Utah takes their 3-0 road record into Tempe tonight to take on the Sun Devils of ASU. Utah has had a great season up to now, with a 6-1 record overall, and 3-1 in the Pac-12. Utah is bowl eligible for the first time since 2011, and that is a huge monkey off of Kyle Whittingham and his team.
Utah is 0-3 against the Devils since joining the league, and gave away last year's game at Rice-Eccles Stadium by losing 19-20. Last season, Travis Wilson wasn't playing well at the time, he was just coming off of the big hand bruise that he suffered a couple of games prior, and he also suffered a concussion late in this game. Utah did shut down ASU's offense, something that they failed to do the first couple of seasons.
The Utes are coming off of another big win last week after beating USC in Rice-Eccles. Utah was also 0-3 against the Trojans going into that game. Travis Wilson played a nice game, but had an amazing final 73-yard drive to win the game. Devontae Booker rushed for 102 yards and really picked up steam in the 2nd half of the game. The bad news coming out of that game was the news that senior wide receiver, and captain, Dres Anderson will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury suffered on that final drive.
ASU is coming off of a shaky win over Washington in Seattle, where Taylor Kelly returned from injury. ASU was only able to muster 285 yards of offense, granted the weather was poor last week in Husky Stadium. Kelly was 14-of-25 for 180 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, and showed some rust. It sounds like Kelly will be starting tonight against the Utes, even though he took one heck of a shot at the end of the game that may have resulted in a concussion. ASU has been tasked with replacing 9 defensive starters, this season, and it seems that they are moving in the right direction now, especially after giving up 60 points to UCLA earlier this season. With that said, I believe there will be yards and points to be had by Utah's offense.
It's another late start for the game, even later than normal being a 9pm MT kick. So Utah fans, watch a lot of football through the day, maybe take a midday nap, and get ready to watch the Utes take on ASU.