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The Utes face a deceivingly difficult game down in the desert, but the USR staff still has confidence in a win

The USR staff makes their picks for Saturday night's contest in Tucson


Against teams with at least an average rushing attack, the Wildcats have been exposed on the ground. Against Washington, USC, UCLA and Stanford, the Wildcat defense gave up an average of 239 rushing yards and 5.66 yards per rush. Those kind of numbers point towards Devontae Booker having a big game on Saturday, with Travis Wilson also having a good day on the ground. With Nick Wilson likely out as well, the Arizona rushing attack won't be able to get it going against the Utah defense, and Anu Solomon isn't good enough to beat the Utes by himself. Utes roll in the desert. 

Utah 38 Arizona 24


Lets go back to the last time these two teams played in Arizona (10/19/2013), Ka'Deem Carey demolished the Utes rushing for 232 yards on 39 carries leading the Wildcats to a 35-24 victory . This time it'll be the Utes winning, with their running back leading the way not necessarily with 39 carries, but hopefully with over 200 yards rushing and a couple of scores as the Utes get some much needed revenge against the Wildcats.

Utah 35 Arizona 24


Utah gets redemption this year using the same formula they've used all year. The Wildcats have too many injured players & distractions to pull off the upset. However, going into the fourth, this game will probably be closer than it should be with Utah pulling away late with the help of a turnover.

Utah 31 Arizona 18


A team that is struggling mightly versus a defenses juggernaut. On paper, this one looks like an easy one for Utah, but they've had issues with Arizona over the years and this one won't come easy. Expect somewhat of a shootout between the two teams with Booker going over 150 yards, Wilson throwing for over 250, and Utah to get a late turnover to spoil the upset bid by the Wildcats to setup the huge matchup next week with UCLA.

Utah 38 Arizona 34

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