Associated Press

Utah will be aiming to halt a two-game losing streak when it hosts No. 23 Arizona State on Saturday afternoon.

The Utes are coming off a bye, following two road defeats at Arizona and USC, and need two victories in their final four games to become bowl eligible.

Arizona State, meanwhile, is riding high on a three-game winning streak, averaging 54 points a game during that stretch. The Sun Devils control their own destiny in the Pac-12 South, as their 4-1 record is tops in the division.

Here's a look at the matchups and what's at stake as Arizona State and Utah face off Saturday.

At a glance
Associated Press

No. 23 ARIZONA STATE (6-2, 4-1) at UTAH (4-4, 1-4)


Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017)


TV: Pac-12 Networks

Radio: 700AM

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s.

The stakes
Tom Smart, Deseret News

For Arizona State The Sun Devils are determined to win the Pac-12 South, and another victory would put the current front-runners a step closer to doing so.

For Utah ... The Utes need two wins in their last four games to become bowl eligible. Any victory would be welcome at this point, especially with a trip to Oregon looming.

The trends
Tom Smart, Deseret News

For Arizona State ... The Sun Devils have won the last nine meetings with Utah. They haven’t lost to the Utes since a 31-28 decision in Tempe in 1976.

For Utah ... The Utes are on a two-game skid since upsetting fifth-ranked Stanford (27-21) on Oct. 21. They haven’t beaten ASU in Salt Lake City since 1973.

The edge
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Arizona State will win if ... The Sun Devils repeat last year’s strong start against the Utes. They scored on their first three drives en route to a 37-7 victory.

Utah will win if ... The Utes are ahead at halftime. They’ve won 49 straight games when leading at the break — the second-longest active streak in the nation.

Player to watch
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Travis Wilson, Utah: Will the starter bounce back after two subpar performances? A banged-up throwing hand led to 66 passing yards over losses to Arizona and USC.

Key matchup
Associated Press

ASU’s offense vs. Utah’s defense: The Sun Devils have scored more than 50 points five times this season, including their last three games.

Injury report
Matt Gade, Deseret News

Arizona State: None reported.

Utah: Tight end Westlee Tonga (undisclosed) is not expected to play.