Utah Utes Host Washington Huskies Saturday Night

Utah Utes

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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

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Washington 1-1 0-2 30.50 12.00 18.5 0-1 0-1 0-2 0-1 0-1
Utah 2-0 1-1 29.00 8.00 21 1-0 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
WASH 16.89 28.42 -11.53
UTAH 16.59 18.06 -1.48
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
WASH 14.96 8.70 6.26
UTAH 12.59 5.39 7.2
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
WASH 4.43 3.95 0.48
UTAH 5.11 2.23 2.88
Team Records

Washington Huskies

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 1-1 1-0 0-1 0-2 0-1 0-1 30.50 12.00 18.50
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 1-1 1-0 0-1 0-2 0-1 0-1 30.50 12.00 18.50

Utah Utes

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 2-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 1-0 0-1 29.00 8.00 21.00
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 2-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 1-0 0-1 29.00 8.00 21.00

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 30.50 74 8.00 7
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 296.00 16 13.00 1
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 102.00 61 48.00 10
Hme Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 29.00 81 12.00 21
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 293.00 36 273.00 52
Hme Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 315.00 18 147.00 34

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Washington 4-1 2-3 4-1 30.40 158.20 4.14 31.40 68.15 260.00 418.20 1.40
Utah 1-4 3-2 4-1 23.40 134.20 3.53 28.20 53.19 194.20 328.40 2.20

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Nov 18, 2017 UTAH WASH 30-33 117 293 410 1 123 354 477 0
Oct 29, 2016 WASH UTAH 31-24 199 186 385 1 213 163 376 0
Nov 7, 2015 UTAH WASH 34-23 191 155 346 3 124 257 381 4
Nov 10, 2012 UTAH WASH 15-34 133 55 188 2 160 277 437 1
Oct 1, 2011 WASH UTAH 31-14 185 226 411 1 17 305 322 5

College Football Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Washington Huskies

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 8, 2018 NDKOTA 45-3 W -46/ 195 437 632 161 101 262 1 H
Sep 1, 2018 AUBRN 16-21 L 1.5/50.5 L/U 102 296 398 147 273 420 2 A
Dec 30, 2017 PENNST 28-35 L 3/54.5 L/O 104 227 331 203 342 545 -2 A
Nov 25, 2017 WSHST 41-14 W -9.5/49 W/O 328 93 421 -24 369 345 -4 H
Nov 18, 2017 UTAH 33-30 W -17.5/47 L/O 123 354 477 117 293 410 -1 H

Utah Utes

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 8, 2018 NIU 17-6 W -12.5/47 L/U 68 286 354 117 111 228 0 A
Aug 30, 2018 WEBER 41-10 W -29/ 315 293 608 48 13 61 4 H
Dec 26, 2017 WESTV 30-14 W -7/56 W/U 197 165 362 29 124 153 -2 A
Nov 25, 2017 COLO 34-13 W -9/57 W/U 310 181 491 124 195 319 -1 H
Nov 18, 2017 WASH 30-33 L 17.5/47 W/O 117 293 410 123 354 477 1 A

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

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