Colorado vs. Utah prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins Saturday night’s matchup between the Buffaloes and Utes.
When: Saturday, Nov. 26 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
TV Broadcast: FOX
Colorado (9-2) is in a prime position to compete for the Pac-12 title thanks to the five-game winning streak the Buffaloes have strung together since mid-October. Mike MacIntyre’s team’s only losses have come on the road to Michigan on Sept. 17 and to USC on Oct. 8. This past weekend, Colorado hosted Washington State and beat the Cougars, 38-24. The Buffaloes are in first place in the South division.
Two spots behind the Buffaloes are the Utes (8-3). Early in the season, Utah had a four-game winning streak snapped on the road by Cal. Then, Kyle Whittingham’s team saw its three-game winning streak snapped at home by Washington. One win over Arizona State later, and the Utes were right back on the losing side of the scoreboard until they fell to Oregon at home this past Saturday, 30-28.
Utah has claimed the past four meetings with Colorado, including last season’s 20-14 win in Salt Lake City. However, the Buffaloes own the advantage in the all-time series, 31-28-3.
What To Know About Colorado
Sefo Liufau was spot on against Wazzu. He completed 27-of-41 passes for 345 yards. Liufau didn’t throw any touchdowns, but he wasn’t picked off either. Devin Ross reeled in eight of Liufau’s throws for 121 yards. Jay MacIntyre added 90 receiving yards on seven receptions, and Phillip Lindsay caught five balls for 50 yards.
Lindsay did most of his damage out of the backfield, though. He had a heavy workload with 31 carries, and he tore up the Washington State defense for 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Liufau didn’t find the end zone through the air, but did get in there on the ground. The Colorado quarterback took off 23 times and picked up 108 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
What to Know About Utah
Utah lost on a miraculous final drive by Oregon, who scored on a Justin Herbert touchdown pass with seconds left. The Utes did get a solid performance from quarterback Troy Williams, who connected on 20-of-30 throws for 235 yards and a touchdown. That scoring strike was caught by Evan Moeai, which went for 30 yards and was his only reception. Tim Patrick led the team with six catches for 58 yards.
Joe Williams carried Utah the whole way — literally. The Utes’ star tailback ran for 149 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Cory Butler-Byrd was given one rushing attempt, and he scampered 24 yards for the score.
Offense: Colorado – Liufau has been playing at another level. He’s been tremendous with his arm and his legs. Plus, Lindsay has been running efficiently and finding the end zone consistently.
Defense: Colorado – The Buffaloes are allowing 18.5 points per game, which ranks them No. 13 in scoring defense in the nation.
Special Teams: Utah – Andy Phillips has made 14-of-17 field goal attempts and accounted for 82 total points this season.
Coaching: Colorado – MacIntyre has done a phenomenal job changing the culture in Boulder.
Matchup To Watch
Phillip Lindsay vs. Joe Williams
Liufau is going to outshine Troy Williams. Not many would bet on the opposite happening. But the real matchup to watch is between Lindsay and Joe Williams. The latter has been flat-out amazing for the Utes since he came out of retirement. The team welcomed him back with open arms, and he’s gashed defenses. Lindsay hasn’t exactly been a scrub either. He’s rushed for 1,081 yards and 15 touchdowns to Williams’ 1,088 yards and nine scores. These are some talented tailbacks, and both will likely go off.
Spread: Colorado -10
Over/Under: No line as of publication
Colorado vs. Utah Prediction
Liufau is going to dominate in this one. He can hurt the Utes from the pocket and on the run, and he’ll do both this Saturday. Liufau will run for a couple touchdowns and throw for two more. Lindsay will be right there with him, as he’ll run for more than 100 yards and a couple touchdowns. Joe Williams will do all he can to take down Colorado, but he won’t get the help he deserves, and the Buffaloes are going to come out on top.
Colorado vs. Utah Score Prediction: Colorado 42, Utah 31