No.16 Utah chasing fifth straight win over Colorado
Colorado (4-7, 3-5 Pac-12) at Utah’s No.16 (8-3, 7-1, No.19 CFP), Friday at 4 p.m. EST (FOX).
Line: Utah by 23 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: tied 32-32-3
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Utah can finish 8-1 in the Pac-12 game for the second time in three seasons with a win over Colorado. The Utes have already clinched their third Pac-12 South title in four seasons. Utah rolls on offense, averaging 38.4 points and 456.3 yards per game against opponents in the league. Defensively, the Utes also lead the Pac-12 in tackles for loss per game (7.6) and sacks per game (3.09). Colorado are looking to end a four-game losing streak in the series and win against the Utes for the third time since 1958.
Defending Utah Against Colorado Offensive. The Utes have done a great job stifling opposing attacks since they rebounded from a 1-2 start. In seven league wins, Utah has only allowed their opponents to convert 35.7% of their third downs. The Utes have recorded at least five tackles for losses in every game this season. Colorado ranks last among the Pac-12 teams in total offense (267.4 YPG) and passing offense (135.5 YPG). The Buffaloes have scored over 20 points in just four games this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Colorado: QB Brendon Lewis has seen his passing count drop since posting a pair of 200-yard games against Arizona and Oregon in October. Lewis has totaled just 440 passing yards in his last three games and has played two games without throwing a touchdown pass. But he also made 108 consecutive passes without an interception throw.
Utah: RB Tavion Thomas is set to become the Utes’ last 1,000-yard rusher. Thomas racked up 836 rushing yards and a school record of 17 rushing touchdowns in 10 games averaging 5.9 yards per carry. Thomas has rushed for at least 160 yards in back-to-back games against UCLA and Stanford.
FACTS AND FIGURES
Colorado has committed just seven turnovers this season, the second smallest among FBS teams. â¦ Utah ranks in the FBS top 20 for both scoring offense (35.9 points per game) and rushing offense (213.9 yards per game). â¦ ‘Utes LB Devin Lloyd is the only FBS player this season with over 14.0 tackles for loss and several interceptions. â¦ LB Nate Landman is Colorado’s all-time leader in third down (53) and fourth down (9) saves. â¦ Utah wide receiver Britain Covey leads all active Pac-12 players with 171 career receptions. â¦ Colorado has scored on 30 of 32 possessions (.938) inside the red zone, which ranks seventh in the FBS.