It's back to the road for the 4-1 Utes, who are now .500 in Pac-12 play at 1-1. Utah is trying to do something they've never done in the Pac-12, hold a winning conference record. They will be going for that Thusday night up in Corvallis against Oregon State. In this crazy Pac-12 conference, the South Divison title is up for grabs and if Utah plays their cards right, they may find themselves in a position to do some really good things this year.
Utah is 1-2 against Oregon State since joining the league, with the lone win coming in the first year in Rice-Eccles. Utah has been close the last two seasons to beating the Beavers, especially last year with an overtime loss that literally slipped through the Utes fingers. After coming off a big win at UCLA, the Utes confidence has to be at an all-time high, but they need to remain focused and play in the moment.
OSU is coming off of a win over Colorado in Boulder and are also 4-1 on the season, but their schedule has been less than stellar. The one loss of theirs was a beating at the hands of USC in Southern Cal. The Beavers have picked up wins against Hawaii, Colorado, San Diego State and Portland State.
Oregon State still has a stud QB in Sean Mannion, but they are trying to find some consistency on offense, and a replacement for Brandin Cooks, who torched Utah last season. Utah's front four is going to have to get pressure on Mannion so he doesn't get comfortable in the pocket.
The Beavers defense is a solid unit, especially against the pass. But as our friends over at Building The Dam told us, they are traditionally hurt by mobile QBs, and if Kendal Thompson is the starter Thursday night, he may give the Beavers some fits.
This is a big game for the Utes. The goal is to get win number 5, and it'd be huge to see it come in game 6. Here's how to check out the game, if you can't be in beautiful Corvallis, Oregon.