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Washington vs. Utah - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Utes (5-5) at Washington Huskies (8-2)

College Football: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:30 pm (Husky Stadium)

The Line: Washington Huskies -17.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Utah Utes will travel to Husky Stadium to take on the 9th ranked Washington Huskies this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Utah Utes dropped to 5-5 (2-5 PAC-12 South) on the season after falling to the 19th ranked Washington State Cougars 33-25, this past Saturday. Utah fell behind early 20-10 and had no answers for the Washington State passing attack as the Cougars QB, Luke Falk, carved up the Utes defense for 311 yards and 3 TDs. The Utes outgained the Cougars by a 367-338 margin however, lost the turnover battle by a 7-2 margin. Leading the way for Utah was QB Tyler Huntley who completed 21 of 39 passes for 305 yards and a TD with 3 INT while also rushing for 51 yards. On the season, the Utes are averaging 29.0 ppg on 411.1 total yards per game (260.3 passing yds/g; 150.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Utah is led by Tyler Huntley who has completed 64.9% of his passes on the season for 13 TD and 9 INT while averaging 244.1 passing 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, 35.7 yds/g, TD). Utes backfield is led by Zach Moss (15.1 att/g, 77.2 yds/g, 7 TD) and Devonta'e Henry-Cole (4.8 att/g, 20.7 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 24.1 ppg on 345.0 total yards per game (201.9 passing yds/g; 143.1 rushing yds/g). The Utes have forced 22 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of -1.

Washington vs. Utah - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 9th ranked Washington Huskies dropped to 8-2 (5-2 Pac-12 North) on the season after falling to the Stanford Cardinal 30-22, this past Saturday. Washington’s usual strong defense couldn't contain Bryce Love and the Stanford rushing attack as Love rushed for 3 TDs on the day. The Huskies were outgained by the Huskies by a 406-325 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for Washington was RB Myles Gaskin who carried the ball 18 times for 120 yards and 3 TD. On the season, the Huskies are averaging 36.9 ppg on 404.2 total yards per game (221.5 passing yds/g; 182.7.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington is led QB Jake Browning who has completed 68.4% of his passes on the season for 16 TD and 5 INT while averaging 209.7 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for Browning and the Huskies have been WR Dante Pettis (5.4 rec/g, 61.2 yds/g, 7 TD), TE Hunter Bryant (2.8 rec/g, 41.4 yds/g, TD), and TE Will Dissly (1.6 rec/g, 18.3 yds/g, 2 TD). The Washington backfield is led by Myles Gaskin (16.6 att/g, 103.8 yds/g, 13 TD) and Lavon Coleman (8.6 att/g, 38.9 yds/g, 4 TD). Defensively, the Huskies are holding teams to 13.0 ppg on 257.4 total yards per game (155.9 passing yds/g; 101.5 rushing yds/g). The Huskies have forced 16 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +6.

The Utes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Utah has an exciting QB for the future in Tyler Huntley, however, the Utes have really struggled as of late losing 5 of their last 6 games largely due to their usually stout defense giving up an average of 28.6 ppg. Washington has to be disappointed that their chances to make the College Football Playoffs are all but gone, however, the Huskies still are one of the most dangerous teams in the country with their 2nd ranked scoring defense. Washington is the better team in this one, however, Utah has been great on the road ATS and as I think the Huskies will come out a bit flat as their playoff chances are gone, I’m taking Utah and the points. 

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