Utah -14 2.2% play
I like the Utes here off a bye that was much needed, and fading Oregon State off their first win in the PAC 12 in quite some time. I liked what I’ve seen from Oregon State, but the defense is still a major question mark. The last time they went up against a team that was balanced on offense like Utah they gave up 52 points. Utah I would argue has just as good of a RB in Zach Moss as Oklahoma State, who is probable for this game, and Tyler Huntley is much more experienced than the freshman Oklahoma State is starting. Utah’s defense is also significantly better than Oklahoma State that is outside the top 50 in run defense and pass defense. Utah will be able to stop Oregon State’s rushing offense as they rank 10th in ypc allowed. Oregon State has not faced any good defenses this year so the offense has looked great, but that’s about to change.
The average opponent run defense that Oregon State has faced ranks 99th. Utah should be able to force Oregon State into third and long, and that will be an issue as they have struggled to convert. Utah also great at taking care of the ball, ranking 5th in TO margin, and I think they have something to prove to the nation, and will look to have an explosive offensive performance. Utah really has yet to play a complete game, and this would be a good time to do so.
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