Utah Utes (2-1) at Washington State Cougars (3-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Martin Stadium)
The Line: Washington State Cougars -1.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Utah Utes will travel to Martin Stadium to take on the Washington State Cougars this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Utah Utes dropped to 2-1 on the season after being defeated by the 10th ranked Washington Huskies, 21-7, on September 25th. Utah had no answers on their home field for the tough Washington defense and couldn’t fight back after an early 3rd quarter TD by Washington’s Ty Jones, gave the Huskies a 21-7 lead. Utah was outgained by Washington by a 327-261 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin. Leading the way for the Utes was RB Zack Moss who had 67 rushing yards and a TD on 13 carries. On the season, Utah is averaging 21.7 ppg on 400.7 total yards per game (247.7 passing yds/g; 153.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Utah has been led by RB Zack Moss who has 3 TD’s on the season and is averaging 94.3 rushing yds/g on 15.0 att/g. QB Tyler Huntley has completed 59.6% of his passes for 4 TD & 2 INT while averaging 234.3 passing yds/g. The top receivers for Huntley and the Utes have been Britain Covey (7.7 rec/g; 87.3 yds/g), Siaosi Mariner (2.3 rec/g; 27.3 yds/g; TD), and Samson Nacua (3.3 rec/g; 23.0 yds/g). Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 12.3 ppg on 204.7 total yards per game (93.0 passing yds/g; 111.7 rushing yds/g).
The Washington State Cougars dropped to 3-1 on the season after being defeated by the USC Trojans, 39-36, this past Friday. In an exciting back and forth game, USC was able to fight back from a double-digit 2nd half deficit to take a 39-36 lead with 8:03 left in regulation and sealed the victory after blocking Washington State’s FG attempt to tie the game with under two minutes left in regulation. Washington State outgained USC by a 435-354 margin and neither team committed a turnover in the game. Leading the way for the Cougars was QB Gardner Minshew who completed 37 of 52 passes for 344 yards and 3 TD. On the season, Washington State is averaging 41.8 ppg on 484.5 total yards per game (401.8 passing yds/g; 82.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State has been led by Gardner Minshew who has completed 71.0% of his passes for 11 TD & 3 INT while averaging 386.8 passing yds/g. The top receivers for Minshew and the Cougars have been Davontavean Martin (6.8 rec/g; 72.8 yds/g; 3 TD), Jamire Calvin (5.5 rec/g; 62.8 yds/g), Dezmon Patmon (4.8 rec/g; 58.8 yds/g; TD), and Easop Winston Jr. (4.5 rec/g; 53.0 yds/g; 4 TD). The Cougars backfield has been led by James Williams who has 5 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 47.8 rushing yds/g. Williams is also a threat in the passing game as he has 2 receiving TD’s on the year and is averaging 40.3 yds/g on 6.3 rec/g. Defensively, Washington State is holding their opponents to an average of 20.5 ppg on 262.0 total yards per game (159.8 passing yds/g; 102.3 rushing yds/g).
The Utes are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games and 19-7-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Cougars are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-0 ATS and 18-6 ATS in their last 24 games following an ATS win.
Utah is a talented team however, it doesn’t seem as if the Utah offense is going to find much success against the tougher defense teams that they’ll face this season as over their last two games against Northern Illinois and Washington, they’ve combined for just 24 points. Washington State has to be disappointed that they couldn’t pull off a victory on the road the USC, however, this is one again a very dangerous offensive team that can put up points in a hurry and has a defense that generally plays well at home. Utah has been great against the pass this season, however, they haven’t seen a passing attack like the Cougars so far this season and as they are on the road, I think Washington State does enough to cover this small spread.