The Pac-12 is the deepest conference in college football, and two of the teams near the bottom of the Pac-12 South will duke it out Saturday night when the Utah Utes host the Arizona Wildcats. Television coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET on the Pac-12 Network.
Utah is having a very good season and could end up near the top of the conference standings by year's end. Their only two losses have been close ones to good competition -- three points to Oregon State in overtime, seven points to UCLA -- and they have three quality victories, with wins over Utah State, BYU and Stanford.
After three blowout wins in non-conference play, Rich Rodriguez's Arizona squad has struggled in Pac-12 competition. They lost on the road to Washington 31-13 before being defeated by USC and interim head coach Ed Orgeron 38-31 last week. The Wildcats have one of the strongest rushing attacks in the country, but have really struggled to throw the ball consistently.
Rankings and records: Utah received votes in all three polls. Arizona did not. The Utes are 4-2, with a 1-2 record in conference play, while the Wildcats are 3-2 with a 0-2 Pac-12 record. Utah holds a 20-16-2 all-time lead in the series, and has won three of the past four games.
Vegas: Arizona is a 4-point favorite. OddsShark has more.
Weather: Cool with clear skies.
Three names to know
Travis Wilson. Utah's quarterback is already building a reputation as one of the greatest ever to play for the school, and has 18 total touchdowns through six games this year.
B.J. Denker. On the other side is Arizona's quarterback, who is a great runner (six touchdowns, 4.5 yards per carry) but has struggled in the passing game. If he can throw the ball consistently, Utah could be in trouble.
Nate Orchard. Utah's defensive end will be tasked with stopping Denker and the potent Wildcat rushing attack. He has 6.5 tackles for a loss this season and has forced three fumbles.
Two things at stake
Utah is looking to prove they are for real after the upset win over Stanford, and a road win over Pac-12 competition would go a long way there.
Arizona is hoping to get in the win column in conference play.
How to witness
TV: 10 p.m. ET on the Pac-12 Network. (Kevin Calabro, Yogi Roth, Jill Savage)
Radio: For Utah, tune in to ESPN 700. Here's a list of affiliates for Arizona.