Utah opens as road dog for Week 5 matchup with Oregon State
Utah is an underdog for the first time this season.
According to early odds from Circa Sports, the 19th-ranked Oregon State Beavers are a two-point favorite over the 10th-ranked Utes in their Week 5 matchup. The over/under is set at 46.
Certainly the early line has something to do with the fact Cameron Rising hasn’t yet played for the Utes this season. And its unclear how healthy the Utes will be when they head to Corvallis.
The expectation for several weeks now was that he would make his debut against UCLA over the weekend. That didn’t happen and second-year quarterback Nate Johnson made his second career start.
The ensuing offensive day was a massive struggle for Utah. Johnson completed nine of his 17 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. It was the lowest passing total the Utes have had in a win since beating BYU with 106 yards on Aug. 29, 2019.
Coach Kyle Whittingham said after the game that Johnson “managed” the game for the Utes, who got a phenomenal defensive performance to power a 14-7 win.
Rising warmed up but ultimately was not available.
“Plan was to have him warm up in full pads and then come in and just change clothes because he was not cleared,” Whittingham said. “Just another opportunity for him to throw and work on his craft. We weren’t trying to trick anybody.”
Now the Utes have a short week to get ready for Oregon State, which will be coming off a 38-35 loss to Washington State.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT on FS1 this Friday.