Time for Washington Huskies to think about Utah Utes

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Washington U vs. Utah Betting Preview - October 29th, 2016

“When Utah comes up, we’ll think about Utah,” Washington Huskies safety Budda Baker said following a win on Saturday. The Utes are coming up this next Saturday, October 29th at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. The odds for people betting on college football are as follows:

Washington U -10 (-110) -400
Utah +10 (-110) +325

The Huskies defeated the Oregon State Beavers 41-17 to improve to 7-0 and climb to the No. 4 spot. Washington QB Jake ‘Robert’ Browning threw 14 of 28 for 291 yards with three TDs, and ran for 21 yards on five carries with another score. In addition to that, running back Myles Gaskin ran for 128 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown. The Huskies went full circle and won their 10th game in a row, a winning streak that began last season with a win over none other than the Beavers. Washington was ahead 21-0 in the first quarter, and 31-0 at halftime.

The Utes (7-1) have won three straight games, including the UCLA Bruins last Saturday. Utah beat UCLA 52-45 thanks to an outstanding performance by running back Joe Williams – in his second game back from a 10-minute retirement. Williams ran for a college-record 332 yards on 29 carries with four TDs. It was like Williams drank 100 cups of coffee before the game and enters a caffeine-induced state of hyper speed, moving much faster than anyone else. On the other hand, the Utes defense showed no tackling to speak of and allowed several big plays.

The Huskies are undefeated, which is part of what makes them the favorites of people betting on college football this weekend at football betting sites. However, the previous games could arguably be dismissed as mere warm ups for what is to come; namely Utah. Washington is nearly unstoppable in the first half – the Huskies have outscored opposing teams 100-7 in the first quarter and 200-24 in the first half this regular season. If games were only played until halftime, they would be the favorite of fans betting on college football to win it all. Against the Beavers, Washington gained 300 passing yards on a pass defense that had allowed only 179.5 yards per game up to that point. The Huskies’ own defense might be in trouble, though, especially without defensive end Joe Mathis, who leads the team with five sacks but sat out the game against Oregon State and is questionable for Saturday.

The Utes have not faced a defense comparable to that of Washington so far, which is tied for first with Michigan in sacks per game. Once again, though, the potential absence of Mathis could take a toll on the Huskies’ pass rush. That being said, Utah’s defense is not without its flaws, either. Allowing the Bruins to score 45 points is not a good sign, in particular as they get ready to face Jake Browning – who is making a truly strong case for the Heisman Trophy. Washington is averaging 259.0 yards in passing and 227.6 yards in rushing per game on offense, while the Utes are giving up 243.4 yards in passing and 119.6 yards in rushing per game.