Utah vs. Washington State - 11/11/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Washington State Cougars (8-2) at Utah Utes (5-4)

College Football: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm (Rice-Eccles Stadium)

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The 25th ranked Washington State Cougars will travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium to take on the Utah Utes this Saturday night in College Football action.

The 25th ranked Washington State Cougars improved to 8-2 (5-2 PAC-12) on the season after defeating the 21st ranked Stanford Cardinal 24-21, this past Saturday. Washington State allowed Stanford to score 14 unanswered points to take a 21-17 lead with 2:37 in the 3rd quarter, however, was able to pull out a victory after an 11-yard TD pass from Luke Falk to Jamire Calvin gave the Cougars the lead with just under 7 minutes left in regulation. The Cougars outgained the Cardinal by a 430-198 margin and each team had 1 turnover. Leading the way for Washington State was QB Luke Falk who completed 34 of 48 passes for 337-yards with 3 TD and 1 INT. On the season, the Cougars are averaging 33.0 ppg on 467.4 total yards per game (381.7 passing yds/g; 85.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State is led by QB Luke Falk who has completed 68.0% of his passes on the season for 26 TD and 8 INT while averaging 291.3 passing yds/g. Falk and the Washington State offense have talent at WR position in Tavares Martin Jr. (6.1 rec/g, 78.3 yds/g, 8 TD), Renard Bell (2.8 rec/g, 45.2 yds/g, 3 TD), and Isaiah Johnson-Mack (5.0 rec/g, 47.6 yds/g, 4 TD). The Cougars backfield is led by Jamal Morrow (7.4 att/g, 47.9 yds/g, 3 TD) and James Williams (8.3 att/g, 37.2 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Washington State is holding their opponents to an average of 22.7 ppg on 297.5 total yards per game (161.1 passing yds/g; 136.4 rushing yds/g). The Cougars have forced 20 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of –3.

The Utah Utes improved to 5-4 (2-4 PAC-12) on the season after defeating the UCLA Bruins 48-17, this past Friday. Utah had no trouble moving the ball on a shorthanded UCLA team and scored 31 2nd half points on the way to victory. The Utes outgained the Bruins by a 506-249 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for Utah was QB Tyler Huntley who completed 15 of 22 passes for 234 yards and 4 TD. On the season, the Utes are averaging 29.4 ppg on 416.0 total yards per game (255.3 passing yds/g; 160.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Utah is led by Tyler Huntley who has completed 66.8% of his passes on the season for 12 TD and 6 INT while averaging 235.4 passing yds/g. Huntley is also the 2nd leading rusher on the Utah as he currently has 3 TD’s on the season while averaging 54.4 rushing yds/g. The Utes receivers have been led by Darren Carrington II (6.4 rec/g, 92.2 yds/g, 6 TD) and Samson Nacua (1.9 rec/g, 36.8 yds/g, TD). The Utah backfield is led by Zach Moss (14.0 att/g, 54.4 yds/g, 3 TD) and Devonta'e Henry-Cole (5.3 att/g, 24.0 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 23.1 ppg on 345.8 total yards per game (189.8 passing yds/g; 156.0 rushing yds/g). The Utes have forced 20 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +4.

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The Cougars are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Utes are 5-0-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.

Washington State was able to get a big conference to in contention in the Pac-12 North standing and has the talent to compete with anyone as they are led by one of the better QB’s in the country in Luke Falk and a defense that ranks 39th in the country in scoring defense. Utah was able to snap a 4-game losing streak against UCLA as the Utes finally got some answers from their defense and an outstanding performance by their duel-threat QB, Tyler Huntley. Washington State is probably the better team talent wise, however, the Cougars just don’t bring the same energy on the road as they do at home, and as I think a healthy Tyler Huntley will find some success, I think Utah will take this one. 

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Brett’s Pick Utah Utes +1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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