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Utah game day

AIR FORCE (2-1, 1-1)

UTAH (2-1, 0-1)

Today, 5:30 p.m.

Rice-Eccles Stadium

TV: ESPN Radio: 700AM

Last week: Air Force dropped a 29-28 decision to Wyoming at home; Utah fell at TCU 23-20 in overtime.

Last meeting: Utah beat Air Force 49-35 last year in Salt Lake City.

Trends to watch: The Falcons lead the MWC in rushing offense (258.67 ypg), while the Utes are seventh in rushing defense (165 ypg) . . . Utah has won nine consecutive home games . . . From 1994-2003, the average victory margin in this series was only four points.

Players to watch: Air Force quarterback Shaun Carney, a sophomore, is a double threat — a capable runner in the triple option and a passing threat . . . Utah running back Quinton Ganther leads the MWC in rushing with 92.67 ypg.

Air Force will win if . . . The Falcons can run as effectively as TCU did a week ago. If they get off to a 14-0 start like last season, it may be enough to seal the deal.

Utah will win if . . . The Utes are able to make tackles. They missed 14 last week and it proved costly. There's little room for error when playing assignment defense.

Extra points: The Utes don't play at home again until hosting San Diego State on Oct. 15 . . . Utah linebacker Spencer Toone made a career-high 14 tackles in last season's game . . . Mike Tirico, Kirk Herbstreit and Erin Andrews will call the game for ESPN . . . A schedule quirk created by the MWC's addition of TCU brings the Falcons to Salt Lake City for the second consecutive year. Next season's meeting will be in Colorado . . . Air Force leads the series (13-8 overall, 6-5 in Utah).