On Saturday night the 0-1 Utah Utes will play their second game of this weird season as the 2-0 Washington Huskies welcome them to Seattle. This game was only added at the last minute due to Covid-19 issues and the need for the Pac-12 to fill as much inventory as possible.
This is probably the most difficult game to figure out on the slate this week. Neither team has shown anything special in its limited action. Though Washington did see a nice week 2 bump, which we’ve seen a lot of this season as teams shake off the rust that has been building up over the extended offseason. Expect the same from Utah as well, who looked rough last week against a USC Trojans team with a few games under their belt already.
The Utes defense got absolutely decimated through the air last weekend, allowing close to 300 yards and two touchdowns in a loss. The good news is that Washington does most of its damage on the ground, which Utah is very good against in allowing just 93 yards rushing for their lone game this season.
The Utah offense looked decent last week too and the stats would agree with that. Kyle Whittingham’s unit got close to 350 total yards, moving the ball well at times. But USC got five turnovers, including three interceptions. No team can do that and expect to be competitive, especially against good opposition. The Huskies defense is stronger against the pass than the run, but the Fighting Alex Smith’s seemed to be well-rounded in limited action.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch Utah vs. Washington on Saturday, November 28th at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Point spread: Utah vs. Washington (-7.5)
Point Total: 49
Money line: Utah (+225) vs. Washington (-305)
- The Utes have been good at covering recently, going 8-3 ATS in its last 11
- Utah has been a safe cover in recent matchups with the Huskies too, going 4-2 ATS in the last six meetings.
- In a weird change of pace for the PAC-12, the under has hit in all but one of Washington’s last six
- Slightly more on-brand though, the over has hit five out of the last seven times these squads have faced off
The Best Bet
The limited sample sizes from both teams makes this real tough. Utah had massive turnover issues last week, but it’s hard to imagine that type of abysmal performance can be duplicated, even if it tried. Expect a bit more success for the Utes offensively in its second game.
Pick: Over 49
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