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The (5-2) SU, 4-3 ATS Utah Utes come into Friday Night’s contest on a 3-game SU/ATS winning streak after they took down USC last Saturday 41-28 as a six and a half point home FAVORITE ATS. Utah has established a firm hold on the PAC-12 South, division after taking down the men of Troy last week.
In victory Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley hit on 22 of 29 passes for 349 yards through the air with four touchdowns. While the Utes defense held USC offense to 205 total yards, known for defense the past few season’s Utah is having success on both sides in 2018.
- Utah is 4-0 ATS their last four games played on Friday and 5-0 ATS their last five on a grass surface.
- OVER bettors have cashed in on 5 of the Utes previous six road games vs. teams with a losing SU home record.
- The UTES are 6-2 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD the last eight between the teams.
Utah has gone OVER the total four times while staying UNDER in three games this season.
- The (2-5) SU, 3-4 ATS UCLA Bruins began the 20018 campaign with six consecutive SU losses two of them were at home vs. Cincinnati and Fresno State.
However, they’ve has put together consecutive SU victories against conference opponents including a 31-30 SU win over Arizona as a ten point home FAVORITE ATS.
University of Michigan graduate signal caller Wilton Speight did an admirable job filling in for starter Dorian Thompson-Robinson. The coaching staff may have a decision to make with the Bruins being undefeated with Speight under center.
- UCLA is 1-5 ATS their last six at home.
- The UNDER has cashed in five of the last seven times the teams have played.
- The OVER is 4-1 UCLA last five on a grass surface.
- UCLA is 3-13 ATS their last sixteen after an SU win.
Friday’s game is at 10:30 PM EST at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The ESPN Television Network will be broadcasting.
The Opening Betting Line has UCLA ten and a half point home UNDERDOG ATS. The TOTAL is 655 points for Friday’s contest.
Kyle Whittingham has roamed the sideline in Salt Lake City for fourteen season’s, and 2018 could be the year it all comes together. Since taking over for Urban Meyer, they’ve been a solid program but not since the 2004 undefeated team has Utah been relevant on the national scene.
Recruiting players the caliber of starting quarterback Tyler Huntley who’s a South Florida kid could propel the Utes to the next level. The Utah offense averages (30.2) ppg with and 212 total points put on the board is 63rd in College Football. Running Back Zack Moss (753) rushing yards is the leader of a ground game that ranked 56th in the FBS. Huntley has thrown for (1,53) yards through the air and is accurate in either the short, intermediate or throwing the long ball.
As usual, the Utah defense ranks among the best in the PAC-Twelve as well as all of College Football. They’ve allowed (2,020) yards of offense to opponents which ranks 10th in Division 1 and the 124 point surrendered by the unit is 15th in the nation. The run defense is number-one in NCAA Football giving up (537) total yards on 214 rushing attempts by the opposition.
If the Utes want to sweep the Southern California schools they must put last week behind them and focus on the task at hand; run the football to set up Huntley with the passing game.
Bovada.Lv, list the Utah Utes at +350 to win the 2018 PAC-12 Championship.
First-year head coach Chip Kelly is familiar with PAC-Twelve football but in the North Division where he made a name for himself from 2009-12 at Oregon, leading the Ducks to the 2010 National title game. Eight years later he’s having a tough time duplicating the magic in Los Angeles. Kelly is known as an offensive innovator, but his Bruins average just (22.9) ppg which is 117th in the FBS. Running Back, Joshua Kelley (569) yards on the ground leads 94th ranked rushing attack in College Football. They’ve run for (1,053) total yards on 269 plays and average 3.9 yards per carry. Tight End Caleb Wilson has a team-best 20 receptions for 417 yards including six catches for 82 yards in last week’s win.
The Bruins defense has given up 2,478 yards this season allowing opponents to score an average of (31.2) ppg. UCLA isn’t bad playing the pass, but the run defense enables opponents (192.7) yards per game rushing. They’ll need a better effort than the 520 total yards of offense given up to Arizona last week of which 289 was on the ground.
UCLA can still win the division with an upset Friday, but the better come to play against a red-hot Utah team.
Bovada.Lv, list the UCLA Bruins at +10,000 to win the 2018 PAC-Twelve Title.
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