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NCAAF · 13 days ago

UCLA Bruins vs. Utah Utes Betting Preview: Pac-12 Punch-Up



UCLA Bruins vs. Utah Utes Betting Preview: Pac-12 Punch-Up

We shift our attention to another enticing college football matchup on the docket this weekend. This Saturday at 3:30 p.m., the UCLA Bruins are set to battle against the Utah Utes at Rice–Eccles Stadium. The betting line kicked off with Utah as a 6.5-point favorite, but now it’s been whittled down to just 4.5 points. When comparing this to the 70.5-point total we saw with the Colorado-Oregon game, this matchup sits at a modest 51.5.

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What’s notable is Utah’s formidable record at home. With 16 consecutive home game victories, it’s safe to say that visiting teams often find it challenging to seal a win here. A mix of altitude challenges and the home crowd energy makes this a daunting venue for any visiting team. And with Coach Kyle Whittingham steering the ship, Utah’s consistent performance is no surprise.

However, all eyes will be on Cam Rising, Utah’s potential starting QB. His absence in the season’s first three games has been conspicuous. Is it a strategic move to ensure he’s fully prepped for this crucial game? Moreover, the Utes have also been missing the prowess of tight end Brant Kuithe so far this season.

Contrastingly, the UCLA Bruins have showcased a commendable start this season, boasting a flawless 3-0 record. Their ground game has been their strength, with an impressive average of 270 rushing yards per game. This prowess places them as the third-best in college football. Yet, they’re up against the Utes’ sturdy defense, which restricts their opponents to a mere 65 rushing yards on average. This clash of strengths will undoubtedly be the game’s highlight.

The burning question remains: If Cam Rising is in the fray, will the odds tilt in Utah’s favor? As of now, with the Bruins’ exemplary ground game, they appear to be in a strong position.

Keep an eye on Carson Steele, the former Ball State star. Known not only for his pet alligator but also his consistent performance, Steele has clocked 76+ rushing yards in all three games for the Bruins this season. The key for UCLA is their run game. If they can cross the 125-yard mark against the formidable Utes’ defense, an upset might just be on the cards.

This matchup has all the ingredients of a classic. If Rising takes the field, the dynamics might favor Utah. Otherwise, the Bruins might just continue their undefeated streak. Strap in for an intense PAC 12 face-off!

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