Spenser Heaps,
Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) warms up before the game against the UCLA Bruins at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.


THE BASICS


UTAH (5-5, 2-5) at No. 15/16 Washington (8-2, 5-2)

Kickoff: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. MT

Husky Stadium (70,138), Seattle

FieldTurf

TV: ESPN

Radio: ESPN 700AM

Series: Huskies lead, 9-1

Weather: Occasional showers with temperatures in the low 40s.


THE STAKES


For Utah … Bowl eligibility. That’s the primary focus for the Utes. They need one more win in their final two games to become eligible.

For Washington ... The Huskies need a victory and a Stanford loss to California to remain in Pac-12 North title contention.


THE TRENDS


For Utah … The Utes prevailed in the last meeting between the teams in Seattle, claiming a 34-23 decision in 2015. The Huskies, though, hold a commanding 9-1 lead in the all-time series.

For Washington ... The Huskies are the defending Pac-12 champions and need help from California against Stanford and wins the last two weeks vs. Utah and Washington State for a chance to repeat.


THE CRYSTAL BALL


For Utah … The Utes are banged up and may lack the firepower to keep up with the Huskies. As was the case last week against Washington State, too many turnovers will doom them.

For Washington ... The Huskies can make quick of the Utes if their defense lives up to current rankings at/or near the top of the Pac-12. A solid showing by the offense would aid the effort.


PLAYER TO WATCH


Dante Pettis, Washington: The senior receiver holds the NCAA record for career punt returns for touchdowns with nine.


KEY MATCHUP


Utah offense vs. U-dubs defense: Can the Utes move the ball against the Pac-12 leads in total defense (257.4 ypg) and scoring defense (13 ppg)?


QUOTABLE


“I'm sure they are going to be in not a good state of mind. They will be an angry football team. We've got our work cut out for us.”

— Utah coach Kyle Whittingham

"I think Utah is a tough team. I know that program. Last year that was the toughest game we had outside of playing Alabama."

— Washington coach Chris Petersen


NEXT UP


Both teams have season-ending “rivalry” games next Saturday. Washington hosts Washington State in the Apple Cup, while Utah takes on Colorado in the Rumble in the Rockies” at Rice-Eccles Stadium.


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, lost 33-24

Nov. 18 — at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Nov. 25 — Colorado, 8 p.m. (FS1)

All times Mountain