Arizona State vs Utah 2019 College Football Week 8 Lines & Game Preview.

Arizona State vs Utah 2019 College Football Week 8 Lines & Game Preview

Written by on October 18, 2019

Crucial game in the Pac-12 South on Saturday as No. 17 Arizona State visits No. 13 Utah. The loser is going to be a long shot to have a chance at winning the division – Utah is the defending South champion and a solid favorite on the NCAAF odds.

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Last Season

The Utes lost 38-20 in Tempe last year. ASU’s Manny Wilkins and N’Keal Harry connected for three touchdowns and Eno Benjamin ran for two more – Benjamin is still in school. Arizona State gained 536 yards against a Utah defense that had been ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12. Utah starting QB Tyler Huntley was injured when he was hit while forcing a throw with 5:33 left in the third quarter. Freshman Jason Shelly replaced him and the offense struggled after that.

ASU is 22-8 in the all-time series against the Utes, though posting just a 6-4 record in games played in Salt Lake City.

Weather Forecast

  • Rain: 11°C/52°F
  • Humidity: 42%
  • Precipitation: 70%
  • Cloud Cover: 100%
  • Wind: 13 mph W
  • Stadium Type: Open

Why Bet on Arizona State?

ASU beat Washington State 38-34 last week. Freshman QB Jayden Daniels scored on a 17-yard scramble with 34 seconds left and threw three touchdown passes to Brandon Aiyuk. Arizona State (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) trailed by three after Blake Mazza made a 31-yard field goal with 2 1/2 minutes left. Taking over at their own 25-yard line, the Sun Devils moved quickly down the field behind Daniels. The Cougars allowed 498 yards and folded when they needed to stiffen the most, allowing Daniels to hit 6 of 8 passes for 52 yards on the winning drive.

It was Daniels’ third game-winning drive in his six-game career. Daniels threw for a career-high 363 passing yards and recorded a career-high four total touchdowns. Aiyuk notched career-highs in receiving yards and touchdowns. He scored on an 86-yard slant in the second quarter, the eighth-longest completion in program history and the longest since Mike Bercovici’s 93-yard pass to Demario Richard in 2015 against New Mexico. All five of Aiyuk’s touchdown receptions in 2019 have been for more than 30 yards.

Eno Benjamin rushed for 137 yards and a third-quarter touchdown. It was his 12th time in his Sun Devil career rushing for more than 100 yards and his eighth-straight game getting into the end zone.

More Relevant Numbers

Arizona State is 2-0 against ranked opponents this season, with the two wins tied with five other teams for the most in the country. They are one of just three of those teams that are 2-0 (Temple, LSU) and the only team that has two road victories against AP-ranked opponents. ASU is looking to win three games on the road over ranked teams for the first time in school history. The Sun Devils haven’t started 3-0 on the road since the 1996 Rose Bowl season (4-0). It would mark only the fifth time in the Pac-12 era that the feat has occurred (’82, ’86, ’91, ’96).

The Sun Devils have scored double-digit points in 125 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the FBS and tied for the longest streak in the modern era of FBS football with Louisiana Tech’s run of 125 games from 2008-18.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Points per Game: 22.80
  • Passing Yards: 249.40
  • Rushing Yards: 127.40
  • Yards per Play: 5.76

Defense

  • Points per Game: 14.40
  • Passing Yards: 222.20
  • Rushing Yards: 104.00
  • Yards per Play: 4.74

Why Bet on Utah?

The Utes were 52-7 winners at Oregon State last week. Zack Moss rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, including a 91-yard scoring run in the opening quarter. Moss, who was returning from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the previous game, sat out the second half. He is now tied for the school record in career 100-yard rushing games (14) and needs 55 rushing yards to break the program record for career rushing yards (3,165).

Tyler Huntley was 14-of-17 passing for 247 yards and two touchdowns, becoming one of just three quarterbacks in the FBS that has yet to throw an interception this season. Huntley increased his streak of passes without an interception to 133, which ranks third in the country. Huntley’s two TD passes now have him tied for sixth all-time at Utah with Mike McCoy (1992-94) in career touchdowns responsible for with 51.

Arizona State vs Utah is going to be a close one.

The Utes, ranked 14th in the nation among FBS teams for total defense going into the game, also held Oregon State to just 48 rushing yards. It was the Beavers’ worst home loss since 1991, when they fell to Washington 58-6. Utah’s 45-point win was its largest margin of victory in a Pac-12 game. The previous largest margin was 43 points vs. Washington State on Nov. 3, 2012 (49-6). The Utes are outscoring their opponents 89-29 in the second half this season.

Rankings

Utah is one of just two teams in the FBS this season that has held all of its opponents to under 100 yards rushing each game. Utah ranks second in the FBS and first in the Pac-12 in rushing defense (52.8 ypg). Utah’s defense has allowed just 27 second-half points through the first six games (4.5 per game). Utah’s opponents have had 29 total possessions in the second half and have scored on just four.

Utah ranks second in the NCAA and leads the Pac-12 in rushing defense (52.8), ranks eighth in the NCAA (2nd Pac-12) in scoring defense (13.2) and 10th in the NCAA (2nd Pac-12) in total defense (271.5). Utah has forced a takeaway in 14 straight games, which is the fifth-longest streak in FBS.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Points per Game: 31.40
  • Passing Yards: 236.80
  • Rushing Yards: 222.20
  • Yards per Play: 6.91

Defense

  • Points per Game: 14.40
  • Passing Yards: 228.60
  • Rushing Yards: 53.80
  • Yards per Play: 5.12

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Arizona State vs Utah College Football Week 8 Betting Trends

  • Under is 4-1 in Utes last 5 games following a straight up win
  • Sun Devils are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Pacific 12 conference
  • Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played in week 8
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona State’s last 7 games
  • Utes are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games at home
  • Utes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games played in October
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah’s last 6 games played on a Saturday

Expert Final Score Prediction for Arizona State vs Utah

Arizona State 14 – Utah 24

 

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