Utah Utes College Football Betting
In their final Pac-12 season before moving to the Big 12 next year, the Utah Utes attempted a three-peat title. But a MASH unit list of injuries was too much to overcome for the Utes, and they will have to settle for an 8-4 mark and a decent bowl game. Utah will face the Northwestern Wildcats in the Las Vegas Bowl.
College Football Betting Lines
Utah Utes -7
Northwestern Wildcats +7
Money Line: Utah -255, Northwestern +211
Utah Utes Weekly Matchup
On Saturday, December 23, 2023, the Utah Utes of the Pac-12 will face the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten in the Las Vegas Bowl at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ABC.
Last game, the Northwestern Wildcats won 45-43 against the Illinois Fighting Illini as 6-point road dogs. The game went over the total of 48. Northwestern has a record of 7-5 straight up, 8-4 against the spread, and 6-6 over/under the total. Northwestern ranks 124th for total offense, 98th for passing, 120th for rushing and 104th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 43rd overall, 24th against the pass, 83rd against the rush, and 52nd for points allowed. Also, Northwestern ranks 1st for fewest turnovers lost and 49th for takeaways.
Northwestern began its season with a hazing scandal that cost long-time coach and favorite son alum Pat Fitzgerald his job. Defensive coordinator David Braun took over a team written off for dead and a season labeled as lost. But Braun rallied the team to a bowl season and regained respect for Northwestern in the process.
Utah Utes Weekly Recap
Last game, the Utah Utes won 23-17 against the Colorado Buffaloes as 22.5-point home favorites. The game went under the total of 51. Utah has a record of 8-4 straight up, 6-5-1 against the spread, and 5-7 over/under the total. Utah ranks 86th for total offense, 117th for passing, 29th for rushing and 85th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 16th overall, 64th against the pass, 4th against the rush, and 23rd for points allowed. Also, Utah ranks 4th for fewest turnovers lost and 16th for takeaways.
Jaylon Glover rushed for 107 yards on 17 carries, and former Colorado kicker Cole Becker booted three field goals as the Utes won after back-to-back losses. Luke Bottari, a senior walk-on who began the season fifth on the quarterback depth chart, rushed for two touchdowns to spark Utah. While Bottari completed 6 of 10 passes for 61 yards, the Utes rushing attack and defense chipped in. Utah rushed for 268 yards and made several key first downs on a late drive to clinch the win after the Buffaloes pulled within a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
2023 Utah Utes Football Schedule
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The Utah Utes have never won a national championship but boast 25 conference titles in their history. Utah has posted double-digit win seasons in their last two fully scheduled campaigns. Whittingham has had seven double-digit win seasons since 2008 and led Utah to a national ranking of 2nd that year.
Whittingham is a former national coach of the year and a 2-time Pac-12 coach of the year.
Previously head coach Ron McBride was the first consistent winner at Utah. McBride put Utah in six bowl games from 1990 through 2002. He led Utah to a final national ranking of 10th in 1994.
Urban Meyer coached only two years at Utah but led a 12-0 season in 2004 and a final national ranking of 4th. Meyer parlayed that success into a job in Florida, where he won two national championships.
The Utes are in their greatest era of glory, and the best may yet be coming.
2023 College Football Schedule
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