Utah quarterback Cameron Rising (7) and the rest of the Utes prepare to play Arizona play at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. After missing a game with an injury, Rising returned to action against the Wildcats, and is expected to be under center again Saturday when Utah hosts Stanford on Senior Night.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

USC, UCLA, and Oregon are legitimate competition for No. 13 Utah. Aside from those brands, Utah hasn’t had a tremendous amount to worry about in the Pac-12. The latest absolute victim for the Utes will be Stanford on Saturday.

After a rough start to the season, which saw Stanford lose four of its first five games, the Cardinal pulled off an upset vs. Notre Dame and followed that with a win over ASU. After those two victories, however, the Cardinal returned to its losing ways in lopsided affairs to UCLA and Washington State. Needless to say it’s been a disappointing season for head coach David Shaw.

Utah should roll over Stanford, not just because the visitors have a lot of injuries, but because they just aren’t that good. It’s the kind of game Utah needs to clean up quickly and protect starters against injuries for the showdown with Oregon next week in Eugene.

Stanford, like Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and Colorado, has turned out to be a kind of upper-tier Mountain West caliber competitor in the Pac 12. OK, that may be a little rough.  The Pac-12 is 7-1 vs. the MWC, the only Mountain West success came with Air Force beating Colorado.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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