Utah Utes (8-4) at Colorado State Rams (10-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 20, 2014, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado State Rams +3.5 -- Over/Under: 58
The Utah Utes and Colorado State Rams play Saturday in the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium.
The Utah Utes have lost three of their last five games and are playing in their first bowl since 2011. Travis Wilson is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and four interceptions. Wilson has four touchdowns and two picks in his last two games, and Utah has 27 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Kaelin Clay and Kenneth Scott have combined for more than 900 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Westlee Tonga has a touchdown in three of his last four games. Utah’s ground game is averaging 4.1 yards per carry, as Devontae Booker leads the way with 1,350 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, the Utah Utes are allowing 26.2 points, 403.1 yards, and they’ve forced 52 sacks and 19 turnovers. Jared Norris leads Utah with 108 tackles and Nate Orchard has 20 tackles for loss.
The Colorado State Rams have won nine of their last 10 games and are playing in their second straight bowl game. Garrett Grayson is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 32 touchdowns and six interceptions. Grayson has six touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and Colorado State has 39 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Rashard Higgins and Joe Hansley have combined for more than 2,100 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns while Xavier Williams has a touchdown in two of his last three games. Colorado State’s ground game is averaging five yards per carry, as Dee Hart leads the way with 1,254 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, the Colorado State Rams are allowing 23.4 points, 414.8 yards, and they’ve forced 19 sacks and 18 turnovers. Aaron Davis leads CSU with 110 tackles and Cory James has 8.5 tackles for loss.
The Utes are 36-17-2 ATS in their last 55 non-conference games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 bowl games. The Rams are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Utes are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
I've been high on Utah all season and the Utes have been kind to us with their playmaking defense. There's no reason to hop off that train here, especially with CSU losing its head coach to the Florida Gators. Look for Utah to win this game fairly easily consdiering the Rams are dealing with issues off the field.