A compelling matchup is on the horizon as the 22nd-ranked Utah Utes prepare to face off against the 17th-ranked Arizona Wildcats in a clash of Pac-12 contenders this Saturday. Both teams enter the game with identical 7-3 records, setting the stage for an intriguing showdown.
Utah comes off a recent road loss to Washington, while Arizona rides a four-game winning streak, securing their latest victory on the road against Colorado. The Wildcats currently share the third spot in the Pac-12 standings. The Arizona Wildcats are -1 in this game. The total is set at 44.5 points.
Utes Well Coached and Well Schooled
Under the guidance of Kyle Whittingham, the Utah Utes have once again fielded a competitive football team. However, offensive struggles have plagued them, with an average scoring output of 25.3 points per game and a stout defense allowing just under 18 points per game. Notably, their passing offense ranks 118th in College Football, managing a mere 170.2 yards per game.
Ja’Quinden Jackson has been a bright spot for the Utes, recording four rushing touchdowns, while Devaughn Vele leads the receiving corps with 482 yards. Despite losing two of their last three games, those setbacks came against formidable opponents in Oregon and on the road against Washington. Utah’s only other loss this season occurred against Oregon State in October.
The Utes are poised to wrap up their season at home on November 25th against the Colorado Buffaloes, led by Coach Prime. Despite recent challenges, the Utah Utes’ football roster remains laden with talent, as has been the case for several seasons.
Wildcats Surprise in 2023
On the other side, the Arizona Wildcats are still in contention for a spot in the Pac-12 title game, provided they win their next two games and receive some assistance from an Oregon opponent. After starting the season 3-3, the Wildcats have strung together four consecutive victories. Their three early-season losses were on the road against Mississippi State, a narrow home defeat to Washington, and a close contest at USC. Notably, the Wildcats aim to avenge their loss against Mississippi State.
Arizona boasts a balanced offensive attack, averaging over 280 passing yards and 157.7 rushing yards per game. With a scoring average of 30.7 points per game and a defense allowing opponents just under 21 points per game, the Wildcats have demonstrated their prowess on both ends of the field.
The Wildcats will host the Utes in this pivotal game before concluding their regular season against in-state rival Arizona State on November 25th.
Wildcats Top Utes
It’s time to make our bets for this big Pac-12 affair. There is no doubt that we anticipate an exciting football game. Considering the Wildcats’ current play and home advantage, we favor the home team. While Utah is expected to keep it close, we predict a final score of 30-24 in favor of Arizona. Place your bets on the Arizona Wildcats -1 over the Utah Utes this Saturday! Best of luck with all your NCAAF Picks!