Arizona State-Utah Preview CapsulePosted: Updated:
No. 23 Arizona State (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) at Utah (4-4, 1-4) 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Line: Arizona State by 7.
Series record: Arizona State leads 18-6.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Sun Devils hold a one-game lead in the Pac-12 South and need a victory to stay a step ahead of USC, UCLA and Arizona. The Utes are looking to get back on track after struggling offensively the past two games. Utah needs to win twice in its remaining four games to get bowl eligible.
Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly vs. Utah DE/LB Trevor Reilly. Containing Kelly will be a tall task. Through eight games, he already has 2,511 passing yards and is averaging 313.9 yards per game. Kelly is on pace to break school records in both categories. Reilly will be counted on to slow him down. The senior leads the Utes in tackles (69), tackles for loss (11) and sacks (5.5).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Arizona State: RB Marion Grice. Finding the end zone is what the senior does best. Grice leads the nation in scoring with 13.4 points per game. He has accounted for 18 touchdowns on 144 touches, ranking 2nd in the Pac-12 in that category.
Utah: QB Travis Wilson. An injured throwing hand limited Wilson in losses to USC and Arizona. He completed 8-of-23 passes for 66 yards and threw four interceptions. The hand is finally feeling better, so Wilson will need to step up this week after two straight poor performances.
FACTS & FIGURES
Utah has lost nine straight in its series with Arizona State. The Utes last beat the Sun Devils in 1976, with a 31-28 result in Tempe. ... Arizona State has forced opponents to go three-and-out on 55 drives this season, the most among FBS teams. ... The Sun Devils are 10-0 with Kelley as a starter when he does not throw an interception, but only 4-7 when he has at least one pick. ... Utah is tied for second in the Pac-12 with 27 total sacks. The Utes rank sixth nationally in that category.
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