Washington Huskies (1-1) at Utah Utes (2-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 15, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Utah Utes +6.5 -- Over/Under:
The 10th ranked Washington Huskies will travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium to take on the Utah Utes this upcoming Saturday night in College Football action.
The 10th ranked Washington Huskies improved to 1-1 on the season after they defeated the FCS North Dakota Fighting Hawks, 45-3, this past Saturday. Washington dominated on both sides of the ball throughout the game and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 17-0 lead at halftime. Washington outgained North Dakota by a 632-262 margin and held the Fighting Hawks to just 10 first downs. Leading the way for the Huskies was QB Jake Browning who completed 23 of 37 passes for 313 yards, 2 TD, and 2 INT. Offensively, after their two games agianst Auburn and North Dakota, Washington is averaging 30.5 ppg on 515.0 total yards per game (366.5 passing yds/g; 148.5 rushing yds/g). Leading the way for the Washington offense is QB Jake Browning who has completed 59.4% of his passes for 3 TD & 3 INT while averaging 304.5 passing yds/g. Top targets at the receiver position for Browning and the Huskies has been WR Aaron Fuller (6.5 rec/g; 104.5 yds/g), Ty Jones (3.5 rec/g; 76.5 yds/g; 2 TD), and Quinten Pounds (2.0 rec/g; 55.5 yds/g; TD). Leading the way in the Huskies backfield has been Myles Gaskin (16.0 att/g; 64.0 yds/g; TD) and Salvon Ahmed (5.5 att/g; 40.0 yds/g). Defensively, Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 12.0 ppg on 341.0 total yards per game (187.0 passing yds/g; 154.0 rushing yds/g).
The Utah Utes improved to 2-0 on the season after defeating the Northern Illinois Huskies, 17-6, this past Saturday. Utah was down by a 7-6 margin midway though the 4th quarter and it was the defense that helped secure the win in this one as the Utes pulled away after a 40-yd INT return by Chase Hansen secured the victory for Utah. Utah outgained Northern Illinois by a 354-228 margin however, did commit two turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Utes was RB Zack Moss who had 66 rushing yards and the Utes only offensive TD in the game. Offensively, in their two games agianst FCS Weber State and Northern Illinois, Utah is averaging 29.0 ppg on 470.5 total yards per game (302.5 passing yds/g; 168.0 rushing yds/g). Leading the way for the Utah offense is QB Tyler Huntley who has completed 63.4% of his passes for 4 TD & 1 INT while averaging 282.5 passing yds/g. Huntley hasn’t done much on the ground this season, but certainly has the ability to rush for a big gain when needed. Leading the way in the Utes backfield has been RB Zach Moss who has 2 TD’s on the season while averaging 108.0 rushing yds/g. The top receivers for the Utes have been Britain Covey (7.5 rec/g; 104.0 yds/g), Jaylen Dixon (1.5 rec/g; 45.0 yds/g), and Siaosi Mariner (3.5 rec/g; 45.0 yds/g; TD). Defensviely, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 8.0 ppg on 143.5 total yards per game (62.0 passing yds/g; 81.5 rushing yds/g).
The Huskies are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 conference games however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Utes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Utah is always a tough place to play, however, I’m a bit concerned for the Utes offense in this game agianst a Washington defense after they performance they just put up agianst Northern Illinois. After their opening season loss to Auburn, Washington knows they need to run the table with impressive victories to have a chance to be in the FBS Playoff picture this season and as they are the more talented team on both sides of the ball, I think the Huskies do enough in this one to cover this single-digit spread on the road. Take Washington to cover.