SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is 11-11 in games played in November since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. The scale, obviously, will be tilted one way or the other on Saturday when the Utes host Oregon.
“The Pac-12 is a tough conference and November is all conference games,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. “There’s no out-of-conference play. So it’s challenging.”
Even so, the Utes have had three consecutive winning records in the league — going 5-4 in 2014, 6-3 in 2015 and 5-2, thus far, this season.
Improved depth, Whittingham acknowledged, is making the Utes more competitive overall.
“We feel like we’re on track with that,” he said. “We’re not a finished product, but we’re heading in the right direction and we’ve just got to keep trying to take steps forward each season.”
TEAM GUY: Defensive end Hunter Dimick said it was a very long two weeks. The summer before his freshman season with the Utes, Dimick missed some conditioning workouts to go on a long-planned family trip to Spain. Dimick was torn about going because his new teammates were getting bigger and stronger while he was vacationing.
“It was great. Nothing beats time with your family,” Dimick said. “But it was good to get back.”
LAST ONE: Starting offensive guard Isaac Asiata acknowledged that it has hit him that Saturday’s game against Oregon will be his home finale. He and 23 other seniors are playing at Rice-Eccles Stadium for the final time.
“It’s emotional. I’m excited,” Asiata said. “I‘m just taking each day and enjoying every single bit of it.”
STRONG SHOWING: Quarterback Troy Williams passed for 296 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s 49-26 victory at Arizona State. The junior felt like it was one of his best performances as Utah’s starter.
“I was out there confident (and) poised,” Williams said. “The o-line did a great job picking up the blitz and our receivers made big plays.”