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Utah Utes season in review

Sept. 2

Utah 27 Arizona 24

Last week: Purdue 31, Arizona 24

BOTTOM LINE: The Wildcats (1-2) get a much-needed bye week after coming up short against the Boilermakers. They'll return to action Oct. 1 at California.

Sept.

10 Utah 31, Utah State 7

Last week: Utah State bye

BOTTOM LINE: The Aggies (0-1), no doubt, are ready for some football. USU's second game of the season is this Saturday at Romney Stadium against UNLV.

Sept. 15

TCU 23, Utah

SMU 21, TCU 10

BOTTOM LINE: After outlasting the Utes in overtime, the Horned Frogs (2-1) head to Provo for a date with BYU. A victory would be huge for TCU's title hopes.

Sept. 22

Air Force at Utah

5:30 p.m., ESPN

Last week: Wyoming 29, Air Force 28

BOTTOM LINE: The Falcons (2-1) head to Rice-Eccles Stadium Thursday on the heels of a heart-breaking Mountain West Conference loss at home to Wyoming.

Oct. 1

Utah at No. Carolina

10 a.m., KJZZ

Last week: Wisconsin 14, North Carolina 5

BOTTOM LINE: The Tar Heels (0-2) travel to rival North Carolina State this week after losing to Wisconsin in their home opener. Tough schedule still ahead.

Oct. 8

Utah at Colorado St.

4:30 p.m., KJZZ

Last week: Colorado St. bye

BOTTOM LINE: Nevada may just be what the doctor ordered for the ailing Rams (0-2). The Wolfpack may not enjoy Saturday's trip to Fort Collins.

Oct. 15

San Diego St. at Utah

TBA

Last week: Ohio State 27, San Diego St. 6

BOTTOM LINE: The Aztecs (0-3) return home to face San Jose State following a big payday at Ohio State. SDSU then takes on seven straight MWC foes.

Oct. 22

Utah at UNLV

TBA

Last week:

Nevada 22, UNLV 14

BOTTOM LINE: Former Utah offensive coordinator Mike Sanford returns to the state for a Saturday contest at USU. The Rebels are just 1-2 overall.

Nov. 5

Wyoming at Utah

TBA

Last week:

Wyoming 29, Air Force 28

BOTTOM LINE: W-Y-O picked up a big W-I-N at Air Force. The Cowboys (2-1) pay a visit to Ole Miss this weekend before hosting three straight league games.

Nov. 12

New Mexico at Utah

TBA

Last week: New Mexico 38, New Mexico St. 21

BOTTOM LINE: At 3-0, the Lobos are the lone unbeaten team remaining in the Mountain West Conference. They could face a stiff test Saturday at UTEP.

Nov. 19

Utah at BYU

TBA

Last week:

BYU bye

BOTTOM LINE: The Cougs (1-1) can take a big step forward by knocking off TCU Saturday in Provo. BYU then hits the road for games at SDSU and New Mexico.