Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Final Score: UCLA 34, Utah 27
When: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 10 p.m.
UCLA opened the season with a decisive win over the Nevada Wolf Pack, and the Bruins have moved to 3-0 with their smallest margin of victory being 20 points over then-No. 23 Nebraska. This team is ready to dismantle nearly everything—and everyone—in its path.
Both these teams are capable of winning this game, but the nod has to go to UCLA. There are two major advantages on UCLA's side: Brett Hundley and halftime. Hundley is 61-of-92 this season for 848 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions.
Utah's scoring offense is ranked 20th in the country, so this will not be a blowout for UCLA, either. The Utes have had a knack for making games close, regardless of the opponent, and that trend should continue.
The Utes joined the Pac-12 to bolster their program and make runs for national titles. It has taken a few years for them to build up enough to contend with the middle of the pack, but they are there.
UCLA is not in the middle of the pack, but Utah is capable of making life difficult for anyone in the nation.
Prediction: UCLA 45, Utah 35