Week 8 College Football Picks - Utah Utes vs UCLA Bruins

UCLA Bruins

Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:48 PM GMT

UCLA meet Utah, Saturday afternoon in a PAC-12 matchup between two similar teams with physical tendencies. With such similarities between both teams, the capper looks to the Total for his College Football pick.

 

Utah Utes vs UCLA Bruins  

Sophomore standout Josh Rosen missed last week's game against Washington State where Mike Fafaul stood in. Fafaul couldn't conjure the same standard as Rosen although still looked capable in a loss to the Cougars.

For the Utes, +7 in the College Football Odds, Kyle Whittingham's team are off back to back wins versus Oregon State and Arizona. Utah looked relatively impressive against the Wildcats despite a first half marred by a depleted offensive line committing penalties like they were going out of fashion. That stagnated an offense which diced up Rich Rodriguez's outfit and although Whittingham's side are banged up, he's done a sterling job in addressing those issues and utilizing A+ game plans.

One of Utah's outstanding aspects is a facet in the form of punter, Mitch Wishnowsky. The Australian has been exemplary this year, consistently flipping field position and pinning the opposing team deep in their own territory. Honestly, Wishnowsky makes Marquette King of the Raiders look serviceable in comparison.

The Utes and the Bruins are kinda mirror images of each other in their setups. The two have stout defenses and an emphasis to establish a physical run attack which has clearly being forged and resembles that of Stanford who have dominated the PAC-12.

Plenty of variables play into this game with the main being whether Rosen plays. If Rosen does, I'm not totally in love with the under although the temptation of him not, these run based offended and robust defenses will cancel out each other. Or in the process of doing so, subconsciously drain clock, therefore my college football pick would be the under.

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Free College Football Pick: Under 46

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