Utah vs Arizona Prediction - College Football Picks 11/18/23

Arizona Wildcats (7-3) vs Utah Utes (7-3)

Game Info: Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Arizona Stadium)

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The Utah Utes will play the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday afternoon at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. Utah has lost two of their last three games, while Arizona has won four games in a row. 

Utah Preview

The Utah Utes are 7-3 (4-3) this season after they lost to Washington by a score of 35-28 in their last game. Utah led 28-24 in the third quarter, but they were unable to score in the fourth quarter for the loss. The Utes were out gained by a total of 457-382 and turned the ball over two times in the game. Utah’s other two conference losses came against Oregon and Oregon State. The Utah offense is scoring 25.3 points per game with 170.2 passing yards per game and 184.9 rushing yards per game, while going 39.5% on third downs. Bryson Barnes has thrown for 1,197 yards, 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions for the Utes this season. Ja’Quinden Jackson has rushed for 627 yards and four touchdowns, while Devaughn Vele has caught 34 passes for 482 yards and two scores. The Utah defense is allowing 17.8 points against per game this year. 

Arizona Preview

The Arizona Wildcats are 7-3 (5-2) this year after they defeated Colorado by a score of 34-31 in their last game. Arizona trailed 24-17 at the half, but they held Colorado to only seven points in the second half for the win. The Wildcats out gained Colorado by a total of 421-339 and went 4-12 on third down in the game. Arizona’s two conference losses came against Washington and USC. The Washington offense is averaging 30.7 points per game with 280.2 passing yards per game and 157.7 rushing yards per game, while going 46.4% on third downs. Noah Fifita has thrown for 1,735 yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions for the Wildcats this year. Jonah Coleman has rushed for 744 yards and three touchdowns, while Tetairoa McMillan has caught 61 passes for 860 yards and eight scores. The Arizona defense is giving up 20.9 points against per game this season.

Arizona Wildcats Team Facts

  • Arizona has won each of its last four games.
  • Arizona has covered the spread in each of its last six games against AP-ranked teams.
  • Seven of Arizona's last eight home games against AP-ranked teams have gone UNDER the total points line.

Utah Utes Team Facts

  • The team ranked 16th in the AP Poll has won nine of its last 10 games.
  • Utah has covered the spread in five of its last six games against Arizona.
  • Four of Utah's last five road games in November have gone OVER the total points line.


This should be a great matchup between two top-25 teams, but Arizona is the higher ranked team and will be at home. Utah has lost two of their last three games, but those losses came against Oregon and Washington, which is nothing to scoff at. Arizona has won four games in a row, but did struggle with Colorado last week. The Wildcats have been a great story this year and they are tied for third in the PAC-12, but this is a tough matchup for them. Utah has a great defense and their offense has been much better over the last two games. I like the Utes on the road here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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