Utah opens at an impressive -8.5 against Northwestern


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    • #83103
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      cjd1
      Ute Fan
      @cjd1

      Maybe people have noticed our great defense. And the fact Whitt is fantastic with bowl games.

    • #83105
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      Utahute72
      Ute Fan
      @utahute72

      I watched their game against Ohio State.  Don’t be fooled by the line they are a good solid team.  I wouldn’t have been surprised to see them favored.  Their defense is equivalent to Washington’s (in my opinion).

      • #83118
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        DataUte
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        @scotwaye

        Utah and Washington are top 15 in total defense. NW is 48th. CU is 55 for comparison.

      • #83122
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        BattleGroundUte
        Ute Fan
        @battlegroundute

        Too bad statistics don’t match that narrative. 

        • #83177

          Utahute72
          Ute Fan
          @utahute72

          I don’t think statistics have won many games.

          • #83182
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            BattleGroundUte
            Ute Fan
            @battlegroundute

            Yeah but Whitt has won many bowl games. Northwestern won’t score a touchdown. 

            • #83183

              Utahute72
              Ute Fan
              @utahute72

              I hope so.  I’m just surprised at how lightly Northwestern is regarded.

      • #83134
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        BattleGroundUte
        Ute Fan
        @battlegroundute

        Just looking at final scores their most impressive game to me was a loss to Michigan only by three. It took overtime to beat Nebraska. 

      • #83224
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        TheJuggernaut
        Ute Fan
        @thejuggernaut

        Northwestern’s D is nowhere near the same level as Washington’s.

        Scoreboard is what matters – Washington #5 scoring D, Northwestern #40.

    • #83113
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      alharmon
      Ute Fan
      @alharmon

      Wow that’s very surprising. They are a SOLID team and I’m surprised the lines that high. Initially I’m thinking Utah 16-13. Low scoring.

      • #83200

        PlainsUte
        Ute Fan
        @plainsute

        Yeah, I think the UNDER is the best bet with these teams.

    • #83139
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      Hellhound152
      Ute Fan
      @hellhound152

      Imagine Stanford without huge recievers, an elite running back, or “dudes” playing db.  Fitzgerald is a fantastic coach who does more with less, in the mold of coach Whitt, but Utah will have a huge team speed advantage in this game on both sides of the ball.

      • #83145
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        Charlie Foxtrot
        Ute Fan
        @charliefoxtrot

        TOSU repeatedly torched their DB’s in the vertical passing game.  Of course TOSU probably starts 4 5* receivers every game so some of that is to be expected, but NW didn’t seem to be able to hang in the downfield passing game.  It kind of reminded me of USC’s game plan for much of the year, but with a much better quarterback.

        • #83184

          Utahute72
          Ute Fan
          @utahute72

          Yea but OSU has receivers that can get separation and catch the ball.

      • #83172
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        Rmndcat
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        @rmndcat

        Hardage is the best guy in the secondary. He had injury problems during the course of the season, but a month to heal should help.

        Skowronek has some height, but most of our receivers aren’t huge.

        For the running game, look at the last few games of the season–Bowser, Mouton and Hanaoka, to some extent, have given us a much more balanced attack than mid-season when the offense was mostly on Thorson.

    • #83153
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      Rmndcat
      Ute Fan
      @rmndcat

      NU was also a dog against Iowa and Wisconsin, somewhat understandably, and against Minnesota, which was kinda ridiculous. I would expect a fairly close score. We had little running game for much of the season due to injury, but had significant improvement at the end. Our passing game is very inconsistent–can pummel opponents when it has momentum, but Thorson is very prone to INTs. If the NU defense is healthy, Utah will need to have success passing, because NU should be able to contain the ground game. Huntley could definitely burn us if he’s healthy. I think 8.5 is a bit high. I would have expected perhaps 4 or 5.

      • #83156

        Hellhound152
        Ute Fan
        @hellhound152

        Does Thorson suffer from Brett Favre syndrome or does he have issues with identifying coverage?  The times I have watched NW on TV he seems to be the best player on offense and is trying to do everything.    

        • #83171

          Rmndcat
          Ute Fan
          @rmndcat

          More of the former, though if he is under pressure, he will sometimes force things he shouldn’t. 

          • #83189

            BattleGroundUte
            Ute Fan
            @battlegroundute

            Not a good thing with Utah’s defense. Yet Browning forced quite a lot in the CCG and Utah dropped two picks. 

      • #83229

        Puget Ute
        Ute Fan
        @pugetute

        From the bit of the B1G CCG I watched I noticed NU was VERY good at getting second-level blocking in the run game.  Your RB (Bowser?) was a real bowling ball bouncing through OSU’s secondary.There were some great passes as well.

        I am very excited for this matchup. It is two lesser-known and very respectable opponents, who rely on smart players and coaching rather than raw talent.

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