QB Marcus Mariota
Mariota was the clear leader in the Heisman race before an average performance in the loss to Stanford likely ended his chances.
The important thing for Mariota and the Ducks is that they bounce back from the loss and end the season the way they are capable of ending it. To do so, the Ducks will need Mariota on top of his game.
In order to be at his best, Mariota's banged-up knee will need to be healthy going forward. His mobility was severely limited against Stanford, and it changed everything that Oregon does.
Keep an eye on him early in the game. If he is able to get out of the pocket and get downfield when needed, the Ducks should be just fine. If he is limited, Oregon's offense will follow suit.
RB De'Anthony Thomas
Thomas has mostly been a non-factor in two games since returning from an ankle injury. He was limited by the physical defenses of UCLA and Stanford, the latter of which forced a Thomas fumble inside the 5-yard line.
The Ducks need Thomas need to regain his form as the most dangerous offensive weapon in the country. Physically, he looks ready to return to form, but he needs to prove it on the field.
Safeties Avery Patterson and Brian Jackson
The senior safeties are the leaders of the defense and need to rally the troops, which was demoralized by Stanford's physical offense.
With quarterback Travis Wilson, who has been susceptible to costly turnovers, leading the way, Utah will throw the ball more than Stanford did against the Ducks.
Patterson and Jackson must defend the deep third of the field because a couple of deep balls over the top could lead to the big plays that the Utes need to stay in the game.
Their leadership will be as important as their play on the field because they are the glue that holds the Ducks' wounded defense together.