This game was selected because of the importance of this matchup for the PAC-12 South. The current standings have Utah as the heir presumptive, followed by a 2-way tie for 2nd between USC and Arizona. There are only two games separation between the top and the bottom. This game could have major ramifications towards the final standings in the PAC-12 South. Entering this game, Utah has the tiebreaker over USC and Arizona.
The Arizona Wildcats come in at 3-3 in the conference and 4-5 over all. Arizona has struggled since the start of the season with new-hire Kevin Sumlin. The Wildcats boast a much better home record, 3-2, than road record. 1-3. The Wildcats are averaging 4.59 yards/rushing at home (which is actually slightly lower than on the road) but almost a full yard more per pass attempt at home for 7.6 (versus 6.9 on the road). They also have scored double the (offensive) touchdowns at home as opposed to on the road (22 at home, 11 on the road) which accounts to nearly an 11 point differential between home game and road game scoring (34.6 and 23.3 respectively). Surprisingly the Arizona Wildcats actually have a higher opponent competition percentage at home than away (62.6% to 61%), however they’ve only allowed 4 passing touchdowns at home, as opposed to 12 on the road. Their rushing defense is pretty much a constant around 4.4 yards/attempt, however they have given up 5 more rushing touchdowns at home, 11, as opposed to on the road where they’ve allowed 6.