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Links: Marcus Williams is the Best Graded Safety this Season

NCAA Football: Southern California at Utah Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 18 Utah Utes (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) travel to Berkeley, Calif. to take on the Cal Golden Bears (2-2, 0-1) Pac-12 on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4:00 p.m. MDT on Pac-12 Network. Utah is hoping to start 5-0 for the second season in a row, but they will face the nation’s best passing attack.

ESPN Staff Writer Kevin Gemmell takes a look at the budding chemistry between Utah quarterback Troy Williams and wide receiver Tim Patrick. Both came to Utah from junior colleges, and they are helping to give Utah a passing offense not seen in Salt Lake City since Utah’s days in the Mountain West Conference.

Marcus Williams was an under-recruited three-star athlete coming out of high school, and he has blossomed at Utah into one of the best safeties in the Pac-12. Williams is smart, as evidenced by his civil engineering major, and Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune writes that it is his preparation that makes him great. According to Pro Football Focus, Williams has graded the highest free safety through the first four weeks of the season.

Randy Williams of Sports Chat Place breaks down the matchup between the Utes and Golden Bears and who will win the game.

Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen went from having no scholarship offers to leading the nation in receiving yards per game as ESPN Staff Writer David Lombardi writes. His journey to Berkeley, Calif. is an interesting one. If Utah wants to defeat Cal, slowing down Hansen is key.