Free Week 3 Prediction: #21 Utes vs Bulldogs
Week 3 College football betting sees the Utah Utes taking on the Fresno State Bulldogs Saturday September 19th at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
#21 Utah (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Fresno State (1-1, 0-0 Mountain West)
Date: Saturday, September 19th
Time: 10:30 PM
Venue: Bulldog Stadium – Fresno
NCAA Football Spread: Fresno State +14
NCAA Betting Total: 54
NCAA Moneyline Odds: Fresno State -110
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Utah is coming off of a big win last week that could have cost them dearly. A couple injuries could put them team at risk, but most likely not this week against Fresno State.
And after a demoralizing loss last week, the Bulldogs may have found some silver linings and hope they can make this one a contest.
Facing off against ranked opponents 2 weeks in a row, Fresno State will have had quite a test before they even hit their conference games, which is both a blessing and hindrance.
The Utes may have had a huge win against in-state rival Utah State, but it came at a cost.
Quarterback Travis Wilson injured his shoulder in the contest and defensive end Hunter Dimick injured his knee in the contest in Oxford. Kendal Thompson is set to replace Wilson, after playing most of the second half last week.
Not lost on anyone, though, is one of the top rushers in the nation in Devontae Booker.
Last week alone, he had 31 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown. He had 80 yards and a score against Michigan in their week 1 win as well. He also has 9 receptions for 70 yards, good for second on the team.
Leading the team in receiving is Britain Covey. He has 11 grabs for 119 yards on the year.
Defensively, the Utes have been a force to be reckoned with. The team already has FIVE interceptions in their 2 contests so far, to go with their 8 passes defended.
Paul Gionni is leading the team in tackles with 21, including 1.5 for loss, an interception, a pass defended and a fumble recovery. Both Jason Fanaika and Pita Taumoepenu have a sack, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.
To put it plainly, last week was ugly for the Bulldogs.
They managed to put up 21 points, while Ole Miss was able to tally 70 points on Fresno State. Quarterback Zack Greenlee was replaced by Chason Virgil, who helped the Bulldogs to those 3 scores in the second half of the game.
He also threw for 3 picks in that one.
All eyes will be on Marteze Waller, the standout running back who has racked up 265 yards on the ground so far this season.
Nobody has hit the 100 yard mark for the Bulldogs this season, but the 6 touchdowns have been spread out. Josiah Blandin and Chad Olsen both have 2 scores (on 80 and 69 yards, respectively) while Jamire Jordan has one and running back Waller has the other.
Blandin’s 80 yards are leading the team thus far.
The Bulldog defense has put up some numbers already this season and are hoping they can help hold off Utah long enough for the offense to score. As a unit, they have tallied 136 tackles, 11 for loss, 6 sacks, 3 interceptions, 9 pass break ups, 12 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.
Ejiro Ederaine has 11 tackles, 2 for loss, a sack, an interception and a pass defended.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 4-0 in Utes last 4 non-conference games
- Under is 4-0 in Utes last 4 games in September
- Under is 8-1 in Utes last 9 games following a ATS loss
- Under is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 games following a SU loss of more than 20 points
- Under is 5-1 in Bulldogs last 6 games overall
Free Week 3 NCAA Football Prediction
Despite an 18-2 record at home, the Bulldogs are not the favorites in this one, and for good reason.
There are way too many wild cards in this one to toy with the spread, but the under is looking really nice in this one.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Take the UNDER (54)
The injuries to Utah and the starting backup for Fresno State will play a role in this one and keep the points down.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: #21 Utah 31 – Fresno State 13
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