Stanford (3-6, 1-6 Pac-12) at No. 13 Utah (7-2, 5-1, No. 13 CFP), Saturday, 10 p.m. EST (ESPN).
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Utah by 24 1/2
Series record: Utah leads 6-4.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Utes remain in the thick of the race to make the Pac-12 championship game. As tempting as it might be, they can’t get caught looking ahead, though. Utah will travel to No. 6 Oregon next weekend. The Utes are 83-25 at home under coach Kyle Whittingham. However, the Cardinal have a 3-1 mark when playing at Utah in the series. The Cardinal are a team that’s relied on 16 true freshmen this season. They’re also a team that beat No. 20 Notre Dame on the road a month ago.
Stanford senior Stephen Herron has 5 1/2 sacks this season. He and the defense will look to slow down a powerful Utah running game. The Utes are 5-0 this season when they outgain teams on the ground.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Stanford: Tanner McKee, who joined a distinguished list of Stanford quarterbacks to eclipse 2,000 yards passing in multiple seasons. He’s now in the company of Andrew Luck, Kevin Hogan, Jim Plunkett, John Elway, John Paye, Steve Stenstrom, Chad Hutchinson and Todd Husak.
Utah: Cornerback JaTravis Broughton. Has 34 tackles, one sack and two passes defensed this season. Broughton missed all but two games last season with an injury.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Cardinals have committed just 37 penalties this season, fewest in the league. They’ve had less penalty yards than their adversaries in every game. … Coach David Shaw has 96 career wins as a Pac-12 coach. Whittingham has 93 since joining the league. … The Utes average 39 points, which is 12th in the nation. They also control the ball for 33:40 a game. … Utah’s defense is allowing 16.6 first downs a game. … The Utes have won 13 straight home games. It’s their longest home streak since winning 21 from Sept. 15, 2007, to Oct. 23, 2010. … Stanford is 0-4 against ranked teams this season. … The Cardinal’s 52-14 loss at home to Washington State last weekend was the fourth by at least 30 points since 2021. The team had one loss by 30 points from 2011 to 2020, according to Pac-12 research.
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