Oregon at Utah
When: 5:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 10, 2018
Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah lost more than a game and its solo perch atop the Pac-12
South Division last week. The 24th-ranked Utes also lost starting
quarterback Tyler Huntley to a broken collarbone, and now they turn to
redshirt-freshman Jason Shelley for Saturday afternoon’s home date with Oregon.
Shelley replaced the junior Huntley in the third quarter
Saturday at Arizona State and completed 4-of-11 passes for 59 yards and an
interception. But Utah was outscored 17-3 from that point forward in the 38-20
loss, dropping the Utes into a four-way, loss-column tie atop the South
standings. “He (Shelley) ran this type of offense in high school very
efficiently and did a great job,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Monday in
his weekly news conference. “This is his element, the spread offense. We are
excited to see what he can do. We will have a full week of getting him the No.
1 reps and see what happens. We have a lot of confidence in him.” Oregon,
meanwhile, saw its quarterback, junior Justin Herbert, clear the concussion
protocol last week and throw for 264 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-21 win
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: Utah -4
ABOUT OREGON (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12): The Ducks’ home win snapped a
two-game losing streak and moved them into a third-place tie with Stanford in
the Pac-12 North. Leading receiver Dillon Mitchell also cleared the concussion
protocol last week and caught eight passes for 156 yards and both of Herbert’s
TD tosses while CJ Verdell, Tony Brooks-James and Cyrus Habibi-Likio all ran
for TDs to pace a 200-yard effort on the ground. Despite 10 tackles from
linebacker Troy Dye – the first Oregon player in 31 years to record
double-digit tackles in five straight games – the Ducks did surrender 496 total
yards and are allowing 392.4 yards and 27.6 points per outing on the season.
ABOUT UTAH (6-3, 4-3): Shelley will lean heavily on junior
tailback Zack Moss, who has rushed for at least 128 yards in each of the last
three games and is tied for third in the Pac-12 with 121.3 yards per contest.
The Utes also will be focused on cutting down on turnovers after throwing three
interceptions vs. Arizona State and falling to minus-2 on the season in
turnover differential. Behind leading tackler Chase Hansen (8.3), the Utes rank
second in the conference in scoring defense (19.1 points) and total defense
(314.7 yards) but surrendered season highs in points (38) and total yards (536)
to the Sun Devils.
1. Oregon has won four of the five meetings, including a 41-20
home win last season, since Utah joined the Pac-12 in 2011 and has won the last
two games in Salt Lake City.
2. Herbert has thrown for 19 TDs and only two interceptions in
nine career Pac-12 road games, and his 24 straight games overall with a scoring
pass is the longest current streak in the FBS.
3. With 1,092 rushing yards this year, Moss is the fourth player
in Utah program history with two 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He finished with
1,173 in 2017.
PREDICTION: Utah 26, Oregon 24
Stats and Records
||D. Carrington II