Associated Press

It's all about bowl eligibility when Utah and Washington State meet in Pullman, Wash.

The Utes need victories in their final two games to become bowl eligible, after losing four straight games.

The Cougars are within a victory of becoming bowl eligible after topping Arizona last week.

Here's a look at the matchup between Utah and Washington State.

At a glance
Scott G Winterton

UTAH (4-6, 1-6) at Washington State (5-5, 3-4)

SATURDAY, 1:30 p.m. MST

Martin Stadium (31,700)


TV: Pac-12 Networks

Radio: 700AM

Weather: Clear with temperatures in the high 30s.

The stakes
Associated Press

For Utah Bowl eligibility weighs in the balance. The Utes need to win their last two games in order to be considered. One loss and they’ll officially be staying home.

For Washington State ... The Cougars are just one victory away from becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2003. Clinching it at home is obviously ideal.

The trends
Scott G Winterton

For Utah ... The Utes are mired in a four-game skid. They haven’t won a league game away from home this year — losing at Arizona, USC and Oregon.

For Washington State ... The Cougars haven’t fared so well at home in Pac-12 play. All three conference victories this season have come on the road.

The edge
Associated Press

Utah will win if ... The Utes can score and score often. Since upsetting Stanford 27-21, they’re averaging just 16.75 points over the four games that followed.

Washington State will win if ... The Cougars can put together the blend of offensive and defensive success they had in wins over USC and Arizona.

Player to watch
Scott G Winterton

ADAM SCHULZ, Utah: How will the sophomore handle his second career start for the Utes? It’s his job now with Travis Wilson out for the season.

Key matchup
Associated Press

Washington State’s offense vs. Utah’s defense: The Utes enter the game with just two interceptions on the season. Will the number swell against the pass-happy Cougars?

Injury report
Jeffrey D. Allred

Utah: Quarterback Travis Wilson (head injury) will not play.

Washington State: None reported.