Can Utah cope with the tidal wave of emotion that destroyed Oregon? Will Utah State bounce back from a beating by Wyoming and will BYU be able to take one last win over its fifth Pac-12 opponent?
This is the final regular season campaign for all FBS programs in the state, and it will set the tone for the post-season game. Everyone is qualified to live another day and play bowling.
In short, yes, Utah will kill Colorado at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Utah State is going to make New Mexico pudding.
BYU prefers to beat Southern Cal and it should.
The Utes enjoy a unique momentum that every team wants to have by the end of November. The Cam Rising led attack and run support clicks. Morgan Scalley makes the Utes defense play physical and fast.
Utah is one of the best teams in the country in the past two months.
They play ball soccer with multiple tight ends on the field and then hit the ball in the intermediate areas out of play to create an efficient attack.
Watch me explain it during the CFB Live Show: pic.twitter.com/i7k90xH8uw
— Seth Galina (@pff_seth) November 24, 2021
The Utes have averaged 43 points per game in their four-game winning streak, while taking a 16.7 average. You can take out Kyle Whittinghm’s team any way you want on that series, but it only takes one thing to understand the current state of affairs: Utah kicked the feathers off Oregon 3 last Saturday night during an event that saw Utah crater the Pac . -12’s highest ranked soccer team.
Colorado comes in with a 2-2 record in the last four and in the last two road trips, the Buffs lost 52-29 at Eugene and 44-20 at UCLA. When they have to pack, they leave out their fighting pills.
Utah State was generally embarrassed by Wyoming in the last home game and that makes you wonder if they are sinking Aggies against New Mexico since the Lobos beat Wyoming 17-3. But the Lobos are 1-3 in the last four, managing just 17 against UNLV, 7 against Fresno State and nil against Boise State. The firepower of the Aggies must prevail.
BYU and USC both give up meters, but the Trojans are smoother than the Cougars.
You gotta love Jaxson Dart and he’s had a great freshman experience, but USC will struggle to stop BYU’s receiver timing with Jaren Hall, and if he’s healthy after all his work this season, Tyler Allegier will be very prolific against the Trojan defense .
BYU-USC comes down to who has the least turnover and the Cougars have been very stingy about giving up the ball.
The Kalani Sitake staff has done an impressive job of creating a “love and learn” culture that has propelled the Cougars to a 20-3 record over the past two seasons. It’s not smoke and mirrors, it’s not fluke and it’s not based on the fate of the draw. His team defeated Arizona, ASU, Utah and Washington State in the trenches and with fewer errors in a rebuilding year. Add in the win over Virginia and the Cougars are 5-1 against Power Five teams this season.
Since the start of the COVID-19 closures, which college programs have had their soccer and men’s basketball teams in all five of the latest (or current) AP top 25 polls?
That’s it… that’s the list
— Jeffrey Voller (@jjfuller72) November 22, 2021
BYU opponents ASU and Utah and Washington State have all had people projecting for outright or split Pac-12 division titles, and Utah even stood out by earning one.
A win over USC would put Sitake in a 10-2 season heading into early signing day in December. In that game, winning is a valuable topic of conversation.
This week’s predictions
San Diego State 23, Boise State 21
Utah State 31, New Mexico 24
Iowa 31, Nebraska 17
Cincinnati 38, East Carolina 17
Washington State 37, Washington 21
Georgia 44, Georgia Tech 14
Ohio State 31, Michigan 28
Oregon 28, Oregon State 24
Michigan State 28, Penn State 24
Utah 38, Colorado 21
Oklahoma 28, Oklahoma State 24
BYU 27, USC 21
Last week 9-5; generally 126-59 (0.681).