Colorado vs Utah NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 11/30/2019
Game: Colorado Buffaloes vs Utah Utes
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Location: Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -27.5
Steven Montez and the Colorado Buffaloes travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Utah Utes. The odds on this matchup have Utah as 27.5-point favorites. The Buffaloes are 6-5-0 ATS and 5-6-0 when betting on the total. The Utes are 2-8-1 when wagering on the over/under and 8-3-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Colorado Buffaloes took on the Washington Huskies and won 20-14. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Buffaloes was Steven Montez who went 17/28 with 223 yards passing and tossed 1 TD. He ended the game with no interceptions. Alex Fontenot led the team in rushing for that contest. His longest run of the day went for 21 yards and he added 1 touchdown for the game. He ran for 105 yards via 24 carries which had him averaging 4.4 yards per run. Laviska Shenault Jr. was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 100 yards on 7 catches. He earned an average of 14.3 yards per catch for that contest. The Buffaloes ended up rushing 41 times and racked up a total of 207 yards which earned them an average of 5.0 yards per rushing attempt. In all, they finished with a total of 69 plays for a total of 430 yards. Overall, the Buffaloes earned a total of 23 1st downs and they had a total of 6 penalties for 55 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. On the defensive side of the ball, Colorado gave up 21 completions on 35 attempts for a total of 206 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.0%. For the game, they allowed a total of 238 yards and forced 1 turnover. On the ground, the Buffaloes gave up 32 yards on 32 attempts which means they had an average of 1.0 yards per run allowed.
The Buffaloes head into this game 5-6 for 2019. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the country averaging 24.3 points per game, ranking them 99th in Division 1. As a team, they are averaging 158.5 rushing yards per contest which is 5th in the Pac-12 Conference. For total yards, they are currently ranked 8th in the conference and 68th in Division 1 with 4,445 yards. The Buffaloes have one of the most lackluster defenses in D-1, allowing 30.6 points per game putting them 8th in the Pac-12. When it comes to passing yards, the Buffaloes have conceded 2,701 yards. Opponents are completing 65% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 8.5 yards per try. In regard to yards on the ground, Colorado is giving up 149.2 yards per contest putting them 8th in the Pac-12 and 60th in the nation. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.5 yards per rush which has them at 9th in the conference and 82nd in the country overall. Overall, they have conceded 1,641 yards rushing through 11 games.
In their last game, the Utah Utes played the Arizona Wildcats and notched a win by a score of 35-7. Zack Moss led the team on the ground for the game. His longest run of the day went for 41 yards and he added 1 touchdown for the game. He scurried for 203 yards via 26 carries which gave him an average of 7.8 yards per carry. Brant Kuithe was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 81 yards on 4 catches. He earned an average of 20.3 yards per catch for the game. Running the show from under center for the Utes was Tyler Huntley who went 19/23 with 211 yards passing and threw 1 TD. He threw 1 interception during the game. The Utes ran the football 50 times and earned a total of 297 yards giving them an average of 5.9 yards per rushing attempt. Overall, they ran 74 plays for 517 yards. For the game, the Utes earned a total of 28 first downs and they had a total of 11 penalties for 110 yards which shows us that this team didn't have their heads in this game. When it comes to their defensive performance, Utah allowed 14 completions on 27 tries totaling 135 yards, and a completion percentage of 51.9%. For this contest, they allowed 196 yards but didn't force any takeaways. In the running game, the Utes allowed 61 yards on 25 attempts which gave them an average of 2.4 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Utes step onto the field holding a record of 10-1. Utah has shown the nation they have a formidable rushing attack by averaging 215.3 rushing yards per game, putting them 24th in college football. As a unit, they have a total of 2,368 rushing yards through 11 games, and if they want to continue their dominance, they'll want to keep running the ball. The Utes average 461 yards per contest overall ranking them 21st in the country and 4th in the conference. The Utes are giving up 10.9 points per game which puts them at 1st in the Pac-12 Conference and 4th in college football. In discussing points allowed, they have allowed 120 points in total. In terms of rushing yards, they are conceding 56.1 yards per game which puts them at 1st in the nation and 1st in the Pac-12. This season, they have conceded a total of 617 yards rushing and 4.4 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the most dominate groups in D-1. They are conceding 187.9 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Utes currently sit at 1st in the Pac-12 Conference.
Who will win tonight's Buffaloes/Utes college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Buffaloes +27.5
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