UCLA vs. Utah Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

UCLA vs. Utah Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

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UCLA vs. Utah Fearless Prediction, Game Preview


UCLA vs. Utah fearless prediction and game preview.

UCLA vs. Utah Broadcast

Date: Saturday, November 16
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
Network: FOX

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Why UCLA Will Win

Joshua Kelley is running as well as any back in the country over the last few weeks.

He has rushed for 100 yards or more in four of the last five games, and has all but carried the team for stretches in the last three outings with 466 yards and seven scores. Now he has to go against the devastating Utah defensive front that’s going to focus all attention on No. 27.

And that’s where Dorian Thompson-Robinson has to come through.

The sophomore doesn’t have to be Joe Burrow, but he’s coming off a brilliant day in the win over Colorado a few weeks ago – hitting 75% of his throws for 226 yards and two scores – to make it his third straight game with multiple touchdown passes.

The Utah defense might be brilliant, but it gave up 316 yards and four scores to Washington’s Jacob Eason two weeks ago, and has been hit for 200 yards or more through the air against five of the eight Power Five teams on the slate.

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Why Utah Will Win

The UCLA defense has been better over the second half of the season, but the secondary still isn’t making enough big things happen.

The interception against Colorado was the first one from the Bruins in the last five games – this group just doesn’t take the ball away enough. That works just fine with Utah’s Tyler Huntley, who just doesn’t give the ball away.

RB Zack Moss and the tough Utah running game might be the heart-and-soul of the attack, but Huntley has been brilliant at cranking up the explosive plays without screwing up.

He’s averaging close to 11 yards per pass, is hitting 74% of his throws, and has pitched just one interception on the season.

And then there’s Moss and what he does against UCLA.

He only got a few carries as a freshman, but he ripped through the Bruins for 153 yards and two scores in a 48-17 win as a sophomore, and he came up with a career-high 211-yard, three-score day in last year’s 41-10 win.

The Ute O should be balanced, and …

What’s Going To Happen

Oh yeah, the Utah defense.

It might have had a few issues with Washington a few weeks ago, but it’s third in the nation overall, has the defensive front to stuff Kelley. This is national muscle-flexing time for a Utah team looking to make a big statement to the College Football Playoff committee.

UCLA can still go bowling with wins over USC and Cal, but this week it’s about to run into a team that’s just that good.

UCLA vs. Utah Prediction, Line

Utah 37, UCLA 14
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Utah -21.5, o/u: 52.5
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
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