Spenser Heaps,
Utah Utes players enter the field for the game against the UCLA Bruins at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.


No. 19/20 Washington State (8-2, 5-2) at Utah (5-4, 2-4)


Kickoff: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. MT

Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,807)

FieldTurf

TV: Pac-12 Network

Radio: ESPN700

Series: Tied, 7-7

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 50s.

Transportation: TRAX

Tickets: Purchase tickets


THE STAKES


For Washington State … A win would likely set up a Pac-12 North championship game with rival Washington in the Apple Cup in Seattle on Nov. 25.

For Utah ... The Utes are seeking to become bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive year. They need to win at least one of their final three games to do so.


THE TRENDS


For Washington State … The road hasn’t been kind as of late to the Cougars. They’ve been outscored 91-40 in their last two outings away from Pullman, losing at California and Arizona.

For Utah ... The Utes snapped a four-game kid with last week’s 48-17 victory over UCLA. Continued success may come on the ground. Utah is 4-0 when rushing for more yards than the opposition.


THE CRYSTAL BALL


For Washington State … The Cougars could make things difficult for the Utes if they can duplicate their defensive performance in last week’s 24-21 win over Stanford.

For Utah ... The Utes may not be able to run away and hide in this one. However, last week’s showing by the offense offers hope in the event of a track meet.


PLAYER TO WATCH


Luke Falk, WSU quarterback: The Pac-12’s career passing leader returns to Utah, where he graduated from Logan High.


KEY MATCHUP


Utah defense vs. Washington State offense: Can the Utes slow Falk and the Cougars’ passing game? Utah’s secondary will be put to the test.


QUOTABLE


“They’re big and physical like they always are. They’re almost a carbon copy every year.” — Washington State coach Mike Leach on Utah’s defensive line

"They just have a great handle on what (Mike Leach) wants to accomplish. Then he has the trigger guy in Luke Falk."

— Utah coach Kyle Whittingham


NEXT UP


Washington State has a bye before heading to Seattle for the Apple Cup against Washington on Nov. 25. Utah heads there a week earlier to take on the Huskies.


UTAH SCHEDULE


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, Won 48-17

Nov. 11 — Washington State, 3:30 p.m. (P12N)

Nov. 18 — at Washington, TBA

Nov. 25 — Colorado, TBA

All times Mountain