Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
The Utah Utes have been playing in the PAC-Twelve since the 2011 season. Head Coach Kyle Whittingham enters his eleventh year with an 85-43 record. Utah went 9-4 overall in 2014, 5-4 conference play including a 45-10 Las Vegas Bowl win. Sixteen starters return in 2015 and expectations have never been higher. The Utah Utes play home games at the 46,000 seat Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Seven starters return to the last ranked offense in the PAC-12. Senior quarterback Travis Wilson (2,170) yards passing last season is the likely starter this season. The shifty Kendal Thompson will see plenty under center. The offense will be centered around senior running back (1,512) rushing yards in 2014. New offensive coordinators Jim Harding and Aaron Roderick have seven starters returning, and the duo will focus on the line play. Senior wideout Kenneth Scott returns to a group that lacks experience and depth. The Utah Utes were 9-4 on NCAA Football Point Spread Picks last season, going over the betting odds total four times, staying under the betting odds total eight times wit ha push.
*The Utah offense was 79th nationally with 388.1 yards per game.
*Utah went 3-3 Against The Spread in Salt Lake City last season.
*The Utes went friendly to ATS bettors on the road, 6-1.
*The betting odds total was 3-3 at home.
*The Utes went over the betting odds total once on the road.
*Utah stayed under the betting odds total five times with a push on the road.
*The Utes passing game was 95th in the FBS, putting up 197.7 yards per contest through the air.
*Utah averaged 31.3 ppg last season, 52nd in the NCAA Football landscape.
*The Utah ground game averaged 109.4 yards per contest running the football, 41st nationally.
Nine starters return to the Utah defense, but star sack leader Nate Orchard is going to be missed. Defensive end Hunter Dimick is the new leader and is expected to pick up where Orchard left off. The interior of the defensive line is going to be a hard group to run the football on. Three starters who are senior return at the linebacker position. Senior strong safety Tevin Carter is the leader of an adequate secondary. The Utah defense is going to be a very productive unit and looks to be on of the best in the PAC-Twelve.
*The Utah defense gave up 393.5 yards per contest last season, 60th in the land.
*The Utes pass defense ranked 93rd in the FBS, allowing 246.6 yards per game through the air.
*The 24.9 ppg given up by Utah was 43rd in College Football.
*The Cal run defense was 41st in the NCAA Football landscape, giving up 146.8 yards per game.
*Utah Hosts Michigan in the opener. Utah State comes to town in the second game of 2015.
*Utah has brutal conference road trips to Oregon, Arizona and USC.
Bovada lists the University of Utah at over/under seven and a half wins in 2015.
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