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SALT LAKE CITY — It's time for another weekend of college football, and we couldn't be anymore excited! Every weekend of college football is great.
For two of the three local teams, this weekend serves as a great opportunity to bounce back to its winning ways after their most recent loss.
No. 19 BYU welcomes former Mountain West rival Wyoming to LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday, with the hopes of a better result after a tough road loss to Oregon. The Cougars are a 21-point favorite in the game, but the Cowboys are 3-1 on the season and could pose to be more competitive.
For Utah State, a bye week last week couldn't have come at a better time after a loss to Weber State in convincing fashion. The Aggies welcome a 2-1 UNLV team to Maverik Stadium, and it's anyone's guess as to what Aggies team will show up on Saturday. Our staff, save one, believes that UNLV will be the better team.
And for Utah, who opens up Pac-12 play on the road, it's an opportunity to start off conference play with a win against an Arizona State team that just fired its head coach and continues to have an NCAA investigation hanging over its head. None of the staff believes Arizona State has a chance in what is being predicted as a lopsided affair.
In our two national games this week, the staff is convinced by USC's dream-team offense that can score seemingly at will — but don't think an undefeated Oregon State team will just give the Trojans a road win. The Beavers can win this game, which would make our staff picks look pretty silly, don't you think?
The most competitive game of Pick'em — at least according to our staff picks — is No. 17 Baylor taking on an undefeated Iowa State team that recently took down an offensive-inept Iowa team. The Cyclones are favored by a field goal, but we'll see if Baylor is as good as they were expected to be coming into the season.
Think you can do better than us? Go make your picks if you haven't already!
Each week's first-, second- and third-place winners will get a $100, $70 and $30 Visa gift card, respectively, courtesy of Goldenwest Credit Union. The overall winners of Pick'em will receive a $500 gift card for first place, a $250 gift card for second place and a $100 gift card for third place.
Each week, we release the KSL.com sports staff picks for you to see. Can you do a better job than us? Probably, but that's the fun of it all.
This week's games are as follows:
- Iowa State vs. No. 17 Baylor (10:00 a.m. MDT, ESPN2)
- Utah State vs. UNLV (5:00 p.m. MDT, CBSSN)
- Oregon State vs. No. 7 USC (7:30 p.m. MDT, PAC12)
- No. 19 BYU vs. Wyoming (8:15 p.m. MDT, ESPN2)
- Arizona State vs. No. 13 Utah (8:30 p.m. MDT, ESPN)
So head on over to KSL.com Pick'em and fill out your weekly ballot.