[3:35 PM] #4 Washington @ #17 Utah

Who will WIN this matchup?

#4 Washington Huskies (7-0)

@ #17 Utah Utes (7-1)


Current odds:

Washington Huskies: (-375)

Utah Utes: (+317)


ESPN simulations have Washington as 84% favorites to win the game.

50% of sports bets are currently on Washington to win as (-375) favorites.

Fourth-ranked Washington and 17th-ranked Utah are ready to tangle in a Pac-12 showdown on Saturday and the most pivotal player on the field in Salt Lake City will be a guy who retired from football last month. Senior running back Joe Williams returned to the Utes in mid-October and has delivered back-to-back huge performances, including rushing for a school-record 332 yards in last Saturday’s 52-45 victory over UCLA.

The Huskies have won 10 straight games, tied with Western Michigan for the second-longest current streak behind top-ranked Alabama (20).

Sophomore quarterback Jake Browning has joined the Heisman Trophy race due to his stellar play and the Huskies’ rise and he has thrown 26 touchdown passes against just two interceptions. Sophomore running back Myles Gaskin has rushed for a team-best 727 yards while junior wideouts John Ross (34 receptions for 486 yards and nine touchdowns) and Dante Pettis (27 for 457 with eight scores) are enjoying solid seasons.

Junior quarterback Troy Williams has accounted for 12 touchdowns (seven passing, five rushing) while passing for 1,725 yards and has heavy motivation to play well against the Huskies. Williams began his college career at Washington and played in five games (one start) in 2014 but wasn’t a recruit of current coach Chris Petersen and transferred after the campaign to a junior college before performing well enough to catch Utah’s attention and then win the starting job.

Utah posted a 34-23 victory over Washington last season, its first win in the series after eight consecutive losses.


StreakSmarts Pick: #4 Washington Huskies

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick