The 2011 BCS Championship chase begins December 22nd for the Utah Utes and the Boise St Broncos. If the Utah Utes can upset the Broncos in this game they could set the stage for a BCS run in the new PAC 12 Conference.
The Utah Utes undefeated season came crashing down when their Mountain West rivals the TCU Horned Frogs destroyed them on their home field. The Utes then went to Notre Dame and were shellacked by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Nevada is where the Boise State Broncos magical season came to a grinding halt. The Nevada Wolfpack and their dynamic and athletic quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, gave the Broncos everything they could handle in their game. The Broncos could have still walked away with a win but the missed two chip shot field goals to end their BCS National Championship run.
Boise State Broncos Offense vs Utah Utes Defense
The Boise State offense has two gears, fast and faster. Kellen Moore can run this offense down the field in quick strike fashion but the Utah Utes defense has the type of style that can slow them down. The Boise State receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young are two of best in the country and with Moore putting the ball out front for them they are tough to cover. The Boise State pass offense is generating 319 yards per game but everyone forgets their running game is averaging 202 yards per game also.
The Utah Utes defense has a formidible task in this game. They must stop one of the most dangerous offenses in the country. Utah has held their opponents to just 104 yards per game on the ground this season but the big offensive line of Boise State will be looking to blow their defensive line off the ball. Utah also has solid corners that have kept opposing quarterbacks to just 215 yards per game. The Boise State Broncos offense has the edge over the Utah Utes defense.
Boise State Broncos Defense vs Utah Utes Offense
The Boise State offense gets all the attention on this team but the defense is among the best in the NCAA. They are holding down opposing running games to just 108 yards on the ground but their pass defense is their strong suit. These Boise State pass defenders must cover Pettis and Young in every practice. How can they not be the best shut down corners in the NCAA. The Boise State pass defense is giving up just 155 yards per game against opposing quarterbacks,
The Utah Utes offense has been non descript this season. Jordon Wynn had a decent season this year but the lack of a big time running back hurt the Utah Utes offense. Eddie Wide was the most productive rusher but he was not considered a reliable ball carrier.
The Utes averaged 156 yards per game on the ground and the passing attack was not much better. Wynn and the passing game averaged just 248 yards per game through the air. The Boise State defense has the edge over the Utah Utes offense.
Utah Utes vs Boise State Broncos -17: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has made the Boise State Broncos a prohibitive 17 point favorite over the Utah Utes. The Boise State Broncos are 8-4 agains the spread overall but away from their signature blue turf field they are 3-3 agains the spread.
The Utah Utes are 7-4-1 overall against the spread and 4-2 against the spread away from their home field. The Boise State Broncos were disconsulate after their loss to Nevada and this will be a hard fought game. Boise State will win this game but they will not cover the 17 point spread over the Utah Utes.
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