opponent next week.

The Wildcats depend heavily on the rushing game. They average more than 322 yards on the ground and just under 109 yards passing per game.

Speaking of that running game, here's a photo gallery of Ka'Deem Carey from the Arizona Daily Star. The elusive running back led college football last season with 1,929 rushing yards last season.

USC Trojans



Record: 3-1

Last Week: Beat Utah State, 17-14

Up Next: at Arizona State (2-1)

USC head coach Lane Kiffin isn't out of the woods yet, but his defense stood tall and picked up a win over Utah State. The Trojans contained Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton and held the Aggies to just 14 points.

"Even if we didn't have pressure on him, we still collapsed the pocket," USC defensive end Leonard Williams told the Los Angeles Times.

“An old-fashioned gladiator slugout is what it was,’’ USU coach Matt Wells said after the game. “It was a hard-fought game, exactly what we thought it would be. It came down to the fourth quarter and was an extremely physical game.’’

Kiffin has to breathe a small sigh of relief, but Arizona State will test the Trojans next week.

No. 23 Arizona State Sun Devils

Record: 2-1

Last Week: Lost to Stanford, 42-28

Up Next: vs. USC (3-1)

Arizona State needed a big win to help validate its bizarre win over Wisconsin, and it didn't get it.

“They’re a championship caliber team, and we weren’t ready,” Arizona State coach Todd Graham told the Arizona Daily Star. “I apologized to the players for not having them ready. Stanford was better prepared.”

That was clear as the Cardinals took a 29-0 lead into halftime. To his credit, Graham motivated his team and the Sun Devils outscored the Cardinal 28-13, but it was too little, too late.

All Graham and the Sun Devils can do now is prepare to receive USC next week.

No. 2 Oregon Ducks

Record: 3-0

Last Week: Bye week

Up Next: vs. California (1-2)

The high-powered Oregon offense got a week off after dropping an average of 61.3 points per game on its first three opponents. However, that doesn't mean that the Ducks are resting.

Defensive back Issac Dixon told The Oregonian that he's "extra tired" from all the workouts he and his teammates have been doing over the bye week to improve their game. In short, Oregon doesn't have sitting Ducks.

Puddles, the Oregon mascot, has to be grateful for the bye week, however. So far, he's done 932 push ups this season, and there's no sign he'll have to slow down anytime soon.

Washington State Cougars

Record: 3-1

Last Week Beat Idaho, 42-0

Up Next: vs Stanford (3-0)

Idaho wasn't much of a challenge for Mike Leach and Washington State as the Cougars easily dispatched the visiting Vandals.

Washington State got off to a slow start as it scored just one touchdown in the first quarter. However, it didn't take long for the Cougars to score 21 points in the second quarter and put the game out of reach.

“I thought we got a week better,” Leach told the Seattle Times. “Each week you try to improve in increments. I thought we played hard. Early on, we tried to make a little too much happen. When we settled in, we played better.”

However, Stanford won't give the Cougars time to dial it in. They will need to get off to a much quicker start if they want a chance to upset the Cardinal.

Colorado Buffaloes



Record: 2-0

Last Week: Bye week

Up Next: at Oregon State (3-1)

Colorado had bigger problems than football due to the massive flooding in the area. The Buffaloes canceled their last game against Fresno State and turned their attention to helping their community.

The football team joined the basketball squad to serve more than 700 meals at Folsom Field to those in need, according to the Denver Post. According to that same report, eight football players were displaced by the storm and had to find emergency housing.

That concludes Utah's opponents, so up next are the teams that Utah State has played and will face this season.

Utah State Aggies

Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton wasn't able to break free of the stingy USC defense, and the Aggies narrowly missed picking up a win over a Pac-12 team on the road for the second time this season.

As tough as this loss was, Keeton and Utah State still are in great shape to win a second conference championship in a row. After four weeks, Utah State should have a good idea of who its main competition will be in its first year of competition in the Mountain West Conference.

Here's how Utah State's opponents fared this week.

