Free Holiday Bowl Prediction: Wildcats vs Utes Odds
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College Football Handicapping: 2018 Holiday Bowl
(8-5) Northwestern Wildcats vs. Utah Utes (9-4)
Date: Monday, December 31st, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, California
NCAA Football Spread: Utah Utes -6.5
NCAA Betting Total: 45
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This bowl game will feature the Northwestern Wildcats out of the Big Ten and the Utah Utes out of the PAC-12. Both teams lost in their respective championship games and will be looking to bounce back strong on the last day of 2018.
This will be the first all-time meeting between the Wildcats and Utes.
Overall the Wildcats had a decent season. They were good enough to come out on top of the Big Ten West division with a conference record of 8-1. They most recently were blown out in the Big Ten title game to the Ohio State Buckeyes. This game showed Northwestern still has a lot to improve if they are going to have similar success in the years to come. This bowl game would be a great way to end the year with hopes of improvements in the future.
Overall the Wildcats have not been very good this year when they have the ball. Their best offensive stat is their passing offense, which ranks 39th in the country. Aside from that, their rushing offense ranks 119th at 117.5 yards per game and their scoring offense ranks 107th at 23.7 points per game. Look for the Wildcats to focus on controlling the clock as they try to win their ninth game of the season.
The Wildcats were torched by Ohio State in the Big Ten title game. Luckily for them, Utah is nowhere near as good as the Buckeyes in terms of offensive production. Expect the Wildcats to shut down the Utes throughout the entirety of this contest.
Utah made an appearance in the PAC-12 title game in early December. A game in which they lost to Washington 10-3.
The Utes offense was basically non-existent in this game and led to the only touchdown in the game when their quarterback threw a pick-six. They will need to cut out the turnovers if they are going to generate enough offense to defeat the Big Ten runner-up.
The Utes have actually played very good defensively this season. They allow an average of 18.5 points per game, which ranks 16th in the country. Their rush defense sits in the top ten as the allow 102.9 yards per game. The Utes should be able to shut down the Wildcats running game, so they need to focus on their pass defense if they are going to win their tenth game of the year.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- NW are 13-6-2 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
- Under is 23-8-1 in NW last 32 non-conference games.
- Under is 45-22-1 in NW last 68 games on grass.
- Under is 8-3 in UTAH last 11 games on grass.
Free Holiday Bowl NCAA Football Pick
Utah’s defense forces a crucial turnover near the end of the game and the Utes take home the Holiday Bowl.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Northwestern Wildcats +6.5
Both teams have relatively low scoring offenses which will allow Northwestern to stay in the game and help them to cover the spread.
Holiday Bowl Free Score Prediction: Northwestern 20 – Utah 24
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