Colorado (1-10, 1-7 Pac-12) ranks last in the league in all major categories except for rushing offense (110.9) and passing defense (274.73), where it ranks next to last.
Of course, it was a similar team that beat the Utes 17-14 a year ago to allow the Buffs to finish 3-10. That game also nixed Utah's chances of reaching the Pac-12 title game.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said that loss wouldn't be a rallying point for the Utes this week and the game is simply another the Utes must win.
"To have them come in and beat us was disappointing and you have to give them credit, they played their best game of the year, but is there revenge?" he asked. "I'm not sure about that."
Despite Colorado's struggles, Whittingham said the team does have good players.
"Overall it's kind of like us with them not having the season they were hoping to have," he said.
Whittingham said earlier this year this has been the most frustrating season of his career, and he reiterated that belief Monday.
"Without a doubt," he said. "The most frustrating, difficult, most trying, all the above. This is a challenging profession, no doubt about it, and you know that going in and it's how you like it. We will be all right. I'm confident in the long run we will be just fine."
Quarterback Travis Wilson said he was feeling much better about his play on Monday than he did a week ago after his poor performance at Washington.
"I knew it was a do-or-die situation and I tried my best out there to leave everything on the field," he said of Saturday's showing when he was 28-for-40 for 311 yards and two touchdowns.
Even though the Utes lost to Arizona 34-24, the game helped him improve, he said.
"I had a lot more confidence and was more calm, too," he said. "At Washington I felt too antsy and was hanging onto the ball too long and I got the ball out a lot quicker this game and was able to find easy targets and completions."
Backup running back Kelvin York, who has missed the last three games with an ankle sprain, practiced Monday and could be available for Friday's game, Whittingham said. ... Freshman running back Jarrell Oliver, who didn't play in the last two games, had surgery on his foot Monday. ... The Utes have received a verbal commitment from Tevin Carter, a 6-foot-3 safety at Los Angeles Southwest College.