The Arizona Wildcats hit the road to Salt Lake City this week for a date with the Utah Utes in Pac-12 action. The Wildcats stumble into Week 10 off three straight losses, while Utah is 3-1 in its previous four outings. That lone loss was to a powerful UCLA team that far outranks Arizona.
Utah has a lot of work to do as -17 favorites but has the chops to run away with this conference matchup.
Arizona on a 1-4 Slide
Arizona is slowly discovering that scoring points is only one of many requirements for winning a football game. In what could just be a massive oversight, it seems this team forgot about how vital defense can be. Arizona ranks 125th in opponent scoring (38.7 PPG) and 124th in yards per game allowed (485).
On offense, things are going great. Caleb Williams went 31-for-45 with 411 yards and five touchdowns without his top two targets on the field. It was an impressive outing, but thanks to their awful defense, Arizona still lost 45-37. USC went off for 621 total yards and went 11-for-17 on third down.
Arizona is a prime example of why you need a well-rounded team and can’t just rely on a talented offense to get you by.
Utah Vying for Pac-12 Title
The Utes have a tough hill to cover this massive spread. But Utah is coming off a win over Washington State in Week 9 without starting quarterback Cam Rising and RB Tavion Thomas. Backup QB Bryson Barnes started in place of Rising and went 17-for-27 with 175 yards and a touchdown. With Rising and Thomas, Utah beat No. 7 USC in Week 8 and smoked No. 24 Oregon State by 28 points the week before.
The Utes don’t have an overwhelming offense but do rank in the top 30 in points per game, yards per game, and points per play. They convert third downs at a rate of 48.94% and fourth downs at 53.85%.
Combined with a top-50 scoring defense, Utah becomes a nightmare matchup for Arizona’sunderwhelming offense.
Arizona vs Utah Game Injuries
Arizona vs Utah Head-to-Head
The Wildcats and Utes have played annually since 2011, with Utah holding a 6-4 outright lead. Arizona and Utah are 5-5 against the spread in that span.
Arizona vs Utah Game Information
- Game: Arizona vs Utah
- Location: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
- Day/Time: Saturday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Arizona vs Utah Live Stream: ESPN
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Arizona vs Utah Betting Lines
Arizona vs Utah Prediction
The truth is that Arizona isn’t that terrible of a matchup for Utah when you think about it in terms of a 17-point spread. However, this is a clear case of teams heading in different directions. Utah is beating ranked schools, and it took a Top 10 UCLA team to beat them. Arizona, meanwhile, is struggling to hold it together, with a defense getting worse by the week.
The Arizona Wildcats are listed at +650 in our Vegas NCAAF lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Arizona, you have a chance to win $650. The Utah Utes are -900, offering a chance to win $11 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the college football betting lines gives Arizona a 13.33% chance to win, with Utah at 90.00%.