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ASU vs. Utah: By the Numbers Preview

All the numbers and statistics you need to know when ASU takes on the Utah Utes.

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The Arizona State Sun Devils will look to defeat its second top-10 team in three weeks when they meet the Utah Utes on Saturday in Salt Lake City. Utah is currently 2-0 in the Pac-12 and 5-0 overall with impressive wins over Michigan, Oregon and Cal.

Here is your By the Numbers preview of the Showdown in Salt Lake City.


The Sun Devils have never beaten two top-10 teams on the road in the same season. The last time a Pac-12 team beat two top-10 teams on the road in one season was Washington in 1991.


There is only one undefeated team left in the Pac-12: the Utah Utes. Utah is 2-0 to start conference play for the first time since joining the league and the Utes are off to their best overall start since they started 8-0 in 2010.


Utah has only allowed two sacks this season, which is tied for the third fewest allowed in the nation and is the best mark in the Pac-12. The number two also represents Utah's average turnover margin per game. In five games, Utah has forced 17 turnovers and have given up just seven for a +2.0 average per game.


Three native Arizonians play for the Utes. Offensive linemen J.J. Dielman (Phoenix/Desert Vista), and Nick Carman (Ahwatukee/Mountain Pointe) as well as defensive end Clarence Smith (Buckeye/Youngker HS) all have Arizona roots. Dielman has started 18 games in his career at Utah and is an all-conference candidate.


ASU has had a different receiver lead the team in receiving yards in all six games this season. In 2014, only three different receivers led the team in receiving yards.


After giving up a whopping nine sacks against Texas A&M, the ASU offensive line has surrendered just seven sacks in the five games since.


The Sun Devils are 8-2 over their last 10 true road games. ASU has won 12 of its past 19 Pac-12 road games and Todd Graham is 10-5 in Pac-12 road games in his tenure as ASU head coach.


The Sun Devil defense is leading the conference with a 9.3 tackles for loss per game average. This mark puts them fourth nationally. ASU also leads the conference in average sacks per game with 3.17.


The Sun Devils have won 11 straight games against Utah. The last victory for the Utes against Arizona State was in 1976 when both teams were in the WAC. ASU is 6-3 all-time against Utah in Salt Lake City.


The Utes have 12 interceptions as a team through the first five games of the season. That mark is tied for the most of any team in the conference and third nationally. Utah is also 12th nationally with two defensive touchdowns.


Utah is outscoring opponents 36-16 in the first quarter this season.


ASU has 22 scoring drives (out of 30) of under three minutes this season. Out of eight scoring drives against Colorado, six were under three minutes.


The Sun Devil defense forced 15 incompletions, boasted 12 tackles for loss and forced two plays of no gain against Colorado. This means that 29 of Colorado's 69 offensive plays (42 percent) resulted in no yards.


Senior running back Devontae Booker is averaging 31.8 touches per game. His 28 rushes per game average leads the nation and his 3.8 receptions per game leads the team and he is responsible for 43 percent of Utah's rushing and receiving yards.


The Sun Devils are averaging 33 penalty yards per game this season which is the fewest in the conference. Utah is averaging 42 penalty yards per game which is fourth in the league.


Utah is on offense for an average of over 34 minutes of the game, which is sixth nationally. Utah plays a slow, methodical, smash mouth offense that prides itself on winning the line of scrimmage.


Punter Tom Hackett is averaging 48.4 yards per punt, which leads the Pac-12 and puts him third in the nation. Hackett won the Ray Guy Award in 2014 as the nation's best punter. He has two punts of more than 70 yards this season and four of over 70 yards in his career.