The loss of Devontae Booker is going to prove too much for the Utes against the Bruins. At times the offense will look great, as I expect a creative gameplan from Harding and A Rod, but Utah will ultimately fail to pick up crucial first downs due to not having Booker in the backfield. The Ute defense will do a good job at keeping Utah in this game, but the offensive firepower just won't be there for the Utes to pull out the W.
UCLA 27 Utah 20
This is the first time I'm picking the Utes to lose this season and here is why. The offensive coaching is just too predictable and conservative, combined with the loss of Booker it'll just be too much. I trust Williams will still have a good day, and the defense will show up, but the inability of the coaches to trust their players enough to open up the playbook seems to have really hurt this team. If the offense is allowed to play then I think the Utes win.
UCLA 27 Utah 24
The loss of Booker is obviously a huge reason UCLA will win the game. Wilson will have to play a perfect game in order for Utah to win & that usually means he will force passes, which is never a good thing. The Utah defense will be able to keep it close for the 1st half but will eventually tire out.
UCLA 30 Utah 23
UCLA 27 Utah 21
Now that Booker can't go for Utah, this changes things. UCLA has been better on the road under Mora than at home, but the cold weather on Saturday will be new sledding for them this year. Rosen is playing as well as any true freshman in the country and with Perkins in the backfield, UCLA has a back that can patiently do damage against a Utah defense that hasn't been playing at its peak in recent weeks. Wilson will keep Utah in the game with his legs, and Andy Phillips and Tom Hackett will help the Utes own the special teams game, but it won't be enough. Booker plays and I go Utah. He's not, so the Bruins knock Utah out of the South race.
UCLA 30 Utah 20