The Utah Utes are looking to stay in the Pac-12 South title hunt by upsetting the Oregon Ducks, who have propelled themselves into a playoff position.
No. 17 Utah lost their second game of the season with a 19-16 overtime loss to Arizona State, and their schedule will not get any easier as they take on No. 4 Oregon.
Utes quarterback Travis Wilson struggled against Arizona State as he was held to 57 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-22 passing. Running back Devontae Booker carried the load with 146 yards on 37 carries.
The Utes have played solid defense throughout the season, so they will look to use that to their advantage against a high-octane Oregon offense.
The Ducks improved to 8-1 as they exorcised the Stanford demon by winning against them in a 45-16 blowout. Quarterback Marcus Mariota re-established himself as the Heisman Trophy frontrunner with four total touchdowns.
He threw for 258 yards with two touchdowns and an interception on 19-of-30 passing while running for 85 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.
Running back Royce Freeman ran for 98 yards on 19 carries while Thomas Tyner added 63 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
The Stanford defense had been top-ranked before facing Oregon, but they fell to sixth after being exposed by the Ducks. This does not bode well for a Utah defense that has not allowed more than 28 points in a game this season.
However, home-field advantage will give them a chance to pull off the upset.
Prediction: Oregon 31, Utah 21