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Two Bold Predictions For Utah Utes/San Diego State Football Game

Sep 18, 2021, 4:20 PM
Britain Covey #18 of the Utah Utes...
Wide receiver Britain Covey #18 of the Utah Utes celebrates a touchdown reception in the third quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
(Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Excluding last year’s strange, covid-shortened season the Utah Utes have not started a football season 1-2 in 14 years. That won’t happen again on Saturday against San Diego State either.

The Utes will win their final non-conference game before Pac-12 play begins on Saturday thanks to these two BOLD predictions for Utah’s game against San Diego State.

CAN’T COVER COVEY

My first bold prediction for the Utes is that wide receiver/returner Britain Covey will find the endzone against the Aztecs. What’s so bold about that? Well, he’s going to do it twice.

Covey will haul in his first receiving touchdown of the season on Saturday. But he will also electrify Utah fan’s with his first punt returned for a touchdown as well.

Covey had three touchdown receptions in 2020, one in each game he played in the shortened season. He also returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in a win against Oregon State last season, the second punt returned for a TD in his career.

LUCKY NUMBER 18

Clark Phillips III returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in 2020 against Washington State. That marked the 17th straight season the Utes defense has had a pick six in a game.

That streak will be extended to 18 straight against San Diego State. Once again it will be Clark Phillips III extending the streak for Utah.

Utah’s defense has just one interception through the first two games this season.

FINAL PREDICTION

If I’m in the prediction business this weekend of course I’m going to take a stab at the final score. Like I said at the beginning of this article, the Utes will not start 1-2 this season.

Utah 38, San Diego State 21.

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