Preview: Colorado at Utah

When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 30, 2013
Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah


It’s a battle to avoid the basement of the Pac-12 South division when sinking Utah hosts struggling Colorado in Saturday’s season-finale for both teams. The teams are tied for last in the South with the Utes having lost five straight games and the Buffaloes dropping four of their last five. A loss would give Utah its worst losing streak since a six-game funk in 2002 while Colorado is wrapping up its eighth consecutive losing campaign.

Utah hasn’t won since a stunning upset of Stanford on Oct. 12 and the school has clinched back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1989-90. “It’s a competitive profession and we’re in a competitive league,” Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said at his weekly press conference. “It’s certainly a huge disappointment for me personally and I take it personally. It’s on my shoulder. I’m in charge of this program. There is nowhere to point the finger but right here.”

TV: 2 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: Utah -16.5
   
ABOUT COLORADO (4-7, 1-7 Pac-12): The contest could be the final one for standout receiver Paul Richardson, who has set school marks for receptions (79) and receiving yardage (1,289) and is one touchdown catch shy of the record held by Derek McCoy (11 in 2003). The junior standout missed the entire 2012 season due to a torn Achilles’ tendon and has bounced back from the injury splendidly, ranking third in school history with 152 receptions. Defensively, freshman inside linebacker Addison Gillam (team-best 104 tackles) has been solid even though the unit allows 39.5 points and 475.3 yards per game.

ABOUT UTAH (4-7, 1-7): Adam Schulz makes his third start with Travis Wilson (concussion) out for the season and his 347 yards against Washington State last weekend were the most by a Utes quarterback since Jordan Wynn passed for 362 against San Diego State in 2010. Big-play receiver Dres Anderson (19.7 average on 46 receptions) needs 92 yards to become the seventh player in school history to register a 1,000-yard season. Standout pass rusher Trevor Reilly (86 tackles, 8.5 sacks) plays the final game of a stellar career and he ranks fifth in school history with 20 career sacks.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The schools have split two meetings since joining the Pac-12 with the road team winning both times.

2. The Buffaloes are winless on the road this season with the average of margin of defeat being 35.5.

3. Anderson has six 100-yard receiving games this season to tie the school mark shared by Louis Thomas (1968) and Dennis Smith (1989).

PREDICTION: Utah 35, Colorado 33
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Colorado 4-7 L1 26.2 39.5 3-3 1-4 4-5 0-0 1-7
Utah 4-7 L5 29.6 29.0 3-3 1-4 1-2 0-0 1-7

Last Meeting

Colorado Utah
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/23/12 UTAH 42 COLO 35 418 112 306 336 208 128

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
COLO N. Hirschman 58.8 306 1 4
UTAH T. Wilson 52.0 128 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
COLO D. Abron 14 84 6.0 1
UTAH J. White IV 20 168 8.4 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
COLO N. Spruce 10 98 9.8 1
UTAH K. Scott 4 36 9.0 0
TDs Player TD
COLO D. Abron 1
UTAH D. Anderson 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
COLO S. Liufau 61.5 1538 10 7
UTAH T. Wilson 56.1 1827 16 16
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
COLO C. Powell 142 550 3.9 3
UTAH J. Poole 146 606 4.2 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
COLO P. Richardson 79 1289 16.3 10
UTAH D. Anderson 46 908 19.7 7
TDs Player TD
COLO P. Richardson 10
UTAH D. Anderson 8

Quickchart Matchup

Colorado Off vs  Utah Def
374.4 yards
404.6 yards
3.5 yards/rush
3.6 yards/rush
7.5 yards/attempt
7.4 yards/attempt
Utah Off vs  Colorado Def
397.9 yards
475.4 yards
4.2 yards/rush
5.1 yards/rush
7.3 yards/attempt
7.5 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Colorado Overall Utah
4-7-0 W/L 4-7-0
6-5-0 ATS 6-5-0
8-3-0 O/U 5-6-0
26.2 Pts For 29.6
39.5 Pts Against 29.0
Colorado A/H Utah
1-4 W/L 3-3
2-3-0 ATS 4-2-0
4-1-0 O/U 3-3-0
20.2 Pts For 36.8
45.8 Pts Against 26.5