Washington and Utah meet in a game that could go a long way toward determining who wins the Pac-12 North on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Find game time, TV channel, how to watch online and odds below.
Washington-Utah football TV channel, time, live stream
Washington-Utah will be broadcast on ESPN.
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
Date: Saturday, Nov. 18
Location: Husky Stadium, Seattle, Wash.
Washington-Utah can be live streamed via the Watch ESPN app on a tablet or mobile device.
Washington-Utah football picks, odds
Line: Washington (-17.5)
Fresh off a crushing loss to Stanford, Washington returns home for the first of two end-of-season home games. The Huskies (8-2, 5-2) host the Utah Utes (5-5, 2-5) on Saturday at Husky Stadium with a shot at the Pac-12 North title still on the line for Washington.
Despite the loss, Washington is 23-4 over its last 27 games with much thanks to its defense, which hasn’t allowed more than 30 points in a game since the 2015 Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Huskies are fourth in the nation in total defense (257.4 yards per game) and second in scoring defense, allowing just 13 points per game. Washington also ranks in the top 10 in pass defense (third at 155.9 yards per game) and rush defense (fourth at 101.5 yards per game).
The Utes, meanwhile, bring a middle-of-the-road offensive attack to the contest, averaging 260.3 passing yards per game (42nd in the NCAA) and 150.8 yards per game on the ground (79th in the nation). Quarterback Tyler Huntley can break 2,000 yards passing with just 47 in Saturday’s contest. Receiver Darren Carrington leads the team in receiving with 830 yards.
The two teams have only faced off 10 times, thanks to Utah’s fairly recent addition to the Pac-12. The Huskies won the first eight before the Utes grabbed a win in the matchup in 2015. Last season, the fourth-ranked Huskies downed the 17th-ranked Utes in a thriller, 31-24. Washington leads the all-time series 9-1.
Washington-Utah keys to the game
Restart the offensive engine
It’s no secret that Washington’s offense isn’t exactly explosive, but after last week’s 30-22 loss to Stanford, the Huskies are in need of a boost with the ball. That starts with the ground game, which averages 182.7 yards per game (49th in the nation). Myles Gaskin leads the rushing attack, with 1,038 yards on the year. From there, the Huskies will have to spread the ball around more than they have for much of the season. It’s a simple gameplan against Jake Browning: Lock down Dante Pettis, and limit the rest of Washington’s options. Only one Huskies receiver has more than 50 receptions (Pettis, with 54). The next closest is tight end Hunter Bryant, who has just 22 catches on the year. For Washington to build some momentum in the final stretch of the season, it will need to involve a multitude of targets.
Pressure Tyler Huntley
At this point, writing “pressure the quarterback” on the whiteboard is a given. Any team will find success defensively if it pressures an opposing passer. But for Washington, which boasts a swarming defense as its greatest strength, it’s the easiest path to victory. Huntley has been sacked just 21 times. Washington as a team has recorded 29 quarterback takedowns. A handful of those will go a long way toward a victory.
Put the loss in the rearview mirror
Washington’s surprise defeat at the hands of Stanford might have dealt a crushing blow to the Huskies’ playoff hopes, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still something for which to play. At 5-2 in conference play, the Huskies must win out and hope Stanford loses if they want any real chance at the Pac-12 North title. Washington ends the season with the Apple Cup against Washington State, which could knock the Cougars out of division contention if the Huskies bring home a win. First, they must take care of business against Utah, then win the rivalry game and wait for some help from Cal or eighth-ranked Notre Dame to clear a path to a meeting with USC in the Pac-12 title game.