Utah 2018 Betting Preview: Experience, Talent Should Put Utes Over Win Total
Utah 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +31500
- To make Playoff: +4000
- To make NY6 Bowl: +700
- To win the Pac-12: +2000
- To win the Pac-12 South: +430
- Win Total: 7 (over -130, under +110)
All lines taken from 5Dimes on Aug. 14. Always shop for the best line.
Utah 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 7.7
Bet To Watch
Utah Over 7 (-130)
Utah should be a serious contender in the Pac-12 in 2019, but 2018 figures to be a roller coaster. The team is loaded with talent, but this schedule couldn’t get any tougher.
The hiring of offensive coordinator Troy Taylor from Eastern Washington last season to run the spread already paid dividends at the end of 2017, but quarterback Tyler Huntley will need time to get used to this scheme. However, he will be surrounded by several experienced players, and the offensive line returns four starters.
The Utah defense continues to be a model of consistency under Morgan Scalley. The Utes ranked 28th in defensive efficiency and 23rd in green zone defense.
The biggest issue with the Utes in 2018 is simply the schedule.
They have an odd scheduling spot early in the season when they travel to MAC power Northern Illinois before hosting Washington on Sept. 15. The cross-division schedule also throws a few hurdles at the Utes, as they draw Stanford and Oregon. The silver lining is that they host Pac-12 South rivals Arizona and USC, but the Wildcats have the easiest schedule of all the aforementioned teams.
While I love Utah in 2018, I can’t back it to win the South Division (+430) or Pac-12 (+2000). I will instead back Utah to win over 7 games -130 and set a calendar reminder in 2019 to lay serious money on the Utes.
What else you need to know about Utah
Kyle Whittingham is one of the best coaches in the nation with extra time and in nonconference play. Utah is 15-4 against the spread in nonconference games since 2013, making any Utah -10 or better a play at Northern Illinois on Sept. 8.