With Utah State finally jumping into the win column last week, only Weber State is left without a win yet in 1989 among the state's Big Four colleges. And the Wildcats will be trying for their first victory against Southern Utah State, a school that would like to earn a little more in-state respect. A win could do that for the T-Birds.
Meanwhile, the Aggies play host to tough Fresno State in a homecoming contest, Utah faces a Wyoming team that left the state unhappy last week, and BYU goes across the Rockies to face an unpredictable Colorado State squad.
SUSC (2-3) at Weber State (0-5): After five straight losses, the Wildcats would appear to have a breather this week against Division II SUSC. Don't bet on it.
The T-Birds have usually given the 'Cats a tough go, and they are coming off an impressive 28-21 win over Santa Clara last week.
"We've always been the underdogs, and we've always played well and given them a good game," said SUSC Coach Jack Bishop. "This is a big, big game for us."
The T-Birds are led by Kelvin Minefee, the former Dixie College star. Last week he rushed for all four TDs against Santa Clara. He is averaging 102 yards per game.
Complementing Minefee are running back Michon Johnson, quarterback Rick Carter and receiver Dave Becerra.
Depite their winless record so far, the Wildcats have a couple of players at the top of the national rankings. Tight end Peter Macon leads Division I-A in receiving with 46 catches. Punter Brent Chuhaniuk is the leading I-A punter with a 43.3 average.
"We're doing a lot of things well but not well enough to win," said Coach Dave Arslanaian. "We'll get straightened out soon."
Fresno State (5-0) at Utah State (1-4) - Considering that the Bulldogs beat Utah by 30 and the Utes beat the Aggies by 35 the following week, this could be a mismatch of astronomical proportions.
However, Coach Chuck Shelton is saying his team has a realistic chance of beating the Bulldogs.
"These are not insurmountable odds," said Shelton. "We just won a football game and are healthy, so if we have a chance to upset anyone, it would be this week."
Shelton said the key is keeping the Bulldog offense off the field. The Bulldogs have a versatile attack, although they are more of a running team (eighth in the nation) behind backs Myron Jones (415 yards) and Aaron Craver (536 yards). Quarterback Mark Barsotti, who burned the Aggies with several long passes last year, is having another good season.
Utah (2-4) at Wyoming (1-5): This game could turn into what most Utah games are - a shootout, although neither coach wants that.
"We can't get into a shootout with them," said Wyoming's Paul Roach. " . . . that scares the hell out of us."
Ute Coach Jim Fassel doesn't want to see that type of game either because that would mean his defense isn't playing well - again. "I don't like to get in a shootout either," he said. "Our defense needs to stop the big plays."
The Cowboys have finally settled on a quarterback in Tom Corontzos, who looked good in relief of Peter Rowe last week in Provo after starting the previous games. The Utes are hoping he won't be as effective back as a starter.
The Utes have no problems with their quarterback, Scott Mitchell, except giving him enough time to throw the ball. He got more time last week and fired six TD passes, earning WAC player of the week honors.
BYU (5-1) at Colorado State (2-3-1): Coach LaVell Edwards is worrying a little bit more about this game that most folks figure he should. But he has his reasons.
One, the Cougars may have a letdown after all the hype over the Wyoming game. Two, Colorado State always plays the Cougars tough, witness the 1986 upset in Provo, the 4-point loss in Melbourne in 1987 and the 7-6 halftime lead last year. And three, CSU Coach Earl Bruce has never lost to Edwards, winning four straight times while at Iowa State and Ohio State.
"After getting up so emotionally for the Wyoming game, we're going to have to work hard to get the guys back up for Colorado State," said Edwards. "And that worries me because they are a dangerous team."
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