UTAH STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE
RECORDS: Utah State 4-2, 0-0 WAC, San Jose State 4-1, 0-0
KICKOFF: 1 p.m., Spartan Stadium
RADIO: 1590-AM, 90.5-FM
SERIES HISTORY: San Jose State leads 20-13-1. Utah State has won the past three meetings, but the Spartans are 3-0 against the Aggies when playing them on homecoming.
STORYLINES: This WAC opener pits two of the conference's top teams. Utah State was picked second and SJSU third in the preseason coaches' and media polls, behind Louisiana Tech. ... The Spartans are looking for their first five-game winning streak since 1990. ... Both teams will join the Mountain West Conference next year. They have been fellow members of the WAC since the Aggies joined the conference in 2005. They also were fellow Big West Conference members from 1978-92. Utah State is 4-3 against SJSU in WAC games.
Utah State -- QB Adam Kennedy (shoulder) is out. RB Joe Hill is questionable.
San Jose State -- OL Keith Bendixen (knee) and DT Joe Nigos (knee) are out. LB Keith Smith (ankle) is questionable. WR Jabari Carr (toe) is probable.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: SJSU's offense against Utah State's defense. The Aggies are tied for eighth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 12.8 points per game. The Spartans are scoring 30.4 points per game, their highest average after five games since 2000. Even when it didn't score
STATS THAT MATTER: The Spartans bring in the WAC's top-rated passing offense and the top passing defense. SJSU is averaging 300.6 passing yards per game and allowing only 180.6. ... Utah State has been successful despite losing the turnover battle. The Aggies are minus-6, which ties them for 101st in the nation. They have lost six fumbles and thrown five interceptions. ... Utah State is 1-6 in WAC openers and hasn't won a conference opener since 2008. SJSU also has not won a conference opener since 2008 and is 8-8 in WAC openers.
-- JIMMY DURKIN