- Colorado State handled New Mexico 36-7 in week 7.
- Utah State won at UNLV 28-24 last week.
- Utah State protested last year’s contest against Colorado State.
The story of this year’s game starts with the incredible events of last year’s contest between the two. That said, let’s start off with our Colorado State vs Utah State prediction right away!
Utah State players protested the playing of last year’s game because of comments made by the University President directed towards their interim head coach. It was a show of the power of the athletes as the game was forfeited by Utah State.
The player’s voices were heard and the program received support from athletes across the country. Not sure this year’s contest will have as much national attention as the stand made by Utah State, but it includes two teams looking to compete for a Mountain West title.
Colorado State enters 2-0 in conference play, while Utah State has the lone conference loss at home to Boise State. Friday marks a big opportunity for two divisional opponents to separate themselves from the crowded top of the Mountain West.
Betting Odds & Lines for This Game
- Spread: CSU -3.5
- MoneyLine: CSU (-165) Utah State (+145)
- Total: O/U: 59
- All odds listed are courtesy of (DraftKings)
Colorado State vs Utah State Prediction: Spread
Colorado State possesses the second-best defense in college football in terms of yards per play. They average to allow 3.8 yards per play.
On the flip side, Utah State is one of the worst defenses in America. They rank 112th in yards per play. Yet, they do not have the offense to make up for their pedestrian defense. The Aggies rank 63rd nationally in total offense.
Short week with a Friday game…
𝐈𝐓’𝐒 𝐆𝐀𝐌𝐄 𝐖𝐄𝐄𝐊 ‼️
— Colorado State Football (@CSUFootball) October 18, 2021
I like the Colorado State defense to control the game on the road and to force a few turnovers to help their offense.
The one concerning aspect of this game is that the number opened at Colorado State -1 and we may have missed the boat on taking the Rams.
- Free Prediction: Colorado State -3.5
Colorado State vs Utah State Prediction: Total
This total continues to climb from its initial number of 54.5. Part of the climb has to do with the putrid Utah State defense.
I would take the under here in combination with laying the number with Colorado State. Colorado State has a terrible offense, ranking 97th nationally. In order for them to win on the road, they can’t get into a shootout with Utah State.
This feels as if Colorado State is going to cover the number on the road, they will need to keep it under the total as well.
Take the under.
- Free Prediction: Under 59
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