DENVER -- The University of Hawaii, the second-ranked team in the Western Athletic Conference, travels to the Air Force Academy Saturday for a football game with the fourth-ranked Falcons.
Air Force (6-2 on the season) will be looking to extend its four-game winning streak against the Rainbow Warriors (4-2-1) and gain momentum for its Nov. 19 meeting with powerful Notre Dame in South Bend.
In other league games this weekend, WAC leader Brigham Young (7-1) will try to spoil the homecoming of last-place Texas-El Paso (1-8), and New Mexico (3-6) hosts Wyoming (4-4) in the Lobos' homecoming contest.
Colorado State (4-5) takes a break from WAC play by entertaining the University of Northern Colorado (3-5), and Utah (4-4) will host Cal State-Fullerton (7-2) in the other non-league contest. San Diego State (2-6-1) is idle.
Hawaii leads its series with Air Force 2-1, including a 45-21 thumping of the Falcons last year in Honolulu. Last week, Hawaii squeaked past UTEP 25-24 for its third straight win, while Air Force, ranked second nationally in team rushing, trounced Army 41-20 to win the Commander in Chief's Trophy.
New Mexico will return home for the first time since Oct. 1 to host Wyoming's wishbone offense that ranks in the top 10 nationally.
'They probably run the football as well as any team we've faced this year,' Lobo coach Joe Lee Dunn said.
Al Kincaid, Wyoming's second-year coach, also was impressed with New Mexico.
'I've said it before, New Mexico has the finest athletes on defense of any team in our league,' Kincaid said. 'You never know where they are coming from. They take a lot of gambles, and they are very aggressive.'
BYU will go into the UTEP game without All-America tight end Gordon Hudson, who tore a knee ligament against upstate rival Utah last week. The Cougars, led by NCAA total offense leader Steve Young at quarterback, have won 15 straight over the Miners.
CSU has nearly as impressive a record over Northern Colorado (14-0-1). Last week, Ram quarterback Terry Nugent set his 18th school record by passing for 434 yards. UNC averages only 325.5 yards total offense per game.
The Utah-Cal State-Fullerton game marks the first time the two schools have met on the football field. Utah's defense, ranked third in the WAC, will try to stifle CSF's offense led by Marcus Allen's brother Damon at quarterback.