This almost feels like it should be another homecoming week since the Utes haven’t been home in three weeks. This will be the first home game since the loss of Aaron Lowe, and it’s also a game for the Pac-12 South lead. ASU is 3-0 in the conference, Utah is 2-0 in the conference, and the winner will have the inside track to the division crown.
Utah and ASU didn’t play last season due to COVID-19 cancelling the game (and perhaps the reason ASU is being investigated now by the NCAA). The last time Jayden Daniels came into Rice-Eccles it was a rough day throwing for only 25 yards. I wouldn’t expect that type of performance again, so the Utes have to strap it up and expect to see ASU come out swinging. Can the Utah defense make ASU drive on them and not give up big plays? That’s what I’m looking for on that side of the ball.
On offense, it remains a story about the evolution of the offensive line. As we saw a week ago when they are solid this offense is very good. ASU is better than USC and much more experienced. If Cam Rising and the running backs are given time to deal then Utah should be able to have success. That’s where I’ll be watching all game, in the trenches.
Here’s how you can watch the game if you can’t attend: