Utah vs. UCLA fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, October 26
Game Time: 10:30 pm ET
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Utah (5-2) vs. UCLA (2-5) Game Preview
One Reason Why Utah Will Win
The offense gets the glory because it’s been so much fun, but the defense is more than doing its part, too.
The Utes lead the Pac-12 in third down stops, the pass rush has been amazing, and overall, they’re allowing fewer than 300 yards per game to lead the conference, too.
Yeah, the UCLA offense has improved, but the line still gives up too many plays in the backfield and it’s hardly a brick wall. The Utes should live in the backfield, and …
The Utah offense has been amazing.
Tyler Huntley and the passing game have figured it out, going on a roll over the last three games by hitting close to 75% of his throws with a whole lot of big plays and eight scores.
It’s clicking at the exact right time, the running game has balanced things out with 200 yards or more in each of the last four games, and at this point, it’s going to take a team to score at least 40 points to get into the discussion.
UCLA has yet to score 40 points in a game this season.
One Reason Why UCLA Will Win
What’s been one of the biggest changes over the last few weeks? The defense is starting to come up with lots big plays and turnovers, and it’s making life a whole lot easier on the inconsistent offense.
The Bruins came up with four turnovers over the first five games – all losses. They took the ball away five times against Cal and won, and took away three more times in the win over Arizona.
But it all ties together. The offense is working better, it’s putting up points, and teams are throwing to try keeping up. That’s when the mistakes are coming.
Utah and Huntley have been too accurate and aren’t going to start giving the ball away in bunches, but they’re not above turning it over a bit with three turnovers in the last two games, and nine times in the first three games.
What’s Going To Happen
With Dorian Thompson-Robinson still having throwing concerns after getting banged up, is Wilton Speight really ready to start bombing away to keep up with the Utah offense?
Yeah, but the Utes are playing way, way too well right now.
Huntley has been too sharp, the ground game is taking the pressure off, and again, the defense is getting the job done, too.
UCLA is getting better and better each week, and it’s not going to be the free space it was earlier in the season, but the red-hot Utes aren’t going to fall flat now.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Utah 38, UCLA 24
Line: Utah -10.5, o/u: 54.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2.5
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