The Utah Utes will be hitting the road to face the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, LA, USA, for a PAC-12 football matchup on the 15th of November. The game will be broadcasted live on FS1 Channel and will kick off at 3:30 PM EST.
Utah vs UCLA Betting Odds
Money Line: Utah -164 | UCLA +132
Point Spread: Utah -3.5 (-102) | UCLA +3.5 (-124)
Total Points: Over 59.5 -108 | Under 59.5 -112
The Utah Utes Hungry for a First Game Victory
For the Utah Utes, this will be their first game of the season. The team’s season opener was to be against the Arizona Wildcats but was canceled due to COVID-19 complications. The Utah Utes performance during the last two seasons was quite impressive. However, alterations have been made to the team, and this season’s outcome does not look clear.
The Utes in the last season finished commendably with an 11-3 record, and the team last season accumulated a total of 32.3 points per game. The Utah Utes had a net total of 227.6 passing yards per game and a total of 3,187 passing yards in the season. The Utah Utes had a net total of 201.4 rushing yards per game and a total of 2,819 rushing yards. The team’s net total offense per game comes up to 429.0 and 6,006 total yards of offense.
The Utes Quarterback Tyler Huntley has moved up to the NFL after scoring an impressive total of 19 touchdowns with 4 interceptions last season. South Carolina transfer, Jake Bentley, seems the obvious choice of replacement for Tyler Huntley. RB Zach Moss will also need to be replaced as he will not be playing with the Utah Utes this season. Moss ran for 1416 yards with 15 touchdowns last season. RB Devin Brumfield might be filling in for Moss as he ran for 263 yards with 2 touchdowns last season.
On defense, the Utah Utes had a good season, only allowing their opponents an average of 15 points per game. However, there are major alterations to the defensive lineup, as star player defensive end Bradlee Anae, who had 14 TFLs and 13 sacks last season, needs to be replaced. Center back Jaylon Johnson, who has 2 interceptions, will also not be playing this season.
Although the team has not had any game this season due to coronavirus complications, and we do not know what to expect this season, especially with the changes in the team’s lineup, and two players out for the season due to injuries, Tyrone Young-Smith and Skyler Southam. Despite these new developments, it seems that the Utah Utes will put up a good performance on the 13th.
The UCLA Bruins To Bounce Back After their Last Outing?
The UCLA Bruins suffered a defeat at the hands of the Colorado Buffaloes, the game ended with a final score of 48-42. The Bruins QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 303 yards scoring 4 touchdowns and 1 interception in the team’s first game of the season. The UCLA Bruins have a record of 42.0 points per game.
The Bruins defense in the game against the Colorado Buffaloes performed poorly, allowing a total of 525 offensive yards from the Buffaloes. The defense was headed by DB Stephan Blaylock, who secured 9 solo tackles.
The Colorado Buffaloes QB Sam Nouer passed for 257 yards scoring 1 touchdown, while RB Jarek Broussard made 31 attempts for 187 yards scoring 3 touchdowns. The WR secured 5 receptions for 77 yards with 1 touchdown.
The UCLA Bruins currently hold a record of 42.0 points per game, a total of 478 yards per game, 303 passing yards per game, and 175 rushing yards per game. QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson has passed for 303 yards, scoring 4 touchdowns, with 1 interception this season. Dorian also filled in as an RB, securing 9 carries for 109 yards and 1 touchdown. Tight End Greg Dulcich secured 4 receptions for 126 yards with 1 touchdown.
The UCLA Bruins defense has allowed a total of 48.0 points per game, a total of 525 yards, 261 in passing yards, and 264 in rushing yards.
The UCLA Bruins have their share of unavailable players due to injuries and health conditions, including Ethan Fernea, Martin Andrus He, Steven Mason, and Kenny Churchwell III.
Prediction: Utah Utes to win (-234) at FanDuel