NCAAB - FLYING UNDER THE RADAR
Every once in a while a college team will will quietly fly under the radar, away from the national spotlight, covering the spread game after game, without anyone paying any attention. This year that team might be the Utah Utes. Last night the Utes went into Arizona to play the Wildcats, and despite the fact that Utah had failed to cover the points just once in their last eight games, they were an enormous underdog, getting a whopping 19 points on the road.
Arizona had nearly lost their last game as a double digit favorite at home against Colorado. After a controversial ruling by the officials waved off a game winning bucket for the Buffaloes, the Wildcats went on to win in overtime.
Colorado's coach was not at all happy about the replay ruling: "If it's the wrong call, I'm really, really sick to my stomach," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said, "because we had guys in this locker room that deserved to win that game."
The Wildcat's coach didn't disagree that his team was undeserving of the victory: "We would have gotten what we deserved if we had lost," Arizona coach Sean Miller said.
It should have come as no surprise that the Utes would give Arizona a run for their money, missing a potential game tying shot as time expired, and losing 60-57. While the Wildcats failed to cover for their third consecutive game, the Utes are now an amazing 9-2 ATS this year.
Even more impressive is their record against Pac-12 opponents, going 9-1 ATS in their last 10. They are also a very solid 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 overall.
Needless to say, the Utes have been grossly underrated, and moving forward, it is worth keeping an eye on Utah, as they look like a good bet when getting points against higher profile teams.
Their next game is at home against UCLA, and with the Utes losing back to back games on the road, and the Bruins coming off seven straight wins (none on the road) it sets up for an interesting matchup. The Utes will no doubt be getting a few points, and this appears to be a very winnable game for Utah.
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- October 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM
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1* Kansas City (1:00 ET): Fresh off upsetting the Panthers at home, 41-38 as 3-point underdogs, the Saints now take their act on the road where I feel it is very likely they'll experience far less success. The Chiefs, now 4-2 after an impressive win at Oakland (my *10* Game of the Week), appear to be hitting their stride w/ key players returning.
New Orleans' defense remains very, very bad. They are one of only four teams currently allowing 400 YPG. Kansas City just got done beating one of the other three (Oakland) and did so handily by a score of 26-10. Key was the running game, which rang up 183 yards thanks to a career day from Spencer Ware and the return of Jamaal Charles. Alex Smith should have one of his better outings of the season here considering the Saints' D has already given up four 300+ yard passing days. Save for a shockingly low-scoring loss to the Giants (16-13), the Saints have allowed at least 34 points in all other game.
While the Saints defense should continue its ineptitude, Drew Brees and the offense are likely to experience massive regression from last week. This will be their third venture outdoors this season. The first, as referenced above, saw them only score 13 pts in a loss to the Giants. Then, they were VERY fortunate to beat San Diego 35-34 thanks to the usual late game ineptitude from Mike McCoy's bunch. Back to back upsets (by a total of four points!) haven't changed my thinking that New Orleans is not going to be a very good team this season. 1* Kansas City