Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Washington St. (2-6, 0-5) at Utah (3-5, 1-4)
SATURDAY, 1 p.m.
Field: Turf, Salt Lake City
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Weather: 60 degrees, chance of rain
For Washington State ... Bowl eligibility. One more loss and the Cougars have no chance of going bowling in Mike Leach's first season at the helm. Leach took Texas Tech to 10 consecutive bowls during his tenure with the Red Raiders.
For Utah ... The Utes are hoping to build on last week's win over Cal and continue erasing an 0-4 start to Pac-12 play. They reeled off four straight victories in a similar situation last season. This would be step two, the second time around.
For Washington State ... The Cougars have fallen on hard times after a 2-1 start to the season. They're 0-5 in the Pac-12 with consecutive conference losses to Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, California and Stanford.
For Utah ... After suffering through their first four-game skid since 2002, the Utes pounded California 49-27 last week to get back on track. The breakthrough included point production from the offense, defense and special teams.
Player to Watch
Reggie Dunn, Utah: What can the senior do for an encore after returning two kickoffs 100 yards for touchdowns against Cal? Dunn has three 100-yard returns in his career with the Utes.
WSU's pass game vs. Utah's secondary: The Cougars rank second in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation with 332.12 passing yards per game. The Utes have just three interceptions on the season.
Washington State: RB Theron West (undisclosed), RB Leon Brooks (foot), WR Isiah Myers (undisclosed) and RB Teondray Caldwell (head) are questionable according to USA Today.
Utah: LB Jacoby Hale and OL Jeremiah Tofaeono are out 2-3 weeks with unspecified injuries. CB Ryan Lacy's status is uncertain because of an undisclosed injury.
Washington State hosts UCLA on Saturday, while Utah faces Washington at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Date. . .Opponent. . .Time/result
Aug. 30. . .N. Colorado. . .W, 41-0
Sept. 7. . .at Utah State. . .L, 27-20 (OT)
Sept. 15. . .BYU. . .W, 24-21
Sept. 22. . .at Arizona State. . .L, 37-7
Oct. 4. . .Southern Cal. . .L, 38-28
Oct. 13. . .at UCLA. . .L, 21-14Oct. 20. . .at Oregon State. . .L, 21-7
Oct. 27. . .California. . .W, 49-27
Nov. 3. . .Washington St.. . .1 p.m.
Nov. 10. . .at Washington. . .TBA
Nov. 17. . .Arizona. . .TBA
Nov. 23. . .at Colorado. . .1 p.m.
- Lindon father of five sets world record in...
- BYU looking for another defensive turnaround...
- Morning links: Utah is on the rise in the...
- With Boston out, another Salt Lake Olympics...
- Amy Donaldson: James Lawrence had to do...
- Family man: Former Ute, NFL standout Sione...
- Phil Steele gives tempered assessment of...
- Brad Rock: Faith helped infamous former MLB...
- Links: Utes basketball considered a... 61
- Phil Steele gives tempered assessment... 59
- Morning links: Utah is on the rise in... 49
- Analysis: Can Jimmer Fredette resurrect... 46
- BYU looking for another defensive... 35
- Utah Utes backup quarterback Donovan... 23
- Kincade: Poor shooting, signings have... 11
- Family man: Former Ute, NFL standout... 10