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The expansion-forced rivalry features two teams vying to not be the worst in the Pac-12 South.
Colorado, in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, hopes to at least cap the season with a win. Saturday's 38-3 loss to the Washington Huskies moved the average score of those seven losses to 51-12. The Buffs rank dead last nationally in scoring offense at just 16 points per game. The rushing attack, behind freshman Christian Powell, averages 111 yards per game, which ranks 109th in the country. A season-ending win over Utah, just like in 2011, would be a nice way to end the year.
Utah, at 4-7, is coming off a 34-24 loss to the Arizona Wildcats despite leading to start the fourth quarter. The defeat guaranteed the Utes their first losing season since 2002. Utah surely remembers the Buffs breaking up what would have been a six-game winning streak in last year's matchup in Salt Lake City. Freshman quarterback Travis Wilson has completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,183 yards since taking over for now-retired Jordan Wynn. The Utes can compete in most games with its 35th-ranked defense, which gives up 358 yards per game.
Colorado leads the all-time series, 31-24-3, with the win in 2011 being the first game between the two since 1962.
Date/Time: Fri., Nov. 23, 1 p.m. MT
Odds: Utah is favored by 23 points