The college football betting action continues on Saturday, October 16, 2021, with Week 7 games around the country, including the Pac-12 clash at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. The Arizona State vs. Utah game is back after a one-year hiatus; here’s our best Sun Devils vs. Utes picks.
Arizona State Sun Devils vs Utah Utes Betting Odds & Line Movement
The No. 18 Sun Devils opened as 1-point road underdogs on SportsBetting.ag Sportsbook, with their moneyline odds at -115. The Utah Utes are -102 home underdogs to win straight up, while the total is set at 51.0 points.
Notes On The Arizona State Sun Devils
The Arizona State Sun Devils (5-1 ATS; 3-3 O/U) are on a three-game winning streak following their 28-10 win over Stanford in Week 6. They also covered the spread for the third time in a row, holding Stanford to 369 yards of offense and forcing three turnovers.
The Sun Devils amassed 430 total yards in the victory, including 220 on the ground. Arizona State ran 44 times for 255 yards. RB Rachaad White and QB Jayden Daniels had 13 rushes each for a total of 172 yards, and they’ve already scored 12 rushing touchdowns this season.
After missing the first four games of the season due to NFL suspensions, Nick Samaras connected on 13-of-26 passes for 179 yards. He added 66 rushing yards and a touchdown against UCLA. The Huskies are one of two teams in the country yet to allow an opposing quarterback to cross midfield (Lahm, 120).
Notes On The Utah Utes
Last Saturday, for the first time since November 15th , Utah Utes (3-2, 1-4 ATS) finally covered the spread. They routed USC Trojans as 3-point road underdogs, 42-26, scoring four touchdowns in the second quarter to build a 35-10 lead.
The Trojans had a dismal day on the ground, managing only 3.7 yards per rush while allowing 5.1 in return yardage. Thomas had a great game with 16 rushes for 113 yards and a touchdown, and sophomore RB Tavion Thomas had an excellent performance limiting Utah to 3.7 rushing yards per attempt while recording 5.1. Freshmen running back Cameron Rising went for 306 yards and three TDs, while sophomore QB Kyle Pugh completed 22 of his 28 pass attempts for 286 yards and two scores.
Utah’s Rising entered the season with four games under his belt, posting a 6-2 record with 625 passing yards and seven touchdowns. Utah is averaging 30.8 points per game (56th in the country), putting up 169.2 rushing yards (58th) and 5.5 per carry (tied-14th).
Pick & Prediction: Arizona State Sun Devils -115
The Sun Devils are putting up 16.2 points per game (12th in the nation) on 120.7 rushing yards (39th) and 181.3 passing yards (21st). The Utah defense should be able to make enough of a difference, however the Utes run the ball effectively and might cause damage on the ground. On the other side, Utah gives up 23.0 points per game (tied-54th) and 129.4 rushing yards (51st) and 211.0 passing yards (47th).
Utah excels at defending the run, allowing just 3.5 yards per carry, but Arizona State prefers to throw. This bout could easily go either way, and I’m anticipating a back-and-forth fight.We’ll most likely see Cameron Rising’s first interception of the season if the Sun Devils slow down Utah’s passing attack. If you’re going with one of these two teams, don’t bother with a spread.
The Sun Devils and Utes have both been fantastic on the defensive side this season, and I’m expecting more of the same in Week 7. The Sun Devils have allowed 46 points in their past three games, outscoring the No. 20 UCLA Bruins 42-23.
The Utah Utes, on the other hand, have given up 72 points in that time span, but they’ve dropped a 33-31 triple-overtime defeat at San Diego State. Both teams will want to dominate up front, therefore I’ll take the under on the spreads.