Kyle Whittingham said this week the lasting memory from last season’s 33-31 triple-overtime loss to San Diego State was simply that it was a miserable experience.

“It just seemed like we were way out of sync in that football game,” said the Utah head coach. “We played good defense for the most part. What was it, triple overtime? Can’t remember, two or three overtimes. It was not a good experience and we just didn’t play well. But after the outcome and moving forward, it turned out to be a change in our season because of making the quarterback change and going with Cam (Rising) the rest of the way. It ended up being a pretty good year.”

Rising sparked a run of nine wins in the next 10 games for Utah from that point on. As the team found its footing, the Utes roared to a Pac-12 title and a Rose Bowl appearance.

Utah would probably like a little less drama for the rematch.

“The whole team has unfinished business,” Whittingham said. “That was a loss that was very bitter. We need to go do everything we can to prepare this year to have a better showing. That was frustrating.”

The Aztecs (1-1) come to Rice-Eccles Stadium to face the 14th-ranked Utes. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.

TV and kickoff time

Kickoff time: 7 p.m. PT

TV Network: ESPN2, fans can also watch the game live on Watch ESPN with a cable or satellite provider login

Betting odds

Line: Utah -20.5

Total: 48.5

Money line: Utah -1800, San Diego State +920

Via FanDuel

Expert predictions

ESPN’s FPI gives Utah a 95.5% chance of beating the Aztecs.

Bill Connelly’s SP+ predicts a 37-15 win for Utah.

CFN’s Pete Fiutak has the Utes winning 37-13:

San Diego State managed to pull off the 33-31 win last year with just 248 yards of total offense because the defense stepped up when it had to. That’s not happening this time around. Utah’s run defense will hold up, it’ll keep the turnovers to a minimum – SDSU won’t get a slew of easy chances – and it’ll get a strong, workmanlike win thanks to better line play.

Athlon Sports’ Scott Whittum is going with Utah, 31-16:

It will be a methodical start to the game as both teams will sort each other out in the first couple of possessions. As the game progresses, Rising and Tavion Thomas should wear down the Aztec defense. It will be the combination of Rising throwing for over 200 yards and Thomas grinding out around 90 yards to create separation for the Utes. The defense will chip in as well and should shut down San Diego State and not allow them to get much going all night long. Utah wins comfortably by multiple scores and heads into conference play with some additional momentum.

Our own Jon Gold has the Utes winning:

Last year’s matchup was an all-timer in the series, a 33-31, triple-overtime roller-coaster. The Utes outplayed the Aztecs in almost every way, outgaining them 327-248, and winning battle of 1st downs (21-12) and 3rd-down efficiency (7/22 for Utah, 3/15 for San Diego State). SDSU had just 44 passing yards but dominated on the ground, 204-70. Their aptly named bell-cow, Greg Bell, is off to the Detroit Lions. Utah returns more talent and added more talent in the transfer portal.