Associated Press

Both teams will be looking to bounce back from disappointing losses as Utah and No. 6 Oregon meet in Eugene, Ore.

The Utes are coming off a one-point home loss to No. 23 Arizona State and have lost three in a row. This is Utah's fourth game against a ranked opponent in its past six contests.

The Ducks head into Saturday's matchup aiming to regroup after losing 26-20 last week to then-No. 5 Stanford in a game that wasn't close until the end. It was Oregon's first loss of the season and damaged the Ducks' hopes of earning a spot in the national championship game.

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

At a glance
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UTAH (4-5, 1-5) at No. 6 Oregon (8-1, 5-1)

SATURDAY, 2 p.m. (MT)

Autzen Stadium (54,000)


TV: FOX Sports 1

Radio: 700AM

Weather: A few showers with temperatures in the mid 40s.

The stakes
Jeffrey D. Allred

For Utah ... The Utes are still chasing bowl-eligibility with three games to go. They need two more wins to do so — games with Washington State and Colorado follow.

For Oregon ... Despite losing to Stanford, the Ducks can still claim a BCS berth, and if things fall right, a spot in the national championship game by running the table.

The trends
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For Utah ... Losing. The Utes have lost three consecutive games since a 27-21 upset of fifth-ranked Stanford at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Oct. 12.

For Oregon ... The Ducks have dominated this series as of late, winning four of the last five meetings — including a 31-24 decision in Eugene in 2009.

The edge
Jeffrey D. Allred

Utah will win if ... The Utes can put some points on the board. Offensive woes have proven costly in recent weeks, negating solid defensive efforts.

Oregon will win if ... The Ducks regain the form they had before getting ground by Stanford. They had scored 42 or more points in every game prior.

Player to watch
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MARCUS MARIOTA, Oregon: How will the Heisman Trophy candidate fare with a banged-up knee against a defense that leads the nation in sacks?

Key matchup
Jeffrey D. Allred

Oregon’s offensive line vs. Utah’s defense: The Ducks will be in full protection mode, since the Utes average a nation-leading 3.67 sacks per game.

Injury report
Andrew J. Allred

Utah: Quarterback Travis Wilson (concussion) did not make the trip. Linebacker Jared Norris and running back Kelvin York will not play because of undisclosed injuries. Tight end Jake Murphy (broken wrist) made the trip and is expected to play for the first time since being sidelined on Oct. 3.

Oregon: Quarterback Marcus Mariota (knee) said he will play “for sure.”