Utah is looking to finish the regular season with a win over Colorado on Friday, but it would still leave them one game short of bowl eligibility. The two Pac-12 newbies have already ensured they'll finish at the bottom of the South division.
Life has been particularly difficult for Colorado (1-10). They have just one win on the season, a 35-34 win at Washington State.
Utah (4-7) needed a win last weekend against Arizona to have a chance to be bowl eligible, but lost 34-24.
The Utes will be out for revenge this weekend. Colorado's upset win last season kept Utah out of the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Following are the key details for this game.
When: Friday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.
Live Stream: Pac-12 Video
Radio: Free Football Radio
Who will win?
Betting Line (via OddsShark)
Over/Under: 53, Spread: Utah, -23
For fans that want to take a flyer, the moneyline on Colorado is -2300.
The Buffaloes showed some life against Arizona, scoring 31 points. But they also allow an NCAA-low 46 points per game.
The smart money will take the Utes and give up the points.
Injury Report (via USA Today as of Tuesday, Nov. 20)
Kelvin York, RB, Ankle (Probable)
Jarrell Oliver, RB, Foot (Out indefinitely)
Jordan Webb, QB, Out (Hand)
Nick Hirschman, QB, Questionable (Concussion)
Nate Bonsu DL, Questionable (Ankle)
Justin Solis DL, Questionable (Neck)
Gus Handler OL, Questionable (Knee)
Ryan Dannewitz, OL, Out (Knee)
Neither team has a shot at a bowl game. They are playing for pride and to see what some of their younger players have to offer the future of the program.
There is one other storyline.
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham was asked if his team were treating the season-ending game like a bowl appearance.
Absolutely not. This is not a bowl game. It's a regular-season game. It's another chance, another opportunity in the regular season to win a game.
I've told this team many times you shouldn't need a carrot out in front of you to play hard. It should be just for the respect of the game and the competitive fire that is within. That should be enough.
Whittingham added that the main goal is to send the seniors out with a win.
This is the first time in 10 years Utah isn't bowl eligible.
There is a slim chance Colorado could still get a bowl invite. If the NCAA can't fill all 70 bowl slots they open selection up to five-win teams.
Utah Player to Watch: Travis Wilson, QB
The primary reason to watch Wilson is he wants to prove he can be the future of Utah's program. His stat line is impressive for a half-season as a freshman: 115-of-179, 1,183 YDS, 64.2 completion percentage, 6.61 YPA, 6 TDs, 6 INTs, 124.1 QB rating.
He's frustrated with the loss against Arizona and will come out pressing.
It happened and I know none of these players on this team wanted that, or the coaches wanted this to happen this way. But it happened. We still have one more chance to prove ourselves and just finish out on a good note.
There is another player with something on the line Friday.
John White needs 127 yards against Colorado to become the first player in Utah history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) November 19, 2012
Considering Colorado has the worst run defense in the Pac-12, allowing over 225 yards per game, White's odds are good.
Colorado Player to Watch: Every Senior
This is a lost season for Colorado. They managed a win against the Cougars, but this final contest will be a send-off for the seniors.
The underclassmen would like to send their teammates out with a win.
Prediction: Utah 48, Colorado 10
The Buffaloes just haven't been competitive against decent teams this season. Utah hasn't lived up to their own expectations, but they did beat BYU earlier in the season.
The Utes play decent defense, 43rd in points allowed. Their offense has struggled, but they showed the ability to score on weaker teams; they scored 49 points in back to back weekends against Cal and Washington State.
Colorado's defense is about as bad as they come, ranking 124th in the NCAA.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.