Utah Utes

Record: 3-1

Last Week: Beat BYU, 20-13

Up Next: Bye week

Utah beat BYU for the fourth year in a row and will own in-state bragging rights until the rivalry resumes in 2016.

"The win is huge," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham told the Deseret News. "Our senior class now has never lost to these guys. Four straight years we've won, which means our junior class and sophomore class will never lose to them either because of the two-year break."

While the visiting Utes didn't dominate BYU in this game, they were clearly the better team. The Utah defense limited BYU's explosive running game, and Travis Wilson made enough big plays to lead his team to victory.

Now, the Utes get a bye week to celebrate their victory and prepare their brutal Pac-12 schedule.

Air Force Falcons

Record: 1-3

Last Week: Lost to Wyoming, 56-23

Up Next: at Nevada (2-2)

The Falcons aren't off to a good start this season as it has lost its first three conference games by a combined score of 150-63. Its home loss against Wyoming was particularly difficult as Wyoming QB Brett Smith passed for 373 yards and four touchdowns to torch Air Force.

The fans abandoned the stadium early when it was clear the rout was on, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. David Ramsey of the Colorado Springs Gazette strongly criticized Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun here.

Needless to say, the Falcons need to turn things around before traveling to Nevada or they could lose their fan support.

Weber State Wildcats

Record: 1-3

Last Week: Lost to McNeese State, 43-6

Up Next: vs. Sacramento State (1-3)

It's one thing to allow 70 points against FBS teams like Utah and Utah State, but it's another to lose by 37 points to a team in the same division.

The visiting Wildcats have some soul-searching to do after this big loss.

"Our consistency hurt us and we couldn't sustain drives," said WSU head coach Jody Sears to Paul Grua for KSL. "McNeese State is a really good football team, but we just made too many mistakes and were not consistent."

Fortunately, Weber State's next opponent just lost a heart-breaker to Southern Utah University.

USC Trojans



Record: 3-1

Last Week: Beat Utah State, 17-14

Up Next: at Arizona State (2-1)

USC head coach Lane Kiffin isn't out of the woods yet, but his defense stood tall and picked up a win over Utah State. The Trojans contained Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton and held the Aggies to just 14 points.

"Even if we didn't have pressure on him, we still collapsed the pocket," USC defensive end Leonard Williams told the Los Angeles Times.

“An old-fashioned gladiator slugout is what it was,’’ USU coach Matt Wells said after the game. “It was a hard-fought game, exactly what we thought it would be. It came down to the fourth quarter and was an extremely physical game.’’

Kiffin has to breathe a small sigh of relief, but Arizona State will test the Trojans next week.

San Jose State Spartans

Record: 1-2

Last Week: Lost to Minnesota, 43-24

Up Next: vs. Utah State (2-2)

Despite outgaining the Golden Gophers 486-424, San Jose State lost big on the scoreboard. While David Fales threw three touchdown passes, he also had two costly interceptions. Furthermore, the visiting Spartans struggled on third down, converting just 1-of-9 on the day.

"That's been the last couple of games," Fales said according to the Modesto Bee. "We get down in the red zone and can't score. We just have to finish. You have to have that mindset and just want it more, just be smart. We got down there and they switched it up a little bit. They gave us a good look and had a good defense on."

The Spartans have to pick themselves up and prepare a key conference battle against Utah State next week.

BYU Cougars

Record: 1-2

Last Week: Lost to Utah, 20-13

Up Next: vs. Middle Tennessee (3-1)

BYU lost to Utah for the fourth season in a row.

"A lot of guys are disappointed," said defensive back Daniel Sorensen to the Deseret News. "The loss is upsetting. ... On defense, we had a couple of times where we could have created turnovers and we didn't. If we made one of two of those plays, we might have helped the offense out and given them good field position."

The visiting Utes were simply the better team and will own the bragging rights until BYU travels to Rice-Eccles Stadium in 2016. BYU QB Taysom Hill had two shots to at least tie the game up late in the fourth quarter, but instead he threw a pick and an incompletion.

