UCLA (4-4, 2-3) at Utah (4-4, 1-4)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m. MDT
Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,807)
Radio: ESPN 700AM
Series: Bruins lead 11-4
Weather: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid-50s.
Transportation: UTA information
For UCLA The Bruins, with a win, could certainly throw some cold water on a hot seat head coach Jim Mora could be sitting on. Slim Pac-12 South title hopes are still on the line.
For Utah ... The Utes are seeking a November to remember — in a good way. A winless October has them scrambling to remain relevant. A loss Friday could lead to a complete spiral.
For UCLA The Bruins have prevailed in their last two trips to Rice-Eccles Stadium, prevailing 17-9 in 2015 and 34-27 in 2013. This journey follows a lopsided loss at Washington.
For Utah ... The Utes have lost four straight games — falling to Stanford, USC, Arizona State and Oregon — after a 4-0 start. They’re 3-3 against UCLA since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.
THE CRYSTAL BALL
For UCLA If quarterback Josh Rosen plays, the Bruins have a chance to put up some big numbers. Utah’s defense enters the game with just 14 sacks in eight games.
For Utah ... Three letters may say it all: R-U-N. The reeling Utes need to be able to do it on offense and slow it down, if necessary given UCLA’s passing game, on defense. If only things were that simple.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Zack Moss, Utah running back: Can the sophomore regain the form that produced a career-high 141 yards rushing at USC on Oct. 14? He’s had a combined 102 in two games since then.
Utah rushing attack vs. UCLA: The Utes have had trouble running the ball as of late. They rank eighth in the Pac-12 with 146.8 yards per game. UCLA’s rushing defense is 12th, giving up 307.1 yards on the ground.
“I know my teammates and the coaching staff, they’re not going to quit or ever give in. So that’s all we can do."
— UCLA receiver Darren Andrews (Los Angeles Daily News)
"I think they are in the exact same situation we are, so it will be two teams in search of a win and needing a win, so we will go at it Friday night."
— Utah coach Kyle Whittingham
Both teams return to action on Saturday, Nov. 11. UCLA faces Arizona State at the Rose Bowl, while Utah plays host to Washington State.
Aug. 31 — North Dakota, won 37-16
Sept. 9 — at BYU, won 19-13
Sept. 16 — San Jose State, won 54-16
Sept. 22 — at Arizona, won 30-24
Oct. 7 — Stanford, lost 23-20
Oct. 14 — at USC, lost 28-27
Oct. 21 — Arizona State, lost 30-10
Oct. 28 — at Oregon, lost 41-20
Nov. 3 — UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
Nov. 11 — Washington State, 3:30 p.m. (P12N)
Nov. 18 — at Washington, TBA
Nov. 25 — Colorado, TBA
All times Mountain