Utah-Oregon Preview Capsule

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Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 11:03 AM

Utah (4-5, 1-5 Pac-12) at No. 6 Oregon (8-1, 5-1), 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Line: Oregon by 26.

Series record: Oregon 18-8-0.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Oregon looks to rebound from its 26-20 loss to Stanford that effectively derailed their bid for a spot in the BCS championship game. The Ducks must win out and Stanford needs to lose a game for the Ducks to get a shot at the Pac-12 championship. Should the Ducks win the rest of their games, they'll still play in for a BCS bowl. This is the first ever league game between Oregon and the Utes.

KEY MATCHUP

Oregon's running game against Utah's run defense. Oregon is ranked No. 7 among FBS programs with an average of 301.6 yards on the ground per game. Utah is allowing its opponents an average of 142.3 yards a game, fourth best in the Pac-12. The Utes held Stanford to 143 yards rushing in the victory over the Cardinal.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Utah: QB Travis Wilson is averaging 203 yards passing per game with 16 total touchdowns, but he's also thrown 16 interceptions. He's been battling a hand injury.

Oregon: QB Marcus Mariota was wearing a brace on his left knee against Stanford and it was apparent that his mobility was hampered. Ranked second on the team in rushing, he had six carries, three for sacks, for negative yardage against the Cardinal. Mariota insisted this week his knee wasn't an issue, although he wouldn't say if he was 100 percent.

FACTS & FIGURES

Mariota hasn't thrown an interception in 327 attempts dating back to last season, a Pac-12 record. ... Mariota has thrown a touchdown in every one of his college starts. ... The Ducks are 11-3 over Utah in Eugene. Utah last won against Oregon in 1994, 17-13 in Salt Lake City. ... Since the victory over Stanford, Utah has lost three straight. ... Utah ranks atop the nation with an average of 3.67 sacks per game. The Utes are second in total sacks with 33. ... Ducks WR Josh Huff needs 29 receiving yards to reach 2,000 for his career. ... Utah is facing four teams ranked in the AP Top 25 this season for the first time in school history.

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