Utah vs. Stanford - 10/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Stanford Cardinal (3-2) at Utah Utes (4-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:15 pm (Rice-Eccles Stadium)
The Line: Utah Utes +5.5 -- Over/Under: 53 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS1; Fox Sports Go
The Stanford Cardinal will travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium to take on the 20th ranked Utah Utes this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Stanford Cardinal improved to 3-2 (2-1 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils 34-24, this past Saturday. Stanford took a 24-17 halftime lead and outscored Arizona State 10-7 in the 2nd half on the way to the win. The Cardinal outgained the Sun Devils by a 501-409 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for Stanford was Bryce Love who carried the ball 25 times for 301 yards and 3 TD. On the season, the Cardinal are averaging 39.0 ppg on 461.2 total yards per game (188.4 passing yds/g; 272.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Stanford is led by RB Bryce Love who had 8 TD’s on the season while averaging 217.6 rushing yds/g on 19.6 att/g. QB Keller Chryst has completed 52.0% of his passes on the season for 4 TD and 2 INT while averaging 127.3 passing yds/g. The pass catchers are led by WR's JJ Arcega-Whiteside (3.3 rec/g, 48.0 yds/g, 2 TD) and Trenton Irwin (3.2 rec/g, 33.8 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Stanford is holding their opponents to an average of 25.4 ppg on 444.2 total yards per game (254.6 passing yds/g; 189.6 rushing yds/g). The Cardinal have forced 10 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +5.
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The 20th ranked Utah Utes improved to 4-0 (1-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Arizona Wildcats 30-24, this past Saturday. Utah took a 13-10 halftime lead into the locker room and recovered a late Arizona fumble as the Wildcats were driving with 2:33 left in the game to secure the victory. The Utes were outgained by the Wildcats by a 448-341 margin however, won the turnover battle by a 5-2 margin. Leading the way for Utah was backup QB Troy Williams who completed 9 of 18 passes for 131 passing yards while adding a rushing TD after replacing starting QB Tyler Huntley who left the game due to a shoulder injury. On the season, the Utes are averaging 35.0 ppg on 442.8 total yards per game (277.8 passing yds/g; 165.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Utah is led by Tyler Huntley has completed 73.3% of his passes on the season for 6 TD and 2 INT while averaging 241.5 passing yds/g while also rushing for 52.0 yds/g and 3 TD. Hunley will be replaced by former starter Troy Williams as he is out indefinitely. The pass catchers are led by WR Darren Carrington II (7.5 rec/g, 121.3 yds/g, 4 TD) and Siaosi Wilson (2.5 rec/g, 41.3 yds/g). The backfield features RB Zach Moss (14.5 att/g, 66.25 yds/g, 2 TD) and Devonta'e Henry-Cole (5.33 att/g, 28.33 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 17.3 ppg on 296.5 total yards per game (209.5 passing yds/g; 87.0 rushing yds/g). The Utes have forced 14 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of +6.
The Cardinal are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Utes are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games.
Stanford has picked up a couple of nice wins against UCLA and Arizona State and will hope to keep the ball rolling led by RB Bryce Love who is currently the leading rusher in College Football. Utah picked up a hard-fought win at Arizona and is once again led by their defense that ranks 18th in scoring defense. Utah is a tough place to play however, I think losing Tyler Huntley, who hasn't been ruled out yet but is unlikely to play, is really going to hurt the Utah offense and I think Stanford will do enough to cover.