Utah vs. Washington Prediction, Game Preview

    Utah vs. Washington prediction and game preview. The Utes try to stay in first place in the Pac-12 South as they travel to Seattle to take on the Huskies.

    November 3, 2015

    The Utah Utes (7-1) are looking to remain atop the Pac-12 South when they trek to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies (4-4). Check out the Utah vs. Washington prediction and game preview.

    Utah vs. Washington Game Preview


    Date: Saturday, November 7
    Game Time: 7:30 ET
    Network: Fox

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    Why You Need To Care

    UCLA and USC will be U-Dub fans this weekend.

    Utah leads the Pac-12 South by a game over the Bruins and the Trojans, so a Washington win is liable to turn the division race into a three-team dead heat with three weekends to go. The Huskies may be up to the challenge, too, coming off an impressive 49-3 obliteration of Arizona a week ago. It was exactly the answer Chris Petersen’s team needed after losing consecutive games. At 4-4, Washington is also working with a narrow margin for error in its postseason quest.

    Utah has hit a bit of a lull in this otherwise breakout campaign. Yeah, the Utes are still the team to beat in the South, but over the last two weeks they’ve lost to USC and were lackluster in a win over Oregon State. Now, the team must battle history, having dropped all eight games with Washington. While Utah has some wiggle room, it doesn’t want to be stumbling into the key Nov. 21 faceoff with UCLA.

    Why Utah Will Win

    Last week’s offensive success for Washington will be short-lived. Yeah, the Huskies took advantage of a bad Arizona D last week, but they won’t nearly as fortunate this weekend. U-Dub has been inconsistent all year with the ball, particularly on third downs. And Utah could be the stiffest D it’s faced all year. The Utes allow just 21 points per game, and front seven members Gionni Paul, Hunter Dimick, Lowell Lotulelei and Jason Fanaika will create mismatches with a fair Husky O-line.

    Why Washington Will Win

    The offense is gaining confidence around the rookie backfield of QB Jake Browning and RB Myles Gaskin. But Pete Kwiatkowski’s defense continues to be the bedrock of Petersen’s second team. The Huskies have been rock-solid … and they’re getting better, holding high-powered Arizona to just three points last week. Washington is flush in all-star contenders, and linebackers Travis Feeney and Cory Littleton are capable of frustrating Utah’s best offensive weapon, RB Devontae Booker.

    Player Who Matters

    For the second straight game, Utah will be without starting C Siaosi Aiono, one of the linchpins of the front wall. The Utes will once again go with Hiva Lutui, who had some problems last week against Oregon State. And Lutui’s job will get much tougher this week against Elijah Qualls, the Washington nose tackle playing at an All-Pac-12 level. If Qualls is busting through gaps, it’s going to be a problem for Booker and Ute QB Travis Wilson.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Washington is growing up. Utah is growing a little stale. All signs point to the Huskies delivering to Petersen the best win of his brief tenure. The Huskies can match the Utes on defense stride-for-stride. Offense? U-Dub isn’t potent, but then again neither is Utah. Browning won’t duplicate last week’s numbers, but it won’t be necessary to seal the upset in a low-scoring game that’ll be close throughout.

    Utah vs. Washington Prediction

    Final Score: Washington 26, Utah 23, Line: Washington -1, o/u: 47
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