Another week another ranked opponent, for the Utes. After taking on ranked teams USC, UCLA, ASU and Oregon, Utah welcomes into Rice-Eccles Stadium #15 Arizona. Utah finds themselves at 7-3 (4-3 Pac-12), going to a bowl game, and still in contention for the Pac-12 South title, a season many fans never thought would happen - especially with the schedule that they team was facing.
Last season, Utah went into Arizona after upsetting Stanford, and the results were disasterous. The Utes lost 35-24, and Ka'deem Carey ran mad, as he had over 200 yards on the ground. The Utes were in the game the whole time, but with Adam Shulz quarterbacking most of the game, and the defense unable to get that key stop, the Wildcats eventually put the Utes away. The loss to Arizona was the first of 5 consecutive losses for Utah.
The Utes are coming, again, off of a win over Stanford going into this weeks Arizona game. The Utes defense was dominate, and only allowed one score in regulation, and that was on the opening drive. The offense was hit or miss, again. Travis Wilson was staring down a nasty defense, but finally cracked the Stanford defense in the two overtime periods.
Arizona is coming off of a close win over Washington, where it seems Arizona dodged another bullet. Washington has the ball with a couple of minutes left, and could have ran out most of the clock, but the Huskies fumbled the ball and Arizona went on to win the game. The Wildcats are QB'd by Anu Soloman, a freshman QB, that seems cool under pressure. He'll need to be in Sack Lake City against Nate Orchard, Hunter Dimick and crew. It will be interesting to see how the frosh plays in front of 47,000 rabid fans, at altitude, in cold, rainy weather.
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