The Utes are looking to keep the pressure on in the Pac-12 South, and are in action a day earlier than normal against the Cardinal in Palo Alto.
Against a Stanford team that has struggled at times this season, I’m really wanting to see the defense play aggressively and create multiple havoc plays. The secondary hopefully will have a few more bodies this week, as Coach Whitt said the corner group is paper-thin right now. I also want to see the front four and the backers control the line of scrimmage and win early downs to force Stanford into 3rd and longs. If Utah and keep them behind the chains they’ll be in good shape.
On offense, it’s all about Rising and the running game. Punish Stanford with the backs and then play action to the tight ends and wideouts. If Utah can get a lead on Stanford that will go a long way to getting Stanford out of their comfort zone.
I expect a battle in this game, even though Stanford has had some tough losses. That Oregon win stands out heavily and the Utes need to play clean to get out of there with a win.