Staff Predictions: Utah at Fresno State

The USR staff makes their predictions for Saturday night's game between Utah and Fresno State

Gorringe

Not much to be said other than Utah is vastly more talented, better coached and more experienced than the Bulldogs. Doesn't matter who starts at QB, Utah will roll. Devontae Booker has a vendetta against Fresno State, and he'll punish them to the tune of 150 yards and 2 TD's. Comfy win for the Utes. 

Utah 48 Fresno State 17

Harris

Saturday the Utes face what should be a very winnable game in Fresno, again the Utes are far more talented then their opponent, they are bigger, faster, and stronger at nearly every single position. However the weaknesses for the Utes are apparent as well, inconsistency in the secondary, and overall pretty poor Offensive line play. The Bulldogs are 18-2 at home since 2012 when coach DeRuyter took over, combine that with the fact that the Bulldogs are 3 - 0 against the Utes at home, and a little unknown with Kendal as the starter, and this could be an interesting game. But likely not!

Utah 38 Fresno State 17

Herrera

This game should serve as a nice tune-up game for the Utes before the start of conference play. Look for Utah to get the throw game going as Fresno St. allowed just under 400 yards passing last week. Utah's offense scores four touchdowns (two in the air, two on the ground) & gets some help from the defense on a pick-six. Phillips adds two field goals & the 2nd string players get some playing time before this game ends.

Utah 41 Fresno State 20

Stevens

This game feels like it should be a blowout. With a week to prepare for Kendal Thompson at QB, Utah should be able to formulate a gameplan that puts down the bulldogs fairly easily. Look for Devontae Booker to have his best game of the season so far and rush for 150+ yards and 2 scores. Also, if the Utes front seven on defense plays similarly to how they did last year then this one might be over before halftime. 

Utah 37 Fresno State 13

Swinney

Utah is superior to Fresno State in every way,  but it's a road game, and those are always tricky, even when you're the better team. Utah was 5-1 on the road last season with the only loss in overtime. They didn't dominate those games though with an average margin of victory in the five wins of only 6 per game, and two of those went in OT, while another was 2 missed field goals from being a loss. Fresno State isn't the same caliber of team that any of those 2014 opponents were last year, but they're not exactly a complete pushover. I expect this one to stay close for a half, making Ute fans nervous, before Utah forces a few turnovers in the second against a turnover prone team to pull away behind 150+ yards from Booker and a couple of Thompson touchdown runs.

Utah 34 Fresno State 17


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