The #16 overall Utah Utes (6-2) travel to Tempe this weekend to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils (4-4) in Pac-12 action. Kickoff is set for 4:00 PM EST at Sun Devil Stadium and the game will be broadcast on the Pac 12 Network.
Taking a look at the Week 10 college football odds, Utah opened as a 7-point road favorite earlier this week. That line has remained unchanged after early betting, as the Utes are currently listed at -7. The total for the game is sitting at 54 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Arizona State vs Utah
Utah won their fourth consecutive game last weekend after crushing UCLA 41-10 to improve to 6-2 overall. The Utes only had a ten point lead at halftime but really put the hammer down in the second half, outscoring the Bruins 24-3. The biggest story on offense for Utah was RB Zack Moss who rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. Moss is now averaging over 120 yards per game on the ground this season and has already racked up ten rushing touchdowns. QB Tyler Huntley is currently completing 65.3% of his passes while averaging 212.5 passing yards per game. Huntley has thrown for 11 touchdowns through the air while also finding the end zone four more times on the ground. Overall, the Utah offense is currently averaging 31.6 points per game on 431.4 yards of total offense. They have been very impressive on the ground, averaging 205.0 rushing yards per game (30th overall).
The Utes have been one of the best defensive teams in the country all season long, as they are giving up an average of just 16.8 points per game (14th overall) on 287.0 total yards of offense. They have been ridiculously good against the run, as they are currently allowing only 81.1 yards per game on the ground – 3rd fewest nationwide.
Arizona State snapped their two game losing streak last weekend after beating USC 38-35 to get back to .500 on the season. The Sun Devils were up 24-7 at one point before the Trojans battled all the way back to take the lead at the start of the 4th quarter. However, a huge point return followed by a 45 yard rushing touchdown by QB Manny Wilkins sealed the victory for Arizona State. Wilkins is completing 63.2% of his passes so far this season while throwing for an average of 245.6 yards per game. He has also racked up 16 total touchdowns in just eight games. RB Eno Benjamin has been enjoying a monster year, averaging 117.3 yards per game and racking up nine touchdowns on the ground and two through the air. As a whole, the Sun Devils are currently averaging 28.8 points per game on 422.9 yards of total offense.
Things have looked somewhat average on the other side of the ball for Arizona State, as they are currently holding opponents to an average of 22.8 points per game on 386.0 total yards of offense. They have struggled a bit against the run, however, giving up an average of 156.3 yards per game on the ground (64th overall).
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Utah -7
The Utes will earn a spot in the Pac 12 title game if they find a way to win on the road Saturday afternoon, so they should be highly motivated to win their fifth consecutive game. Arizona State has really looked great under first year head coach Herm Edwards, but they still aren’t quite as solid as Utah – especially defensively. The Utes cruised past the Trojans by 10+ points several weeks ago, while the Sun Devils needed a 90 yard punt return and a late rushing touchdown to win by just three. While they should find a way to stay competitive for a couple of quarters, I still think Utah is the cream of the crop in the Pac 12 and should find a way to cover the touchdown spread.
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Arizona State is just 2-5 ATS over their past seven games following a straight up win. They are also just 1-4 ATS in their past five meetings with Utah. The Utes are a very solid 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games. They are also 4-0 ATS in their last four conference games and 4-0 ATS over their last four games overall.
While Eno Benjamin has been enjoying a fantastic year, I think he might have a tough time getting going this weekend against the 3rd best rushing defense in the nation. Utah is clearly the better team on both sides of the ball and I think that they offer the best value in this particular spot. I’m perfectly fine laying anything less than double-digits in this spot, so I’m taking the Utes to cover on the road.