BYU (7-2) vs. Idaho State (1-7)

  • Kickoff: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. MDT
  • Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470 capacity)
  • TV: BYUtv
  • Livestream: BYUtv live
  • Radio: KSL 1160 AM
  • Series: BYU leads the all-time series 6-0, which includes a 42-10 victory over the Bengals in 2019 in their last meeting.
  • Weather: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the low 60s at kickoff.


For BYU: The Cougars have won two straight games — both against Power Five opponents — and will be heavily favored against their FCS opponent. BYU has won its previous six games against Idaho State by an average of 31 points.

For Idaho State: The Bengals are on a three-game losing streak after knocking off FCS top 10 UC Davis for their lone win. Idaho State has played another FBS opponent prior to Saturday, losing to Nevada 49-10 in the season’s second week.


It’s expected BYU will be able to utilize more of its bench this week against the lower-division Bengals, a welcome development considering the Cougars will have played the first 10 weeks of the season without a bye. 

It will be interesting to see how both the BYU offense and defense perform after last week’s rollercoaster 66-49 win over Virginia. The Cougars had easily their best offensive outing against the Cavaliers, and Idaho State is giving up 448.9 yards and 33.8 points per game. The BYU defense, meanwhile, will be trying to rebound from a tough performance while also looking to get some younger players experience.

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jaren Hall. wearing blue, stiff-arms Virginia Cavaliers cornerback Darrius Bratton
Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jaren Hall (3) stiff-arms Virginia Cavaliers cornerback Darrius Bratton (8) as BYU and Virginia play at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. BYU won 66-49. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News


Jaren Hall, QB, BYU: Hall is coming off one of his most brilliant performances as a Cougar — he threw for a career-best 349 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 42 yards and another score as BYU scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and scored on five straight drives in the second half. His challenge on Saturday will be to get the BYU offense off to a strong start and build a healthy lead in order for the Cougars to feel comfortable in going deeper into their bench as the game wears on.


“Our focus for this week is to go win this game and play our best guys for 60 minutes. I expect them to empty the tank because we have a bye next week. That is the focus. We’ve done pretty good on being respectful and securing wins.” — BYU coach Kalani Sitake.

“It’s a great opportunity for these guys to go play in front of a packed stadium, some of the best talent out there. It’s a great challenge. Some of these guys grew up around BYU, watching BYU football, so I’m sure they’re excited for the opportunity to go play on that field.” — Idaho State defensive line coach Byron Hout, on ISU’s weekly “Coaches Corner.”


BYU has a bye before traveling to face Georgia Southern on Nov. 20. Idaho State plays at Cal Poly on Nov. 13.


Sept. 4 — BYU 24, Arizona 16

Sept. 11 — BYU 26, Utah 17

Sept. 18 — BYU 27, Arizona State 17

Sept. 25 — BYU 35, USF 27

Oct. 1 — BYU 34, Utah State 20

Oct. 9 — Boise State 26, BYU 17

Oct. 16 — Baylor 38, BYU 24

Oct. 23 — BYU 21, Washington State 19

Oct. 30 — BYU 66, Virginia 49

Nov. 6 — vs. Idaho State (1:30 p.m., BYUtv)

Nov. 13 — BYE

Nov. 20 — at Georgia Southern (2 p.m., TV TBD)

Nov. 27 — at USC

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