Utah vs California Prediction NCAAF Picks Today 10/14
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- Oct 13, 2023, 7:48:31 PM
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California vs. Utah: College Football Preview
The California Golden Bears (3-3, 1-2 CONF) are set to take on the Utah Utes (4-1, 1-1 CONF) in what promises to be an exciting Pac-12 matchup. The game is scheduled for 12:00 PM on October 14, 2023, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT, with coverage on PAC12. Utah enters this game as favorites with a line of -11.0 points, and the over/under is set at 44 points.
Crucial Matchup Analysis
Utah's Offensive Struggles
The Utah Utes have faced significant challenges on the offensive front, ranking last in the Pac-12 in both passing and total offense. Injuries to key players, including offensive linemen, running backs, and quarterbacks, have hampered their ability to generate points. A recent 21-7 loss to Oregon State highlighted their offensive woes, managing just 198 yards and 3.1 yards per play.
The absence of quarterback Cam Rising due to injury has added to their offensive struggles, and his return remains uncertain. Rising's replacements, Bryson Barnes and Nate Johnson, have faced difficulties in leading the offense effectively.
California's Ground Game vs. Utah's Defense
On the other side, California has experienced defensive challenges, particularly against Pac-12 opponents. They have allowed an average of 486.0 yards per game in conference matchups, with their pass defense being a notable concern, giving up over 250 passing yards in each of their last four games.
However, California's strength lies in its ground game, where they are averaging 217.3 yards per game, ranking second in the Pac-12. Running back Jaydn Ott has been a force, ranking second in the Pac-12 with 558 total rushing yards. This sets up an intriguing clash with Utah's stout run defense, which has allowed only 67.0 rushing yards per game, ranking third nationally.
As the game approaches, it's clear that Utah's offensive struggles and California's potent ground game will be key factors to watch. While Utah has shown defensive prowess, their inability to produce points may give California an opportunity.
With a +11.5 points spread, the prediction is that California will not only cover the spread but also make this matchup competitive. While Utah's defense may contain California's rushing attack to some extent, the Golden Bears are likely to capitalize on Utah's offensive inefficiencies.
While Utah may secure the win, California's ability to cover the spread will keep this game exciting and potentially closer than expected. It's a game that showcases the unpredictability and excitement of college football.