Utah’s focus was squarely on UCLA this week. The Utes have won the past two meetings against the Bruins in Salt Lake City by a combined score of 75-12, prevailing in 2007 and 2011.
The Utes are also looking to avoid a slow start in Pac-12 play, and already down 0-1, they do not want to drop another conference game this soon.
Here is a glance into the matchup at stake when UCLA visits Utah Thursday.
No. 12 UCLA (3-0) at UTAH (3-1)
THURSDAY, 8 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Edwards Stadium (45,017)
FieldTurf, Salt Lake City
TV: Fox Sports 1
Weather: Mid-40s with a 30 percent chance of showers.
For UCLA ... A win would improve the Bruins to 4-0 and allow them to remain the only team in the Pac-12 South without a loss.
For Utah ... The Utes are seeking their first win over a nationally ranked team since knocking off No. 25 BYU, 24-21, last September.
For UCLA ... In season-opening victories over Nevada, Nebraska and New Mexico State, the Bruins prevailed by an average of 31 points.
For Utah ... The Utes have fared extremely well against the Bruins in Salt Lake City as of late — prevailing 44-6 in 2007 and 31-6 in 2011.
UCLA will win if ... The Bruins can continue to excel on both sides of the ball. They’re second in the Pac-12 in scoring offense and fourth in scoring defense.
Utah will win if ... The Utes are able to make more strides on defense and play more like they did against BYU rather than in an overtime loss to Oregon State.
Travis Wilson, Utah: Emotions could run high as the sophomore quarterback faces the team his best friend Nick Pasquale, who passed away last month, played for.
Utah’s defense vs. UCLA’s offense: The Utes take on the Pac-12 leader in total offense. The Bruins average 614.3 yards per game. They’re second in scoring at 52.7 points per game.
UCLA: WR Darren Andrews (arm), DL Eli Ankou (knee), RB Roosevelt Davis (foot), DL Ian Taubler (concussion), RB Damien Thigpen (knee) and DL Brandon Tuliaupupu (knee) are probable.
UTAH: Nothing reported, as per team policy during the season. Tight ends Jake Murphy and Westlee Tonga, who left the BYU game with undisclosed leg injuries, are expected to play.