This Friday the Washington Huskies (9-3) will face off against the Utah Utes (9-3) in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Kickoff is set for 8:00 EST and will be played at Levi’s Stadium (home of the 49ers) in Santa Clara, California. The game will be broadcast nationally on FOX.
Taking a look at the Week 14 college football odds, the books have the Huskies listed as a 5-point favorite with the total set at 45 points.
Utah vs Washington Betting Preview & Vegas Game Odds
Washington defeated in-state rival Washington State 28-15 in a winner-take-all for the Pac-12 North title this past Friday. The Huskies were a 3-point dog in the fight and certainly were aided by the fact the game was played in a snow-storm (limited Cougars passing attack). Coming into the season Washington was expected to be playing in this game. However, most thought they would still be in the mix for a playoff spot.
Utah went into their finale against rival BYU with the Pac-12 South already locked up. The Utes didn’t let that get in the way of them defeating the Cougars 35-27 on Saturday. Utah closed out the year going 7-1 over their final 8 games, including 3 straight to close things out after losing starting quarterback Tyler Huntley.
Just so happens that these two teams opened up Pac-12 play against one another back in September. Washington won that contest 21-7 as a 4-point road favorite behind a dominant defensive effort. Huskies held the Utes to just 261 total yards, forced 3 turnovers and held Utah scoreless over the final 3 quarters.
Free College Football Betting Selection: Utah +5
My early lean here would be to grab the points with Utah, as this line is just begging you take Washington. Something I think the public will gladly do, having just watched the Huskies take down No. 8 ranked Washington State and knowing that the Utes have just recently lost both their starting QB and leading rusher. Not to mention, Washington already beat the Utes in Utah by 14.
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I’ll be the first to admit that I thought Utah was toast after Huntley went down with an injury, as they really fell off last year when he got hurt. However, this year they have freshman Jason Shelley to step in and he’s been a difference maker. He threw an interception in relief of Huntley in the loss to ASU, but has not thrown another and has showcased his ability to make plays with his legs.
I just don’t think it’s as big a deal as it will be made out to be and if anything it gives Utah a new wrinkle for Washington to prepare for. I would also expect the Utes to make some adjustments from the first time these two teams played and it’s not asking a lot for them to score more than 7-points.
I know this is a conference title game, but I just have to wonder just how motivated Washington really is to win this game. I have to think they were more excited to ruin rival Washington State’s season than they will be to win this game against the Utes. It’s not like this team was playing great before that showdown with the Cougars.
That’s just my opinion, but even if they show up, I like the matchup for Utah. The Utes have one of the best defenses in the country and without a doubt the best defensive line in the Pac-12. They can not only take away the running game of the Huskies, but they can put big time pressure on Washington quarterback Jake Browning. Note that Huskies have one of the worst offensive lines in the Pac-12, which is a big reason why they didn’t reach their potential this year.
Lastly, you can’t ignore how poor Washington has been against the spread this season. Prior to covering against the Cougars, the Huskies had failed to cover the number in seven straight games.
I think there’s a decent chance the line for this one will only keeping going up, so if you like Utah, you might want to hold out for a better number. Give me the Utes +5!