No. 24 Utah (6-3, 5-1 Pac-12) vs. Arizona (1-8, 1-5 Pac-12)
- Kickoff: Saturday, 12 p.m. MST
- Venue: Arizona Stadium (50,782 capacity)
- TV: Pac-12 Network
- Livestream: Pac-12.com
- Radio: ESPN 700 AM
- Series: Utah leads 24-19-2
- Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70s at kickoff.
For Arizona: After losing 20 consecutive games, the Wildcats finally got a win, beating a depleted Cal team with more than two dozen players out due to COVID-19. Arizona won 10-3.
For Utah: The Utes beat Stanford 52-7, winning their second consecutive game and remaining at the top of the Pac-12 South standings.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Arizona’s offense has shown an ability to gain yards. The Wildcats are gaining 430 yards a game, fifth in the Pac-12, just below Utah. However, Arizona ranks last in the Pac-12 in points per game — 16 — because the Wildcats turn the ball over a lot.
Arizona is the worst team in the country when it comes to turnover margin. The Wildcats have turned the ball over 20 times and have forced just six turnovers for a total turnover margin of -14.
All three quarterbacks that Arizona has tried have thrown interceptions — Will Plummer has seven, Jordan McCloud has five and Gunner Cruz has three. Add in Luke Ashworth’s interception on his only pass of the season and the Wildcats have been picked off 16 times.
Utah’s secondary should have a good opportunity to add to its seven interceptions on Saturday.
Stanley Berryhill III, WR, Arizona
Berryhill is the favorite target for starting quarterback Plummer. He has 64 receptions, 35 more than BJ Casteel, who has the second-most receptions at 29. Berryhill has 543 receiving yards and a touchdown and also has 123 rushing yards on 18 carries. He’s also the Wildcats’ punt returner and has 128 yards on 13 punts.
“To play the way we did in the first half (against Stanford), that may have been our best half of football in a long time. It was good to get the win and that’s out mode right now. One game at a time, one week at a time and that was our entire focus last week — trying to get a win on the road. It will be the same this week and there will be no difference in the way we prepare, in the way we approach things, our focus, our attitude and our mindset. If we can stay in the same mode we are in right now, not looking past anybody, understanding that the game is won Monday through Friday with your preparation and just continue to work hard during the week then that will be in our best interest.”
— Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham on preparing for Arizona
“1000%, I would say that they are the model in the Pac-12 for us, for what we would like to look like ... They’re tough. They’re physical. They know exactly what they wanna look like.”
— Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch on Utah
Utah hosts Oregon on Nov. 20; Arizona travels to Washington State on Nov. 19.
Sept. 2 — Utah 40, Weber State 17
Sept. 11 — BYU 26, Utah 17
Sept. 18 — San Diego State 33, Utah 31 (3OT)
Sept. 25 — Utah 24, Washington State 13
Oct. 9 — Utah 42, USC 26
Oct. 16 — Utah 35, Arizona State 21
Oct. 23 — Oregon State 42, Utah 34
Oct. 30 — Utah 44, UCLA 24
Nov. 5 — Utah 52, Stanford 7
Nov. 13 — at Arizona (12 p.m., Pac-12 Network)
Nov. 20 — Oregon
Nov. 26 — Colorado (2 p.m., FOX)
All times MT