The Stanford Cardinal are coming off a big win against the Washington Huskies in week six. The game went down to the wire, but the better team prevailed, 31-28. David Shaw has proven to be one of the best head coaches in college football and he leads the undefeated Cardinal into a tough week seven road game.
On the other side of the field, the Utah Utes are just 3-2 this season, coming off a tough loss against the UCLA Bruins in week six. Utah hasn’t been relevant in the college football landscape for a few years now and it looks like the 2013 season with be another rebuilding year — especially in the torrid Pac-12.
Stanford is led by a talented young quarterback once again. You would think after losing Andrew Luck a couple years ago, this team would have a hard time recovering, right? Wrong. Kevin Hogan has been great, completing over 60 percent of his passes for 932 yards and 11 touchdowns through five games. He is slowly making people forget about Luck at Stanford. When he has a weapon like Ty Montgomery to throw to, there’s no chance this offense will struggle this season. Montgomery has 23 catches for 383 yards and five touchdowns this season as well as being a dynamic kick returner.
Utah’s offense doesn’t have quite the same sparkle than the California boys from Stanford do, but it quietly gets the job done. Quarterback Travis Wilson has had a solid start to the season with 1,406 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air, but his nine interceptions are nothing to be proud of. Dres Anderson has been his favorite target thus far, catching 24 passes for 510 yards and four touchdowns — that’s an incredible 21.3 yards per catch average.
Defensively, the Utes rank 62nd in the nation in points allowed per game while ranking 70th in the nation, allowing 406 yards per game. On the other hand, Stanford only allows 21 points and 372 points per game — the numbers aren’t great, but they are still one of the top defenses in the nation.
Stanford will travel to Utah to take on the Utes at 6 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 12. The game will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Network.
PREDICTION: Stanford 34, Utah 16