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College football action within the Pac-12 on Saturday afternoon and we will see the 16th ranked Utah Utes grapple with the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado. The Utes enter this game off a 32-25 home win over Oregon to move to 5-3 in the Pac-12, while the Buffaloes are off a 31-7 home loss to Washington State to fall to 2-5 in league play. The Utes won this game at home last year by a score of 34-13.
Utes Take Down The Ducks At Home
The Utah Utes began their Pac-12 portion of the schedule with two straight losses to the Washington teams, but they have bounced back by taking five of their last six games. Utah is now sitting atop the Pac-12 South Division with a 5-3 record, but they still could lose the division to Arizona State, who beat Utah earlier in the year. If Utah wins this game, then ASU will need two win their final two games at Oregon and at Arizona to walk away with the Division. Arizona is 7-3 overall and will look to keep it going against a Colorado team that has fallen apart of late. The Utes come in off a 32-25, and they had a balanced attack in the game, rushing for 244 yards while throwing for 262 yards.
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Jason Shelley has taken over at QB for Tyler Huntley, who has been lost for the season, and he hit 58% of his passes for 261 yards in the win. He had no TDs passing but did score two times on the ground. Armand Shyne had a big game as he ran for 174 yards, which was more than double the 166 yards rushing he put up through his first nine games. The defense struggled some as they allowed Justin Herbert to through for 288 yards and three TDs and no INTs. They will have another tough test in this one against Steven Montez, who has had a good year. The Utes are 48th in total offense and 57th in scoring, putting up 30.5 ppg. On defense, they are 20th in total yards allowed and 18th in points allowed, giving up 19.7 ppg.
A Tale Of Two Seasons For The Buffaloes
The Colorado Buffaloes had a solid start to their year as they were 5-0 out the gate and they made it to 19th in the National polls. Now they are fighting to make it to bowl eligibility as they have lost their last five games in a row. It has been a tale of two seasons for the Buffaloes. They have this game and next weeks road tilt against the Cal Bears to get to six wins. Colorado could very well go from ranked 19th in the nation to sitting at home during bowl season. Their defense has struggled of late as they have allowed 24.4 ppg during their losing streak, compared to giving up just 18.4 ppg over their first five games.
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Colorado comes in off of a 31-7 home loss to Washington State as they struggled on both sides of the ball in the game. WSU is not a great defensive team, but they held the Buffaloes to 297 yards of total offense and 2/11 on third down. Steven Montez hit 20/35 pass for 199 yards with no TDs and no INTs. The junior signal caller is now up to 2595 yards passing with 17 TDs and five INTs on the year. He will look to get back on track against a Utah team that is 57th against the pass. The Buffs need their running game to get going, but it will not be easy as the Utes are 11th against the run. Travon McMillian had 73 yards and a TD against the Cougars and is now at 910 yards and six TDs rushing on the year. Colorado comes in ranked 58th in total offense and 64th in scoring, putting up 29.7 ppg. On defense, they are 64th in yards allowed and 63rd in points allowed, giving up 26.4 ppg.
- 15-36 ATS in their last 51 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- 3-9-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
- 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Buffaloes have fallen apart, and a visit from the Utes will not help them get back on track. The Utes offense has not been great this year, but it will be able to have a good game against a struggling Colorado defense. Utah’s defense also gets the edge in this one as it is one of the best in the Pac-12. Colorado needs this game as they look to get to bowl eligibility, but I do not see them coming up with the effort to even keep the game close.
Prediction: Utah -7
Full-Game Total Pick
Look for the Under to cash in this one. The Colorado defense will struggle against a decent Utah attack, but I see their offense struggling even a bit more. The Buffs were held to just seven points last week against a Washington State defense that is not that good and will now face of the best in the league. Colorado will not score enough to put this game over the total.
Prediction: Under 48
Half-Time Side Pick
The Buffaloes still have a shot at getting to a bowl game, but they are not playing with much confidence at the Moment, while the Utes are rolling. Utah should come out and take Colorado out of their game early one. Utes will have at least a TD lead at the break.
Prediction: Utah -4.5
Half-Time Total Bet
This game should have a sluggish start to it, especially from a Colorado offense that has struggled of late. The Utah defense will shut them down, while their own offense struggles to get going in the first half. Utah leads 14-6 at the break.
Prediction: Under 22.5