Check out the Utah vs. Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.
Utah vs. Colorado Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 26
Game Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
Bowl and Conference Implications
Colorado will win the South and be off to the Pac-12 Championship with a win. Utah will finish third in the South no matter what, but is already bowl eligible.
What’s Going To Happen?
Yeah, Colorado is still alive for the College Football Playoff.
It would take a whole bunch of quirky things to make it happen, but the Buffaloes could at least throw their hat into the ring if they win this week, win the Pac-12 title, and then pray for the best.
They’d have an interesting case, especially if Michigan wins the Big Ten championship.
Colorado keeps getting underestimated, and it keeps coming through, going on a five-game winning streak since losing a tight battle at USC. Now, with one win over Utah, the Leicester City of the Pac-12 could be right there with a shot at pulling off something truly amazing.
And it’s no fluke.
The defense has been an impressive rock, holding its own against Washington State last week, stopping a dangerous UCLA, and allowing 24 points or fewer against everyone over the last seven games. Meanwhile, the offense has been balanced, dangerous, and ultra-efficient, highlighted by a brilliant year from senior QB Sefo Liufau, who came back from getting hurt earlier in the year to get better and better.
Last week, it was supposed to be Luke Falk’s game, but instead, it was Liufau who rocked Wazzu for 345 yards in a brilliant performance.
But now he and Colorado have to deal with a Utah defense that gives up yards, but seems to be able to make up for it with key takeaways and big drives from the offense.
At least it did, and then it plotzed against Oregon last week.
With everything on the line, the Ducks managed to give away any shot at the Pac-12 title with a puzzling defeat at home to a bad Oregon team, and now it’s up to the secondary to show up.
The Utes have allowed 300 yards or more through the air in five of the last seven games, and was torched over the last two games. The difference and the problem against the Ducks? No picks.
Utah has come up with an interception in every game but two – USC and Oregon. This week, it has to make up for the deficiencies on turnover margin, but Colorado is 15th the nation in turnover margin.
Can Utah crank up the pass rush to a whole other level? Can it get Joe Williams to take over the game against a run defense that’s allowed three touchdowns in seven games, and all three of those by Arizona?
Yes and yes, and it’s not going to matter.
Utah will play well, but Colorado will be air-tight. At home and with everything on the line, the Buffs aren’t going to blow it. The defense will keep Williams from going off, while the running game will come up with a big performance against a Ute defense that’s missing some key linebackers.
Utah vs. Colorado Prediction
Colorado 31, Utah 24
Colorado -10, o/u: 53.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Store bought anything – 1: Homemade anything … 3
Must See Rating: 5: NFL kickers attempting extra points – 1: Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love … 4.5