The two undefeated teams in the Pac-12 South will meet under the lights in Salt Lake City. A win would give either team a leg-up in the battle for the South division crown.
Arizona State has become a regular in the Pac-12 Game of the Week. The Sun Devils have responded well and rattled off three straight wins over conference foes, are 5-1 overall and check-in at No. 18 in the AP Poll. Junior quarterback Jayden Daniels continues to be one of the most explosive players in the conference, while senior running back Rachaad White leads the Pac-12 with nine rushing scores. When the offensive success is combined with the No. 1 scoring and overall defense, Arizona State is a living up to their preseason pick to win the division. The Sun Devils have stifled opponents passing attacks this season, ranking in the top-20 nationally in passing yards allowed, passing defense efficiency and sacks.
After a 1-2 start, Utah has won two straight to get back on the right side of .500 at 3-2. Last week, the Utes defeated USC in Los Angeles for the first time since 1916, six years before the Coliseum was built. Sophomore quarterback Cameron Rising has been the architect of the last two wins since taking over as the starter. Rising threw for a career-high 306 passing yards in the historic win over USC, the first Ute to throw for more than 300 yards since 2019. As a unit, the Utah defense ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 this season and ranks No. 41 in the country. The Utes are also among the best in the league when it comes to tackles for loss and sacks per game.
On paper, this is quietly one of the most-anticipated Pac-12 matchups of the season as the league’s third-best defense in Utah will go up against the No. 2 offense of Arizona State. The game is a coin flip, but a chilly Utah evening may favor the Utes.