UCLA vs. Utah Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the UCLA vs. Utah fearless prediction and game preview.
UCLA (4-4) vs. Utah (4-4) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Friday, November 3rd
Game Time: 9:30 pm ET
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
It’s time for survival.
It’s not the place either program was hoping to be in at this point, but now it’s time for one of them to make an attempt at salvaging something positive.
The winner is hardly guaranteed a bowl appearance, but the loser is almost certainly a lock to miss out on one.
UCLA is fighting through a tough yards, coming off a blowout win over Washington and with two road losses in the last three games. So far this season, the Bruins are 0-4 on the road, and they still have two more games away from the Rose Bowl along with home dates against Arizona and Cal.
Utah at least gets three of its final four games at home, but it has to go to Washington and host Washington State and Colorado.
One Reason Why UCLA Will Win
Didn’t you used to be the Utah run defense?
No, UCLA doesn’t have much of a running game, but this might be the week to give it a try. After allowing 347 yards to a seemingly dead Oregon running game, and getting gouged for well over five yards per carry in Pac-12 play, the Ute defensive front isn’t doing its job.
To pull this off, the Bruins will need to at least run well once in a while – they’re just not good enough to come up with a sustained ground attack – and they’ve got to generate a few turnovers.
Utah can’t seem to stop giving the ball away with 16 turnovers on the year. This week, easy points are a must for the Bruins.
One Reason Why Utah Will Win
Josh Rosen is hurt.
Devon Modster was okay in his limited time against Washington, but he’s not Rosen. The Bruins aren’t doing much of anything right this season outside of Rosen bombing away, and it he’s not going, that’s a whole bunch of pressure to put on a freshman.
No, UCLA doesn’t have a running game to take advantage of a suddenly-porous Bruin run D.
No, the UCLA run defense doesn’t have a prayer if the Utes get rolling on a front that allowed more than 1,000 yards and 11 scores in the last three games.
No, UCLA can’t stop getting flagged, and no, it can’t stop turning the ball over.
Modster or Rosen, throw for well over 300 yards in a shootout, or forget about it.
What’s Going To Happen
These two played a fantastic game last year. Then-Bruin backup QB Mike Fafaul threw for 464 yards and five scores, then-Utah running back Joe Williams ran for 332 yards and four scores, and the Utes pulled off a 52-45 win.
It won’t be that interesting.
Utah will get the running game going again, the offense will be efficient on third downs, and it’ll finally bust through its ugly four-game losing streak.
And UCLA’s season will keep sinking into the abyss.
UCLA vs. Utah Prediction
Utah 34, UCLA 24
Utah -6.5, o/u: 59
1: Anything Fun or Bite Size … 2
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