Stanford vs. Utah Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Stanford vs. Utah fearless prediction and game preview.
Stanford (3-2) vs. Utah (4-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 7th
Game Time: 10;15 pm ET
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
Is Utah any good?
The Utes are 4-0, and they’re ranked in the top 20 because of the zero at the end of the record, but beating North Dakota, BYU, San Jose State and Arizona isn’t that big a deal.
Okay, so beating the Wildcats isn’t bad, but the Utes have yet to show off anything to suggest that this might be the year they finally get to play for a Pac-12 title.
Beating Stanford might do that.
The Cardinal have picked it up since the losses to USC and San Diego State, ripping through UCLA and rolling past Arizona State. But they’re 0-2 in true road games – beating Rice in Australia doesn’t really count – and have yet to show they can crank up the ground game against a great run defense.
This is the first game in a run of three road games in four, but that’s it for the games away from Palo Alto. Going to Washington State will be tough, but Oregon State is a breather. Win this in Salt Lake City, and then it might really be Game On for the Stanford Pac-12 North title hopes.
One Reason Why Stanford Will Win
Stanford found its ground game again.
Rolling through UCLA for 405 yards and five touchdowns was fun, and it kept it all going against Arizona State with 331 yards averaging over ten yards per carry.
No one’s stopping the Cardinal running attack, and no one’s stopping Bryce Love, who tore off 564 yards in the last two games with 1,088 yards in the first five games with 11 yards per carry.
Thanks to the tough running, Stanford is converting third down try after third down try. Utah’s offense isn’t. The Utes convert just 33% of their third down chances, but …
One Reason Why Utah Will Win
Stanford’s defense is shockingly awful on third downs. The tough guy Cardinal D allows 47% of opposing third down chances.
But this has to be the day the Utah defensive front rises up and rocks.
It hadn’t played anyone who could run the ball a lick, and then it dealt with the Arizona ground game on the road. The Wildcats took off for 200 yards and two scores, but they didn’t run wild.
Stanford’s style brings far more power, but no one gets tougher than Utah. This is the one team that can match the Cardinal power for power, with a nasty group that’s great at taking the ball away, and outstanding at controlling the clock.
Utah might be trying to push the ball down the field more with the passing attack, but it’s still fantastic at controlling the game. The Utes are great at owning the time of possession; Stanford isn’t.
What’s Going To Happen
Will Tyler Huntley be able to go? The Utah quarterback will be iffy at best, but this will be all about whether or not the Utes can stop Love.
Utah’s punting game will play a huge role, keeping the field tilted and Stanford pushed on its side of the field for most of the game.
Getting back star LB Kavika Luafatasaga back will be a huge help for the Utes. Stanford will stall time and again, Utah will be just effective enough offensively to take advantage of a few big opportunities, and it’ll be a 5-0 start – with a good win to hang its hat on.
Stanford vs. Utah Prediction
Utah 26, Stanford 23
Stanford -4.5, o/u: 51
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