Utah vs. UCLA prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen in Saturday’s Pac-12 matchup between the Utes and Bruins.
Utah has been living dangerously lately. After losing to Cal, the Utes were behind at home against Arizona at halftime, then last week let a mediocre Oregon State climb back into the game and make it interesting before winning by five. On the other hand, I keep waiting for UCLA to realize its full potential and get disappointed every time. The Utes pull this one out, although it might be closer than they’d like.
Okay, I’m getting tired of this. Do I need to picket outside UCLA’s facility until we get to see Josh Rosen play again? You know what, to hell with it. I’m picking Utah. I’ve been high on the Bruins for most of the season, but they just haven’t been able to run the ball. The Utes are going to control the clock and move the chains by running the football, and they’ll come out of this with a win.
There’s a chance that Josh Rosen misses another game with a shoulder injury. Backup Mike Fafaul threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns last week against Washington State, but he also threw two interceptions. No matter who starts, the Bruins can’t run the ball. And I continue to be impressed with this Utes program under Kyle Whittingham. It is an upper-tier Pac-12 squad, and running back Joe Williams will be the difference in a tight contest.
Despite a late comeback push against Washington State last week, UCLA has played some pretty uninspired football of late. Utah is a tough, physical team, but has dealt with more than its fair share of injuries this season. I see this being a low-scoring game, even if Josh Rosen somehow is able to suit up for the Bruins. UCLA can’t run the ball. Utah can with the newly un-retired Joe Williams. The ground game is the difference once again for the Bruins, as Jim Mora’s post-game press conferences start to sound like a broken record after another loss.
If I were to do a term paper and the subject was related to UCLA, I would type out “the University of California, Los Angeles” each and every time just for the word count. Utah wins, and I request one more time that Jamie Whittingham bring back her blog Married to the Coach.