The defensive key to the game is controlling Utah's spread attack. We saw it last year against a number of teams, (Oregon, Hawaii, Missouri, etc.) and we weren't that bad against it. Our secondary is more experienced as a whole this year, minus the loss of Sabby Piscitelli at safety. However, I fully expect Afalava, Payton, and Drayton to pick up right where No. 24 left off.
Defense isn't nearly as big as a concern as offense, it's really just a matter of how well Utah's offense plays. Brian Johnson is back at the helm after sitting out all of 2006, and they return several talented receivers. Running back could be an issue, as Ray Stowers is now the starter after Matt Asiata was injured in camp. Asiata will still be a factor, but his injury should still affect his game.