Oregon State (2-2) at Utah (0-2)
- Kickoff: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. MST
- Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium (no fans allowed)
- Surface: Turf
- TV: ESPN
- Livestream: WatchESPN
- Radio: ESPN 700 AM
- Series: Utah trails 10-11-1
- Weather: Clear with temperatures in the low 30s at kickoff.
For Oregon State … The Beavers are looking to build on their upset win over then-No. 15 Oregon. Oregon State is looking to get its first win over the Utes since 2013.
For Utah … The Utes need to win their next two games, starting Saturday, to go .500 on the season and qualify for a Pac-12 bowl game.
For Oregon State … After starting the season 0-2 with losses to Washington State, the Beavers have won two in a row, beating Cal and Oregon.
For Utah … Utah is 0-2 on the year after losing its home opener to USC and losing on the road against Washington.
THE CRYSTAL BALL
Oregon State will win if … The Beavers’ leading rusher, Jermar Jefferson — who rushed for 226 yards against Oregon — turns in a similar performance against Utah’s run defense and Oregon State’s defense can force Utah into turnover
Utah will win if … The Utes can limit their turnovers for the first time all season and if quarterback Jake Bentley has a better showing than his previous two outings.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State: The junior running back was huge in Oregon State’s win over the Ducks, setting his season-high in rushing yards after running for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Jefferson has rushed for at least 120 yards in all of his games this season.
Utah’s defense line vs. Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan: With starting quarterback Tristian Gebbia out for Utah’s game after suffering an injury near the end of the Oregon game, junior college transfer quarterback Chance Nolan will take the reins against Utah. Nolan, rated a four-star recruit by Rivals, had one play in the Beavers’ win over the Ducks — a quarterback sneak for the win.
At Saddleback College, Nolan threw for 3,315 yards and 38 touchdowns and rushed for 1,069 yards and six touchdowns. The redshirt sophomore will be making his first Division I start on Saturday.
Utah’s defensive line has been great against the rush, but hasn’t applied enough pressure to quarterbacks. The Utes’ defensive line will need to step their game up and make Nolan’s first start uncomfortable. Utah will also need to contain Nolan as he is a threat to run.
“You would watch his (Chance Nolan’s) games and he was impressive. Distributing the ball, winning games. He can move his feet but also can make all the throws. It was a battle in the recruiting process down to the end. He had some real options in our league. We felt really fortunate to win that one.”
— Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith
“We look at it as another challenge for us to overcome. It’s another week for us to show our dominance in stopping the run. We pride ourselves in stopping the run. We’ll do all we can to prepare the best we can this week for them.
“They’re a good-coached O-line. We have to make sure we’re doing our job and being that physical team that we pride ourselves in. … The game plan is to be able to dominate the offensive line and stop the run. We’re preparing this week to do our best to be physical.”
— Utah defensive tackle Hauati Pututau on stopping Oregon State’s rushing attack
Utah travels to Colorado on Dec. 11; Oregon State hosts Stanford on Dec. 12.
Nov. 7 — Arizona, canceled
Nov. 14 — at UCLA, canceled
Nov. 21 — USC 33, Utah 17
Nov. 28 — Washington 24, Utah 21
Dec. 5 — Oregon State (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
Dec. 11 — at Colorado (7:30 p.m., FS1)
All times MST