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College Football
Colorado at Utah
When: 2:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2015
Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah’s shot at the Pac-12 South Division title is gone, but the hangover lingers. The 23rd-ranked Utes will try to shake the disappointment Saturday when they host Colorado in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Two weeks ago, Utah was an 8-1 and sitting atop with the South at 5-1, but narrow losses to Arizona (37-30 in double overtime) and UCLA (17-9) have followed, cutting the Utes out of a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game. “We blew an opportunity,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said during his weekly radio show on Salt Lake’s ESPN 700. “We gotta live with that; we gotta own that. But there are still a lot of positives.” One of the still-attainable goals is the program’s first 10-win season since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. To get there, Utah will have to beat a Colorado team that has lost four straight and is looking for its first five-win season since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.

TV: 2:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: Utah -16.5

ABOUT COLORADO (4-8, 1-7 Pac-12): The Buffaloes, who haven’t finished above .500 since 2005, are coming off their worst offensive showing of the season, managing only a field goal in last Saturday’s 27-3 loss at Washington State. Redshirt freshman quarterback Cade Apsay is making his second career start in place of the injured Sefo Liufau and is coming off a 26-of-40, 238-yard, two-interception performance last week in Pullman. In all, 23 Colorado players have made their first career starts this season.

ABOUT UTAH (8-3, 5-3): It’ll be Senior Sendoff Day for 19 Utes, including quarterback Travis Wilson and tailback Devontae Booker, who ranked third in the conference in rushing (1,261 yards, 11 touchdowns) before sustaining a season-ending knee injury against Arizona. Joe Williams stepped in for Booker last week and ran for 121 yards on 23 carries, but Utah finished with a season-low 307 total yards and was held to single digits on the scoreboard for the first time in 28 games. Defensively, the Utes are the Pac-12’s best against the run (117.5 yards per game) and have the conference’s third-best scoring defense (22.5 points allowed).


1. Utah has won three of the four meetings with Colorado since the schools joined the Pac-12, and each of the contests have been decided by seven points or fewer.

2. K Andy Phillips accounted for all of the Utes’ points against UCLA, moving him into a tie with former K Louie Sakoda for the program’s career scoring lead with 308 points.

3. Colorado WR Nelson Spruce has one more game to add to his Pac-12 career receptions record of 289 and needs one more touchdown catch to break a tie with Scotty McKnight (22 touchdowns) for the school’s career scoring receptions mark.

PREDICTION: Utah 27, Colorado 10

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Colorado 4-8 L4 25.5 28.1 2-4 2-4 3-6 0-0 1-7
Utah 8-3 L2 31.2 22.5 5-1 3-2 0-2 0-0 5-3
Last Meeting
Colorado Utah
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/29/14 UTAH 38 COLO 34 433 116 317 439 128 311
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Colorado S. Liufau 64.5 317 1 1
Utah T. Wilson 67.6 311 3 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Colorado C. Powell 10 75 7.5 3
Utah D. Booker 25 95 3.8 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Colorado T. McCulloch 4 101 25.2 0
Utah K. Clay 10 88 8.8 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Colorado C. Powell 3
Utah K. Clay 2
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Colorado S. Liufau 61.9 2401 9 6
Utah T. Wilson 64.7 1914 12 9
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Colorado P. Lindsay 132 610 4.6 6
Utah D. Booker 268 1261 4.7 11
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Colorado N. Spruce 84 942 11.2 3
Utah B. Covey 41 518 12.6 4
Touchdowns Player TD
Colorado P. Lindsay 6
Utah D. Booker 11
Quickchart Matchup
Colorado Colorado Off vs  Utah Utah Def
Colorado 404.3 yards
Utah 370.5 yards
Colorado 3.9 yards/rush
Utah 3.5 yards/rush
Colorado 6.7 yards/attempt
Utah 7 yards/attempt
Utah Utah Off vs  Colorado Colorado Def
Utah 381.6 yards
Colorado 424.7 yards
Utah 4.3 yards/rush
Colorado 5.1 yards/rush
Utah 7 yards/attempt
Colorado 6.7 yards/attempt