Utah and Arizona State Sun compete in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Saturday night the two teams meet again, this time in Tempe.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
No. 13 Utah (2-1) at Arizona State (1-2)
Kickoff: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. MDT
Venue: Sun Devil Stadium
Radio: KALL 700
Live stream: https://www.espn.com/
Series: Arizona State leads 22-10.
Weather: Clear skies and temperatures in the 90s at kickoff.
For Utah: The Utes’ last win in Tempe was in 2016, when they won 49-23 as quarterback Troy Williams threw for a career-high 296 yards and four touchdowns. Utah has won four of the last six games against ASU.
For Arizona State: The Sun Devils are 15-4 all-time against Utah in Tempe. They surrendered 305 rushing yards in their loss to Eastern Michigan last weekend.
What to watch for
Arizona State dropped a humbling setback at home against Eastern Michigan. The following day, ASU fired coach Herm Edwards and promoted running backs coach Shaun Aguano to interim head coach.
In the Pac-12 opener for both teams, the Utes are wary of the Sun Devils being reenergized due to the changes in the program.
Over the last two games, Utah’s offense has started slowly, scoring just seven points in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Utes have scored 59 points in the last two games in the second quarter. Utah has been emphasizing a faster start this week.
Two defensive players, linebacker Mohamoud Diabate and cornerback Clark Phillips III, are injured and the coaches are hopeful that they’ll be available Saturday.
The Utes rank No. 2 nationally in passing defense, allowing 90 yards per game.
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