Ranked No. 5 in the country, the Cardinal are loaded on offense and defense -- and play more like a team from the SEC than the Pac-12.
That is, Stanford is physical at the point of attack. Every team -- with the exception of nationally ranked Washington -- has had no answer for the Cardinal's balanced offense.
How balanced is Stanford? The Cardinal average 210 passing and 197 rushing yards per game. Those are numbers that went down by about 20 yards in each category after the Huskies nearly upset the No. 5 team in the country.
But, you know what they say about "nearly." It just isn't good enough. And so, the Utes face a Stanford team that probably has a chip on its shoulder after barely eking by Washington.
The Huskies held the Cardinal to 179 yards on the ground and just 100 passing yards. Even so, it was still not enough to secure a victory.
And the maddening thing of all was that Stanford, despite playing its worst game of the season statistically, still only committed one turnover, an interception.
So how then, can Utah -- a team that is not nationally ranked and hasn't even beaten a Pac-12 opponent this season -- possibly stand a chance of shocking Stanford?
Calling it an upset doesn't do this game justice; most media see absolutely no way that the Utes with their high-octane offense and leaky defense can possibly win.
Winning the game, then, would take a yeoman's effort on many sides of the ball. Here are five keys to the Utes pulling off a shocker against No. 5 Stanford: