Will Utah regain national respect?
Saturday, September 30th
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City
Time: 1:00 MST
Radio: 700 The Zone in Salt Lake City
All-time Series: Boise State leads 3-2
Last Meeting: Boise State 26, Utah 20 (1999)
What to expect when Utah has the ball:
A balanced offense through the air and on the ground. Don't be surprised if the Utes run the bell fairly well to help balance Ratliff's passing attack. The key for Utah's offense however will revolve around Ratliff and he needs to be accurate on his throws. Utah's the only D1-A team not to give up a sack this season, that's a vital statistic that needs to continue.
What to expect when Boise State State has the ball:
Boise State will look to run, run and run on Utah's defense. Ian Johnson is the 3rd leading rusher in the nation and that's their offensive specialty this season. If the Utes stuff the run, it will force Boise State through the air, where they may struggle against Utah's improved secondary.
How the Utes win:
Stop the run and force Jared Zabransky through the air. Ian Johnson is a solid back who's had a great season so far, but if he goes off on the Utes, it's lights out for any chance of getting a win. Stop him, and you stop Boise State's offense.