San Jose St vs. Utah, 9-16-2017 - Prediction & Preview
Written by: Brian Spaen
San Jose State Spartans (1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS)
vs Utah Utes (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS)
When: Saturday, Sep 16th, 10:00 PM ET
Line: Utah -27
TV/Live Stream: ESPN2, WatchESPN
San Jose State and Utah will take each other on at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. This will be the second part of a home-and-home series with the Utes taking the first game last season, 34-17. They have won the most recent three meetings against each other dating back to 2009. After the Spartans got whooped up against Texas a week ago, they’re a near four-touchdown underdog entering the week.
Spartans give up over 600 yards in beatdown at Texas
San Jose State didn’t necessarily have a bad first few weeks of the season, looking strong in the first half against South Florida and taking down FCS Cal Poly a week later. However, their inexperience really showed in a 56-0 beatdown away from home in Austin last weekend. The team was well in over their head, generating just 171 total yards of offense. Quarterback Montel Aaron went 12-for-23 passing for 104 yards and threw a pick. He had a QB rating of just 39.8.
Only one wide receiver had more than two receptions — Justin Holmes had three catches for 21 yards — and no one had more than that total allotment of yardage. It wasn’t any better in the ground game. The stable of running backs and both QBs that played combined for 23 carries and 42 total yards. Safety Chad Miller hasn’t played yet this season with an undisclosed injury and he’s still questionable to make his debut in this one.
Utes QB has 389 all-purpose yards in victory
Utah was nowhere near impressive in their in-state rivalry game against BYU, but they got the job done in a 19-13 victory. They had 430 total yards and most of it came in the air. They converted just 3-of-14 third down attempts and were tagged with 11 penalties for 97 yards, but they still prevailed. Quarterback Tyler Huntley finished completing 27-of-36 passes for exactly 300 yards. Darren Carrington II was the benefactor of most of those, grabbing seven for 129 total yards.
No touchdowns were thrown in the air. The only one came from Huntley himself, who had an additional 89 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Huntley, along with running back Troy McCormick Jr., both gave up fumbles, but it wasn’t enough to cost them the game. The rest of the offense came from place kicker Matt Gay. He went 4-for-4 on his field goal attempts — the longest being 38 yards — and he was responsible for 13 of the team’s 19 total points.
San Jose State is:
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against Pac-12 opponents
- 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games against teams with a winning record
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against MWC opponents
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September
This really should be a cakewalk for the Utes. Their offense wasn’t that impressive against BYU, but the defense was able to shut down their rivals. Considering what SJSU put up in Austin, things won’t be going a whole lot better in this one.
Pick: Utah -27
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