A huge battle for supremacy in the Pac 12 South takes place this Saturday as UCLA travels to Utah to face the 18th-ranked Utes. UCLA is a game behind Utah in the Pac 12 South Division. The college football week 12 spread favors the Bruins by 3-points to beat the Utes.
If UCLA was to beat Utah and then beat USC next week, they’d be in line for the top spot in the division. If Utah was to beat UCLA and then UCLA were to beat USC next week, it would be Utah that would win the Pac 12 South. This game has a lot of meaning.
A Closer Look At The UCLA Bruins Vs Utah Utes College Football Week 12 Spread & Betting Preview
What: UCLA Bruins (7-3) at No. 18 Utah Utes (8-2)
When: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
Stadium: Rice-Eccles Stadium
Weather: 45° F | More Sun Than Clouds
Spread: Utah -3
Moneyline: UCLA +130 vs Utah -150
Game Total: 58.5
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: UCLA vs Utah
Bet The UCLA Bruins Spread at +3 Because…
The Bruins are 3-1 ATS on the road this season.
Utah’s defense remains one of the better defenses in the Pac 12. The Utes’ D allows only 375 yards per game on average. It allows 23.1 points per game on average.
But, Utah’s defense can be beat. UCLA QB Josh Rosen could pull an Anu Solomon against Utah on Saturday. Solomon, Arizona’s starting QB, passed for 277 yards and 2 touchdowns with only 1 interception against Utah’s defense. Solomon also rushed for 86 yards and a TD. Rosen threw for 340 yards and rushed for 70 yards and a TD against Washington State in UCLA’s last game. Rosen has the abilities to beat Utah’s defense.
“I don’t know if it’s these kids’ DNA or their background or what it is, but when they’re the underdog and people tell them they can’t do it and they’re on the road in a hostile environment, something happens to them,” Mora said. “They rise up. I would hope that could happen again for us.”
Bet The Utah Utes Spread at -3 Because…
Utah is 3-1 ATS vs UCLA since joining the Pac-12.
Even though UCLA’s defense held Oregon State to 0 points in a 41 to 0 win a few games ago, the UCLA defense still isn’t close to where it needs to be. UCLA gave up 31 points to Washington State in a 27 to 31 loss in the Bruins’ last game. The D allowed terrible Colorado to put up 31 in a 35 to 31 Bruins’ win 2 games ago.
“These next two weeks will be very interesting,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said leading up to Saturday’s home game against the Bruins. “We have no margin for error, obviously. Our backs are to the wall and we’ve got to find a way to beat UCLA this weekend. USC has two tough games at Oregon and UCLA the next week. So, anything can happen and we’re by no means out of it."
“But we’re certainly nowhere near in as good of a position as we were last week. But that’s the Pac-12. Stanford got beat. Everybody takes turns beating everyone up. That’s the nature of the conference.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Utah’s offense averages 389.1 yards and over 33 points per game. Utah can move the ball via the pass or the air. The Utes get UCLA at home, which means that their offense should be more effective against UCLA’s defense than if the Utes played the Bruins on the road.
It’s hard to see how UCLA’s maligned defense will stop the Utes from scoring. Utah should cover the spread in this. My final score prediction is Utah 38, UCLA 24.