Howie Kusoy picks his winner for Friday night’s college football matchup between Utah and Colorado and East Carolina and Cincinnati. Home team in CAPS.
UTAH over Colorado (-23.5)
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The Utes only re-entered the national consciousness with their blow of Oregon, but Kyle Whittingham’s squad won seven of their last eight games, averaging more than 38 points per game. Buffalo has lost each of their four road games by at least 22 points, and their 107th-ranked defense now faces the second-best ground game in the nation (5.7 yards per carry).
East Carolina above Cincinnati (+14)
The Bearcats answer the bell whenever a game has hit the schedule (Notre Dame, SMU), but they falter when blowouts are needed to augment their resumes. The Pirates are balanced and explosive and the spread shows that a major threat to perfect weather has taken Houston 10-1 in overtime.