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Utah vs Washington Predictions

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2023

No. 13 Utah has little chance of making the College Football Playoff, but it can play spoiler to No. 5 Washington this Saturday in Seattle.

The Huskies are favored by 8.5 points in the final Pac-12 matchup between these two squads before they head to new conferences.

Here are our Utah Utes vs. Washington Huskies college football picks and predictions for Saturday, Nov. 11, at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Utah vs Washington Odds

Track our latest CFB odds for Utes vs Huskies:

NCAAF lines used for Utah vs Washington were current as of Nov. 6 at 2 a.m. EST on DraftKings Sportsbook.

  • Moneyline: Utah (+295) • Washington (-375)
  • Spread: Utah +8.5 (-110) • Washington -8.5 (-110)
  • Total Points: Over 54.5 (-110) • Under 54.5 (-110)

This is a tough one to nail down, but Washington favored by just over a touchdown at home is an interesting line, while the Over is set fairly in this fascinating battle between contrasting approaches.

Utah vs Washington Prediction

SCORE PICK: Washington 27, Utah 16

While 8.5 is a bit of a strange number, Washington should still be able to cover that.

This game is a clash of styles, as Washington brings a top-five offense while Utah hangs its hat on defense.

The Utes offense had a shockingly good showing against a revitalized Arizona State team as it scored 55 points – headlined by four passing touchdowns from Bryson Barnes – but the larger dataset implies that the performance was an anomaly on all fronts.

When faced with top or even solid defenses, Utah has often struggled, with one or two score outputs against Oregon, UCLA, and Oregon State.

On the other hand, Washington’s offense grades well by most metrics – including fourth overall in per-play EPA – but it has also sputtered against certain opponents, most notably an ugly escape from Arizona State that required a defensive score.

Overall, Heisman candidate Michael Penix Jr. and his loaded wideout room will find a way to make the key plays and get his team a win, especially given Utah’s offensive ineptitude. But it won’t be the most explosive offensive showing we’ve seen from these Huskies.

Utah vs Washington Best Bets

Washington -8.5 (-110)

DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 unit

Washington is coming into this game hot after a much-needed 10-point road win at USC.

The Huskies are the lone undefeated team remaining in the Pac-12, and they should stay that way for at least another week as they benefit from playing at an energetic Husky Stadium, where they haven’t lost since 2021.

In fact, Washington comes into this game boasting a win streak of 16 games dating back to last season, the second-longest in the country after Georgia (26).

As the defending conference champion, Utah is a solid squad and one of the country’s best-coached with Kyle Whittingham at the helm.

Still, with quarterback Cameron Rising out for the year, it just doesn’t have the offensive firepower to move the ball and win in this road environment.

Under 54.5 (-110)

DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 unit

It’s tough picking against an offense like Washington’s, but Utah has a lot of good counters for its strengths.

Washington had an explosive rushing game against USC, but Utah ranks 45th in EPA per play against the run this season, led by linebacker Levani Damuni, and should be able to provide more resistance.

Washington is a pass-first team, but Utah can compete with them, too; its defense is 20th in EPA against the pass, with a good balance between pass rush and secondary talent.

The Utes’ own offense shouldn’t contribute too much – it has struggled on the road, other than a matchup with USC’s dreadful defense – so this Under should hit comfortably if Washington doesn’t explode.

Utah vs Washington Same-Game Parlay

Utah vs Washington SGP (+134)

DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 0.5 units

  • Under 54.5 (-110)
  • Washington (-375)

We don’t have a ton of options for a same-game parlay this early in the week, but this pairing works perfectly.

If Utah keeps this game within 8.5 points, it’s probably not because it ran up the score – most likely, this would mean both teams struggled offensively.

This makes the pairing of Washington’s moneyline and the Under a great way to mitigate risk while increasing the payout on two short-odds bets.

Author

John Arlia

Before joining The Game Day, John served as the National Writer for the United Soccer League, where he primarily covered the USL Championship out of the league’s headquarters in Tampa, FL. A devout soccer fan, John attended the men’s World Cups in Brazil and Russia and can’t wait for the 2026 edition to come to North America. Having also written for Sporting News Canada since getting his master’s from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU, John has acquired a diverse sporting background, but considers football, golf, and soccer his three strong suits.

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