Washington State (3-1, 0-1) at No. 19 Utah (3-1, 0-1)
- Kickoff: Saturday, 8 p.m. MDT
- Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,807)
- Surface: FieldTurf
- Tickets: UtahTickets.com
- Game day info: Parking map
- Transit: UTA info
- TV: FS1
- Livestream: Fox Sports Go
- Radio: ESPN 700 AM
- Series: Washington State leads 9-7
- Weather: Temperatures in the high 50s with thunderstorms
For Washington State: The Cougars are trying to avoid an 0-2 start in Pac-12 play. They can ill-afford it with a schedule that still includes road games at Oregon, Cal and Washington.
For Utah: Like the Cougars, the Utes are also looking to stay out of an 0-2 hole to start the conference season. They’ve lost four straight to Washington State. Their last win came in 2012.
For Washington State: The Cougars are 4-1 against Utah under coach Mike Leach. They’ve averaged 34.5 points over the four consecutive victories.
For Utah: The Utes have won their last six games — and eight of their past nine — at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Washington State, though, is 5-3 in Salt Lake City.
THE CRYSTAL BALL
Washington State: The Cougars came up short in a 67-63 loss to UCLA last week in Pullman, Washington. Odds are, it won’t happen again if their offense is productive.
Utah: The Utes will be in extremely good shape, obviously, if their secondary is able to fix what was broken against USC. If not, the Cougars could roar.
PLAYER TO WATCH
ANTHONY GORDON, WSU quarterback: Can he top last week’s record-setting nine-touchdown showing against UCLA? The Utes had trouble defending the pass in their loss at USC.
Washington State’s offense vs. Utah’s secondary: After a subpar performance against USC last week, the Utes will likely be tested again — to a higher degree — by the nation’s top passing scheme.
“We just need to play well. I mean, we’ve beat them plenty of times before and we need to beat them now.”
— Washington State coach Mike Leach
“It is a departure from normal. It is the flip side of Air Force. You go into an Air Force game and you almost disregard the pass because you have to focus so much on the run, so this is the exact opposite of that.”
— Utah coach Kyle Whittingham
Both teams have a bye next week and return to action Saturday, Oct. 12. Washington State is at Arizona State, while Utah visits Oregon State.
All times MDT
- Aug. 29 — at BYU, won 30-12
- Sept. 7 — Northern Illinois, won 35-17
- Sept. 14 — Idaho State, won 31-0
- Sept. 20 — at USC, lost 30-23
- Sept. 28 — Washington State (8 p.m., FS1)
- Oct. 12 — at Oregon State (TBD)
- Oct. 19 — Arizona State (TBD)
- Oct. 26 — California (TBD)
- Nov. 2 — at Washington (TBD)
- Nov. 16 — UCLA (TBD)
- Nov. 23 — at Arizona (TBD)
- Nov. 30 — Colorado (TBD)
- Dec. 6 — Pac-12 Championship (TBD, ABC)