Southern Utah Thunderbirds (0-1) at Arizona Wildcats (0-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 15, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -- Over/Under:
The Southern Utah Thunderbirds will travel to Arizona Stadium to take on the Arizona Wildcats this upcoming Saturday night in College Football action.
The FCS Southern Utah Thunderbirds fell to 0-2 on the season after being defeated by the Oregon State Beavers, 48-25, this past Saturday. Southern Utah put up little fit agianst Oregon State at the beginning of this one and couldn’t fight back after they fell behind by a 38-0 margin with 6:42 left in the 2nd quarter. Southern Utah was outgained by Oregon State by a 649-488 margin and allowed the Beavers to rush for an incredible 360 yards in the loss. Offensively, Southern Utah is averaging 27.5 ppg on 510 total yards per game (328 passing yds/g; 182 rushing yds/g). Leading the way for the Thunderbirds was QB Chris Helbig who has completed 68.6% of his passed for 4 TD & 0 INT while averaging 328 passing yds/g. The leading receiver for the Southern Utah has been Ty Rutledge who had 261 yards and a TD on 12 receptions. Leading the way for the Thunderbirds backfield has been James Felila who has a 134 yards and a TD on 28 carries. Defensively, Southern Utah is allowing their opponents to average 41.0 ppg on 601.5 total yards per game (319.5 passing yds/g; 282 rushing yds/g).
It’s not been a great start for Kevin Sumlin or the Arizona Wildcats as they fell to 0-2 on the young season after being defeated by the Houston Cougars, 45-18, this past Saturday. Arizona had no answers for the Cougars on either end of the field in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 31-0 margin at halftime. Arizona was outgained by Houston by a 551-531 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Wildcats was WR Shawn Poindexter who had 134 receiving yards on 7 receptions. Offensively, after their first two match-ups agianst BYU and Houston, the Wildcats are averaging 20.5 ppg on 428.5 total yards per game (289.0 passing yds/g; 139.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Arizona has been led by Khalil Tate who has completed 51.9% of his passes for a TD & 2 INT while averaging 269.0 passing yds/g. Tate, who burst on the scene last season with his incredible rushing performances (128.27 rushing yds/g; 12 TD), hasn’t been able to get it down on the ground this season as he has just 22 rushing yards and 2 TD’s on 15 att. In the backfield with Tate has been J.J. Taylor (18.0 att/g; 69.5 yds/g; TD) and Darrius Smith (11.0 att/g; 51.0 yds/g; TD). The leading receivers for the Wildcats have been WR Shawn Poindexter (5.5 rec/g; 101.0 yds/g), Tony Ellison (4.0 rec/g; 65.0 yds/g), and Shun Brown (5.0 rec/g; 42.0 yds/g; TD). Defensively, Arizona is allowing their opponents to average 36.5 ppg on 471.5 total yards per game (231.5 passing yds/g; 240.0 rushing yds/g).
The Wildcats were 6-6 ATS during the 2017 season however, are 0-2 ATS to start off this season.
Southern Utah had a solid season last year as they went 9-3 overall and earned an FCS playoff berth after winning the Big Sky conference and although they aren’t projected to have the same success this season, their offense has looked good early this season and it looks like it will need to be as the defense has really struggled. It’s been a nightmare start for Arizona as not only have they lost their both two games, the offense with Heisman Trophy hopeful Kahlil Tate has gotten off to a rough star to the season as Sumlin seems content in making him only a passer which just seems a bit crazy after seeing the production on the ground he had last year. Arizona is going to get the win here however, I’m going to have to see how many points the Wildcats are giving up before I decide on this game and most likely will be staying away from this one altogether.