Bet the Utah Utes Season Wins Total at BetRivers Sportsbook
While preseason polls aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on, it still strikes me as odd to see the Trojans ranked No. 14 in the polls compared to the Utes at No. 7 in the AP Top 25. Yet, the former is still the favorite in the eyes of the linemakers. Again, polls mean nothing.
However, the books doubting Utah’s ability is something to take note of. Maybe it’s the Lincoln Riley effect. Maybe it’s the additions of Williams and WR Jordan Addison. Even so, I still don’t think USC’s star-studded offensive lineup can hold a flame to the rapport built between Cam Rising and his offensive teammates from a season ago. Utah took it to new heights with the dual-threat under center with the unit ranking out amongst the top 20 in both rushing and scoring offense.
Rising is back for his junior campaign along with tight ends Brant Kuithe and Dalton Kincaid who combined for 14 TD and over 1,100 receiving yards. Also returning is the punishing 1-2 punch in the backfield comprised of Tavion Thomas and Micah Bernard. All of these players helped Utah rank eighth in the nation in third down conversions, led the Pac-12 at moving the chains, and ranked within the top 20 in both rushing and scoring offense.
Most will only remember the Utes getting torn apart by C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba in the “granddaddy of them all.” Before that, Utah played a pretty respectful brand of defense. The run D was a stonewall (No. 22) while the unit as a whole surrendered fewer than 21 points per game (No. 24) with the pass rush the best the P12 had to offer.
While the losses of Devin Lloyd and Nephi Sewell to the NFL will hurt, there’s still plenty of talent returning on this side of the ball. The standout is undoubtedly CB Clark Phillips.
I’m of the belief the Pac-12 is there for the taking in 2022. It wouldn’t shock me if USC lived up to expectations or if a team like Washington State came out of nowhere to win it all. That being said, I’m a fan of the job Whittingham has done in SLC through the years.
Of the three perceived favorites, Utah is the only one with static coaching staff to go along with 15 returning starters. Hit the over of their win total at BetRivers, but hold off to see what goes down in Gainesville for their season opener. Should they fall, its odds of winning the Pac-12 could move closer to the opener than where it’s at now. Slam Utah to hold onto its title should it occur.
Utah Utes Season Win Total Prediction: Over 9