WYOMING AT APPALACHIAN ST., 1:30 P.M., ESPN3
The winless Cowboys continue to make defensive changes in search of consistency and trying to prevent big plays. The latest involves the linebackers. Junior Lucas Wacha moves from the weak side to the middle. Sophomore Tim Kamana replaces Wacha as the starter on the weak side. Kamana played the first four games on the strong side. Junior D.J. May, who played running back last season, remains the starter at the strong side. Wyoming has allowed 12 plays of 30 yards or more, nine of which have gone for TDs.
AIR FORCE AT NAVY1:30 P.M., CBSSN
Air Force players found the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in the middle of the locker room this week, a not-so-subtle reminder from coaches. There’s no greater goal for the Falcons than to capture — or in this case, retain — that trophy. And for the past 18 years, the trophy for the three-game round robin between Air Force, Army and Navy has gone to the Air Force-Navy winner. At 5-1, this is the best combined winning percentage for Air Force and Navy at the time of their meeting since 2000.
SAN JOSE ST. AT AUBURN2 P.M., SEC
The Spartans — specifically Tyler Ervin — announced their presence as West Division contenders with their 49-23 win over Fresno State. Ervin set a school record with 300 yards rushing and was one shy of the record with his 42 carries. Along with an efficient game from QB Joe Gray (20-of-23, 252 yards, three TDs), San Jose State displayed the type of offense that might make it the new early favorite in a wide-open West Division. ... The Spartans are getting $1.6 million to play Auburn.
COLORADO ST. AT UTAH ST.5 P.M., ESPN3
Utah State and Colorado State have played 71 times. It is the third-longest series in Aggies history, trailing only Utah (112) and BYU (84). … All-time, Utah State is 37-37-2 against the Rams. … The Aggies rank last in the country in total offense (292.3 yards per game), 119th in passing (179) and 121st in rushing (113.3). … Utah State has scored five TDs in its first three games, but only three were scored by the offense. ... Will Friend is moving upstairs on game days, Colorado State coach Mike Bobo said. The offensive coordinator/line coach moved from the sideline to the press box for the second half Saturday in a 33-31 win at UTSA, and the new perspective provided a boost to the running game.
UNLV AT NEVADA, 5 P.M.
Nevada doesn’t sell out many games, but this should be an exception. For its rivalry game against UNLV, the Wolf Pack had sold all but 4,000 of its tickets for 30,000-capacity Mackay Stadium by Monday afternoon and was out of general admission tickets by Tuesday. Since 2000, Nevada has sold out seven games (four against Boise State, two against UNLV and one against Cal). “I expect a full house,” coach Brian Polian said. “I’ll be upset if it’s not.” ... UNLV ended a nine-game losing streak last week with a victory against Idaho State, and now the Rebels will try to halt a nine-game road skid.
NEW MEXICO ST. AT NEW MEXICO, 6 P.M.
Coach Bob Davie said last week’s victory over Wyoming creates momentum the Lobos can take into this intrastate showdown. “Make no mistake,” Davie said, “this is the biggest game of the year when all the dust settles.’’ Davie said sophomore Lamar Jordan is his full-time starting QB after his performance at Wyoming (rushed for 147 yards and a TD and passed for 107 and another TD).
FRESNO ST. AT SAN DIEGO ST.8:30 P.M., CBSSN
The Bulldogs lost another QB when junior Ford Childress had surgery (internal injury) following a loss at San Jose State. Childress is the second QB in as many weeks to go down for the year. Fresno State now goes with Zack Greenlee, the third-year sophomore who started the first two games but lost the job after he was arrested for suspicion of public drunkenness and drinking in public. ... San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey had a season-low 56 yards rushing against Penn State and has run for more than 100 yards in one of four games this season. He had only three sub-100 games all last season.