- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

No. 4 Washington (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) at No. 17 Utah (7-1, 4-1), 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

Line: Washington by 10.

Series Record: Washington leads 8-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The biggest Pac-12 game of the season to date. The top team in the North facing the top team in the South in what could be a preview of the conference championship game. Both teams have conference championship and College Football Playoff possibilities resting on the outcome. Washington is likely to receive a playoff berth if it wins out. However, a one-loss Pac-12 champion is not a lock to make the semifinals.

KEY MATCHUP

Washington run defense vs. Utah RB Joe Williams. Utah has been re-energized the last two weeks after Williams came out of retirement. Williams posted a school-record 332 yards rushing last week and Utah had a combined 635 rushing yards the last two games. The offensive line has opened gaping holes. Washington is ranked No. 6 in the Pac-12 (145.4 yards per game) in run defense.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Washington: QB Jake Browning. The sophomore has taken significant strides this year and has thrown for 1,709 yards and 26 touchdowns (tied for No. 3 in the country) with a 199.62 quarterback efficiency rating (No. 2 in the country).

Utah: QB Troy Williams. The junior signed with Washington out of high school as one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country and he’s been waiting for this moment since transferring. He’s thrown for 1,725 yards and given the Utes their best passing attack in years.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Utes improved to 8-1 in 2015 after beating Washington 34-23, but lost the next two games. … Utah is 2-7 against teams ranked In top five with the last win coming against No. 5 Stanford in 2013. … Utah’s No. 1 receiver Tim Patrick hopes to be 100 percent healthy this week. … Browning has thrown just two interceptions. … Washington leads the nation in turnover margin at plus-14. … The Huskies are No 4. in scoring offense (48.3 points per game) and No. 6 in scoring defense (14.6) to join Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State as the only teams in the top 10 nationally in both categories.


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