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Betting line favors Wildcats over Utes

Utah UtesArizona Wildcats
4-2October 19, 2013, 10:00 | Arizona Stadium3-2

A key Week 8 battle has the visiting Utes travelling to Arizona on Saturday to face the Wildcats.

The Utes will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Wildcats are 2-2-1 ATS. Utah is 3-3 on the totals; Arizona is 2-3.

View Utah Utes vs Arizona Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The home team opened as -4.5-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 58-rated Wildcats and the No. 49-rated Utes in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 42-38 win for the Wildcats on Saturday.

Last time out for Utah, they were a 27-21 winner as they battled Stanford at home. Utah covered in the match as a 7.5-point underdog, while 48 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. B.J. Denker's 363-yard performance through the air wasn't enough last time out, as Southern Cal earned a 38-31 win over Arizona on Thursday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Arizona's No. 37-ranked offense (35 PPG) against a Utes defense that ranks No. 57 at 25.33 PPG. The Wildcats passing attack has averaged 161.6 yards per game, less than the Utes give up through the air (269.5 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Utes feature the league's No. 77-rated road run defense, allowing 183 yards per game. Arizona, meanwhile, ranks No. 13 in rushing offense at home.

A few Utes at Wildcats trends to consider:
Utah is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 5 games
Utah is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Utah is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Arizona is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Arizona is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games
Arizona is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Utah at Southern Cal, Saturday, October 26th
Arizona at Colorado, Saturday, October 26th