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ASU Football Opponent Primer: Utah Utes

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The Utes are seeking revenge from an embarrassing home loss to ASU last season.

NCAA Football: Arizona State at Utah Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State 2018 Schedule

UTSA (Sept. 1) - Read

Michigan State (Sept. 8) - Read

At San Diego State (Sept. 15) - Read

At Washington (Sept. 22) - Read

Oregon State (Sept. 29) - Read

At Colorado (Oct. 6) - Read

Stanford (Oct. 18) - Read

At USC (Oct. 27) - Read

Utah (Nov. 3)

UCLA (Nov. 10)

At Oregon (Nov. 17)

At Arizona (Nov. 24)

Utah’s 2017 Season

The Utes got out of the gates hot in 2017, starting the season 4-0. They would then go on to lose their next four games, including a blowout loss to the Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium in late October. They finished the regular season at 6-6, and were the only Pac-12 team to win their bowl game when they defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Heart of Dallas Bowl 30-14.

Key Returners

RB Zack Moss - Moss impressed at the end of his sophomore season when he accounted for 196 total yards of offense against Colorado and 150 yards against West Virginia in the Utes’ bowl game. Heading into his junior season, the Utes offense will be run-heavy with Moss and dual-threat quarterback Tyler Huntley leading the way.

DE Bradlee Anae - Anae led the Utes in sacks with seven during the 2017 season. Utah has produced numerous good players on the defensive line under head coach Kyle Whittingham. Anae is no exception and he will be a catalyst for a defense that prides itself on stopping the run.

Key Departures

WR Darren Carrington II - The Utes have lost their leading receiver from last season. Carrington transferred from Oregon for his final year of eligibility and led the team with 70 receptions and 980 receiving yards.

DT Filipo Mokofsi - Utah didn’t lose much on the defensive side of the ball, making them one of the more intimidating preseason defensive units. Mokofsi was a senior that provided good experience and recorded two sacks and three and a half tackles for loss.

Why ASU has the edge

The Sun Devils will be playing at home and will probably need to win this game as their home schedule offers them very little favors. The defense did a tremendous job of shutting down Huntley and the Utes’ running game when they won in Salt Lake City. Utah was a very streaky team in 2017, if the Sun Devils catch them at the right week it could lead to a home upset victory.

Why ASU is at a disadvantage

Utah will be greatly improved across the board and hungry to make a push in a wide open Pac-12 South. Plus, the sting of getting blown out in their own building will be lingering and they will want to best the Sun Devils in Tempe. Utah will need to limit their turnovers, and expect them to run the ball all night at Sun Devil Stadium.