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Utah game day

ARIZONA (0-0, 0-0) AT UTAH (0-0, 0-0)

Today, 6 p.m.

Rice-Eccles Stadium

TV: ESPN Radio: Hot Ticket, 700AM

Last meeting: Utah defeated Arizona, 23-6, last year in Tucson.

Trends to watch: The Utes have won 16 consecutive games over two seasons — the second longest active streak in the nation . . . Utah leads the series 18-15-2, but Arizona has won the past three meetings in Salt Lake City . . . Kyle Whittingham makes his debut as Utah's head coach.

Players to watch: Both teams have running backs of note. Arizona's Mike Bell and Utah's Quinton Ganther are candidates to rush for 1,000 yards this season. Will one of them get off to a good start today?

Arizona will win if . . . The Wildcats can score in the red zone and eliminate turnovers. Both areas proved costly in last season's loss to the Utes. Arizona can also increase its chances by applying early defensive pressure on Utah's 18-year-old quarterback, Brian Johnson.

Utah will win if . . . The Utes come out and take an early lead. A quick score would give the offense confidence and ignite the Rice-Eccles Stadium crowd. The big question is whether Utah can adequately replace last year's departed stars, especially quarterback Alex Smith.

Extra points: A victory will extend Utah's winning streak to a school-record 17 games . . . Arizona offensive coordinator Mike Canales is a former USU quarterback, and defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo was on Urban Meyer's first staff at Utah . . . Ute assistants Charlie Dickey and Jay Boulware used to work for the Wildcats. Dickey is a U of A alumnus . . . The late Thomas Herrion will be honored with a moment of silence before the game.