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 BYU's past and future opponents performed.
BYU 2012 schedule
Aug. 30: Washington State, W, 30-6
Sept. 8: Weber State, W, 45-13
Sept. 15: at Utah, L, 24-21
Sept. 20: at Boise State, L, 7-6
Sept. 28: Hawaii, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Oct. 5: Utah State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Oct. 13: Oregon State, TBA
Oct. 20: at Notre Dame, 1:30 p.m. (NBC)
Oct. 27: at Georgia Tech, TBA
Nov. 10: Idaho, TBA
Nov. 17: at San Jose State, 2 p.m.
Nov. 24: at New Mexico St., 1:30 p.m.
Last week: Lost vs. Colorado, 35-34
Oops. Wazzu was up big on the hapless Buffs early in the game, but they allowed Colorado to score three touchdowns in the final seven minutes to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And looking at the rest of their schedule, they might not get another win this season.
Next up: Saturday, Sept. 29 vs. #2 Oregon
Last week: Lost vs. Eastern Washington, 32-26
The Wildcats are still looking for their first win as they couldn't overcome three turnovers in a loss to Eastern Washington. They need to cut down on penalties, too.
Next up: Saturday, Sept. 29 at UC Davis
Last week: Lost at Arizona State, 37-7
The Utes were flying high after a 24-21 rivalry win over the Cougars, but they came crashing down to earth in Tempe as the Sun Devils lit up the Utah defense. Meanwhile, Jon Hays and the Utah offense only managed 209 total yards. They'll use a bye this week to lick their wounds.
Next up: Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. #13 USC
Last week: Won vs. BYU, 7-6
Their win over the Cougars was an ugly affair that saw the Broncos offense held scoreless, but defensive tackle Mike Atkinson's interception return for a touchdown made the difference for now-ranked Boise State. They'll move into their Mountain West Conference schedule with some momentum.
Next up: Saturday, Sept. 29 at New Mexico
Last week: Lost vs. Nevada, 69-24
It's feast or famine for these Warriors. Either they're laying the wood to inferior foes (like their 54-2 win over Lamar) or getting waxed, as they did last week. Now they travel to Provo to try and get back on track.
Next up: Friday, Sept. 28 at BYU
Last week: Won at Colorado State, 31-19
Quarterback Chuckie Keeton has been leading the show for the Aggies, but last week it was all running back Kerwynn Williams, who logged 205 rushing yards and two touchdowns to lead USU over Colorado State. The Aggies are just one missed field goal away from being undefeated.
Next up: Saturday, Sept. 29 vs. UNLV
Last week: Won at UCLA, 27-20
The Beavers had a bye after upsetting Wisconsin to start the year, so no one quite knew whether they were for real. After last weekend's win at the Rose Bowl? Yeah. They're for real. They'll get another chance to prove it this week in Tucson.
Next up: Saturday, Sept. 29 at Arizona
Last week: Won vs. Michigan, 13-6
Just how good are the Irish? They're undefeated, with wins over Michigan and Michigan State. So they're pretty good. But those wins haven't been convincing, and the offense has struggled at times. On defense, though, linebacker Manti Te'o and the Irish have been amazing.
Next up: Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. Miami
Last week: Lost to Miami, 42-36 in OT
The Yellow Jackets' game against Miami was a wild one: they fell behind 19-0, stormed back with 36 straight points, then let the 'Canes tie the score late to force overtime. GT was stopped on 4th-and-inches in the extra frame, and Miami scored on the next play. Crazy. Tech still has an impressive rushing attack, but the defense has some holes.
Next up: Saturday, Sept. 29 vs. Middle Tennessee
Last week: Lost vs. Wyoming, 40-37 in OT
The good news is that the Vandals dropped 509 yards of total offense on the Cowboys. The bad news? They still lost the game. Idaho travels to North Carolina this week, but after that, their easier WAC schedule kicks in.
Next up: Saturday, Sept. 29 at North Carolina
Last week: Won at San Diego State, 38-34
If not for that heartbreaking loss to Stanford in their season opener, the Spartans could be undefeated right now. They survived a squeaker in San Diego on the strength of their passing attack, which averages 305 yards per game. That's the 20th best in the nation.
Next up: Saturday, Sept. 29 at Navy
Last week: Lost to New Mexico, 27-14
After beating lower-division Sacramento State to start the season, the Aggies have lost three straight, including last week's rivalry game against the Lobos. Their passing numbers look decent, but that's only because they've been trailing in a lot of games. And that trend is likely to continue.
Next up: Saturday, Sept. 29 vs. UTSA