Oregon State-Utah Preview Capsule
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Oregon State (2-5, 0-4 Pac-12) at No. 13 Utah (6-1, 3-1), 7 p.m. EST (Pac-12 Network)
Line: Utah by 24
Series Record: Oregon State leads 11-7-1
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Utah dropped its first game of the season last week and fell out of the Top 10. The Utes are the lone one-loss team in the Pac-12 South and the goal remains to win the division and the conference title. A one-loss Pac-12 champion is likely to get a berth in the College Football Playoff. The Beavers are in search of their first conference victory under first-year coach Gary Andersen
The Utah defense had to prepare for two quarterbacks this week. Oregon State freshman Seth Collins has started every game and leads the team with 536 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He’s only completed 51.9 percent of his passes, though, with six touchdowns and four interceptions. Redshirt freshman Nick Marshall played in his first game last week and threw for 122 yards. The Utes have the No. 3 total defense in the Pac-12 and have faced more traditional veteran quarterbacks the last three games in Cody Kessler, Mike Bercovici and Jared Goff.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Oregon State: LB Rommel Mageo. The junior does a little bit of everything for the Beavers defense. He leads the team in tackles (55), sacks (2.0), interceptions (2) and fumbles forced (2).
Utah: LB Gionni Paul. The senior leader has been on a tear the last two weeks. He posted a career-high 17 tackles, 5.5 for loss and a sack against USC and 11 tackles and 1 for loss against Arizona State. Paul’s 67 tackles are the second-most in the Pac-12.
FACTS & FIGURES
Oregon State has eight coaches with connections to the Utah program. Coach Gary Andersen is a former player and coach. Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake was the Utes’ defensive coordinator from 2012-14. … The Beavers’ 20.4 points per game ranks last in the Pac-12. … Oregon State’s pass offense averages 153.1 yards per game, has a 48.0 completion percentage and six touchdowns – all last in the conference. … Quarterback Travis Wilson is one start shy of setting the school’s career record and he’s two wins shy of passing Alex Smith for second.