The Utah Utes (6-3, 4-3 Pac-12) host the Oregon Ducks (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) today at 3:30 p.m. MT at Rice-Eccles Stadium televised on Pac-12 Network. Prior to their 38-20 loss at the Arizona State Sun Devils, Utah was in the drivers seat in the Pac-12 South, looking like they would win the division for the first time since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. The loss to ASU put the Sun Devils in the drivers seat. Worse than the loss though was the season ending injury to Tyler Huntley, which was compounded by the loss of Zack Moss for the season due to a knee injury suffered in practice this week. Without two of their top offensive playmakers, Utah has to face one of the top draft-eligible quarterbacks in the country in Oregon’s Justin Herbert. The Utah defense will have their hands full and will look to rebound from their worst defensive performance since 2016.
It seems like every time that Utah and Oregon play, something weird happens. The first meeting between the two teams in the Pac-12 in 2013 was a fairly normal game. Things began getting weird in 2014 with the Kaelin Clay fumble on the one-yard line that Oregon returned for a touchdown. 2015 was filled with interesting plays as Utah destroyed Oregon 62-20 in Eugene, Ore. In 2016, the game hinged on a critical call that Darren Carrington caught the game-winning touchdown. In 2017, Carrington, now a Ute, was at the center of another controversial call, with the referees ruling he fumbled a screen pass that Oregon returned for a touchdown. Utah offensive lineman Darren Paulo also caught a touchdown on a tipped pass on fourth and goal. Except this game to get weird, that’s all I am saying. There will be at least one huge momentum changing play that will help lead one team to victory.
If you cannot make it up to Rice-Eccles Stadium, here is how you can watch the game.
Time: 3:30 p.m. MT
Location: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
Television: Pac-12 Network
Stream: Pac-12 Networks Live (need a cable package for this, there are also options like Sling TV as well if you do not have cable)