No. 14 Utah (0-0) at BYU (0-0)
- Kickoff: Thursday, 8:15 p.m. MDT
- Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,725)
- Surface: Natural grass
- Tickets: BYUTickets.com
- Gameday info: Parking map and stadium info
- Transit: UTA info
- TV: ESPN
- Livestream: WatchESPN
- Radio: KSL 1160AM/102.7 FM; ESPN 700
- Series: Utah leads 61-34-4, according to Utah
Utah leads 58-31-4, according to BYU
- Weather: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80s at kickoff
For Utah: The Utes, picked to win the Pac-12, are putting their national ranking on the line and looking to extend their eight-game winning streak against BYU.
For BYU: The Cougars are trying to end an eight-game losing streak to Utah.
For Utah: The Utes have won 9 of the last 12 games in Provo, including three in a row.
For BYU: The Cougars have posted a 15-5 record in their past 20 season-openers, with 12 of the wins coming against Power Five opponents.
THE CRYSTAL BALL
Utah: After last year’s slow start against BYU, the Utes are determined to get going quickly. If the offense can get some early scores, things could get ugly if Utah’s defense is as good as advertised.
BYU: If it’s a close game, can the Cougars finally figure out how to make big plays late in the rivalry game?
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Francis Bernard, Utah linebacker: After leaving BYU amid turmoil following two seasons, the senior has found a new home at Utah. This will be his first game back in Provo.
Ty’Son Williams, BYU running back: The senior grad transfer from South Carolina will make his BYU debut and receive his introduction to the rivalry.
BYU’s offensive line vs. Utah’s defensive line: The Cougar O-line is projected to be a strength of the team. It will be tested by the Ute D-line, led by Bradlee Anae, which is projected to be one of the best in the entire nation.
“It is competitive, it is intense. When you aren’t in the same conference there is a different feel to it, but it is still every bit as gratifying as always.”
— Utah coach Kyle Whittingham
“I don’t know if we’ve ever felt this strongly about an opening game, but I think more than anything, I want our guys to remember what it’s like, so we had to simulate during this offseason preparation and try to get that feeling every year.”
— BYU coach Kalani Sitake
On Sept. 7, BYU visits Tennessee; Utah hosts Northern Illinois.
All times MDT
- Aug. 29 — Utah (8:15 p.m., ESPN)
- Sept. 7 — at Tennessee (5 p.m., ESPN)
- Sept. 14 — USC (1:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN/2)
- Sept. 21 — Washington (TBA, ESPN Networks)
- Sept. 28 — at Toledo (TBA, TBA)
- Oct. 12 — at South Florida (TBA, TBA)
- Oct. 19 — Boise State (TBA, ESPN Networks)
- Nov. 2 — at Utah State (TBA, ESPN Networks)
- Nov. 9 — Liberty (TBA. ESPN Networks)
- Nov. 16 — Idaho State (1 p.m., BYUTV/ESPN3)
- Nov. 23 — at UMass (Noon, TBA)
- Nov. 30 — at San Diego State (7 p.m., CBS Sports)
All times MDT
- Aug. 29 — at BYU (8:15 p.m., ESPN)
- Sept. 7 — Northern Illinois (11 a.m., Pac-12)
- Sept. 14 — Idaho State (2:30 p.m., Pac-12)
- Sept. 20 — at USC (7 p.m., FS1)
- Sept. 28 — Washington State (TBD)
- Oct. 12 — at Oregon State (TBD)
- Oct. 19 — Arizona State (TBD)
- Oct. 26 — California (TBD)
- Nov. 2 — at Washington (TBD)
- Nov. 16 — UCLA (TBD)
- Nov. 23 — at Arizona (TBD)
- Nov. 30 — Colorado (TBD)
- Dec. 6 — Pac-12 Championship (TBD, ABC)