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Washington vs. Utah 2016: Start time, live stream, TV schedule, and 3 things to know

The Utes could deal the Huskies' Playoff hopes a serious blow, or not.

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It's drawn College GameDay to Salt Lake City, and Saturday's Washington-Utah game could be the Pac-12's best for the rest of the regular season. The No. 4 Huskies have put themselves in Playoff position with a 7-0 start, and Utah's 7-1. The Huskies are the favorite to emerge from the Pac-12 North, and the Utes are the same in the South. A rematch in the league championship game is a possibility, especially if the Utes can swing the upset at home this week.

This should be fun. The Huskies are brilliant. They're fun to watch and elite on both sides of the ball. Sophomore quarterback Jake Browning is one of the best in the business, and the defense is altogether suffocating. (The Huskies are No. 1 in the country in Defensive IsoPPP, which measures explosive plays by the opposition.)

Utah's a solid team, too, but this is an on-paper mismatch. The Utes are just OK on offense, and while they're solidly above average on defense, Washington's going to be the biggest test they've faced. The Utes would lose this matchup more often than not, but they'll have the home field at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

For both teams, it's a big deal. It's also a Pac-12 extravaganza for the Utes, who have College GameDay in town and could pull off a signature upset. That just won't be easy to do.

How to watch, stream, and listen

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, FS1. The broadcasters are Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, and Shannon Spake.

Radio: Washington and Utah

Online streaming: Fox Sports GO

Spread: Washington is about a 10-point favorite.

Make friends: Get to SB Nation’s team blog chats for this game at UW Dawg Pound and Block U.

Three big things to know

1. How's Utah going to slow down John Ross and Dante Pettis? Browning's two favorite receivers combine to get almost 50 percent of Washington's targets. They've scored 17 touchdowns, and they can beat defenses with speed and ball skills. (Ross has a few more catches, while Pettis has been more efficient with his.) They'll be a load for Utah's secondary, led by leading tackler and strong safety Chase Hansen. Another matchup to watch, if this unfolds how it should: Washington slot receiver Chico McClatcher against Utah nickel back Justin Thomas.

2. The Utes' path to scoring points isn't immediately clear. The simplest answer is to feed running back Joe Williams, who retired from the sport earlier this season but returned and last week became Utah's single-game rushing record-holder. Williams is great, but Washington can probably take him out of the game if it wants. The Huskies did that to Stanford's Christian McCaffrey on Sept. 30, and the Cardinal couldn't figure out another way to beat them. Washington's secondary is great, so it makes sense to load to box and force the Utes to pass to win. Speaking of which ...

3. Utah QB Troy Williams is a Washington transfer. Williams left Chris Petersen's program for a junior college after 2014, and now he's back in the Pac-12 to face his old school. "I can't be sure," Williams said back then, asked if he'd gotten a fair shot to start in Seattle. He's found one in Utah, and Petersen probably isn't complaining about how it all worked out.


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