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Gameday glance: No. 5 Stanford at Utah, Oct. 12, 4 p.m. (7 items)

By , Deseret News

Oct. 12, 2013

Utah heads into its contest with No. 5 Stanford in dire need of a win in conference play. Utah is already sitting at 0-2 in Pac-12 play and facing an upcoming stretch of four out of five league games on the road.

The Cardinal, meanwhile, have stayed unbeaten and will be looking to keep that going before the league slate gets even tougher.

Here's a look at the matchup and what is at stake in Saturday's contest.

1 of 7. At a glance

No. 5 Stanford (5-0, 3-0) at Utah (3-2, 0-2)

Saturday, 4 p.m.

Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017)

FieldTurf, Salt Lake City

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Radio: 700 AM

Weather: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 60s.

2 of 7. The Stakes

For Stanford ... The Cardinal need a win to keep their national championship hopes alive. A loss could also prove costly in repeating as Pac-12 champions.

For Utah ... The Utes, who have lost two straight at home, could use a little momentum before back-to-back Pac-12 road games at Arizona and USC.

3 of 7. The Trends

For Stanford ... The Cardinal own the Pac-12's longest active win streak. They’ve prevailed in 13 straight games, the second longest active run in the nation.

For Utah ... The Utes have struggled at home in Pac-12 play. They’re just 4-7 in conference games at Rice-Eccles Stadium since joining the league in 2011.

4 of 7. The Edge

Stanford will win if ... The Cardinal can continue to be disciplined and efficient. They’re averaging 39.2 points and giving up just 21.2 per game.

Utah will win if ... The Utes are able to win the turnover battle. Quarterback Travis Wilson has been intercepted nine times in two Pac-12 games.

5 of 7. Player to Watch

Ty Montgomery, Stanford: The Pac-12’s all-purpose yardage leader (176.6 yards) is a game-changing kickoff return specialist (averaging 33.5 yards).