Utah Utes 2010 College Football Predictions – BCS Odds 2011: Utah has been one of the most successful football programs in the country for several years now and the school's pending move to the Pac 10 (2011) is at least partial evidence of that fact. The Utes will have every opportunity to continue their success this season with Head Coach Kyle Whittingham heading into a sixth season in Salt Lake. 2010 College Football Predictions at BetUS.com have Utah listed at -140 moneyline odds to finish over 8.5 wins for the sixth time in the last eight years.
Kyle Whittingham has guided the Utes to back-to-back double digit win seasons and a third could be in order with 12 starters and 49 lettermen returning to Salt Lake City this fall. Utah appears to be in its usual company with TCU and BYU as the three squads are, once again, head and shoulders above the rest of the conference.
Utah's offense took a step back last season with a lack of experience and stability at quarterback; however, the Utes still averaged a respectable 29.8 points and 390 yards per game. This year 22 lettermen are back, including four starters along the offensive line as well as quarterbacks Terrnace Cain and Jordan Wynn. Cain and Wynn split time under center in 2009, but Wynn, who started the Utes final five games of the season, will, most likely, lead the first team.
The backfield is loaded with the top three rushers from last season, which includes Cain, all returning. The starting job will go to Eddie Wide, who tallied 1069 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.
The receiving corps is not the equal of last year's with three of the top four from a season ago gone, but Jereme Brooks, who ranked second on the team with 56 catches for 696 yards, does return for his senior year.
Utah's defense, which yielded 20.2 points and 314 yards per game in last season's 10-3 campaign, is a much bigger question mark than the offense. Only four starters are back and the unit's top four tacklers have moved on. The defensive line will be a strength, though, with Sealver Siliga (49 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss) at nose tackle and All Conference performer Christian Cox at defensive end (31 tackles, 5.5 sacks). The team also added highly recruited junior college lineman James Aiono, giving it quality depth in the middle.
Utah will play Pittsburgh, San Jose State, Iowa State, and Notre Dame in its non-conference schedule, which should equate to a 2-2 record at worst. The Utes catch a break in conference action as they host both TCU and BYU, which means their toughest road games will come at Air Force and San Diego State.
2010 College Football Predictions: 10-2 Overall, 7-1 Conference, Second Place Mountain West
BCS Odds 2011 (National Championship) +10000
Regular Season Win Total: Over 8.5 (-140), Under 8.5 (+110)
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