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.
Washington State: USA Today reports that QB Jeff Tuel (calf) and OL Wade Jacobson (back) are out indefinitely. LB Darryl Monroe (Achilles) is out for the season.
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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