The visiting Utah Utes look to heap more misery on the Stanford Cardinal when they collide in Week 10 college football action on Friday night. Books corner this Pac-12 Conference game with the Utes across the college football odds board, and early consensus betting trends reveal that the public is all over the Utes as the touchdown favorites on the road.
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The Utah Utes have a 4-1 edge over the Stanford Cardinal over the last five meetings, which includes a 4-0-1 record against the spread according to the scores and odds. The last meeting between Utah and Stanford resulted in a 40-21 win by the Utes on Oct. 6, 2018. Stanford’s only win came in 2017 when the Cardinal upset the Utes 23-20 at home.
Next game: at Arizona Wildcats
On an emotional night for Utah, as it retired the number 22 to honor teammates Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe, who sadly died nine months apart, the Utes delivered in spectacular fashion to the delight of their fans.
The Utes served up a commanding win over UCLA, beating Chip Kelly’s Bruins 44-24 at home and coming through as the 6½-point closing favorites quite comfortably.
The Bruins came into the game with the No. 1-ranked run defense but Tavion Thomas had other ideas as he rushed for160 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries to power Utah to the victory. Quarterback Cameron Rising came in second in rushing with 63 yards and a touchdown. He finished 17 of 27 with 179 yards and a touchdown.
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Offensive lineman Jaren Kump (leg) is questionable. Kump has missed the last two games due to a left leg injury, and his availability this Friday remains uncertain.
Next game: at Oregon State
Ever since the Cardinal masterminded the upset over then-No. 3 Oregon at home, things have taken a decided negative turn. Three defeats in a row to Arizona State, Washington State and Washington plunged Stanford to a 3-5 overall mark and a 2-4 record in Pac-12 play.
Stanford was seconds away from a potential win over Washington last weekend, but the Huskies snatched the 20-13 victory instead.
DYLAN MORRIS WITH A 20 YARD TD TO JALEN MCMILLAN TO GIVE WASHINGTON THE LEAD WITH 21 SECONDS LEFT!!!
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Washington quarterback Dylan Morris threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jalen McMillan with 21 seconds left on the clock. To add insult to injury, the Huskies converted on a two-point conversion to clinch the 20-13 victory. The Cardinal closed as the 2½-point home chalk on college football spreads, but they failed to come through in the end for their backers.
Cornerback Ethan Bonner (undisclosed) is out indefinitely; wide receiver Brycen Tremayne (knee), kicker Emmet Kenney (hip), and wide receiver John Humphreys (undisclosed) are questionable.
Betting on the Game
The Utah Utes go into Week 10 in fine form, riding the momentum of four wins in their last five games. They’re in first place in the Pac-12 West, and their only setback was a 42-34 loss to Oregon State — although it marked an upset according to the Las Vegas odds that had the Utes close as the field goal favorites.
The Utes have averaged 35.8 points in their last five games and 33.4 points overall. The defense is allowing an average of 25.3 points per game.
The Stanford Cardinal are down to 10th in Pac 12 action, following a poor run of form that includes three straight losses. In two of these last three games, they didn’t even crack 13 points, which suggests a level of offensive inconsistency that is worrying.
And yet, the Cardinal have shown that they can punch above their weight class. After all, they beat Oregon on Oct. 2. That victory would appear to be a one-off, though, so it’s hard to put too much stock in it.
The Cardinal are scoring an average of 24.9 points and conceding 27 points per game. In their last three games, they’ve only scored an average of 18 points while conceding an average of 27.3 points.
At face value, this is a matchup of two programs heading in opposite directions. The Pac-12 Conference has delivered its fair share of surprises, so anything is possible. Having said that, the Utes are the better team and they should come through as the road favorites for their backers in a big way.