Coach Whittingham held his weekly press conference Monday where he discussed the TCU game and the upcoming conference game with Wyoming.
Utah's offense did play well against TCU's strong defense and they will face another test this week with Wyoming. The most important thing Utah needs to do is cut up Wyoming's secondary, which will be difficult. If they can do that, with a balanced running game, their offense should have what it takes to beat Wyoming. However if they fail to do this, it'll be a close, low scoring game that could go Wyoming's way.
Utah's defense played well Thursday night, however TCU's offense has also been fairly bad this season. Saturday they face another below average offense, so the defense should do a good job at holding Wyoming to a low score, unless the offense turns the ball over.
Whittingham then discussed the game against Wyoming.
Wyoming's defense scares me a lot and if Utah's offense struggles, this could be a difficult game. It will be important for Utah to set the tempo early on offense, much like they did against TCU Thursday night. If they can score early, or at least move the ball, Wyoming may be backed into a corner and the Utes could be in for a successful afternoon.
Wyoming is not a very good offensive team, so if the Utes do not turn the ball over, Wyoming probably won't put too many points on the board. However if the Wyoming defense forces turnovers in Utah territory, giving the Utes a short field, there is no reason why the Cowboys won't score enough points to win.
This is an important game for the Utes, as a 3-0 start in conference play would put them in the drivers seat for a conference championship. Wyoming however is a team that's very capable of winning. Their record is bad, but they've lost all 4 of their games by only a combined 31-points. I see either a really close game that goes either way, or a game much like 2005, where the Utes dominated.