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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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