Arizona at Utah - 10/8/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Wildcats (2-3) at Utah Utes (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Rice-Eccles Stadium)
The Line: Utah Utes -9.5 -- Over/Under: 53 See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Wildcats and Utah Utes clash late Saturday night in Pac-12 action at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
The Arizona Wildcats could use their first road win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Arizona Wildcats have four wins over ranked teams since the 2014 season. Brandon Dawkins is completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 698 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Dawkins has at least one touchdown pass in five straight games. Shun Brown and Trey Griffey have combined for 460 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Samajie Grant has 12 receptions. The Arizona Wildcats ground game is averaging 246.8 yards per contest, and Dawkins leads the way with 435 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 29.4 points and 458.6 yards per game. Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles leads the Arizona Wildcats with 27 tackles, DeAndre' Miller has two sacks and Jace Whittaker has one interception.
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The Utah Utes look to remain unbeaten at home and get off to a solid 5-1 start to the season. The Utah Utes have lost back-to-back games twice since the 2014 season. Troy Williams is completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 1,259 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. Williams has moved the chains through the air 51 times this season. Tim Patrick and Raelon Singleton have combined for 757 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Tyrone Smith has seven receptions. The Utah Utes ground game is averaging 174 yards per contest, and Zack Moss leads the way with 309 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Utah is allowing 18.2 points and 324.4 yards per game. Sunia Tauteoli leads the Utah Utes with 37 tackles, Hunter Dimick has five sacks and Marcus Williams has two interceptions.
The Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Utes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Utah and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings overall.
Arizona has won the last four meetings against Utah, so the Utes are getting a lot of respect from oddmakers and betters. Utah is a team that I've backed quite a bit the past couple of seasons and it's paid off due to its elite defense and special teams. However, Utah continue to has issues scoring and has played a lot of close games already. The same can be said for the Arizona Wildcats, who lost by two points to BYU and dropped to Washington by a touchdown. Also, those four games where Arizona beat Utah, it also covered.
I love Utah, but I have to take my points with the Arizona Wildcats.