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Utah Utes National Championship Odds
The Utah Utes have a lot to be excited about heading into the 2019 season. The Utes are coming off a year in which they won the Pac-12 South and return many key players from that squad, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. There is no juggernaut in the South this season as the other top teams in the Pac-12 reside in the North. The Utes are aiming to take full advantage by claiming a conference championship. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has found some solid success with this program and is aiming for one of its better seasons in recent history with a strong showing in 2019.
2019 Utah Utes at a Glance
Utes National Championship Odds: +7000
Utes Odds to Win Pac 12: +500
Utes Regular Season Win Total: 9
Utah finished the regular season with nine victories in 2018 before falling to Washington in the Pac-12 title game and Northwestern in the Holiday Bowl. Despite the down finish, there is still plenty of optimism. Utah is welcoming back quarterback Tyler Huntley after he missed the final few games of last year due to injury. Huntley threw for 1,788 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions a season ago while adding 304 rushing yards and four touchdowns. His dual threat abilities can make it tough on opposing defenses.
Utah will have a pair of standout skill players. Running back Zack Moss carried the ball 179 times for 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2018 and will be a main weapon once again. Wide receiver Britain Covey had 60 catches for 637 yards and a touchdown last season and figures to see his numbers go up. If the offensive line can jell, the offense should be impressive.
The Utah defense was No. 1 against the run and No. 2 overall in the Pac-12 last season and returns a lot of playmakers. Defensive linemen Leki Fotu and Bradlee Anae returned to school and should be a big component. The biggest question defensively is at linebacker, where the Utes must figures out how to replace Cody Barton and Chase Hansen. Cornerback Jaylon Johnson will lead the secondary as he has NFL potential.
There has been a lot of parity in the Pac-12 South in the past few years and there seem to be multiple programs that can win it in 2019. Utah is at the top of that heap and has all the players needed to make a run at the conference title.
2019 Utah Utes Betting Schedule
||Utah at BYU
||Thursday, August 29
||Utah vs. Northern Illinois
||Saturday, September 7
||Utah vs. Idaho State
||Saturday, September 14
||Utah at USC
||Friday, September 20
||Utah vs. Washington State
||Saturday, September 28
||Utah at Oregon State
||Saturday, October 12
||Utah vs. Arizona State
||Saturday, October 19
||Utah vs. California
||Saturday, October 26
||Utah at Washington
||Saturday, November 2
||Utah vs. UCLA
||Saturday, November 16
||Utah at Arizona
||Saturday, November 23
||Utah vs. Colorado
||Saturday, November 30
Despite some success during the early years of the program, the Utes didn’t hit the national scene until 2004 when, under Urban Meyer, they went a perfect 12-0 and became the first school from a conference that didn’t receive an automatic bid to play in a BCS bowl game. Members of the Western Athletic Conference at the time, the Utes finished sixth in the BCS standings and capped their season with a 35-7 win over Pitt in the Fiesta Bowl. They were ranked in the AP poll every week for the first time in program history, and ended the season at No. 4. After two years and a 22-2 record, Meyer left for Florida, turning the program over to Whittingham.
The Utes were back in a BCS bowl game four years later and again were victorious. They knocked off Alabama in the Sugar Bowl for a perfect 13-0 season, the best in school history. Utah also earned its highest ranking in the AP poll, finishing the season at No. 2 after not making the top-25 in the preseason rankings. The Utes would close out their stay in the Mountain West Conference with 10-win seasons in 2009 and 2010, the first time they had three straight seasons of at least 10 victories.
A move to the Pac-12 took place in 2011 and the Utes concluded their first year with an 8-5 record. In 2015, Utah opened the season with six straight wins and climbed to No. 3 in the AP rankings. The Utes dropped three of their next five games and tied for the Pac-12 South title with USC. However a loss to the Trojans prevented Utah from playing in its first Pac-12 title game. They finally got there in 2018 and will aim to build on that success. Utah has routinely been nationally ranked in recent seasons and the expectations heading into 2019 are really high for Whittingham’s squad. Utah would love to challenge for a College Football Playoff berth.
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