Will the Utes start conference play 1-0?
Saturday, September 23rd
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Time: 6:00 MST
Radio: 700 The Zone in Salt Lake City
All-time Series: Tied at 12-12-1
Last Meeting: SDSU 28, Utah 17 (2005)
What to expect when Utah has the ball:
San Diego State has a fairly tough defense that may hinder Utah's passing game. Ratliff can't be off on his throws, or it will be a long night for the Utes, especially if their running game fails. The Utes might balance the offense out tonight, opting to run the ball more than they did against Utah State.
What to expect when San Diego State has the ball:
The Aztecs offense has failed to get anything going this season and they have the daunting task of facing Utah's strong defense. Lynell Hamilton, after a solid year last season, has struggled in San Diego State's first two games and if they're going to have any success against the Utes defense, Hamilton will need to contribute solidly.
How the Utes win:
Utah's defensive line may be one of the best in the conference and if it continues to dominate the running game, the Aztecs will struggle. Clearly San Diego State's best weapon on offense is Lynell Hamilton and if the Utes shut him down, they should shut down the Aztecs as well. It will be up to the Utes however to respond on the offensive side of the ball and if they struggle through the air and can't find an efficient running game, they will struggle. If the Utes' offense continues to play like it has the past two weeks, they should win easily.