Oregon Ducks vs Utah Utes: Three Things I’ll Be Watching

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Sep 3, 2015; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock (15) looks to pass as Utah Utes defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei (93) rushes during the second half at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Utah won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Tackle Lowell Lotulelei vs. Oregon’s Run Game Utah will look to contain Oregon’s Running Game and one key piece to their success will fall to the arms of Tackle Lowell Lotulelei. Like many on the Line, he is Physical. Last weekend against Fresno State he had several key plays and has eight tackles on the season. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Fresno State Bulldogs had a problem with the Utah Tackle,

"Fresno State was so frustrated by Lotulelei, the offense started having the running back chip block — a desperate move to stall penetration. Kyle Goon, Writer for the Salt Lake Tribune Describing Fresno State’s Tactic in Dealing With Lowell Lotulelei"

The Utes Run Defense is ranked second in the Pac-12 giving up just over one-hundred yards per game. The Ducks bring in the ninth overall offense and the ninth-ranked scoring offense so far in 2015 led by Running Back Royce Freeman. The Utes led the country in sacks last season with fifty-five, but so far in 2015 have just three. Something has got to give. Freeman has played a key role this season and will need to on Saturday for the Ducks to get the win.

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