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Stanford-Utah Preview Capsule

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 12:01pm  ET

The Associated Press

No. 5 Stanford (5-0, 3-0 Pac-12) at Utah (3-2, 0-2), 6 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)

Line: Stanford by 9.

Series Record: Stanford leads 3-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Stanford carries a 13-game winning streak into the contest against a gritty Utah squad that gave No. 11 UCLA a scare last week despite throwing six interceptions. Looming next week for the Cardinal is a game at home vs. UCLA.

KEY MATCHUP

Stanford DBs vs. Utah WR Dres Anderson. The junior wideout has turned in four straight 100-yard receiving games. Cornerback Alex Carter could spend a lot of time shadowing Anderson around the field.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Stanford: LBs Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov. The seniors anchor a stout Stanford defense. Skov is leading the team with 43 tackles, while Murphy is creeping up the school's all-time sacks list. He's currently tied for eighth with 21½ in his career.

Utah: QB Travis Wilson. The sophomore hopes to bounce back after throwing six interceptions in a 34-27 loss to the Bruins. He nearly led a game-tying drive, before throwing his sixth pick of the game. Wilson averages 331 yards of offense.

FACTS & FIGURES

Stanford will make its first trip to Salt Lake City in 18 years. The Cardinal is 2-0 at Utah, including a win in the first-ever meeting between the schools in 1902. ... QB Kevin Hogan is 10-0 as a starter. ... WR Ty Montgomery had a career-best 290 all-purpose yards in a win over Washington last week. He set the tone with a 99-yard kickoff return for a score. ... Stanford is off to a 5-0 start for the third time since 1951. ... Utah coach Kyle Whittingham is looking for the 75th win of his career. He's 74-34 in nine seasons at Utah. ... The Utes have turned in eight plays of 50 or more yards, which is tied for third in the nation. ... The Utes are 0-4 against ranked conference teams since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. ... First-year K Andy Phillips hasn't missed a field goal (9 for 9) or an extra point (24 for 24) this season.


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