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Preview: Utah vs. Washington
Without decorated quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Luke Falk, the Pac-12 took on a more defensive tone in 2018. And that’s certainly reflects in Friday night’s conference championship game which pits No. 17 Utah against No. 11 Washington in Santa Clara, Calif.
Both teams boast top-20 FBS total and scoring defenses with the Huskies allowing 311.3 yards and 16.5 points and the Utes permitting 315.8 yards and 19.3 points per game. “You (had) better get your mind right,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said Sunday in his weekly news conference. “Our guys know it’s going to be (a defensive game). They (the Utes) don’t give you anything. Lots of man coverage, (they) pack the box and are extremely active and aggressive.” Washington will be playing in its second Pac-12 title game in three years while Utah is making its first appearance since joining the conference in 2011. “It’s our first trip to the championship, and I’m proud of our guys for continuing to persevere and fight this season,” Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said at his Monday media gathering. “We overcame so many obstacles and so much adversity. They are a great group to be around, and this has been one of the most enjoyable years of coaching for me.”
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Washington -5
ABOUT UTAH (9-3): The adversity Whittingham referenced centers mainly on the early-November injury losses of starting quarterback Tyler Huntley and tailback Zack Moss, who had accounted for 84 percent of the Utes’ total offense in the first nine games. Freshman Jason Shelley has stepped in at quarterback, and while he’s averaged only 208 passing yards over the last three contests, he’s also rushed for 112 yards and accounted for six touchdowns with no turnovers. Defensively, safety-turned-linebacker Chase Hansen has notched a conference-most 22 tackles for loss to pace a unit which has been the Pac-12’s stingiest against the run with 100.3 yards allowed (fifth nationally).
ABOUT WASHINGTON (9-3): Unlike Utah, the Huskies have the advantage of health and experience in the backfield with the senior duo of Jake Browning and tailback Myles Gaskin. Browning, despite averaging a career-low 224.3 aerial yards this season, is the school’s career passing yards leader and Pac-12’s all-time winningest quarterback, while Gaskin is averaging 107.6 yards on the ground and is the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns. Senior linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven is tied for the lead nationally with 155 tackles and paces a defense which ranks second in the conference against the run (121.8 yards allowed) and pass (189.4 yards).
1. With a 21-7 road win at Utah on Sept. 15, Washington has won five of the six meetings since Utah entered the Pac-12.
2. In the September contest, Gaskin rushed for 143 yards and a TD on 30 carries while the Huskies’ defense forced three turnovers and had a trio of fourth-down stops.
3. The Utes figure to have the edge in the kicking game, ranking in the top 14 nationally in field goals made (23) and net-putting average (40.6).
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California Golden Bears versus Utah Utes
College Football Fantasy Picks 10-10-2015
It will be a battle between undefeated teams in the PAC 12 as the Utah Utes will be home to the California Golden Bears. College football fantasy draft GMs can tune to ESPN on Saturday October 10th at 10PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy rosters.
California Golden Bears are a 5-0 team. A check of their schedule and they have gone on the road and registered victories at Texas and Washington. The win against the Huskies looks good after Washington defeated USC on Thursday night. Cal had a pretty bad defense last year and some have to be concerned about the 44 points they allowed to an offensively challenged Texas Longhorns team in week three. Good thing Cal put up 45 in that game. Last week they hosted Washington St and won 34-28. California was able to force 4 turnovers by Washington St for the win. This game is a big deal for Utah as ESPN Gameday is on site to broadcast their pregame show festivities and it has fired up an already loud fan base.
The Utah Utes are 4-0 and will come off a bye week on Saturday. Two weeks ago the Utes traveled to Oregon and came away with a dominating 62-20 road victory. The Utes were up 27-13 at the half and held the Ducks to just seven second half points while putting up 35 on Oregon. Utah had a +3 turnover margin in the victory and ran for 273 yards for 6 ½ yards per carry.
California Golden Bears QB:
The junior quarterback has started all three years at the school. In 2015 Goff has completed 70% of his throws for 1630 yards with 15 touchdowns and four picks. In the win against Washington St Goff hit on 33 of 45 throws for 390 yards with four touchdowns and one pick. He has thrown for no less than 300 yards and three touchdowns in four of his five games.
California Golden Bears RB:
The running back has also seen significant action in all three years at the school. Muhammad has 39 carries for 350 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging 9 yards per carry on the year.
Just a sophomore, Enwere has 54 carries on the season for 257 yards and five touchdowns. He ran five times last week against the Cougars for 48 yards averaging 9 ½ yards per carry.
California Golden Bears WR:
Lawler leads the Golden Bears with 27 catches for 399 yards and eight touchdowns. He had six catches for 105 yards last week with two touchdowns. He also caught two touchdown passes in a week three win at Texas.
The senior wide out has caught 17 passes for 272 yards with two touchdowns. Against Washington St, Treggs had four catches go for 65 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging 16 yards per catch on the season.
Utah Utes QB:
The Ute senior quarterback has completed 68% of his passes for 513 yards with four touchdowns and one pick. In week four at Oregon Wilson threw for 227 yards and four touchdowns. He is a threat to run the football with six carries for 100 yards and a touchdown at Oregon.
Utah Utes RB:
Booker has been a workhorse in 2015. He already has 106 carries on the year and has rushed for 443 yards and four touchdowns. The Utes senior running back has caught 15 passes out of the backfield for 149 yards. He has had no fewer than 22 rushing attempts in any one game.
Utah Utes WR:
A freshman is leading the Utah Utes receiving corps with 17 grabs for 182 yards and two touchdowns. In the Oregon game Covey caught two passes for 55 yards with two touchdowns.
Scott has caught 12 passes for Utah in 2015 for 124 yards and a touchdown. The senior wide out had a season high eight catches at Oregon that went for 75 yards with a touchdown.
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QB: Travis Wilson (Utah)
RB: Devontae Booker (Utah), Khalfani Muhammad (California)
WR: Britain Covey (Utah), Kenny Lawler (California)