Nate Johnson, Top Utah vs. UCLA Players to Watch – Week 4

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 18, 2023

At Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, the Utah Utes (3-0) face the UCLA Bruins (3-0).

The Utes last hit the field against the Weber State Wildcats, and they prevailed 31-7. The Bruins picked up a 59-7 victory last time out against the North Carolina Central Eagles.

Nate Johnson finished with 193 yards on 13-21 passing (61.9%) in the Utes’ last game, throwing one touchdown, plus 16 rushing attempts for 71 yards and one rushing touchdown. Ja’Quinden Jackson ran for 69 yards on nine attempts. Munir McClain gained 92 yards on three receptions.

For the Bruins in their last game, Dante Moore finished with eight completions on 12 attempts (66.7%) for 182 yards, adding two touchdowns. Anthony Adkins carried the ball 10 times for 96 yards and one touchdown. Kam Brown hauled in two passes for 74 yards with one touchdown.

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Utah Players to Watch

  • Johnson has thrown for 281 yards while completing 68.8% of his passes (22-of-32), with one touchdown and zero interceptions this year (93.7 yards per game). He’s also carried the ball 33 times for 148 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 49.3 yards per game.
  • Jackson has run for a team-leading 213 yards on 33 carries (71.0 yards per game).
  • This season Money Parks has eight catches and leads the team with 138 yards (46.0 per game) while scoring two touchdowns.
  • Mikey Matthews has also contributed with 120 yards on 10 catches. He puts up 40.0 receiving yards per game this year.
  • McClain has caught three passes for 92 yards, averaging 92.0 yards per game this year.

UCLA Players to Watch

  • Moore has thrown for 615 yards while completing 62.7% of his passes (32-of-51), with seven touchdowns and one interception this year (205.0 yards per game).
  • Carson Steele has churned out a team-best 243 rushing yards (81.0 per game) and two touchdowns. He has added seven receptions for 50 yards (16.7 yards per game) and one TD.
  • TJ Harden has run for 233 yards on 25 carries (77.7 yards per game), with two touchdowns on the ground this year.
  • J.Michael Sturdivant has racked up nine receptions for 219 yards, best on his team, and two touchdowns. He averages 73.0 receiving yards per game.
  • Logan Loya has hauled in seven catches for 114 yards (38.0 yards per game) and one touchdown.
  • This season Josiah Norwood has caught three passes for 102 yards and one touchdown, averaging 51.0 receiving yards per game.

Utah vs. UCLA Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Utah -3.5 -105 -115 50.5 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

Off. Points per Game (Rank) 25.0 (90) 40.3 (28)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 10.3 (10) 10.0 (7)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 1 (4) 6 (98)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 5 (44) 8 (7)

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