- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

No. 21 Utah (2-0) at Fresno State (1-1), 10:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Line: Utah by 14.

Series Record: Utah leads 6-4

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Utes are trying to finish the nonconference season undefeated after opening with home wins over Michigan and Utah State. The Bulldogs are trying to bounce back from last week’s 73-21 loss at then No. 17 Mississippi and snap a 20-game losing streak against ranked teams since beating Virginia in the MPC Computers Bowl in 2004.



KEY MATCHUP

Utah’s run defense against RB Marteze Walker. Walker has 245 yards rushing the first two weeks and ranks in the nation among active players with 2,433 yards in his career. He will have a tough task against a Utes defense that ranks first in the Pac-12 allowing 96.5 yards rushing per game this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Utah: QB Kendal Thompson. With starter Travis Wilson nursing an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, Thompson will make his third career start. He played last week in a reserve role, completing 8 of 10 passes for 56 yards and running for 23 yards and a score. Wilson threw five TD passes in just over two quarters last year against the Bulldogs as Utah won 59-27.

Fresno State: DB Shannon Edwards. Edwards was one of the few bright spots in last week’s loss with eight tackles and returning an interception 56 yards for a touchdown.

FACTS & FIGURES

Utah has won eight straight nonconference games. … The Utes are third in the nation with five INTs and tied for third with a plus-five turnover margin. … RB Devontae Booker has gained 257 yards from scrimmage with two TDs the first two weeks. … Fresno State is 18-2 and averages 40.8 points per game at home under coach Tim DeRuyter. … The Bulldogs are 8-4 at home against teams from Power Five conferences since 2000. … Fresno State is playing ranked opponents in consecutive weeks for the first time since November 2010. … JC transfer WR Josiah Blandin has a TD catch in each of his first two games with the Bulldogs.

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