The Arizona Wildcats and the Utah Utes face off on Saturday in a Pac-12 college football matchup.
The Arizona Wildcats got off to a 3-0 start to the season, but since starting Pac-12 conference games it has been two losses and they are still looking for their first conference win of the year. The Arizona offense is averaging 35 points and 428.8 yards per game and they have turned the ball over four times. Zona QB B.J. Denker is completing 54.5 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and two interceptions and has rushed for 276 yards and six touchdowns. Ka’Deem Carey is averaging 6.1 yards per carry with five touchdowns to pace the Cats ground attack and Daniel Jenkins averages 6.6 yards per carry with a touchdown. Samajie Grant has 15 catches and a touchdown and Garic Wharton has 10 catches and two touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 19 points and 377.2 yards per game with seven interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and six sacks. Jared Tevis has 37 tackles, Scooby Wright has 34 tackles, and Marquis Flowers has 33 tackles. Arizona is going to need to win games in the Pac-12 if they hope to be a bowl team this season.
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The Utah Utes have had a few close losses this season, but they got their signature win last Saturday, knocking off fifth-ranked Stanford. The Utah offense is averaging 37 points and 470.2 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 11 times. Utah QB Travis Wilson has completed 61.7 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and he has rushed for 283 yards and five touchdowns. Bubba Poole is the Utes leading rusher averaging 5.1 yards per carry with a touchdown and he also has 22 pass receptions and Lucky Radley is averaging 6.7 yards per carry with two touchdowns. The Utah receivers are led by Dres Anderson who has 28 catches and five touchdowns, Sean Fitzgerald has 20 catches and three touchdowns, and Anthony Denham has 16 catches and a touchdown. The Utah defense allows 25.3 points and 4-3.2 yards per game with two interceptions, six fumble recoveries, and 20 sacks. Trevor Reilly has 44 tackles, Jared Norris has 42 catches, and Michael Walker and Eric Rowe have 36 tackles each. This will be a test to see if Utah can maintain the momentum they built up in last week’s win.
Arizona is 6-14 against the spread following a loss, 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall. Utah is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games, 1-5 against the spread in their last six Pac-12 games, and 4-14 against the spread following a win. The road team has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two.
We are getting five points with Utah here and that looks like it should be more than enough in a game the Utes could win outright, but more importantly a game that looks to be very close, so taking the points looks to be the best play in this one.
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