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Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Utah Utes Predictions, Odds, Picks

Oct. 16, 2021
Eytan Shander
VI College Football Betting Expert

This has been a challenging season for the Utes as they dealt with off-field tragedy, winning two games in a row might be a good indication of how they’ve handled it. Utah welcomes in Arizona State Saturday night at 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Score Prediction

Arizona State 32, Utah 20

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Arizona State ML


Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Utah Utes Predictions

Focusing away from the tragic loss of life that’s impacted the Utes - seeing how they’ve played as of late – we see an offense starting to figure it out. Their QB Cameron Rising comes off a monster performance in a victory over USC.

The rushing attack put up big numbers, led by over 100 yards from Tavion Thomas. Two straight wins for Utah should beef up their confidence, and they are going to need it if they want to keep things close against Arizona State. Unfortunately, they won’t keep it close against Arizona State.

The Devils are rolling with three straight victories, sandwiched between is a win at UCLA. Their offense is playing well with Racaad White leading the Devils on the ground.

Jayden Daniels has played good enough at QB – but also the second-leading rusher. The big story, and ultimately why ASU pulls away, is their defense. They have been stellar against the run and will cause fits for Utah.

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Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Utah Utes Betting Odds

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The game is a pick-em between Arizona State and Utah. The Devils are 5-1 on the year but only 3-3 ATS. The Utes are just 1-4 this year ATS.

The total for this game is 51 points. The under is 6-5 combined for both teams.

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Utah Utes Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Pac-12
  • Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
  • Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium
  • Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • TV-Time: ESPN - 10:00 p.m. ET

Arizona State Sun Devils Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 5-1
  • ATS: 3-3
  • O/U: 2-4
  • ATS - Home: 2-2
  • ATS - Away: 1-1

Herm Edwards has his young men focused and playing atop the Pac-12 South. Daniels isn’t blowing away secondaries by any means, but he’s been able to extend plays with his legs and limit mistakes. The three-game winning streak was fueled by the rushing attack – led by White and his nine rushing TDs this year.

But the Devils have three other guys with 140+ yards rushing, including their QB. This will be the biggest test for Utah’s defense – both stopping the run and pressuring Daniels. It’s much easier to trust ASU’s defense, especially after manhandling Stanford last week.

Utah Utes Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 3-2
  • ATS: 1-4
  • O/U: 3-2
  • ATS - Home: 0-2
  • ATS - Away: 1-2

There are certainly bright spots in the Utes offense over the past couple of weeks. Cameron Rising had a huge game last week but it was also just under half of his total production all season.

Utah’s offense is clicking but not good enough right now to get to the Devils. It’s just too much to ignore so much of their total offense coming in just one game. Utah boasts two talented RBs and they are going to need every ounce of that talent to compete.

Taylor comes off that big game against USC, but Micah Bernard is still the team’s leading rusher. Both can break a run or two, which may be the only way Utah hangs on offense.

Inside the Stats - Arizona State Sun Devils

  • Record: 5-1
  • VI Ranking: 14
  • Points Scored: 200
  • Points Allowed: 97
  • PS/G: 33.3 (39th)
  • PA/G: 16.2 (14th)

Inside the Stats - Utah Utes

  • Record: 3-2
  • VI Ranking: 39
  • Points Scored:
  • Points Allowed:
  • PS/G:
  • PA/G:

Key Players to Watch

  • AZST: Jayden Daniels - QB (96/137, 1,269 yards, 7 Total TDs, 3 INT)
  • AZST: Rachaad White - RB (77 carries, 421 yards, 9 TD)
  • UTAH: Tavion Thomas - RB (37 carries, 247 yards, 3 TD)
  • UTAH: Cameron Rising - QB (56/85, 625 yards, 7 TD)


  • UTAH: Viane Moala - DT (Undisclosed-Out)
  • UTAH: Solomon Enis - WR (Undisclosed-Questionable)
  • UTAH: Cole Bishop - S (Undisclosed-Questionable)
  • UTAH: Jaren Kump - OL (Leg-Questionable)
  • UTAH: JaTravis Broughton - DB (Undisclosed-Out)
  • AZST: Chase Lucas - DB (Back-Questionable)
  • AZST: Evna Fields - DB (Hamstring-Questionable)
  • AZST: Johnny Wilson - WR (Hamstring-Questionable)
  • AZST: Jake Ray - TE (Undisclosed-Questionable)
  • AZST: Jordan Banks - LB (Undisclosed-Questionable)
  • AZST: Jermayne Lole - DH (Undisclosed-Questionable)
  • AZST: Michael Matus - DE (Undisclosed-Questionable)
  • AZST: Amiri Johnson - DL (Undisclosed-Questionable)
  • AZST: Travez Moore - LB (Knee-Out)

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Utah Utes Betting Conclusion

The best bet in this entire game would be it going over the 51.5 total. Both teams are relying on the run game more than the pass attack, but also have big play capability on both squads. The craziest stat in all of this is the Utes are only a half-game behind ASU atop the PAC-12 South.

It’s enough to keep ASU motivated and avoid any real letdown on the road. Daniels is beatable, with three interceptions and a low passer rating. The problem is he is part of a four- headed monster on the ground. Too much for Utah.

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Utah Utes Betting Trends

  • Arizona State has gone OVER the point total in five of its last seven road games.
  • Arizona State has failed to cover the spread in five of its last seven games when facing Utah.
  • Utah has gone OVER the point total in six of its last eight games.
  • Utah has won 11 of its last 12 home games.

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