Now the Cougars need to recuperate and prepare for Middle Tennessee.

Boise State Broncos



Record: 2-2

Last Week: Lost to Fresno State, 41-40

Up Next: vs. Southern Miss (0-3)

Boise State is off to its worst start of the Chris Petersen era. Friday night also marked the first time that Petersen lost to Fresno State.

The Broncos put up a valiant fight on the road. They fell behind 34-19 with 58 seconds left in the third quarter, but Aaron Baltazar scored two touchdowns and Joe Southwick added a third to put the Broncos up 40-34.

However, the Boise State defense couldn't stop Derek Carr and BYU transfer Joshua "Juice" Quezada. The Bulldogs drove 87 yards to take a 41-40 lead with 2:14 left in the game.

“We made too many errors,” Petersen told Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman. “Just across the board, we can point the finger many different directions. When you’re playing a good team, you can’t make those types of errors."

Boise State's loss gives Utah State a leg up in the Mountain West Conference. The Broncos will try to shake off this tough loss against winless Southern Miss.

New Mexico Lobos

Record: 1-2

Last Week: Bye

Up Next: vs. UNLV

New Mexico had the week off to lick its wounds after a tough 47-27 loss at Pitt. Its only win so far this season came in an overtime thriller against UTEP, 42-35.

Kasey Carrier and the Lobos should be ready for UNLV in a key Mountain West Conference game. If New Mexico want to go to a bowl game this season, this game is a must-win as it still has Utah State, Fresno State and Boise State on the schedule.

Even the bye week hasn't gone smoothly. Defensive linemen Gerrone Borne and Paytron Hightower were suspended for breaking team rules, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Hawaii Warriors

Record: 0-3

Last Week: Lost to Nevada, 31-9

Up Next: vs. Fresno State (3-0)

Norm Chow's time at Hawaii has turned into a nightmare. It's one thing for the Warriors to give up more than 30 points per game, but who would have thought that high-flying Hawaii would average just 12 points per game with Chow as head coach?

Chow need to help his team find an offense or he's going to take an early retirement. And things certainly won't get easier for the Warriors as they face Fresno State, which is riding high after a big win over Boise State.

UNLV Rebels

Record: 2-2

Last Week: Beat Western Illinois, 38-7

Up Next: at New Mexico (1-2)

UNLV head coach Bobby Huack summed the game up perfectly in a few words. “We controlled it from start to finish,” Hauck told the Las Vegas Sun, “so it’s a pretty complete win.”

That's what you expect when your team plays a lower-division opponent.

After two big losses against Minnesota and Arizona to start the season, visiting Western Illinois was just what the doctor ordered for the Rebels. With UNLV's conference opener just around the corner, it was good to see it put together a solid win.

Colorado State Rams



Record: 1-3

Last Week: Lost to Alabama, 31-6

Up Next: vs. UTEP (1-2)

Colorado State came away from Tuscaloosa with a 25-point loss, but that's to be expected when you travel to play the No. 1 team in the land.

Rams head coach and former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain was proud of his players.

“We challenged our guys to come in and go toe-to-toe, and I think the guys on the other sideline earned some respect for Colorado State University and these Rams and how hard they play the game,” he told the Coloradoan.

At least the Rams won't face any team as difficult as the Tide from here on out. This kind of baptism by fire should help the Rams in Mountain West Conference play.

Wyoming Cowboys

Record: 3-1

Last Week: Beat Air Force, 56-23

Up Next: at Texas State (2-1)

The Cowboys offense ran wild over the Falcons in Colorado Springs. Quarterback Brett Smith passed for 373 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 138 yards and another touchdown.

Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen was right to be proud of his kids.

“I want to say that we have one unbelievable football team. And I love these kids...I have a team full of guys that give so much in all areas of their lives," Christensen told the Casper Star-Tribune. "And I want to recognize that."

The Cowboys look like a top-tier team within the Mountain West Conference.