Will Utah bounce back?
Thursday, October 5th
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City
Time: 7:00 MST
Radio: 700 The Zone in Salt Lake City
All-time Series: Utah leads 2-1
Last Meeting: TCU 23, Utah 20 (2005)
What to expect when Utah has the ball:
Utah will probably run the ball more since Ratliff may have zero confidence heading into the game. If the Utes can get anything through the air, this may alter their game plan and they could stick with a passing attack. TCU has a great run defense, so only running the ball tonight will probably not be enough to get a victory.
What to expect when TCU has the ball:
TCU has struggled on offense and may be without quarterback Jeff Ballard. Look for a ground game if Ballard does not play, however that will be hampered by the fact starting tailback Aaron Brown is out for the game. Without his rushing, TCU's offense could stagnate.
How the Utes win:
Keep turnovers to a minimum, if Ratliff throws more than one interception, they probably do not stand a shot at winning. I expect a more ground game from the Utes and that may be enough to produce the needed points to win in a defensive battle. If TCU can't get going on offense, we very well could see a low scoring game and that may favor the Utes, especially if they can find momentum through the air.