Utah and Oregon State meet up in a crucial Pac-12 contest in the conference opener for both teams.
The Utes are 2-0 on the year and will be trying to earn a victory in the Pac-12 opener for the first time since they joined the conference seasons years ago.
Oregon State, even with a win against Hawaii last week, is looking to make a statement after losing its season opener against FCS opponent Eastern Washington.
Here is a glance into what both teams will face on gameday.
OREGON STATE (1-1) at UTAH (2-0)
SATURDAY, 8 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017)
FieldTurf, Salt Lake City
TV: FOX Sports 1
Weather: Isolated thunderstorms with temperatures around 70 degrees.
For Oregon State ... A successful start to conference play will help ease the sting of a season-opening loss to Eastern Washington. It can’t hurt, right?
For Utah ... The Utes are seeking to snap a run of two consecutive 0-4 starts to Pac-12 play. A win would also give them their first 3-0 start overall since 2010.
For Oregon State ... The Beavers have lost three straight games in Salt Lake City. Their last victory up on the hill was a 24-21 decision in 1968.
For Utah ... Home teams have prevailed in the last five games of the series. The Utes would certainly like to see the run of success extend to six.
Oregon State will win if ... The Beavers can build a dam on defense. They’re giving up an average of 432 yards and 31.5 points per game, thus far.
Utah will win if ... The Utes can continue to put a lot of points on the board (50 per outing) and slow down the Beavers’ high-powered passing attack.
Dres Anderson, Utah: The big-play receiver faces an Oregon State pass defense that ranks last in the Pac-12, allowing 309 yards per game.
Utah’s defensive line vs. Oregon State’s offensive line: Tenny Palepoi and a talented front for the Utes take on a depleted crew for the Beavers.
OREGON STATE: Linebacker Michael Doctor (foot), right guard Roman Sapolu (foot) and right tackle Grant Enger (MCL tear) will not play.
UTAH: Right tackle Siaosi Aiono, who started against Utah State but did not play last week against Weber State because of an undisclosed injury, is expected to return to action.