The #9 overall Utah Utes (7-1) travel to Seattle this weekend for a PAC-12 clash with the Washington Huskies (5-3). Kickoff is set for 4:00 PM EST on November 2nd at Husky Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on FOX.
Taking a look at the Week 10 college football odds, Utah opened as a 3.5-point road favorite earlier this week. That spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as the Utes are currently available at -3.5. The total for the game is sitting at 47.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Washington vs Utah
Utah won their fourth consecutive game last weekend, crushing Cal 35-0 at home to improve to 7-1 on the season overall. The Utes scored 28 unanswered points in the first half and never looked back, holding the Golden Bears scoreless the entire game en route to a convincing victory. QB Tyler Huntley went 11/17 for 214 yards and a touchdown through the air while RB Zack Moss torched the defense for 115 yards and two scores on a game-high 17 carries. Moss also racked up three catches for 89 receiving yards while Bryan Thompson found the end zone on one of his two receptions for 47 yards. Overall, Utah generated well over 450 total yards of offense against a shell-shocked University of California defense.
The Utes obviously had a fantastic outing on the other side of the ball against Cal, as the Golden Bears offense failed to score even a single point. Utah was especially impressive defending against the pass, giving up only 60 yards through the air all game.
Washington has now lost two out of their last three games after falling 35-31 at home to #7 overall Oregon their last time out to drop to 5-3 on the season overall. The Huskies held a 21-14 lead at the half but fell apart down the stretch, giving up three touchdowns over the final two quarters en route to a four-point defeat. QB Jacob Eason played quite well, going 23/30 for 289 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air. RB Salvon Ahmed also had a solid game, rushing for 140 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 24 carries on the ground. Jordan Chin caught the longest touchdown reception for Washington, finding the end zone on a 48 yard strike from Eason. As a whole, the offense gained well over 400 total yards of offense and scored four touchdowns despite coming up just short on the scoreboard.
The Huskies weren’t that great defensively against Oregon, surrendering over 450 total yards of offense and five touchdowns. Washington had no answer for Ducks QB Justin Hebert, as he torched the secondary for 280 passing yards and four touchdowns.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Utah -3.5
As tempted as I am by the UNDER on 47.5 total points scored in this matchup, I think I would still rather roll with the Utes against the spread on the road here in Week 10. Utah has been absolutely dominant on the defensive side of the ball as of late, giving up only 23 points over their last four games combined. As much as I am leaning towards the UNDER, I am a little bit concerned about a Washington defense that has given up at least three touchdowns in three consecutive games. While their offense has found a way to outscore a lot of those defensive lapses, I’m pretty confident that won’t be the case against a Utes defense that is ranked near the top of almost every major statistical category.
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Both teams have been fairly solid against the spread through the first nine weeks of the regular season, as they currently share identical 5-3 records. However, Utah is a very impressive 4-1 against the spread over their last five games overall. The Utes have also really performed well on the road lately, going 5-2 against the spread in their last seven outings away from Rice-Eccles Stadium. On the other side, the Huskies have only lost two out of their last 19 home games which is clearly also quite noteworthy. Even so, I would rather lay the 3.5 points and side with the slight road favorite in what should be a highly entertaining PAC 12 clash – give me Utah to win outright and cover the number in the process.