Utah Utes (4-3) at Oregon Ducks (4-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 5:45 pm (Autzen Stadium)
The Line: Oregon Ducks +1.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Utah Utes will travel to Autzen Stadium to take on the Oregon Ducks this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Utah Utes dropped to 4-3 (1-3 PAC-12) on the season after falling to the Arizona State Sun Devils 30-10, this past Saturday. Utah fell behind 16-0 at halftime and couldn't get going offensively as Arizona State dominated defensively throughout the game. The Utes were outgained by the Sun Devils by a 345-265 margin and lost the battle of turnovers by a 4-1 margin. Leading the way for Utah was WR Darren Carrington II who had 6 receptions for 56 yards. On the season, the Utes are averaging 28.1 ppg on 407.7 total yards per game (253.0 passing yds/g; 154.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Utah is led by Tyler Huntley who has completed 69.0% of his passes on the season for 6 TD and 6 INT while averaging 224.2 passing yds/g. The Utes receivers have been led by Darren Carrington II (6.4 rec/g, 92.7 yds/g, 5 TD) and Samson Nacua (3.0 rec/g, 28.4 yds/g, TD). Utah’s backfield is led by Zach Moss (15.0 att/g, 76.3 yds/g, 3 TD) and Devonta'e Henry-Cole (5.3 att/g, 28.5 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 21.4 ppg on 349.6 total yards per game (217.7 passing yds/g; 131.9 rushing yds/g). The Utes have forced 18 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +3.
The Oregon Ducks dropped to 4-4 (1-4 PAC-12) on the season after falling to the UCLA Bruins 31-14, this past Saturday. Oregon went into halftime tied at 14-all however, couldn’t pull out the victory after the Ducks offense surprisingly struggled against the UCLA defense in the 2nd half. The Ducks were outgained by the Bruins by a 408-320 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for Oregon was QB Braxton Burmeister who completed 8 of 15 passes for 74 yards with 1 INT while also rushing for 16 27 yards and 2 TD. On the season, the Ducks are averaging 34.9 ppg on 449.1 total yards per game (204.4 passing yds/g; 244.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Oregon is led by RB Royce Freeman who has 10 TD’s on the season while averaging 119.6 yds/g on 20.3 att/g. Starting QB Justin Herbert (68.3 comp %, 9 TD, 2 INT, 252.8 yds/g) is currently out with injury and has been replaced by Braxton Burmeister who has completed 52.9% of his passes for 1 TD and 5 INT while averaging 61.5 passing yds/g. The Ducks WR’s are led by Charles Nelson (3.8 rec/g, 56.6 yds/g, TD) and Jonny Johnson III (2.1 rec/g, 28.5 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Oregon is holding their opponents to an average of 30.4 ppg on 367.8 total yards per game (248.8 passing yds/g; 119.0 rushing yds/g). The Ducks have forced 15 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of –2.
The Utes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games. The Ducks are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games.
Utah is coming off their worst game of the season, however, Utah is one of the few teams in College Football that I feel can easily shake off bad losses and come in focused in their matchup. Oregon looked outstanding early in the season, however, their offense has really struggled since Justin Herbert went down with a broken collarbone. Utah’s defense comes into this matchup ranked 37th in nation in scoring defense and as I think that their talented duel-threat QB, Tyler Huntley will have a solid bounce-back game in this one, I think Utah covers this small road spread. Take Utah to cover.