Utah Utes football: Gameday glance

Published: Friday, Oct. 21 2011 6:02 p.m. MDT

Utah Utes running back John White IV runs for a touchdown as the University of Utah faces Arizona State in NCAA football in Salt Lake City, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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Utah (3-3, 0-3) at Cal (3-3, 0-3)

Saturday, 5 p.m.

AT&T Park (45,000)

Surface, natural grass

TV: KJZZ

Radio: 700AM

Weather: Clear skies and temperatures in the high 60s

THE STAKES

For Cal ... A reversal of fortune. The Bears have lost three straight by a combined score of 104-47, falling to Pac-12 powers Washington, Oregon and USC.

For Utah ... The Utes are looking to avoid their first 0-4 start in conference play since 2002. A victory would also be historic as the program's inaugural Pac-12 triumph.

THE TRENDS

For Cal ... The Bears are off to their worst conference start since 2001 when current BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe capped his coaching career with a winless Pac-10 campaign.

For Utah ... The Utes have won two straight games away from Rice-Eccles Stadium — overpowering BYU, 54-10 and topping Pittsburgh, 26-14. They've also won two in a row over Cal.

PLAYER TO WATCH

John White, Utah running back: Although the 'Wolfman' likely won't get 36 rushes as he did last week at Pitt, the Utes need to establish an effective ground game against Cal.keymatchup

Utah's run defense vs. Cal's Isi Sofele: The former Cottonwood High star averages 90.5 yards per game rushing. Utah's defense, meanwhile, is allowing just 94.5 to opposing offenses.

INJURY REPORT

Cal: CB Marc Anthony (shoulder) and FB Eric Stevens (knee) are out. LB Mychal Kendricks (arm), LB Chris McCain (leg) and LB Dave Wilkerson (undisclosed) are questionable.

Utah: QB Jordan Wynn (shoulder), FS Keith McGill (shoulder), RS Charles Henderson (knee) and TE Dallin Rogers (knee) are out. WR DeVonte Christopher and RB Tauni Vakapuna are questionable with ankle injuries.

NEXT UP

Utah hosts Oregon State (5 p.m., KJZZ) next Saturday, while California is at UCLA.

Utah schedule

Date Opponent Time (TV)/result

Sept. 1 vs. Montana St. W, 27-10

Sept. 10 at USC L, 23-14

Sept. 17 at BYU W, 54-10

Oct. 1 vs. Washington L, 31-14

Oct. 8 vs. Arizona St. L, 35-14

Oct. 15 at Pittsburgh W, 26-14

Oct. 22 at California 5 p.m. (KJZZ)

Oct. 29 vs. Oregon St. 5 p.m. (KJZZ)

Nov. 5 at Arizona TBA

Nov. 12 vs. UCLA TBA

Nov. 19at Washington St.TBA

Nov. 25 vs. Colorado 1:30 p.m. (ROOT)

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