The Arizona State Sun Devils (3-3, 2-1 Pac-12) travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah to take on the Utah Utes (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) at 1:30 p.m. MT in a game televised on FS1. Utah is seeking their first three game winning streak against Arizona State in program history. The winner of this game will have at least a share of second in the Pac-12 South.
Will Tyler Huntley play?
Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley has missed the last two games against the Stanford Cardinal and USC Trojans, the only two games Utah has lost this season after leaving the game against the Arizona Wildcats with an injury. He was cleared to practice this week, and there is a good chance we see No. 1 suited up and behind center for this game. Backup quarterback Troy Williams performed admirably in relief of the injured Huntley, but this offense runs better with Huntley at quarterback because of his better athleticism and higher completion percentage. Whoever the quarterback is, they will see a ton of pressure from the aggressive Arizona State defense.
Blitz, blitz, and more blitz
The Sun Devils blitz more than just about any team in the Pac-12. Head coach Todd Graham loves to bring a variety of different pressures. Utah’s offense struggled to move the ball on this defense in Graham’s first three years in Tempe. However, in the last two seasons, Utah has figured out how to move the ball against the gimmicky defense. It is a tough defense to prepare for if you have not faced it for awhile, just ask the Washington Huskies. The Sun Devils have not had the same talent on defense the last few years though, and so many teams have been able to gash Arizona State in the last two-plus seasons. How will the Utah offense fair against this pressure happy defense this afternoon? On the opposite side of the ball, can the Utes get their first sack in the month of October?
Different emotions in the previous game
Utah is coming off a heartbreaking 28-27 loss at USC, while Arizona State is coming off a historic home upset of the then No. 5 Washington Huskies. How do these two teams move past those games? A tough loss or a huge win can lead a team to come out sluggish or fired up in the next game. The team that better manages their emotions has a great chance to win this game. Since Utah is at home, they might have an edge in moving past last week’s game.
If you cannot make it to the game, here is how to watch, listen, or stream the game.
Time: 1:30 p.m. MT
Location: Rice-Eccles Stadium Salt Lake City, Utah
Television: Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Stream: Fox Sports Go