Utah Utes (6-2) at Arizona State Sun Devils (4-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 3, 2018, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils +7 -- Over/Under:
The 16th ranked Utah Utes will travel to Sun Devil Stadium to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The 16th ranked Utah Utes won their 4th straight game and improved to 6-2 (4-2 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the UCLA Bruins, 41-10, this past Saturday. Utah had a few blunders in the red zone which allowed UCLA to trail on by a 17-7 margin at halftime, however, used two early TD’s in the 3rd quarter to take a 31-7 lead and easily cruised to victory. Utah outgained UCLA by a 470-291 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Utes was RB Zack Moss who had 211 rushing yards and 3 TD’s on 26 carries. On the season, Utah is averaging 31.6 ppg on 431.4 total yards per game (226.4 passing yds/g; 205.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Utah has been led by RB Zach Moss who has 10 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 120.5 rushing yds/g on 20.1 att/g. QB Tyler Huntley has completed 65.3% of his passes for 11 TD’s & 4 INT while averaging 212.5 passing yds/g. Huntley also is the 2nd leading rusher on the team as he has 4 rushing TD’s and is averaging 32.8 rushing yds/g. The top receiving threats for Huntley and the Utes have been Britain Covey (6.0 rec/g; 66.4 yds/g; TD), Jaylen Dixon (1.3 rec/g; 31.3 yds/g), Samson Nacua (2.6 rec/g; 29.8 yds/g; 2 TD), and Demari Simpkins (1.9 rec/g; 26.8 yds/g; 2 TD). Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to average 16.8 ppg on 287.0 total yards per game (205.9 passing yds/g; 21.1 rushing yds/g).
The Arizona State Sun Devils snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 4-4 (2-3 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the USC Trojans, 38-35, this past Saturday. Arizona State allowed USC to fight back from a 24-7 lead to take a 28-24 lead early in the 4th quarter, however, the Sun Devils were able retake the lead on a 92-yard punt return and put the game away on a Manny Wilkins 45-yard TD run with just 1:23 left in regulation. Arizona State outgained USC by a 449-420 margin and forced a USC turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Sun Devils was Eno Benjamin who has 185 rushing yards and 2 TD’s on 29 carries. On the season, Arizona State is averaging 28.8 ppg on 422.9 total yards per game (245.6 passing yds/g; 177.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Arizona State has been led by Eno Benjamin who has 9 TD’s on the season while averaging 117.3 yds/g on 20.8 att/g. Benjamin has also been a threat out of the backfield as he has 2 receiving TD’s on the season while averaging 24.9 yds/g on 3.5 rec/g. QB Manny Wilkins has completed 63.2% of his passes for 12 TD & 2 INT while averaging 245.6 passing yds/g. Wilkins is also the 2nd leading rusher on the Sun Devils as he has 4 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 35.9 rushing yds/g. The top receiving targets for Wilkins and the Sun Devils have been N’Keal Harry (5.8 rec/g; 83.4 yds/g; 6 TD), Frank Darby (2.4 rec/g; 47.6 yds/g; TD), and Kyle Williams (3.4 rec/g; 36.1 yds/g; TD). Defensively, Arizona State is allowing their opponents to average 22.8 ppg on 386.0 total yards per game (229.8 passing yds/g; 156.3 rushing yds/g).
The Utes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games. The Sun Devils are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 conference games however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
Utah looks like the clear cut best team in the Pac-12 this season as they have solid impact players on the offensive in Zach Moss & Tyler Huntley and have a defense that currently ranks 14th in the nation in scoring defense. Arizona State has had a better than expected 1st year under Herm Edwards and although they don’t have very much depth, they certainly have some impact players in Eno Benjamin and Manny Wilkins. Arizona State is a tough place to play, however, the Sun Devils might have trouble establishing the run agianst Utah’s 3rd ranked rushing defense and as the Utes should be able to have some offensive success agianst the Sun Devils, I’m taking Utah to cover this road spread.