Free Week 3 Prediction: Utes vs Spartans Odds
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Utah Utes (2-0) vs. San Jose State Spartans (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 10:30 PM/EST
Venue: Spartan Stadium, San Jose, California
NCAA Football Spread: Utah -13
NCAA Betting Total: 47
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The Utah Utes haven’t been flashy, but they have gotten the job done and have started the year 2-0 and are coming off an emotional win at home against their rival BYU Cougars.
The San Jose State Spartans are coming off a win over FCS opponent Portland State after suffering quite a beating on the road against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
As I said above, Utah hasn’t been sexy or flashy to start this season, but they’ve gotten the job done.
They shut out Southern Utah to start the year and the beat BYU by one even as they spotted them a few turnovers.
Utah may be 0-2 ATS the spread, but they haven’t been far off.
Their offense is still a work in progress, but their defense is extremely strong and will give any offense a challenge.
Junior quarterback Troy Williams struggled against BYU throwing three interceptions, but Utah’s stout defense was able to bail him and the entire offense out.
San Jose State’s defense won’t nearly present the challenge that the Cougars defense posed.
I look for Utah to control this game and while there might be a let down coming off an emotional win against BYU I still like Utah in this one.
San Jose State Spartans
The Utah Utes have been a steady, consistent team after two games, but the San Jose State Spartans have ridden the highs and lows of the roller coaster.
San Jose State went on the road as four point underdogs to Tulsa and they got absolutely smashed by the Golden Hurricane 45-10.
The Spartans came back home and defended their turn in defeating FCS opponent Portland State 66-35.
So, which team are the San Jose State Spartans?
Well, typically, the truth lies somewhere in the middle, but if I had to wager I’d say they are closer to the team that got obliterated by the Golden Hurricane.
Senior quarterback Kenny Potter is a very capable quarterback.
He had a quality year last year and he has started the 2016 year decently enough. Potter has completed 62% of his passes with four touchdowns and one interception.
Senior halfback Deontae Cooper didn’t have much success running against the Golden Hurricanes defense as he ran 19 times for 43 yards.
He’s not going to find much running room against the Utes defense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- San Jose State is 7-14 straight up in their last 21 games
- Utah is 9-3 ATS on the road in their last 12 games
- Utah is 6-2 SU in its last 8 road games
- San Jose State is 2-4 ATS as an underdog in their last 6 games
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This is an interesting line that has been posted. Now, this doesn’t seem as absurd as the TCU-Iowa State line, but this does seem really off.
Utah may not be the dominate force that they were last year, but this is still a very strong defensive team that suffocates its opposition.
On paper, BYU has a good offense and the Utes defense held them to 19 points. Also, just how good is this San Jose State team?
Sure they beat FCS opponent Portland State Vikings 66-35, but they got crushed 45-10 to Tulsa week one.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Utah -13
San Jose State put up points over Portland State, but struggled against Tulsa. I’m willing to bet that San Jose State will be struggling against Utah’s defense.
Utah may not score in bunches like Tulsa did, but they don’t have to; not with a line like this. Give me Utah beating San Jose State by more than two touchdowns.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Utah 31 – San Jose State 10
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