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College Football Free Pick from Linebacker: Utah vs Washington

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Utah Utes vs Washington Huskies (WSH -5.5, O/U 45)

The Pac-12 championship will be played in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, where the Washington Huskies will look for their second conference championship in three years against the Utah Utes. Washington is currently listed as a 5.5-point favorite against the Utes after the Huskies won their regular-season matchup 21-7. The Linebacker projects this to be a closer game, finishing with a final score of 23.0 - 22.1 in favor of the Huskies. Therefore, The Linebacker suggests a wager of $138 on Utah +5.5 for a $100 average bettor.

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Why will Utah cover the spread?

  • QB Jason Shelley will be a different look for the Huskies defense after Tyler Huntley started the game for Utah in September. Shelley came on for Huntley in the Arizona State game after Huntley left with a broken collarbone.
  • Shelley has been a more dynamic runner than Huntley this season. He’s averaged 3.8 yards per carry and scored three rushing touchdowns on 42 attempts while Huntley posted 2.8 yards per carry and four touchdowns on 108 attempts before his injury.
  • In a projected low-scoring conference championship game, field position could end up being crucial. Utah ranks 14th in the country with 40.6 net yards per punt, while Washington ranks 121st among 129 teams with just 33.7 net yards per punt.
  • Myles Gaskin racked up 30 carries for 143 yards in their first meeting, in large part thanks to a 38-yard touchdown run. Utah should have more success slowing him down this time around. The Utes allow the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game in the country at 100.3, and rank sixth with just 2.96 yards allowed per carry.
  • Utah has been one of the best red-zone teams in the country on both sides of the ball. The defense has been exceptional, ranking second in the country by allowing opponents to score only 62.9 percent of the time when they reach the red zone. The Utes rank 11th on offense, having scored on 91.1 percent of their red-zone trips. On the other side, Washington ranks 111th in red-zone offense, scoring 77.6 percent of the time. They have been solid on defense, ranking 34th with 80 percent of opponent red-zone trips ending in a score.

Utah vs Washington: How to bet the total

The Linebacker projects a final score of 23.0 - 22.1 in favor of the Huskies. With 45.1 projected points and an OVER/UNDER of 45, we have no suggestion for betting the total in this game.