The No. 19 Washington State Cougars control their own destiny in the Pac-12 North with two games to play, but those final two won’t be easy. Before an Apple Cup date with Washington on Nov. 25, the Cougs head to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Utes on Saturday afternoon. The Utes looked to be contenders for the Pac-12 crown themselves early in the season, but a four-game skid ended those hopes.
Utah did bounce back in a big way last week, however, with a 48-17 blowout win over UCLA. The Utes have also played two of the conference’s top teams—Stanford and USC—tough, losing by a combined four points to the current Pac-12 division leaders.
Washington State has struggled on the road this season. After a 33-10 win over Oregon in Eugene, the Cougs suffered big losses to Cal and Arizona away from home. With two road games between WSU and a trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game, the Cougs will need to figure out how to play away from Martin Stadium in a hurry.
WSU and Utah haven’t played since 2014, when WSU came back from an early 21-0 deficit to escape Salt Lake with a 28-27 win. That was a rare high point for those Cougs in a 3-9 season, this time around the stakes are much higher.
Game time: 2:30 p.m. PT
TV channel: Pac-12 Networks
Online stream: Pac-12 Live (log-in required)