Free Week 1 Prediction: Fighting Hawks vs Utes Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. Utah Utes (0-0)
Date: Thursday, August 31st
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
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We have finally reached week one of the college football season with a full plate of games. The best part of a new season is that every team feels like they can have a good season, and that this is the season where they can reach all their goals.
One of the games to take place in week one takes place at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks come to town to take on the Utah Utes.
This is the first meeting between the teams in recent history.
North Dakota Fighting Hawks
Just because the North Dakota Fighting Hawks aren’t a Power Five conference team that doesn’t mean they are any slouches.
After winning the Big Sky Conference championship they are picked as the preseason favorites to win it again this year. They also have six players picked to the pre-season all conference teams.
They had a perfect record in Big Sky play last year, and return 18 starters so there is no reason they can’t be a team to be reckoned with in the FCS.
Although they did have a second round playoff exit last year, expect them to come out motivated this year, for bigger and better things.
For this team it all comes down to running the ball. Brady Oliveira and John Santiago combined for almost 2000 yards last year and they should be even better this year.
Running behind a good offensive line the running game should be in tip top form.
Kyle Whittingham has built something special in Salt Lake City with the Utah Utes. He and their fans expect this team to be competing for a Pac 12 title every year, and although the path is going to be difficult this year, it can be done if a few things go their way.
The Utes are led by Troy Williams at the quarterback position who was good last year. He threw for 2757 yards and 15 touchdowns last year.
Troy Taylor was hired as the new offensive coordinator, and Whittingham is hoping that he will be able to get even more out of Williams this year.
This Utes defense should also be really good this year. It all starts up front for the Utes as they have always been known for their rush defense.
If the rush defense continues to be good this year, that should really help the secondary be able to make big plays in the pass defense.
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I think the Utes thought they were scheduling a nice easy win when they scheduled this game against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.
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But I don’t think that will be the case in this game. The Fighting Hawks are good and they will give the Utes a run for their money.
At the end of the day the Utes will win because they have a better quarterback, and he will make plays in the fourth quarter, but I think the Fighting Hawks will keep it close for three quarters.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Utes 31 – Fighting Hawks 21
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