Week 11 College Football Free Picks: Utah At Arizona State

Written by on November 8, 2016

It can be tough to rebound after taking a loss that takes some of the shine off your season, and oftentimes the best thing that can happen is that a bye week comes right after said defeat. That is what happened to the Utah Utes after they went down 31-24 to Washington a couple of weekends ago. That loss dropped them to 7-2 on the season, and essentially killed any shot that they may have had, however slim, at a playoff spot. The Utes have fallen away after a solid 4-0 start to the season, but they are not in as tough a position as their opponents on Thursday night, the Arizona State Sun Devils. They are coming into this one on a 3-game losing skid that has seen them drop to 5-4 on the season. The last time these two teams hooked up in Tempe, it was the Sun devils who came away with a 19-16 win, but their most recent meeting came last season when the Utes romped to a 34-18 win. Utah are coming into this game as a 5.5-point betting odds favorite.

In Depth Analysis On The Week 11 College Football Free Picks: Utah Utes At Arizona State Sun Devils

When: Thursday, November 10 at 9:30 PM EST
Where: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO

Why bet on the Utah Utes

The last 3 games have seen the Utah Utes anemic passing game drop to precariously low levels, and it was their inability to effectively move the ball through the air that hurt them versus Washington. That said, this is a team that can run the ball right down your throat, and they have crossed the 200-yard rushing mark in each of their last 4 games. When you consider that the Sun Devils have given up over 600 yards on the ground in their last 3 games, it’s not that difficult to see what the key to victory is for Utah in this one. Another stat that goes in their favor is that they are a perfect 5-0 in their last 5 games played after a bye week.

Why bet on the Arizona State Sun Devils

The Sun devils have lost 3-straight, but have had a little bit of misfortune along the way, including having to turn to a true freshman QB in their last game against Oregon when starter Manny Wilkins went down with an injury. While Dillon Sterling-Cole put up some decent numbers in his debut, he also managed to chuck 3 INT’s, which ended up contributing to the downfall of the Sun Devils. The QB situation for this game seems a little unclear now, as Wilkins has had more than his fair share of knocks this season.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is a game that is probably going to produce a decent number of points, and both teams are going to get their share. It is going to be the Utes running game that is the deciding factor here, though, and I like them to win this one by a TD.

Utah Utes 42 Arizona State Sun Devils 35