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Week 11 of the college football season has a high-stakes Pac-12 matchup, including the Washington Huskies and Utah Utes. Here, we’ll preview the game, including the three best bets for the matchup.
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Headed into this matchup, we can’t help but acknowledge the Huskies offense against this Utes defense.
The Huskies rank inside the top three in points per game (41.7) and have the most passing yards per game with 383.1. Utah allows just 17 points and 218 points per game. Their points allowed are among the ten best teams in the country.
The Huskies defense allows 23 points per game, while Utah’s offense is 77th in points per game at 24.3.
The Utah defense has been excellent this season, but here, they’re going up again Penix. This season, he’s completing 69.5% of his passes for 3,205 yards, 26 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He’s the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy.
The last time they faced a passer on Penix’s level was Bo Nix and the Oregon Ducks, who beat them 35-6 in Utah. Nix had 248 yards and two touchdowns in that game.
Utah quarterback Bryson Barnes will be hard-pressed to keep up with Penix with his 930 passing yards, 58.5% completion rate, eight touchdowns, and 6.3 yards per attempt.
The Utes have an excellent defense, but the Huskies aren’t too far behind, especially considering the quarterback position disparity.
This game takes place in Washington, giving the Huskies an edge.
Penix’s lowest passing yardage total in a game this season came last week against USC when he had 255, and they still put up 52. He has two games this season with zero passing touchdowns, but other than that, he’s had multiple scores. He’s had six games with three or more passing touchdowns.
Look for this Huskies offense to do enough to put up points here while the Huskies defense keeps Barnes and the Utes in check.
As mentioned, the Huskies defense may allow more points than the Utes, but it’s just six more at 23. The Utes will likely be playing from behind, forcing Barnes to throw. He’s not been the greatest passer this season. Thus, the Utes will try to run the ball early against a Washington defense that allows 143.6 rushing yards per game.
This score might end up similar to the Oregon and Utah game, which was 35-6. Expect the Huskies to put up some points here with their electric offense, but below their season average due to the competence of the Utes defense. At the same time, expect Utah not to score many points here.
Huskies win this one, 33-17.
Based on our prediction above, we’re taking the Huskies to win by 16. The Huskies allow 23 points per game, but the game's flow will favor them, putting the Utes in a spot where they need to throw a bit more. Barnes isn’t exactly a feared passer, and even if their running game can get going, they’ll need to try to push the ball downfield. Look for Penix and the Huskies to break through this Utes defense just enough but still finish well below their season average in points scored.
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Game: Utah vs. Washington
When: 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 11
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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