Utah vs Oregon NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 12/6/2019
Game: Utah Utes vs Oregon Ducks
Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Location: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Oregon +2.5
Tyler Huntley and the Utah Utes head to Levi's Stadium on Friday where they'll meet the Oregon Ducks. Oregon opens this game as 2.5-point dogs. The Utes are 9-3-0 ATS and 3-8-1 when betting on the total. The Ducks are 5-7-0 when wagering on the over/under and 6-6-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Utah Utes played the Colorado Buffaloes and earned the win by a score of 45-15. Zack Moss paced the team in rushing during the game. His longest run of the day went for 16 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown for the game. He rushed for 88 yards by way of 20 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. Brant Kuithe was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 63 yards on 3 receptions. He averaged 21.0 yards per catch during the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Utes was Tyler Huntley who went 14/17 with 165 yards passing and threw 2 touchdowns. He tossed 0 interceptions in the game. The Utes ended up rushing 41 times and added 207 yards which had them averaging 5.0 yards per attempt. Overall, the Utes earned a total of 17 first downs and they had a total of 5 penalties for 45 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. For the game, they ran 58 plays which added up to 372 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Utah allowed 17 catches on 26 throws totaling 157 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.4%. Against the run, the Utes allowed 60 yards on 31 tries which is an average of 1.9 yards per carry allowed. For this contest, they gave up a total of 217 yards and forced 1 turnover.
The Utes head into this game 11-1 for 2019. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation with an average of 35.6 points per game, ranking them 18th in college football. As a unit, they have an average of 214.6 yards on the ground per game which is 1st in the conference. For total yardage, they currently sit at 4th in the conference and 26th in college football with 5,443 yards. The Utes have one of the top tier defenses in D-1, allowing 11.3 points per game ranking them 1st in the Pac-12 Conference. When it comes to yards through the air, the Utes have allowed 2,868 yards. Opponents are completing 56.3% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 5.7 yards per try. In regard to yards on the ground, Utah is giving up 56.4 yards per game which has them at 1st in the Pac-12 and 1st in D-1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 2.3 yards per rush putting them 1st in the Pac-12 Conference and 1st in the country overall. Overall, they have conceded 677 yards rushing through 12 games.
The last time they took the field, the Oregon Ducks went up against the Oregon State Beavers and ended up getting the win by a score of 24-10. Travis Dye paced the team on the ground for that game. He tore off a long run of 38 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for 91 yards via 12 carries which had him averaging 7.6 yards per carry. Johnny Johnson III was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 39 yards on 4 receptions. He earned an average of 9.8 yards per catch for that game. Running the show from under center for the Ducks was Justin Herbert who went 18/30 with 174 yards passing and added 1 TD's. He tossed 0 picks during the game. The Ducks ran the ball a total of 37 times and racked up a total of 191 yards giving them an average of 5.2 yards per attempt. In the game, they ran 67 plays which added up to 365 yards. In the game, the Ducks racked up 19 1st downs and they had a total of 4 infractions for 30 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. On the defensive side of the ball, Oregon allowed 26 completions on 41 throws totaling 243 yards, and a completion percentage of 63.4%. On the day, they conceded 380 yards and earned 1 turnover. Against the run, the Ducks allowed 137 yards on 34 tries which means they had an average of 4.0 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Ducks head into this matchup 10-2. Oregon has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 181.4 rushing yards per game, ranking them 44th in Division 1. As a unit, they have a total of 2,177 rushing yards through 12 contests, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Ducks average 455.1 yards per contest overall putting them 26th in the country and 3rd in the Pac-12. The Ducks are conceding 15.8 points per contest which puts them at 2nd in the Pac-12 Conference and 10th in Division 1. In regard to points given up, they have allowed 190 total points. When it comes to rushing yards, they are conceding 107.7 yards per contest ranking them 12th in the country and 2nd in the Pac-12. For 2019, they have conceded a total of 1,292 yards on the ground and 3.6 rushing TDs. Their pass defense is one of the mediocre units in the country. They are conceding 225.3 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Ducks are currently ranked 3rd in the Pac-12.
Who will win tonight's Utes/Ducks college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Utes -2.5
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