The Washington State Cougars (+5) are making a trip east to take on the No. 19 Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. This key conference game kicks off at 10:00 p.m. ET and FS1 is scheduled to have the TV rights.
Washington State at No. 19 Utah Betting Odds 9/28/2019
Utah is giving up 5 points in this Pac-12 matchup. The Cougars are currently getting +180 moneyline odds while the Utes are -220. The over/under has been set at 55.5 points, and if one program can create a bunch of points early on, it’ll likely generate a solid in-game betting opportunity.
The early action has leaned to both the Cougars and the under. This line initially opened at -6 while the game’s over/under was originally 59.
The Cougars are 3-1 straight up (SU), including 0-1 SU against conference opponents. The Utes are 3-1 SU overall and are also 0-1 SU in conference play. The underwhelming Cougars are 1-3 against the spread (ATS) and have lost 14.5 units so far. The team has posted an Over-Under record of 2-2.
The Utes are down 0.8 units this season. They’re 1-3 ATS and have an O/U record of 1-3.
These two squads faced off last year with the final outcome being a 28-24 win for Washington State.
The Cougars dropped one to UCLA 67-63 in a game where the passing attack left much to be desired as Anthony Gordon completed 41 passes for 570 yards, nine scores and two interceptions. Max Borghi (123 yards on 15 rush attempts) led the running attack. Easop Winston Jr. (10 receptions, 114 yards, four TDs) and Davontavean Martin (seven catches, 67 yards, one TD) shared the receiving duties in the defeat.
Back on September 20, USC knocked off this Utah team by a score of 30-23. The Utes defensive secondary allowed the Trojans to air it out for 368 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Pittman Jr. was on a different level for USC, putting up 232 yards on 10 catches. For Utah, Tyler Huntley completed 22-of-30 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown. Huntley (60 yards on 18 rush attempts) and Devin Brumfield (63 yards on 10 carries) spearheaded the running game while Brumfield (four receptions, 28 yards) and Britain Covey (three catches, seven yards) led all Utah pass-catchers in the loss.
Washington State has run the ball on 27.3 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Utah has a rush percentage of 65.1 percent. The Cougars have run for 106 yards per game and have five scores on the ground this year. The Utes are averaging 231 rushing yards per contest and have eight total rush TDs.
The Cougars have averaged a stellar 500 yards in the air overall and have 23 passing scores so far. The Utes have produced 213 pass yards per game and have five total pass TDs.
Defensively, Washington State has allowed 175 rush yards and 249 pass yards per game. Utah has been a bit better than that, allowing 52.0 yards per game on the ground and 222.8 to opponents in the air. The Utes are giving up an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 5.48 to opposing QBs, while the Cougars have allowed a 7.35 ANY/A.
Gordon has already put up 1,454 passing yards this season, and has connected on 101-of-135 attempts with 18 passing touchdowns and only three interceptions. Gordon has a pristine 12.03 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number is 9.65 over the past two games.
Tyler Huntley has put up 530 yards, two TDs and zero INTs for Utah. His ANY/A sits at 8.31 for the year and 10.96 over his last two outings.
Washington State Cougars vs. Utah Utes Bedding Prediction
SU Winner – Utah, ATS Winner – Utah, O/U – Under
Team Betting Trends
Utah has lost two fumbles this season while Washington State has let four get away.
The Utah D has tallied eight sacks on the year while Washington State has seven.
Washington State has rushed for 5.7 yards per attempt across its past three outings and 5.0 over its last two.
Utah has averaged 5.4 yards per carry over its last three matchups and 5.5 over its last two.
In its last three contests, Utah is 0-3 ATS and the under cashed in two of those three.
The O/U for Washington State’s last game was set at 59. The over cashed in the team’s 67-63 loss to UCLA.
In its last three matches, Washington State is 0-3 ATS and the over cashed in two of those three.
The Over/Under for Utah’s last matchup was set at 53.5. The under cashed in the 30-23 defeat to USC.