Utah vs Northwestern Las Vegas Bowl Preview

Utah vs Northwestern Las Vegas Bowl Preview

See our NCAA week 1 Utah vs. Northwestern prediction by continuing to read. We will predict the winner and cover the spread in this post.

  • The throwing yards of the Utah Utes rank 115th.
  • The defense of Northwestern is giving up 10.3 yards per completion.


On Saturday, December 23rd, the Utes and Wildcats will kick off at 7:30 ET. This CFB showdown in week one will air on ABC.Utah is 6.5 point road favorites over the Wildcats in this nonconference matchup. Continue reading to see my suggestions and betting analysis.


  • Sport:¬†College Football
  • Teams: Northwestern Wildcats vs. Utah Utes
  • Where: Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
  • Date: December 23, Saturday


With their 23-17 victory over Colorado, Utah improved to 8-4 before of this week’s game against Northwestern. The Utes were the underdog in five games going into this week’s game against Northwestern, and they were the favorites in six of them. They have a 6-5 ATS record going into the match. Utah’s over/under record for this season is 5-6. Their games have yielded a total of 44.2 points on average, with 45.8 points on average as the over/under.

Utah’s offense ran for two scores against Colorado but failed to throw for a touchdown. They averaged 5.3 yards per rush attempt and 61 total passing yards, finishing with 333 total yards. Luke Bottari completed ten passes for 61 yards in Utah’s victory over Colorado. While he didn’t throw for a touchdown during the game, he did manage to run his legs into the end zone.

In terms of defense, Utah allowed 262 yards in total to Colorado by the end of the game. Against Utah, Colorado passed the ball 25 times for 225 yards. The Utes gave up 37 running yards while on the ground. In terms of points allowed entering this week’s match, Utah’s defense is ranked 66th, giving up 19.8 points per contest on average. As of right now, their opponents have only managed 224.3 passing yards per game (90th) against them. They rank ninth in college football because to their 84.4 running yards allowed on the ground.


Northwestern’s record now stands at 7-5 as they prepare for this week’s matchup with Utah after defeating Illinois 45-43. Northwestern has an ATS record of 7-3 based on their season average score differential of -1.1. In eight games, the Wildcats have been the underdog and the favorite twice. The average over/under line for Northwestern’s matches after 12 games is 42.9 points. With an average score of 46.6 points across all of their games, OU has a 5-5 record.

In their final 32 pass attempts against Illinois, the Wildcats gained 234 yards and two touchdowns. They scored two rushing touchdowns and averaged 4.3 yards per carry in the rushing game. Ben Bryant, the quarterback, attempted 32 passes against Illinois in their most recent game. He finished with 234 passing yards and a 75.0% completion percentage for the game. In addition, he had two interceptions during the victory.

In terms of defense, Northwestern gave up 456 yards to Illinois. This entails surrendering 348 passing yards and 108 permitted yards on the ground. The Wildcats defense leads the league in quarterback rushes and has 25 sacks. Teams are now scoring 23.8 points per game (87th) against them. They allow 192.1 passing yards per game, which puts them 41st in the NCAA in terms of pass defense. In addition, Northwestern’s run defense gives up 160.7 rushing yards per game.


Utah owns a 4-1 advantage in the last five games in this head-to-head matchup.

With an ATS record of 7-3, Utah has the advantage over Northwestern in their past ten head-to-head encounters.

Utah, who was once the 8.5-point road favorite, is still the favorite, but the lines have moved to -6.5. Utah’s moneyline payout, which was -350 at opening, has since changed to -256. Based on the odds, Utah has a 72% chance of winning while Northwestern has an implied victory probability of 33%.


  • When examining Utah’s last three away games, they have a 2-1 record against the spread.
  • Over the past three home games, Northwestern’s ATS record is 3-0.
  • In their past three games as underdogs, Northwestern has a 3-0 record.
  • Utah is 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games as favorites.

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