Utah Utes (2-1) vs Washington State Cougars (3-1)Date : 09/29/2018
Time : 6:00 pm EST
Location : Martin Stadium, Pullman, Washington
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Utah Utes vs Washington State Cougars
The Utes of Utah will travel to Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington, to battle the Washington State Cougars on Saturday at 6 pm EST. In their last outing, the Utes would suffer the 21-7 home loss to the Washington Huskies on September 15th as they would not cover the spread as four point underdogs while the under was the result with the total being set at 45.5 points for the game while the Cougars lost their first game of the year on the road versus the USC Trojans by a 39-36 score to where they would also not cover the spread as 4.5 road favorites while the total of 51 points was surpassed. In their last meeting on November 11, 2017, the Cougars would throw for 311 passing yards while recovering three fumbles versus the Utes on the road on their way to a 33-25 win to where they would cover the spread as one-point underdog while the over was the play as the total was set at 50.5 points for the game. The Utes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Utah Utes 's Latest Performance :
Utah’s Zack Moss recorded the only score for the Utes in a 21-7 home loss in their last outing versus the Washington Huskies while their defense allowed the visitors 172 yards rushing for the game while giving up 155 yards in the air. The Utah offense, on the other hand, collected 123 yards rushing along with 138 passing yards in the loss with Tyler Huntley going 30 for 38 with an interception. Moss led the rushing attack with 57 yards on 13 attempts while Britain Covey and Samson Nacua combining for 16 catches for 100 yards in the loss. The Cougars, despite their most recent loss, is ranked fifth in the country in total yards allowed per game with 262 yards while allowing 21 points per game to their opponents while the Utes are averaging 42 points per game thus far awhile putting up a total of 485 yards per game on their opponents.
Washington State Cougars's Latest Performance :
Despite a 24-17 lead at the half, the Cougars only got a Max Borghi touchdown run along with a Gardner Minshew touchdown pass to Easop Winston in the second half as the Trojans would outscore the road team 22-12 in the second half en route to a huge home victory last Saturday. Washington State collected 344 yards passing as Minshew would have three touchdown passes on the night as Winston had two scores while Dezmon Patmon would have a touchdown pass as well. The rushing attack, ranked 127th in the nation, only accumulated 91 yards on the ground with James Williams leading the charge with 54 yards on 17 rushes along with a TD. The Cougars, as a team, would have 117 yards in penalties in the loss despite holding the ball for 35:49 minutes for the game. The 16th ranked rushing defense for the Cougars would allow 113 yards on the ground while giving up 241 yards passing as JT Daniels threw three touchdown passes in the win for the Trojans in their most recent outing. They will now face a Utah defense that is very solid and allowing just 12 points per game to their opponents while giving up only 205 total yards on defense, ranked first in the nation.
How Utah Utes & Washington State Cougars Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Washington State is 4-0 ATS while the O/U is 3-1
Utah is 1-2 ATS while the O/U is 1-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for the Cougars to do what they do best in this matchup which is throw the football. However, they will find it difficult to do so with Utah having the top ranked pass defense in the country in allowing only 93 yards per game. On the other hand, the Utes will look to pass the ball on a Cougars team that is allowing only 160 yards per game. And while both teams possess average to below average rushing attacks, it will also be difficult for each to establish themselves in the trenches as both defenses are ranked in the top 25 in points allowed on the ground. In all, this will be a tough, defensive minded contest to where each team will work for what they get on offense.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Washington State +1.5
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Cougars in this matchup with the plus money as feel that they will certainly find a way to put some points on the board. With that being said, this will be a close matchup throughout, however, the Cougars are much more experienced with much more talented playmakers on offense which will allow them to escape with a victory in the end. In all, I will take the Cougars with the points since Utah has struggled to put points on the board consistently this year.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 50.5
My reason for the prediction :
The under will be the play in this matchup despite the Cougars being able to put some points on the board. The fact is that both these defenses are solid and while they may have allowed teams to score a bit in the past, this will certainly not be a contest to where the scoreboard will light up early and often. It is for this reason that I will back the under of 50.5 points as the strongest play for this PAC 12 matchup on Saturday afternoon.
Betting trends for Utah Utes :
- Utes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game
- Utes are 17-4 ATS in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Under is 4-1 in Utes last 5 games in September.
Betting trends for Washington State Cougars:
- Cougars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Cougars are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games in September
- Cougars are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games.