Utah Utes Host Washington Huskies Saturday Night

Utah Utes

Utah Utes Ready for Saturday Night Upset Special?

The 10th-ranked Washington Huskies travel to play the Utah Utes Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Both teams need a good start to the Pac-12 season as the conference is up for grabs this year. ESPN will have the telecast starting at 10 pm EST.

Oddsmakers have Washington as 4-point favorites. The total is at 46.

The early-season schedule continues to do Washington no favors. Two weeks after opening the season with a hard-fought 21-16 loss to No. 7 Auburn in Atlanta, the Huskies kick off Pac-12 play Saturday night with a road game at undefeated Utah.

Washington routed FCS North Dakota 45-3 last week to get in the win column. Now they face a big conference test.

The game also serves as the Pac-12 opener for Utah. The Utes started the season with wins over Weber State (41-10) and Northern Illinois (17-6). Now the competition steps up big time to face the nationally-ranked preseason conference favorite.

Washington has dominated this series. They have won 10 of the 11 meetings. Utah has played the Huskies tough. Winning 34-23 on the road in 2015 and dropping hard-fought 31-24 and 33-30 decisions the last two seasons.

Huskies Have Talent to Win the Pac-12

The Washington Huskies are 1-1 in this young season. You have to tip your hat to them for playing tough early season games. Now they should be ready for conference play. Utah is not the easiest place to go into and play well.

The Huskies are pinning much of their hopes on senior quarterback Jake Browning. He’s off to an uneven start so far. He has completed 59.4 percent of his passes. The problem is he has as many as touchdown passes as interceptions so far. That number is THREE. That has to improve.

Tailback Myles Gaskin rushed for 75 yards against Auburn. He was held to 53 on 15 carries against North Dakota while notching his first TD run of the season.

In the loss to Auburn, Gaskin became Washington’s all-time leading rusher. He currently ranks 10th in Pac-12 history with 4,183 yards.

On defense, linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven has tallied a team-best 22 tackles. The Huskies are hungry for turnovers after coming away with only one fumble recovery and no interceptions in their first two outings.

The Utah Utes Defense is Tough as Usual

Utah has started the season 2-0. That perfect record is definitely in jeopardy tonight.

The Utes’ defense is off to an impressive start. It are leading the FBS in total defense with only 143.5 yards allowed per game. It also leads in passing yards allowed with 62.0 ypg.

Linebacker Chase Hansen is a key reason why. The converted safety earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors last week. This was after totaling 12 tackles, a pair of sacks, recovering a fumble and returning an interception 40 yards for a TD. The INT sealed the win over the UNI Huskies.

On the season, dual-threat quarterback Tyler Huntley has thrown for 565 yards, four TDs and one interception. Tailback Zack Moss has totaled 246 yards from scrimmage and has scored a trio of touchdowns.

Special teams looked to be a strength for Utah entering the season. Disappointingly the Utes have had a field goal blocked and a punt return turnover in each of their two games.

PREDICTION: Utah 27, Washington 24

Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Washington1-10-230.5012.0018.50-10-10-20-10-1
Utah2-01-129.008.00211-00-11-11-00-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
WASH16.8928.42-11.53
UTAH16.5918.06-1.48
Yards Per Pass
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
WASH14.968.706.26
UTAH12.595.397.2
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
WASH4.433.950.48
UTAH5.112.232.88
Team Records

Washington Huskies

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall1-11-00-10-20-10-130.5012.0018.50
vs Conf0-00-00-00-00-00-00.000.000.00
Last 31-11-00-10-20-10-130.5012.0018.50

Utah Utes

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall2-01-01-01-11-00-129.008.0021.00
vs Conf0-00-00-00-00-00-00.000.000.00
Last 32-01-01-01-11-00-129.008.0021.00

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense30.50748.007
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense296.001613.001
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense102.006148.0010
Hme Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense29.008112.0021
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense293.0036273.0052
Hme Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense315.0018147.0034

Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Washington4-12-34-130.40158.204.1431.4068.15260.00418.201.40
Utah1-43-24-123.40134.203.5328.2053.19194.20328.402.20

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Nov 18, 2017UTAHWASH30-3311729341011233544770
Oct 29, 2016WASHUTAH31-2419918638512131633760
Nov 7, 2015UTAHWASH34-2319115534631242573814
Nov 10, 2012UTAHWASH15-341335518821602774371
Oct 1, 2011WASHUTAH31-141852264111173053225

College Football Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Washington Huskies

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 8, 2018NDKOTA45-3W-46/1954376321611012621H
Sep 1, 2018AUBRN16-21L1.5/50.5L/U1022963981472734202A
Dec 30, 2017PENNST28-35L3/54.5L/O104227331203342545-2A
Nov 25, 2017WSHST41-14W-9.5/49W/O32893421-24369345-4H
Nov 18, 2017UTAH33-30W-17.5/47L/O123354477117293410-1H

Utah Utes

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 8, 2018NIU17-6W-12.5/47L/U682863541171112280A
Aug 30, 2018WEBER41-10W-29/3152936084813614H
Dec 26, 2017WESTV30-14W-7/56W/U19716536229124153-2A
Nov 25, 2017COLO34-13W-9/57W/U310181491124195319-1H
Nov 18, 2017WASH30-33L17.5/47W/O1172934101233544771A

Next up:
Washington home to Arizona State Saturday, September 22
Utah at Washington State Saturday, September 29

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