Utah Utes running back Jaylon Glover (1) runs away from Zyrus Fiaseun (51) of the San Diego State Aztecs in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. The Utes won 35-7.
Ben B. Braun, Deseret News
Over the first three weeks of the college football season, either Utah or BYU had a game that was among the most-anticipated matchups of the weekend.
That changes in Week 4, as both are heavy favorites.
Do the national experts agree that they are unanimous favorites?
Here’s what five national publications predict for No. 13 Utah playing at Arizona State and BYU hosting Wyoming, as well as Utah State returning to action against UNLV.
Bill Connelly outlined both the BYU and Utah games as two of the late-night contests to watch in Week 4, while using two ESPN metrics — the SP+ rankings and FPI power rankings — to illustrate the favorite in these matchups.
No. 13 Utah at Arizona State
“Arizona State has maybe the most spectacularly all-or-nothing offense in the country — Xazavian Valladay is averaging 6.5 yards per carry, Emory Jones 15 yards per completion. And with head coach Herm Edwards fired last week, the Sun Devils also have nothing to lose,” Connelly wrote.
“That could make them dangerous … or they could fold after one swift punch to the mouth. Since they’re playing Utah, I’m guessing the latter.”
SP+ projection: Utah by 10.6.
FPI projection: Utah by 13.7.
Wyoming at No. 19 BYU
“The 41-20 deficit was kind — BYU got straight-up blown out by Oregon last week, trailing 38-7 at the end of three quarters before rallying in garbage …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News