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Is Hundley too much for the Utes? Probably

First Published      Last Updated Oct 03 2013 11:16 am

Utah's secondary might be improving, but has it improved enough to stop the nation's fourth-ranked offense?

My hunch is no, which is why I am picking the Bruins tonight over the Utes. As much belief as I have in Utah's defensive coaches, I just don't think they have enough bodies to stop UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley and Co.

I also think UCLA's defense might be overlooked as well, but I was impressed with the way it shut down Nebraska in the second half of the Bruins' 41-21 win.

UCLA rallied from 18-points down thanks to its high-powered offense and a defense that allowed the Huskers to produce more than 19 yards on just two of its final 10 possessions and held Nebraska to 130 yards total in the second half.


p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> For the Utes to have a shot tonight, they have to contain Hundley, something they weren't able to do last year when he threw for 183 yards and a touchdown and ran for 68 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown.

Utah was able to get pressure on BYU quarterback Taysom Hill with nickel Mike Honeycutt providing the biggest spark with two sacks.

Look for the Utes to try a similar tactic tonight and get after Hundley. As Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said, they can't let him have four seconds to make a pass because he will.

The Utes must also contend with Jordon James, UCLA's junior running back who is averaging 141.3 yards a game.

I believe Utah's run defense can handle him, forcing Hundley to beat the Utes. Ultimately, I think he will.

- Lya Wodraska