• Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

No. 14 Utah appears to be getting back on the road in Colorado

ByKarla E. Kowalski

Nov 23, 2022


BOULDER, Colo. — No. 14 Utah (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12, No. 14 CFP) in Colorado (1-10, 1-7), 4 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)


Series record: Utah leads 33-32-3.

Utah still has a berth in the Pac-12 title game. But it needs a lot of help. The Utes need to win and No. 12 Washington beat Washington State, No. 22 Oregon State beat No. 10 Oregon and No. 17 UCLA beat Cal. This scenario would create a three-way tie between the Utes, Ducks, and Huskies. Utah’s conference opponents would have the highest combined winning percentage in conference games, giving them last place. It will most likely be Colorado’s last game with interim coach Mike Sanford. The Buffaloes are down 1-5 since Sanford acquired Karl Dorrell. The Utes have won five straight games against Colorado.

Utah quarterback Cameron Rising will try to get back on track after throwing three interceptions in a 20-17 loss in Oregon. Earlier this season, Rising threw a career-best 415 yards in a win over USC. The Buffaloes’ defense is lined with linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo, who recorded his first interception for Colorado in a 54-7 loss at No. 12 Washington last weekend. He had three tips while he was in West Virginia.

Utah: The Reid Brothers. Defensive end Gabe Reid, a 6-foot, 247-pound transfer from Stanford, has seven tackles for loss and 3 1/2 sacks this season. His linebacker brother Karene also has seven lost tackles. Their 14 combined tackles for losses is the highest-starting Week 13 of a number of brothers in the Power Five ranks.

Colorado: Alex Fontenot traffic jam. Last weekend, he became the 30th player in school history to rush for 1,500 yards.

Utah ranks in the nation’s top 15 for third-down conversions (51%). … Colorado has not beaten Utah since a 27-22 home win on Nov. 26, 2016. … Colorado is playing against its fourth straight team. The Buffaloes also played back-to-back four ranked rosters during the 1973 regular season. That year, they feuded with No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 8 Missouri, No. 13 Nebraska, and No. 18 Kansas, beating only the Tigers. … The Buffaloes are 2-9 in the regular season finals since joining the conference.

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