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5 Bold Predictions For Arizona vs. Utah

5 Bold Predictions for Arizona vs. Utah

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In a battle featuring two teams clinging to life in the Pac-12 South division race, the Arizona Wildcats will travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Utes this Saturday. Here are five bold predictions for what should be one of the more entertaining bouts of the college football weekend.

5. Anu Solomon Will Burn the Utes for Big Yardage

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5. Anu Solomon Will Burn the Utes for Big Yardage

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Freshman sensation Anu Solomon will have opportunities to rack up major yardage through the air and move the Wildcats between the 20s. Whether or not they can score once they get to the red zone could be a different story, but Solomon should keep the ball moving on a Utah defense that will occasionally give up the big play.

4. DeVontae Booker Will Rush for 100+ Yards

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4. DeVontae Booker Will Rush for 100+ Yards

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Arizona's Nick Wilson could have a good game; the Utes have been less effective against the run in their previous two games. However, it will be the Utes' DeVontae Booker who really goes off on the ground. He should be able to find holes and the end zone against an Arizona D that is giving up 158.8 rushing yards per game.

3. The Pass Rush Will Be in Full Effect

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3. The Pass Rush Will Be in Full Effect

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Both teams feature players with an elite-level ability to get to the quarterback. Utah's Nate Orchard and Arizona's Scooby Wright should both be able to break the line and get opposing offenses into third-and-long situations. How they respond to the pressure will be a major key in claiming a win.

2. The Utes Will Have Their Best Offensive Performance of the Pac-12 Season

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2. The Utes Will Have Their Best Offensive Performance of the Pac-12 Season

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While they have struggled to put up points on the road (at least in regulation), the Utes have scored major points in some of their home victories. Alas, their best performances came out of conference and against lesser competition. Look for Utah to have their best offensive showing against a Pac-12 opponent via a heavy work load for Booker, some quarterback runs and the play-action pass with the occasional deep throw.

1. Tom Hackett, Field Position Will Determine the Outcome

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1. Tom Hackett, Field Position Will Determine the Outcome

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Both teams have benefited on special teams from their punters pinning the opposition deep in their own territory with regularity. Utah's star return man Kaelin Clay will mitigate some of Arizona's effectiveness in this regard, while Ute punter Tom Hackett will show why he is a game-changer on fourth down. Field position will play a big role in the outcome of the game and is a major reason why I expect Utah to escape with the win.





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Not many people thought the Arizona Wildcats would be ranked in the top-15 at this point in the season, but with just two games remaining, they are sitting pretty at No. 15. The same can be said for the Utah Utes and even being ranked at this point in the year. Who would have thought a week 13 matchup between Arizona and Utah would actually be a big game? Not me.

Arizona has been doing great work on offense all season long with a young and relatively inexperienced squad at most of the skill positions including quarterback and running back. Anu Solomon has been one of the best young quarterbacks in the nation and he is only a freshman. The young gun has passed for 3,058 yards, 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions this year while gaining confidence each week — he has also rushed for 307 yards. Nick Wilson, another freshman, leads the run game with 867 yards and nine touchdowns while senior Terris Jones-Grigsby is next up in the rush offense with 474 yards and three TDs. Sophomore Cayleb Jones has been Solomon’s favorite target, catching 58 passes for 788 yards and eight scores.

Utah has had one of the worst pass offenses in the Pac-12 this season, ranking 100th nationally in yards per game. Travis Wilson has been getting most of the reps for the Utes as the quarterback — the junior has passed for 1,558 yards, 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Kendal Thompson had split time earlier in the year with Wilson, but Wilson proved to be the better overall player. Wilson has also rushed for 172 yards and two scores. Devontae Booker has been one of the most underrated running backs in the conference, racking up 1,113 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. Dres Anderson leads all receivers with 355 yards and four touchdowns on 22 catches while Kenneth Scott leads the team in receptions with 33 for 351 yards and four scores.

Defensively, Utah has been relatively average this season. The Utes rank 43rd in points allowed as well as a less than impressive 63rd in total yards allowed per game. Arizona has struggled much more this year than Utah, ranking just 61st in scoring defense as well as 102nd in total yards allowed per contest.

Arizona will travel to Utah to take on the Utes at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 22. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.

PREDICTION: Arizona 24, Utah 31

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Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at connor.muldowney@rantsports.com.

Arizona will travel to Utah to take on the Utes in week 13. Who will come out on top?

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