Northwestern Wildcats vs. Utah Utes, Credit Union Holiday Bowl. Two of the best in their respective divisions will offer a very entertaining game in new years eve. The Utah Utes were the second best in Pac-12 with a good record in the division and few losses this season. The Wildcats were also the second best in the Big Ten, with a similar record in the division but surpassed by Ohio State in the overall record.
Northwestern Wildcats: Closing the year.
The Wildcats record this year was eight wins and only five losses. The Wildcats had a bad start to the season losing three of the first four games. In the WEST Division of the Big Ten the Wildcats closed the season with eight wins and only one loss, the second best team in the entire conference. In addition, the Wildcats were the only team to have eight victories in the division.
The Wildcats are scoring an average of 23.7 points per game, 36.6 rushes with 117.8 yards per game. The average passing is good with 22.9 complete passes per game with 239.3 yards per air.
Clayton Thorson will be available for the bowl, the numbers for Thorson have been good this year. 60.4% in completed passes, 15 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, 2942 yards. 73 rushes for nine touchdowns. The defense allows up to 23.5 points with 258.1 yards per air.
Utah Utes: We are better.
The superiority of the Utes this season was not as clear as in other seasons, but the Utes closed the season with a record of 9-4-0 overall and 6-3 in the South Division of the Pac-12 conference. 3-2 in the last five games of the regular season. The Utes lost two games against both universities in Washington of the same conference, those two team were the best in the conference.
The Utes are scoring an average of 28.7 points per game with 40.5 rushes for 193.0 yards per game. 17.2 passes completed with 207.2 yards per air on average. The defense allows up to 18.5 points per game with 19.3 passes completed for 213.3 yards per air.
Huntley is probably not available for this game, but Jason Shelley could be starting QB tonight. Shelley this season has had 57.7% in completed passes, 3 touchdowns with 4 interceptions, only 860 yards.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Northwestern Wildcats vs. Utah Utes 12/31/2018 is: take the Northwestern Wildcats +7.0 (Point Spread).
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