The No. 10 ranked Utah Utes will travel to Tucson, Arizona Saturday night (8 p.m., FS1) for a Pac 12 matchup with the Arizona Wildcats. Here are six numbers to help get you ready.
Utah is allowing just 114.3 yards per game on the ground this season which is the best in the Pac 12 Conference. Utah's defense has really made teams one-dimensional, and if its solid play continues, it could be a long night for the Wildcats.
Utah's defense has been very solid against the run, but the Wildcats have pounded teams on the ground. With the combination of Nick Wilson, Jared Baker, and Jerrard Randall, Arizona averages 245.6 rushing yards per contest. This will be the best rushing defense that Arizona has faced, and it will be interesting to see if Utah can slow down this ground attack.
All-American linebacker Scooby Wright III has only played in two games this season for the Wildcats, and it has made a huge difference for their defense. The Wildcats are giving up more yards this season than last, and it is evident that this team has taken a hit all across the board.
In 2014 the Wildcats were a 10-win team that played in the Fiesta Bowl. With just two games left on the schedule, the Wildcats are fighting for bowl eligibility, and are at risk of not playing in the post season for the first time since 2011.
The Utes will face yet another solid quarterback this week in Anu Solomon. The 6-2, 205 pound sophomore has thrown just three interceptions this season (all three coming in the last two games), along with 2,049 yards and 16 touchdowns. Utah could pose a threat due to the number of turnovers it forces, and I expect to see at least one turnover forced by the Utah defense this Saturday.
As mentioned above, Utah's defense has been excellent all season long at forcing turnovers. Currently sitting at third in the nation, Utah has forced 23, and holds a huge advantage over Arizona in that category. The Wildcats have forced just nine in 10 games, and their 5-5 record shows it.
CJ Pronk is a Deseret Digital Media contributor and a Stansbury High School graduate. He will be attending the University of Alabama and majoring in communications. Follow CJ on Twitter @BigCeeJ3113.