We’re less than 48 hours now from UW’s first road Pac-12 game of the season at Utah. And as kickoff nears, the betting line has suddenly begun moving markedly in Utah’s favor.
After Utah opened at a 7-point favorite, the line today has shot up to Utah by as much as 10 in some places. The line moves without any public explanation, so it’s left to conjecture to figure out why. One person wrote me that a well-known handicapper had made Utah one of his bets of the week and maybe that was why. Or maybe it’s simply people looking at all the trends that seem to favor Utah — such as the 6-0 record coming off in-season byes — or that Salt Lake is close to Las Vegas.
And of course, it means nothing come kickoff. The line also moved pretty widely in Cal’s favor last week — UW was favored by three when the week opened and the Bears were favored by as much as two in some places by the time Saturday rolled around. We all know how that turned out.
And for what it’s worth, UW is 3-1 against the spread this year (losing only in the opener against Eastern) while Utah is 1-2. So look hard enough, and you can find a trend to support just about whatever theory you may have on this one.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller wrote a nice feature earlier today on Keith Price.
— Miller also has this video preview of the game.
— Former Husky Brock Huard with some good stuff breaking down Chris Polk’s TD catch last week.
— Joel McHale — yes, THAT Joel McHale — writes about his time as a walk-on at UW. And interestingly enough, I have a 1992 UW media guide close at hand and it lists a “Joel McHale, TE, 6-4, 215, Mercer Island” on the fall roster.
— The Salt Lake Tribune writes about Utah’s strong running back tradition.
— The Deseret News writes about the return to Utah of Cort Dennison.
— The Deseret News also notes that Utah coach Kyle Whittingham says his team has had a good week of practice (as well as leading with a note on RB John White IV).
— GoHuskies.com also writes about Dennison.
— Utah’s version of Bob Rondeau writes that the Utes now get their chance to prove themselves.
— KSL.com has some interesting notes in its preview of the game.
— Cal QB Zach Maynard says Colorado was louder than Husky Stadium and that he also was sick to his stomach for most of Saturday night about that final pass.
All for now.