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Utes should get win today over Wildcats

Published October 19, 2013 6:10 pm

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What does Vegas know that the rest of us don't know? I can't help but think that considering the Utes are underdogs against Arizona today. Really, this seems like a road game ideal for the Utes. Arizona's defense is struggling against league opponents, giving up 34.5 points in losses to Washington and USC while the Utes are riding high after their upset of Stanford. Perhaps there is some skepticism that the Utes can put that big win behind them and be focused well enough on Arizona to beat the Wildcats. But Utah's players insisted this week they put the win in its place and are ready to get a road win against a league opponent. I expect Utah's defense to slow Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey and for Travis Wilson and Co. to prey upon Arizona's suspect defense for the win. Hurting Arizona's defense is the absence of leading tackler Jared Tevis. The safety will sit out the game with a knee injury and will be replaced sophomore Will Parks in the Wildcats' lineup. It will be Parks' first start. For the Utes, injured players Brian Blechen, Westlee Tonga, Jake Murphy and Jacoby Hale did not make the trip to Tucson. - Lya Wodraska