BYU WILL WIN IF … The Cougars get pressure on the Utes' offensive line and shut down the running lanes for John White IV. With Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn's career over, it's up to senior Jon Hays or true freshman Travis Wilson to run the offense that stalled out frequently in the loss to Utah State last week. The Cougars have looked sharp on defense in their first two contests and are fourth in the country in sacks early in the season. This is a rivalry game. Things tend to not go the way coaches want so sound defense with an offense that is mostly balanced should be able to power BYU to victory in the "Holy War" after a disappointing 54-10 home loss last year.
UTAH WILL WIN IF … It gets any production out of the quarterback spot. There are some weapons on the outside, like DeVonte Christopher who can stretch the field, but that's useless if the signal-caller can't get them the ball. White is one of the top backs out West but even he's not good enough to overcome when teams load the box against the Utes. That's undoubtedly what BYU will try as neither Hays nor Wilson has shown to be consistent throwing the ball (the young freshman has just three passes to his name). The defense can be suffocating at times with tackle Star Lotulelei manning the inside but it can't win the game by itself.
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