IT SHOULD BE LITTLE MORE THAN A WARM-UP THURSDAY NIGHT -- AT RICE-ECCLES STADIUM -- FOR A UNIVERSITY OF UTAH FOOTBALL TEAM THAT, MANY SAY, IS PLAYING THIS SEASON, FOR ITS COACH'S SURVIVAL.

IDAHO STATE HASN'T WON A ROAD GAME, IN 8 YEARS... AND HAS NEVER BEATEN THE U-OF-U.

THEY VISIT THE HILL.. AS THE UTES TRY, THIS SEASON, TO EARN A BOWL BID... FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS.

IF THEY COME UP SHORT AGAIN, MANY BELIEVE COACH KYLE WHITTINGHAM COULD BE SENT PACKING.

WEBER STATE ALSO OPENS ITS SEASON THURSDAY NIGHT, AT ARIZONA STATE.

 

 

THEN FRIDAY, BYU OPENS ITS SEASON, AT CONNECTICUT.

AND SUNDAY, THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE WILL HOST UTAH STATE.