CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Halftime can't come soon enough for teams that play No. 11 Utah.
The Utes, who have the third-ranked scoring offense in the nation at 49 points per game, have outscored their opponents 101-7 in the second quarter alone this season.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham can't explain his team's second-quarter success, though he wouldn't mind someone else clueing him in: "If we could figure that out and play every quarter like the second," he said, "then we'd have something special."
Utah (5-0, 2-0) will try to make everything work for four quarters again today, when it visits Wyoming for what sure looks like another Mountain West mismatch.
The Utes will try to rack up some style points after falling out of the top 10 last week, despite pounding Iowa State 68-27 on the road. They've scored more than 50 points in their last three games, but the competition hasn't exactly been impressing pollsters.
"This team is very hungry, very focused and very grounded," Whittingham said. "And even though we've had some games where we've played very well, they understand there's always room for improvement, and the coaching staff as well."
The Utes are led by quarterback Jordan Wynn, who has thrown for seven touchdowns and is averaging 244 passing yards a game, despite missing two games because of injury. His top target, wide receiver Shaky Smithson, is third in the nation in punt return average and has the ability to make plays that most others simply cannot comprehend.
It helps that the shifty receiver is playing with plenty of confidence and focus.
"He's doing a good job, making decisions, making people miss," Whittingham said, "and his teammates are doing a nice job getting some running room for him."
Few people expect Wyoming to give Utah much of a challenge, so the focus will largely be on trying to get everything tuned up for the rest of the schedule. After the Cowboys and Colorado State next week, the Utes begin a bruising stretch of Air Force, TCU and Notre Dame.
It's a stretch that could define their season, and burnish their BCS credentials.
Wyoming (2-4, 0-2) isn't about to roll over, though, and the Cowboys certainly aren't going to be intimidate by playing the 11th-ranked team in the country. After all, this is the fourth time they've already faced a team in the Top 25.
If you count No. 23 Air Force, which wasn't ranked when they played, it's been five teams.
That all adds up to the third-toughest schedule in the nation, according to Sagarin computer ratings. Not surprising, the Cowboys have been mostly overwhelmed: 34-7 to Texas, 51-6 to Boise State, 45-0 to TCU and a 20-14 loss tot he Falcons.
Their wins have come against Southern Utah and Toledo.
Add to that the traffic death of a player earlier this season and it's an understatement when Cowboys coach Dave Christensen describes the first six weeks as "a challenge."
"I just have so much respect for them," he said, "because of everything that they've had to go through, the type of schedule we've played, to keep coming back, keep having positive attitudes and still be excited about playing."