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Utah vs. Washington State: How to watch, stream or listen to the game

The Mighty Utah Student Section cheers as the Idaho State Bengals face a third down against the Utah Utes during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.
The Mighty Utah Student Section cheers as the Idaho State Bengals face a third down against the Utah Utes during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.
Ravell Call, Deseret News

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

THE STAKES

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.

THE TRENDS

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 quarterback Anthony Gordon (18) throws a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.
Young Kwak, AP

KEY MATCHUP

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.

QUOTABLE

“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

NEXT UP

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.

UTAH SCHEDULE

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)