Colorado vs. Utah preview

Colorado, Utah meet on gridiron for first time in 49 years.

A look at today's game ...

Colorado (2-10, 1-7) at Utah (7-4, 4-4)

When/Where: Today, 1:40 p.m. MST, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The series: Colorado leads 30-24-3, but they have not met since Sept. 22, 1962 in Salt Lake City. The Buffs and Utes used to be Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals and met almost annually from 1903-1962.

Last week: CU lost at UCLA, 45-6, while Utah won at Washington State, 30-27 in overtime.

End of the road (streak)?: Colorado has lost 23 straight road games going into today's game. The last road win came in 2007 at Texas Tech.

Something to play for: Utah still has a chance to win the Pac-12 South division and earn a spot in the inaugural conference title game. The Utes need a win over the Buffs and losses by UCLA (against USC) and Arizona State (against Cal).

Something to play for, part II: Now that Utah and Colorado are Pac-12 rivals, the schools have named the rivalry "Rumble in the Rockies." CU and Utah compete in 11 sports and there will be a trophy (still to be named) awarded.

Ute to keep an eye on: RB John White. A first-year Ute, the junior college transfer has 1,377 rushing yards (eighth in the country) and needs just 131 to break the single-season school record of 1,507. The Utes are 7-0 when White rushes for 100 yards or more and 0-4 when he is held under 100.

Buff to keep an eye on: QB Tyler Hansen. If he pays well, the Buffs have a chance to win. He's got 19 touchdown passes this season, just three away from Koy Detmer's school record of 22. He also has eight 200-yard passing games, just one behind the record of nine (by Koy Detmer in 1996 and Cody Hawkins in 2007).

Did you know?: It's been 16 years since CU closed the regular season against somebody other than Nebraska. In 1995, the Buffs closed with a 22-17 win at Kansas State.

This and that: Dating back to 1985, the Buffs are 50-11 against unranked opponents in November. ... This is CU's seventh road game, the most in program history for one season. ... Rice-Eccles Stadium has FieldTurf field. CU's last win on an artificial surface was in its last road win -- 2007 at Texas Tech. ... CU estimates 1,350 tickets being sold for this game. That means nearly 13,500 tickets were sold to CU fans for the five Pac-12 road games; the Buffs never sold more than 6,000 road tickets in any of their 15 seasons in the Big 12. ... The Utes are 65-24 in coach Kyle Whittingham's seven seasons. ... Utah's defense ranks first in the Pac-12 in scoring (allowing just 19.9 points per game). They are ninth nationally in rushing defense (97.3 yards per game). ... Tyler Hansen and Toney Clemons have hooked up eight times for TD passes, tying CU's record for most by a senior duo (also Koy Detmer and Rae Carruth in 1996). ... Will Oliver has 10 field goals, tied for the school record for most by a freshman (Tom Field in 1979). ... Clemons has caught a TD pass in five straight games, tying the school record by Carruth (1996). ... CU running back Rodney Stewart needs 181 yards (which would match his season high) to hit the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

How the Utes can win: Get John White and the run game going on offense, and continue stuffing the run on defense. Those are two Utah trademarks this season, and if the Utes keep it up, they'll roll.

How the Buffs can win: All their top weapons on offense -- Hansen, Stewart, Clemons and Paul Richardson -- need to step up and play their best games of the year. If the Buffs can pile up some points and figure out how to stop White, they'll walk away with a victory.


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