The Stanford Cardinal already have four losses this season, and they are hoping to finish the season strong by starting with an upset win over the Utah Utes.
Stanford will return from their bye week, which they needed to recover from a brutal 45-16 loss to No. 2 Oregon. They fell to 5-4 with their loss, and they allowed more than 17 points in a game for the first time this season.
The Cardinal still rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense with 16.1 points allowed per game. Quarterback Kevin Hogan has struggled in his last three games, throwing for two touchdown passes against three interceptions.
Their running game continued to underwhelm as Remound Wright led Stanford running backs with 33 yards on 11 carries, and the entire team rushed for 90 yards aside from Hogan’s 42 rushing yards.
They will look to improve to 6-4 as they face No. 23 Utah, who is hanging by a thread in the rankings after losing, 51-27, to Oregon. Like Stanford, they have a physical defense that was overwhelmed by the Ducks offense.
The Utes held a 7-0 lead early on and looked like they were about to take a 14-0 lead, but wide receiver Kaelin Clay dropped the ball at the one-yard line to completely change the momentum of the game.
Running back Devontae Booker was held to 65 rushing yards even though he caught eight passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.
This game will feature a clash between two of the best defenses in the Pac-12. Utah has the better offense with Booker there to control the time of possession.
Prediction: Utah 21, Stanford 17