There are a lot of reasons why Utah moved to the Pac-12, but this is without a doubt the biggest reason with a major matchup that has national implications.
Washington comes in undefeated, ranked No. 4 in the country, and is in a position to make the College Football Playoff, if they keep winning. The Utes, with only one loss, are eyeballing the same dream, even if they're outside looking in currently. The Utes could earn some major respect if they win this game, and could position themselves nicely going into the final three games of the season.
If they lose, they still control their own destiny, but it's so much funner to win, isn't it? The Utes are not quite a 100% yet, but the BYE week awaits them after today's game.
It's going to be a ton of fun, and if you're not at Rice-Eccles, join us here for the game conversation.