Tom Smart, Deseret News
Utah (6-4, 3-4) at Washington State (4-6, 2-5)
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Martin Stadium (32,248)
Field: Turf, Pullman, Wash.
For Utah ... the visiting Utes can secure a ninth consecutive winning season with a victory. They'll also even their Pac-12 record at 4-4 with a win over the Cougars.
For Washington State ... bowl eligibility is two wins away. The Cougars can qualify for postseason play with season-ending triumphs over Utah and rival Washington.
For Washington State ... the Cougars have been throwing the ball efficiently (318.7 ypg). Wide receiver Marquess Wilson leads the Pac-12 with 119.7 yards per game.
Player to watch
Connor Halliday, Washington State quarterback: The reigning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, a redshirt freshman, came off the bench to lead the Cougars to a 37-27 win over Arizona State. He threw for 494 yards and four touchdowns.
JOHN WHITE IV vs. WSU RUN DEFENSE: Utah's junior running back is averaging 119.1 yards per game, second-best in the Pac-12. WSU's run defense, meanwhile, is eighth defending the run — giving up 155.8 yards per game.
Utah: The Utes have eight players out with season-ending injuries, but nothing new from last week's game against UCLA.
Utah hosts Colorado Friday afternoon (1:30 p.m., ROOT), while Washington State faces Washington in Seattle.
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 L, 34-10
Oct. 29 vs. Oregon St. W, 27-8
Nov. 5 at Arizona W, 34-21
Nov. 12 vs. UCLA W, 31-6
Nov. 19at Washington St.3 p.m. (KJZZ delay)
Nov. 25 vs. Colorado 1:30 p.m. (ROOT)
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