Check out the Colorado vs. Utah fearless prediction and game preview.
Colorado (5-6) vs. Utah (5-6) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 25th
Game Time: 10:00 pm ET
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
Rivalry Week? …. Whatever. These two have some real work to do.
A few teams out there are jockeying for College Football Playoff consideration, and others are shooting for a good bowl slot, but these two are playing for the swag bag.
Win, and your football season continues – with the free trip along with the cash and prizes. Lose, and your football life and season are done.
Utah has been a clunker, losing six of its last seven games after a 4-0 start. The offense has been interesting at times, but the normally terrific Ute defense hasn’t been stingy enough. It seems to be getting worse as the season goes on.
Colorado always seems to come up with that one win when it absolutely needs it, beating Oregon State and Cal to keep things alive among all the Pac-12 losses.
Lose this, and last year’s run to the Pac-12 Championship looks even more like a fluky aberration. Win it, and it’ll feel like the program is still going in the right direction.
Get ready for one of the most intense Pac-12 battles of the weekend.
One Reason Why Colorado Will Win
Didn’t you used to be the Utah defense?
It still has its moments, but it’s not doing enough to shut down the teams with the talent to crank it up in spurts.
Utah had Washington dead – until it didn’t. Jake Browning caught fire late, and just when it seemed like the Utes were going to pull off the shocker, they lost 33-30.
The pass defense has been way, way too leaky. It gave up 311 yards and three touchdowns to a Washington State offense that dinked and dunked its way to a win, and Browning connecting on great deep pass after great pass.
Steven Montez has caught fire, throwing for 345 yards or more in each of their last three games, coming up with more than 1,100 yards with six touchdowns in the last three outings. He’s about to bomb away.
One Reason Why Utah Will Win
The Colorado pass rush is non-existent.
It came up with four sacks in the win over Cal, but that’s been about it. The Buffs have generated just 17 sacks on the seasons, and ten of them came in two of the games – Cal and Texas State.
The Utah offensive front hasn’t been great in pass protection, but Tyler Huntley will get time to work this week. Fantastic over the last month, he’ll hit the 300-yard mark with plenty of big deep plays.
Colorado might be able to score, but Huntley and the high-powered Ute passing game will more keep up the pace.
What’s Going To Happen
Colorado will show off the offensive balance to make this a wild battle, but Huntley and the Ute offense will come up big at home.
Look elsewhere for defense. Both teams will come out with balance, explosion, and a whole lot of big plays. Utah will consistently have the better field position, but it won’t need it.
It’ll come down to turnovers, and Utah will come up with two more than the Buffs will, including one to stop a late attempt to pull it out.
Colorado vs. Utah Prediction
Utah 34, Colorado 30
Utah -10.5, o/u: 56
5: Thanksgiving dessert
1: Thanksgiving dinner … 3.5
Must See Rating
5: The inside of your eyelids for Thanksgiving nap
1: The Star … 3