Arizona Wildcats (3-5) vs. Utah Utes (6-2)
November 5, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Utah Utes -17.5 / Arizona Wildcats +17.5; Over/Under: +67
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The Utah Utes and Arizona Wildcats clash Saturday in a week 10 Pac-12 college football game from Rice-Eccles Stadium.
The Arizona Wildcats will be looking to snap a three-game losing skid after a 45-37 loss to USC dropped Arizona to 3-5 on the year. Jayden de Laura has thrown for 2,654 yards, 22 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 62.9% passing while Michael Wiley has a team-high 346 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. DJ Williams has 310 rushing yards and Jonah Coleman has 276 rushing yards while Jacob Cowing leads Arizona’s receivers with 60 catches for 817 yards and 7 touchdowns. Dorian singer has 48 grabs for 746 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns while Tetairoa McMillan has 532 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns this season. On defense, Jerry Roberts has a team-high 56 total tackles while Hunter Echols has a team-high 3.5 sacks.
The Utah Utes will try to build on back-to-back wins, sitting at 6-2 on the year after a 21-17 road win over Washington State last time out. Cameron Rising has thrown for 1,855 yards, 15 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 68.8% passing while Tavion Thomas has a team-high 414 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns. Rising’s also rushed for 308 yards and 6 touchdowns while another pair of Utes have rushed for 200+ rushing yards. Dalton Kincaid has a team-high 46 grabs for 614 yards and 7 scores while Devaughn Vele has 428 receiving yards with 4 touchdowns and Brant Kuithe also has 206 receiving yards and 3 scores. Four other Utes have at least 100 receiving yards as well on the year. On defense, Cole Bishop and R.J. Hubert each have a team-high 53 total tackles while Clark Phillips III has a team-high 5 interceptions. Van Fillinger has a team-high 5 sacks while Gabe Reid and Karene Reid each have 3.5 sacks.
Arizona is 10-25 ATS in their last 35 road games and 17-36-1 ATS in their last 54 games following an ATS win while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 road games. Utah is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 17-8 in their last 25 games overall.
I get the case to be made either way in this game, but I’m going to lean towards Arizona and the points. The defense has been an issue for Arizona all year long, but offensively, the Wildcats tend to rise to the occasion. I mean this is the same Arizona team that went on the road and hung around with a decent Washington team that plays very well at home, as well as almost going score for score the whole way with USC in their last game. Utah’s solid with an outside chance to crash the playoff party, but this just feels like too many points. I’ll side with Arizona and the points here.