Washington vs. Utah Spread Prediction

Utah Utes vs. Washington Huskies, 9/15/18 Week 3 Predictions

The Utah Utes are slight home underdogs tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET versus the Washington Huskies. Will the Utes pull off the upset against this veteran-laden Huskies team or will Washington come through for bettors?

Game Snapshot

205 Washington Huskies at 206 Utah Utes

10:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, September 15, 2018

Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Huskies are 4.5-point favorites to beat the Utes. The total, meanwhile, sits at 48 points. As of this writing, 64% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Huskies.

Washington Huskies

Jake Browning completed 23-of-37 passes for 317 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 45-3 rout of North Dakota on Saturday. It wasn't Browning's best game -- not even close -- but he did more than enough to keep the Huskies from being upset against the Fighting Hawks. His first score was a step up in the pocket to find Ty Jones from four-yards out, and he added a one-yard score to Cade Otton on a play-action pass near the goal line. He also made a couple of silly throws, including the two picks. Still, the numbers are solid, and Browning -- for the most part -- has looked okay in 2018. They need him to play better next Saturday against Utah.

Utah Utes

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that there are some scouts who view Utah junior RB Zack Moss as a second-round prospect. Pauline doesn't go quite that far with his grade, assigning him a Round 3 evaluation, but the analyst is quite high on Moss in his own right. Notes the analyst of the 5-foot-10, 215-pounder, "He’s a nice-sized ball carrier with tremendous quickness, the ability to create yardage and enough strength to break tackles. He’s a terrific open-field runner who can also pick his way on the inside for critical yardage." We're likewise big fans of Moss around these parts. If you've yet to check him out, Utah will be hosting Washington on Saturday night, in what's their biggest game of the season. That will be an interesting one from an evaluating perspective, as this will be the best defense that Moss faces all season.

Betting Trends

Washington

The Huskies are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games overall and 0-4 against the number in their last four road games.

Utah

The Utes are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall and 5-2-1 against the number in their last eight home games.

Prediction

The underdog is a perfect 5-0 against the spread in the last five meetings between these two teams. I love taking a dog that could win outright and that’s what I see tonight in Utah. Washington has a new offensive coordinator and thus far, senior quarterback Jake Browning has struggled to finish drives. The Huskies will move the ball a little tonight but the Utes have a stout defense and an outstanding punter in Mitch Wishnowsky. This should be a low-scoring game throughout, especially with wind gusts expected to be around 15-20 mph.

 

College Football Prediction: Utah Utes +4.5

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