Utah Utes (3-0) at Arizona Wildcats (2-1)
College Football: Friday, September 22, 2017 at 10:30 pm (Arizona Stadium)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats +3.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The 23rd ranked Utah Utes will travel to Arizona Stadium to take on the Arizona Wildcats this Friday night in College Football action.
The 23rd ranked Utah Utes improved to 3-0 on the season after defeating the San Jose State Spartans 54-16, this past Saturday. Utah has no trouble finding the end zone against a week San Jose State defense, and pulled away from the Spartans after taking a 30-3 lead with 3:32 left in the 1st half. Utah outgained San Jose State by a 501-263 margin and won the turnover battle by a difference of 5-3. Leading the way for the Utes was QB Tyler Huntley who completed 30 of 43 passes for 341 yards, 4 TDs, while also adding 53 yards on the ground. On the season, Utah is averaging 36.7 ppg on 476.7 total yards per game (294.0 passing yds/g; 182.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Utes are led by WR Darren Carrington II who has 4 TD's on the season and is averaging 136.3 yds/g on 8.7 rec/g. QB Tyler Huntley has completed 72.1% of his passes on the season for 5 TD and 1 INT while averaging 289.3 passing yds/g. Utah’s backfield is led by RB Zach Moss who had 2 TD’s on the season and is averaging 70.7 rushing yds/g on 17.0 att/g. Defensively, the Utes are holding their opponents to an average of 15.0 ppg on 246.0 total yards per game (196.7 passing yds/g; 49.3 rushing yds/g). Utah has forced 9 turnovers this season and has a turnover margin of +3.
The Arizona Wildcats improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating the UTEP Miners 63-16, this past Saturday. Arizona jumped out to a 35-9 halftime lead and never looked back as the Wildcats dominated the Miners from start to finish. Arizona outgained UTEP by a 501-218 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for the Wildcats was QB Brandon Dawkins who completed 18 of 21 passes for 155 yards and 3 TD while adding 133 yards and 3 TD on the ground. On the season, Arizona is averaging 47.0 ppg on 489.0 total yards per game (161.0 passing yds/g; 328.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Wildcats are led by duel threat QB Brandon Dawkins who has completed 66.7% of his passes on the season for 4 TD's. Dawkins is also leading the Wildcats on the ground as he 5 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 83.7 rushing yds/g. The Wildcat's have talent at the WR position in Shun Brown (2.7 rec/g, 42 yds/g, TD), Tony Ellison (2.7 rec/g, 34.7 yds/g, TD), and Bryce Wolma (3.7 yds/g, 26.3 yds/g, TD). Arizona uses a running back by committee approach that includes J.J. Taylor (12.7 att/g, 62 yds/g), Nick Wilson (10.5 att/g, 63 yds/g, TD), and Nathan Tilford (6.0 att/g, 58 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, the Wildcats are holding their opponents to an average of 19.7 ppg on 387.7 total yards per game (267.7 passing yds/g; 120.0 rushing yds/g). Arizona has forced 7 turnovers on the season and has a turnover margin of +4.
The Utes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 17-35 ATS in their last 22 home games and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 home games.
Utah continued to their solid start to their season and has been led by their defense that currently ranks 12th in the country in total defense. Arizona bounced back from their loss at home against Houston to easily defeat UTEP and come into this matchup with the 6th ranked rushing offense. Arizona’s offensive numbers look outstanding but I wouldn’t read too much in to them as the majority of their stats have come against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and UTEP Miners. Utah’s has an outstanding defense that should be able to give the Wildcats trouble, just as the Houston did, and as I think the Utes offensive weapons will be able to do some damage against a weak Wildcats defense, I’m taking Utah to cover this small road spread.