UTAH over Stan­ford by 3

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

We think the wrong team is fa­vored here as Stan­ford’s de­fense is nowhere near past stan­dards – al­low­ing a stag­ger­ing 445 YPG. Sure, TB Bryce Love is an ab­so­lute stud, av­er­ag­ing an amaz­ing 11.1 yards per carry while lead­ing the na­tion in rush­ing (1008 yards, 255 yards ahead of 2nd place rusher, SDSU’s Rashad Penny). He is com­ing off a 301-yard ef­fort against Ari­zona State on just 25 car­ries with TD gallops of 61, 43 and 59 yards (Chris­tian who?). Start­ing QB Keller Chryst is ques­tion­able with a con­cus­sion, al­though K.J. Costello stepped in for Chryst in the UCLA game two weeks ago and has ac­tu­ally given the Car­di­nal a lift. Mean­while, Utah has some QB ques­tion marks of their own as ap­par­ently 2016 starter Troy Wil­liams will take over for start­ing QB Tyler Hunt­ley (right arm) if he can’t go in this game. How­ever, we just can’t lay points into a team with 140 YPG the bet­ter de­fense and 100 to­tal net YPG over­all. No mat­ter who starts un­der cen­ter, Ute need to be with us, as the points be­come the play in this fray.

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