No. 13 Utah vs. No. 8 Oregon: How to watch, listen to or stream the game

Utah Utes quarterback Bryson Barnes warms up for the Utah-UCLA college football game in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023.
Utah Utes quarterback Bryson Barnes warms up for the Utah-UCLA college football game in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

No. 13 Utah (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) vs. No. 8 Oregon (6-1, 3-1)

Kickoff: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. MDT.
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium.
TV: Fox.
Livestream: foxsports.com/live.
Radio: ESPN 700 AM/92.1 FM.
Series: Oregon leads 24-12.
Weather: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 40s at kickoff.

The trends

For Utah: The Utes have won two straight after a loss to Oregon State, defeating Cal and then USC last week. Utah is 3-2 against Oregon in the last five meetings between the two schools, with Oregon winning the last game, 20-17, in Eugene.

For Oregon: The Ducks split their last two games, losing to Washington and beating Washington State.

What to watch for

One of the most interesting matchups of the night will be Utah’s defensive line against Oregon’s offensive line. The Ducks have protected well so far and have been able to get plenty of push for the run game, but will face their toughest defensive front yet, led by Jonah Elliss, who is second in the nation in sacks (10 sacks in 2023).

With a rebuilt offensive line, Oregon has allowed only four sacks all year. Utah enters the contest tied for fourth in the nation in sacks (28) and fifth in the country in rushing defense (allowing 78 rushing yards per game).

Which line will win in the trenches Saturday afternoon could determine the outcome.

Key player

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix prepares to go into the game against Washington State Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, in Eugene, Ore. | Andy Nelson, Associated Press
Oregon quarterback Bo Nix prepares to go into the game against Washington State Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, in Eugene, Ore. | Andy Nelson, Associated Press

Bo Nix, Oregon quarterback: Fresh off of facing reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams, the Utes turn around and face another Heisman contender.

The Ducks are No. 2 in the nation in total offense (551.6 yards per game), with 299 yards per game coming though the air via Nix. He looks for receivers Troy Franklin (768 yards and eight touchdowns on 44 catches) and Tez Johnson (368 yards and four touchdowns on 28 receptions).

Nix can beat you with his legs too, though he hasn’t done it as much as he did last year.

Utah fans are familiar with Nix, who beat the Utes 20-17 in a game where both he and Cam Rising were hobbled.

Quotable

“Really good football team, very balanced, good offense — really good offense — really good defense. So there is no weakness. They’re a complete team.” — Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.

“This is going to be a fun opponent. It’s a really good team, extremely well-coached. They’ve done a phenomenal job at utilizing their personnel and have some really talented players on their team, so it’s going to be fun for us to get out there and play them.” — Oregon coach Dan Lanning.

Next up

Utah: vs. Arizona State on Nov. 4.
Oregon: vs. Cal on Nov. 4.

Utah schedule

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham shouts during game against UCLA, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, in Salt Lake City. | Rick Bowmer, Associated Press
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham shouts during game against UCLA, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, in Salt Lake City. | Rick Bowmer, Associated Press