Arizona Wildcats (3-3) vs Utah Utes (3-2)Date : 10/12/2018
Time : 10:00 pm EST
Location : Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Arizona Wildcats vs Utah Utes
The Arizona Wildcats will travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, to take on the Utah Utes on Friday night at 10 pm EST. the Wildcats are coming off a 24-17 home win over California in their last outing as they outscored the road team 14-3 in the second half after going down at the half by a 14-10 score. The Utes picked up a huge Pac 12 victory at home over the Stanford Cardinal by a 40-21 score as their 61st ranked rushing attack proved the be the difference once again as it racked up 222 yards for the game as the Utes halted a two-game losing streak with the win. these two teams met twice in the past two years with Utah winning both matchups while covering the spread. Nonetheless, the Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Salt Lake City.
Arizona Wildcats's Latest Performance :
Arizona won their third game in four outings as the rushing attack racked up 124 yards on the ground led by JJ Taylor with 73 yards on 15 carries while Khalil Tate threw for 141 yards in the air along with a touchdown and an interception in the win. The Wildcats did not play particularly well for the game as they were only five for 15 on third down conversions while having two turnovers and holding the ball for only 25:14 minutes for the game, yet, the Golden Bears were not stellar either as they committed four turnovers while also committing 115 yards in penalties in the game, despite going 53% in third down conversions. The Utes rush defense, however, gave up 161 yards on the day, much more than their average of 78 yards per game while also giving up 315 yards in the air, almost 100 yards more than what they allow per game. They will need to bring their A game versus an Arizona passing attack that averages 244 yards per game.
Utah Utes 's Latest Performance :
As stated, Utah’s rushing game has dominated opponents this year in averaging 182 yards per game as it collected 22 yards in their matchup last weekend over the Stanford Cardinals in a blowout victory. The passing game averaged 9.5 yards per catch while they converted six of 13 third down attempts for the game. Their 3rd ranked rush defense allowed only 1.5 yards per rush yet allowed Kevin Costello and the Cardinal passing attack to rack up 381 yards along with a touchdown in the contest. Nonetheless, the Utes would collect two interceptions in this game. Tyler Huntley threw for 199 yards for Utah with a TD while Zack Moss ran for 160 yards along with two touchdowns. Samson Nauca led the receiving corps with 70 yards on six catches as the Utes racked up 421 yards for the game.
How Arizona Wildcats & Utah Utes Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Arizona is 3-3 ATS while the OU is 1-5
Utah is 2-3 ATS while the OU is 3-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This is a very important game for both these teams as Utah will look to get back to .500 in the Pac 12 while the Wildcats, currently at 2-1 in the division, will look to maintain an edge over the Utes while also keeping step with USC and Colorado in the Southern division of the Pac 12. And while the Wildcats garnered up some confidence over recent weeks in winning three of four, the Utes are also on a high after beating a Stanford team on the road as well. in all, look for this to be a very competitive matchup from two teams that are looking to be dark-horses in the Pac 12 by season’s end.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Arizona Wildcats +13.5
My reason for the pick :
While Arizona would love to make this an up and down matchup on Friday, the Utes will play solid defense as usual in making this a low-scoring contest from the start. Furthermore, while the Utes had a great win over the Cardinal in their last outing and while they may certainly pick up yet another division win over the Wildcats in this matchup, I also look for this game to be very close at the Wildcats have indeed averaged over 40 points in their last three wins. With that being the case, I will back the road team in this matchup as they
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 51.5
My reason for the prediction :
I only see the under being the play in this game as both teams will be focused on getting a win while also gaining a serious edge within the trenches to where this game will be won. In all, look for both Utah and Arizona to come into this game with Pac 12 positioning in mind as the Wildcats are in third place with the Utes directly on their heels. with the type of defense that the Utes possess, look for this to be a tight, low-scoring matchup to where both teams will not want to give any type of edge to their opponent. It is for this reason that I will back the under in this contest on Friday.
Betting trends for Arizona Wildcats:
- Wildcats are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Under is 5-0 in Wildcats last 5 conference games.
- Wildcats are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
Betting trends for Utah Utes :
- Under is 6-1 in Utes last 7 games following an ATS win.
- Utes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Under is 5-1 in Utes last 6 games following a straight up win.