Utah won the Holy War last week by blitzing BYU into next never, and that was fun. They should take the lessons learned against BYU QB Taysom Hill and apply them to dual-threat signal caller Kenny Potter. Defense has been a strong suit for Utah this season, which sits 21st in the nation in yards per game allowed.
San Jose State got plastered by Tulsa 45-10 in a game that was never close to start the season, but then took out frustrations against Portland State, winning 66-35.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network. The broadcasters are Jason Horowitz, Aaron Taylor and Jenny Dell.
Online streaming: CBS Sports Network
Spread: Utah is favored by 13.5 points.
Three big things to know
1. The Utes are yet to find a replacement for Devontae Booker, doing the whole running back by committee thing last week. Three backs combined for 59 yards against BYU while quarterback Hill led the team with 87 yards on the ground.
2. With Tyler Ervin in the NFL, San Jose State has had to replace his Herculean efforts. Last week the Spartans ran all over Portland State to the tune of 409 yards, but the season opener against Tulsa was a different story as SJSU was held to 53 yards total and an abysmal 1.66 yards per rush. Utah's Defensive S&P+ ranking is fourth, so good luck on the ground, Spartans
3. If you're looking for an inside edge here, this screams sandwich game for Utah. After an emotional win over hated BYU at home, they head to San Jose to play on the road. The Utes host USC next week. Utah would do well to stay in the moment.