#5 Washington football (9-0) and the #13 Utah Utes (7-2) will face off in what is another matchup between two ranked Pac-12 teams.
Over the past three seasons, the Utah Utes have quietly established themselves as a formidable contender, securing the last two Pac-12 Championships.
However, their bid for national glory fell short in both 2021 and 2022, losing the Rose Bowl to Ohio State and then to Penn State.
Under the guidance of Head Coach Kyle Whittingham since 2005, the Utes have steadily climbed the ranks, currently boasting the 9th best defense in the nation.
What to know about Washington football opponent Utah
Utah’s offensive performance, while not as prolific as their defensive counterpart, showcases a fairly balanced approach with an average of 192.7 rush yards and 159.44 pass yards per game.
In contrast, the passing game is not matching up to their opponents as the opponents are averaging 201.11 yards per game against them.
The Utes’ defense has been particularly effective in securing turnovers, amassing 8 interceptions this season. Notably, they excel in limiting their opponents’ ground game, allowing only 81.2 rush yards per game.
The Utes have had two quarterbacks splitting snaps at quarterback this season. Bryson Barnes has thrown for 930 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. Nate Johnson has thrown for 499 yards and 3 touchdowns as well as rushing for 4 touchdowns.
Running back Ja’Quinden Jackson is the team’s leading rusher with 598 yards on 112 attempts for 2 touchdowns.
Devaughan Vale leads receivers in receiving yards with 337 and 2 touchdowns.
Pac-12 Championship Contention
Currently in contention for the Pac-12 Championship game, Utah has to go through Washington football, whose offense ranks 4th in the nation. This matchup pits Utah’s 93rd-ranked offense against Washington’s near-unstoppable passing attack.