The Utah Utes are on the cusp of something huge this week. A win against the UCLA Bruins this Thursday and the Utes will be 4-1 overall -- with an opportunity to extend that win total to at least eight victories by the time October is over.
A loss, and the Utes will be 3-2 and staring down the barrel at smashmouth Stanford at home (ask Washington State how fun it is to play the Cardinal even when you're at home), at Arizona and at USC before coming home to play ASU. It's hard to see two wins coming in those four games -- but maybe.
However, if the Utes get on a roll and shock the Bruins this week they'll have the momentum necessary to deal with a Stanford team that embarrassed Washington State -- and two angry teams in the Wildcats and Trojans who suffered lopsided defeats, one of which lost a head coach (though it was only Lane Kiffin). Then there's Arizona State, now with fire coming out of their helmets after annihilating USC and assisting in getting Kiffin fired.
Then there are your Utes, a team that has had almost two weeks off due to a bye and will play their biggest game to date.
The Bruins have run over everyone in their path thus far, but the Utes are a mysterious and dangerous opponent playing in the friendly confines of Rice-Eccles Stadium, a place the Bruins haven't had much luck in over the years.
That said, UCLA has destroyed everyone in its path. The Bruins smeared Nevada 58-20, thumped a good Nebraska team 41-21, in Lincoln and for fun they smacked around New Mexico State, a team that led San Diego State late, by the score of 59-13.
So this UCLA team is pretty good -- and that's probably why the Bruins are ranked No. 13 in the country.
Here are five ways the Utes can upset the Bruins on Thursday night: