Utah Utes vs San Diego State Aztecs Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Utes vs San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Aztecs (+7)
The San Diego State Aztecs (2-0) will take on the Utah Utes (1-1) at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday. Utah opens this contest as 7-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The total has been set at 43.5.
The Utah Utes come into this matchup with a record of 1-1 this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Utes played the BYU Cougars and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 26-17. Charlie Brewer connected on 15/26 with 147 yds passing and 1 TD. He had a QB rating of 110.2 and finished the game with 1 pick. Micah Bernard was the leader on the ground for the Utes with 12 totes for 146 yds (12.2 yds per attempt). The Utah Utes rushed the ball a total of 25 different times and amassed 193 yds, which came out to an average of 7.7 yards per attempt. On the day, they ran 51 plays which totaled 340 yds. Utah conceded 18 pass completions on 30 tries for 149 yds, and a completion rate of 60.0%. Against the rush, the Utes conceded 231 yards on 46 attempts, which is 5.0 yards per run surrendered.
The Utes have tallied 790 total yards this season. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Utah has earned 4 touchdowns through the air and 3 touchdowns on the ground. Utah has amassed 43 first downs as a unit, and they have been called for 9 infractions for 70 yards. As a team they average 190.5 yards rushing which has them sitting 39th in college football. When it comes to scoring points, the Utah Utes are averaging 28.5 points per game.
The Utes sit in 73rd in college football when it comes to team defense, conceding 21.5 points per contest. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.8 yards per rush on the ground and 144.0 rushing yards per game so far this year. Overall, they have given up 288 yards via the ground game in 2 games. Regarding passing yardage, the Utes are allowing 362 yds which puts them in 75th in the country. They have conceded 181.0 yards per game through the air in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 61.9%. For the season, they are giving up 325.0 yards/game which ranks them 84th in D-1.
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The Aztecs step onto the field holding a record of 2-0 for this year. In their last game, the Aztecs went home victorious with a score of 38-14 against the Arizona Wildcats. Jordon Brookshire (2 TDs) finished the game with 183 yds on 10/14 through the air while his quarterback rating was 228.4. He didn't throw any picks and his average yards per attempt was 13.1. Greg Bell carried the football 17 times for 125 yds, ending the game with 7.4 yards per carry for San Diego State. San Diego State rushed the football for 5.1 yards per carry, finishing with a total of 275 yards on 54 attempts. The Aztecs finished with a total of 458 yds while running 69 plays (6.6 yds per play). The Aztecs secondary conceded a completion rate of 50.0%, relinquishing 179 yds on 18 out of 36 passing. San Diego State conceded 19 attempts on the ground for 49 yds (2.6 yds per carry).
The San Diego State Aztecs hold an average of 410.5 yards/contest, ranking them 47th in college football. The San Diego State offense has 154 penalty yards on 15 infractions, which ranks 23rd in Division 1 in terms of giving up free yards. During the season thus far, the Aztecs have a total of 298 yards via the pass in addition to an average of 149.0 passing yards per outing, ranking them 99th in the nation. In relation to their scoring prowess, the Aztecs currently rank 57th in Division 1 by scoring 33.0 points per outing.
San Diego State has allowed a total of 97 yards via the ground game (48.5 yards per game) and 0 TDs via the rush this season. They have given up 3 touchdowns through the air and 252.5 yards per contest, which has them in 121st in D-1. The Aztecs defense has taken the field for 137 plays, which has them sitting 97th in D-1. The Aztecs are allowing 12.0 points per game, ranking them 34th in the country. This year, they have allowed 24 points.
Who will win tonight's Utes/Aztecs college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Aztecs +7
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