The Utah Utes (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) are back at home this week to open conference play against the number 10 ranked Washington Huskies (1-1, 0-0, Pac-12) who are coming off blow out win last week at home. Here’s a look at how to watch or listen to Saturday’s game against the Huskies.
When: Saturday, 8:00 PM MST
Online Streaming: ESPN/WatchESPN
ESPN Team: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
Radio: ESPN 700 and ESPN 700 app. Game day coverage is starting at 4PM. Our own Steve Bartle will be hosting his Ute React Show following the game as well.
Radio Play by Play: Bill Riley (play by play), Scott Mitchell (color commentary), Tom Hackett (sideline reporter)
Online Message Board: Join a live conversation after kickoff on the UteZone premium message board.
The last two games between the Utes and Huskies have come down a combined total of 10 points. The 10thranked Huskies are looking to prove themselves a top dog in college football and the Utes are looking to upset and start earning the respect they think they deserve.
Utah is coming off a slug fest road win to Northern Illinois University where the Utes faced an underrated defense. The Huskies are coming off of a blow at win at home against North Dakota. The Huskies only loss on the season comes from the 1stweek against Auburn.
The Utes defense will have it’s hands full with a team like the Huskies who are lead by Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin. Even though Browning hasn’t lived up to the hype this season, something always seems to happen against the Utes.
Gaskin is averaging 4.0 yards per carry behind an O-Line with questions. Starting center, Nick Harris is back and that should help the Huskies.
Utah native Ty Jones who has two touchdowns on the year is also making is home state debut this week. Expect the freshman to be ready once again to make big plays for his team.
Browning has only thrown three touchdowns this season to the three interceptions. Utah has struggled to create turnovers this season. All that could change tonight with a struggling Huskie offense.
Offensively Utah will have a challenge as well with the Huskies. Bryron Murphy, cornerback has had 10 tackles and three pass breakups through the first two games. Linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven has had 22 tackles. Washington has sacked the QB four times this season. Utah’s O-Line must be better this week then it has in the past.
Tyler Huntley seems to come alive playing the Huskies. Some of his best games have been against this defense. Britian Covey will provide a fun challenge for the Huskies defense as well. Covey seems to help provide a spark the offense needs just at the right time. Zack Moss who struggled against NIU only running 66 yards all night will face another tough defense, Moss however seems to come alive in pressure situations. Look for him to make an impact on the game as well.
This game will ultimately come down to whose offensive is able to come alive against a top defense. It’s the first big test for the Utes and a chance for the Huskies to prove they belong in the top 10.
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