Colorado Buffaloes vs. Utah Utes
Saturday – November 28 – 1:30 pm CT
Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah was predicted to win the Pac-12 South at the beginning of the season. The Utes have lost three of their last five games. Since RB Devontae Booker went down with an injury the Utes have struggled. Colorado’s season has been one tragic blow after tragic blow. Since losing starting quarterback Sefo Liufau the Buffs showed a glimpse of hope but never got over the hump. The Buffaloes have made great strides under third year coach Mike MacIntyre. But that hasn’t quite changed the teams fortune by reaching a bowl game. The Buffs haven’t made it to a bowl game in eight years. Let’s look at the games preview.
Cade Aspay is the key. Now he’s the uncrowned leader of the Buffs offense. He has to get the ball to Nelson Spruce to open up the running lanes for a trio of backs. Aspay has to play like he’s the only quarterback on the roster. Playing scared or afraid won’ help the Buffs offense. A makeshift line and pass protection has been the problem all year. So he has to play lights out. If the offensive coordinator calls plays that get him out of the pocket, it would buy time for the receivers down field.
Utes QB Travis Wilson is a shaky passer. Utah’s offense consists of timing patterns and the majority of the time he misses his marks. He’s a pocket passer that relies on his receivers hitting their spots. The defensive secondary will have to be ball-hawks during Saturday’s contest. If the defense negates the pass, stopping RB Joe Williams will be a handful himself. Utah is erratic but if you give any team confidence you could lose on any given Saturday.
The line says Utah is -16.5 in this game which means Colorado is not even a factor. I see the Utes being a wounded team so I’m picking Colorado to beat Utah this weekend. Colorado 20 – Utah 17