Stanford vs Utah: The Stanford Cardinal will be trying to get back to their winning ways when they entertain the Utah Utes at Stanford Stadium on Saturday night. The Utes won their first two games but are now coming off consecutive losses to Washington and Washington State.
Utah is 2-2 through four games but could just as easily be 3-1. The Utes led almost the entire way at Washington State last Saturday, including 24-21 with less than five minutes remaining. But the Cougars kept battling back and eventually prevailed 28-24. Utah moved the ball well enough, finishing with 322 yards, but the visitors struggled on third downs and also shot themselves in the foot with nine penalties for 76 yards–mostly on offense.
“They’ll come back ready to go to work,” head coach Kyle Whittingham assured. “I’ve got no doubt about that. We’ve got great leadership and it’s what football is all about–coming back. We’ve got to be ready to play [this] week, no matter what happens. You’ve got to pick yourself up, get ready to play the next week, and it doesn’t get any easier with a road trip to Stanford. But our guys will work hard; I guarantee that.”
Whittingham’s squad especially needs to work hard on its offense, which has been serviceable but unspectacular through four outings. Huntley is completing a decent 59.4 percent of his passes with four TDs and two INTs. Utah is averaging a modest 4.3 yards per rush, with Moss at 5.2 ypc (75 for 389 and four touchdowns).
Stanford running back Bryce Love finished runner-up to Baker Mayfield in the 2017 Heisman Trophy vote, but at this rate he will not be getting invited to this year’s ceremony. Love is averaging just 4.3 yards per carry this season, previously averaging 7.8 as a freshman (on just 29 attempts while backing up Christian McCaffrey), 7.0 as a sophomore, and 8.1 as a junior.