Utah Utes (2-2) at Stanford Cardinal (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10:30 pm (Stanford Stadium)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah Utes will travel to Stanford Stadium to take on the 14th ranked Stanford Cardinal this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Utah Utes lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 2-2 (0-2 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Washington State Cougars, 28-24, this past Saturday. In a tight back and for game in which neither team ever led by more than 7 points, Utah couldn’t hold on late for the win after an 89 yard TD pass by the Cougars Gardner Minshew gave the Washington State a 28-24 lead with just 4:14 left in regulation. Utah was outgained by Washington State by a 445-322 margin however, did win the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. On the season, Utah is averaging 22.3 ppg on 381.0 total yards per game (215.3 passing yds/g; 165.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Utah has been led by RB Zack Moss who has 4 TD’s on the season while averaging 97.3 rushing yds/g on 18.8 att/g. QB Tyler Huntley has completed 59.7% of his passes for 4 TD & 2 INT while averaging 205.3 passing yds/g. Huntley can do some damage with his legs as he has 2 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 30.0 passing yds/g. The top receivers for the Utes have been Britain Covey (6.8 rec/g; 71.0 yds/g), Jaylen Dixon (1.0 rec/g; 32.0 yds/g), and Siaosi Mariner (1.8 rec/g; 20.5 yds/g; TD). Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 18.4 ppg on 264.8 total yards per game (181.0 passing yds/g; 83.8 rushing yds/g).
The 14th ranked Stanford Cardinal lost their game of the season, dropping to 4-1 on the year, after being defeated by the 8th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 38-17, this past Saturday. Stanford trailed by just a 24-17 margin late in the 3rd quarter, however, Notre Dame put the game out of reach after scoring two TD’s in the span of 14 seconds to take a 38-17 lead with 8:02 remaining. Stanford was outgained by Notre Dame by a 550-229 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for the Cardinal was RB Bryce Love who has 73 rushing yards and a TD on 17 carries. On the season, Stanford is averaging 26.6 ppg on 340.4 total yards per game (246.0 passing yds/g; 94.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Stanford has been led by QB K.J. Costello who has completed 62.4% of his passes for 11 TD & 4 INT while averaging 246.0 passing yds/g. RB Bryce Love hasn’t looked like the same player that we saw from last season, however, still has 3 TD’s on the season and is averaging 81.8 rushing yds/g on 19.0 att/g. The top receivers for Cardinal has been JJ Arcega-Whiteside (4.4 rec/g; 87.6 yds/g; 8 TD), Kaden Smith (3.8 rec/g; 52.4 yds/g), and Colby Parkinson (1.8 rec/g; 26.8 yds/g; 3 TD). Defensively, Stanford is holding their opponents to an average of 18.4 ppg on 395.4 total yards per game (242.6 passing yds/g; 152.8 rushing yds/g.
The Utes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on grass and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Cardinal are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
The line has yet to be released in this game as we’re uncertain at this point on the status of Stanford’s Bryce Love who left the Notre Dame game early due an ankle injury. Even with Love in the lineup, I think this is going to be a low scoring defensive game, however, even without Love, I think Stanford will do enough with K.J. Costello and JJ Arcega-Whiteside to ensure they stay perfect in Pac-12 play. Check back later when the line is released, but I’m initially leaning towards Stanford (with or without Bryce Love).