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Weber State Wildcats Vs. Utah Utes Score Prediction, Game Day Storylines

Sep 15, 2023, 1:13 PM

SALT LAKE CITY – We are around 24 hours away from the Utah Utes wrapping up out-of-conference play against the Weber State Wildcats which means it’s time for storylines and a game prediction.

Expectations are high for the No. 12 Utes after they proved they have guts and moxy on the road eeking-out a fourth quarter victory under quarterback Nate Johnson to go 2-0. The big hope for the Utes this week is to get some extra practice in to polish up their depth behind the starters and get out of the game injury-free.

Before game day, make sure you are in the know about important storylines, and questions surrounding the game as well as a score prediction for Utah versus Baylor.

 

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Three Storylines For Weber State Vs. Utah

  1. Nate Johnson- Johnson is the latest hero for the Utes after leading them on back-to-back scoring drives in the fourth quarter against Baylor to tie and eventually win the game. Not only did the effort win the game for Utah, it earned Johnson the second-string job behind starter Cam Rising after initially coming into the season as the fourth-string guy. Over the past two seasons, Johnson has gotten quite a bit of play, but mostly with his feet. Presumably he will be starting against Weber State and fans will get to see more of what he can do passing the ball.
  2. Cam Rising – Will fans finally get to see QB1 out on the field this week? There has been some talk he could get the all-clear from his doctors for this one and Utah might want to give him a series or two to knock some rust off in a fairly safe environment. Does that happen? I still believe we likely don’t see Bad Moon till Pac-12 play, but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.
  3. Checking Out Utah’s Cupboard – Head coach Kyle Whittingham has mentioned a few times that there are pros and cons to starting the season with two P5 teams versus mostly FCS teams. The biggest pro is you get a real sense of where you are at in comparison to other top talent in the country early on. The con is it is maybe a little hard to get a feel for where your backups and depth are at. This Weber State game however should provide the Utah coaches ample chances to evaluate their team behind the starters without needing to “play it safe” and it could be very interesting to see how some guys look.

 

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Two Questions Heading Into Weber State Vs. Utah

  1. What does the offense look like fully under Nate Johnson? We’ve gotten some sampling of what Nate Johnson can do (mostly of what he can do with his legs), but what does this thing look like when the plan is fully for him and he’s given more discretion to throw the ball? The Wildcats obviously won’t be the toughest test for Johnson, but they are a great team to break him in and see what he can do for the offense until Rising is ready to come back.
  2. Who plays, how much, and who sits out? This is a game that Utah could play all of their backups and still be fine in. Will that primarily be what they do, or will they want to let some of their starters in to just continue cleaning somethings up? How long will guys stay in before they get switched out? To me, it will be interesting to see how the Utes choose to use this final out-of-conference game before heading into what looks like to be one of the toughest Pac-12 schedules Utah has ever played.

 

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Weber State Vs. Utah Score Prediction

Utah should win this handily and I expect them to drop some points even if Rising and the starters on offense don’t play much, while also preventing points on defense.

  • Utah, 45-10

Tell us what you think? Give your best score predictions in the comments for Weber State Vs. Utah.

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on XInstagram, and Threads: @BodkinKSLsports

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Weber State Wildcats Vs. Utah Utes Score Prediction, Game Day Storylines