Texas Longhorns vs. Utah Utes - 12/31/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Utah Utes at Texas Longhorns

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Alamodome)

Utah Utes -7.5 . Total 54.5

TV: ESPN

The 11th ranked Utah Utes meet up with the Texas Longhorns in the Valero Alamo Bowl.  The Utes are (11-2), coming off a 37-15 loss to the 13th ranked Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Championship.  The Longhorns are (7-5), after ending the regular season with a win over Texas Tech, 49 to 24.

The Utes were led during the season by quarterback Tyler Huntley.  Huntley completed 74% of passes for 2,966 yds on 205 completions, while throwing 18 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.  Zach Moss had a great regular season out of the backfield for the Utes, rushing for 1,359 yds and 15 touchdowns.  The Utes as a team had 34 rushing touchdowns during the regular season.  Defensively, Devin Lloyd led the Utes in tackles with 85.  Defensive end Bradlee Anae made life difficult for opposing quarterbacks, finishing the regular season with a stellar 12.5 sacks.

The Longhorns offense was guided by quarterback Sam Ehlinger.  Ehlinger had a phenomenal year, passing for 3,462 yds, while throwing 29 touchdowns to just 9 interceptions.  Running back Keaontay Ingram rushed for 745 yds and 6 scores on the year.  It was no secret who Ehlinger's go to was, Devin Duvernay recorded an astonishing 103 receptions on the year.  Duvernay registered 1,294 yds receiving, while finding the end zone 8 times.  Texas was led defensively in tackles by Brandon Jones with 86.  Texas had 22 sacks as a team.

Recent Betting Trends:

Utes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 against the Big 12.

Utes are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games as the favorite.

The over is 3-1-1 in Utes last 5 games overall.

Longhorns are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games.

Longhorns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs the PAC-12.

The under is 4-0 in Longhorns last 4 bowl games.

Utah and Texas are about equal when it comes to offensive production.  The Longhorns struggled against the better teams in the Big 12, with losses to: Oklahoma, TCU, Iowa State, and Baylor.  Texas also had a non-conference loss to LSU. Let's try and forget about the Utah loss to Oregon. Utah has an outstanding defense, ranking 6th in scoring defense.  Utah also boasts the best rsh defense in the country and 12th best pass defense.  The Longhorns defensively aren't great.  Texas is allowing nearly 29 points per game and over 300 passing yds per game.  Look for Huntley to have a great game against a Texas defense that is mediocre.  The Utes defense along with Huntley will get the job done.  Final score prediction, Utah will win and cover, 31-20.  

Chris’s Pick UTAH -7.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.