There have been quite a few low points for the Arizona Wildcats during what is now a five-game losing streak, a skid that has taken this season from promising to lost in a little more than a month. And while they can still make a bowl game with wins in their final two regular season games, the odds of that aren’t very good.
Vegas agrees, since the oddsmakers have installed Arizona (4-6, 2-5 Pac-12) as a major underdog for its home finale against the Utah Utes on Saturday.
Per VegasInsider.com, Utah (9-1, 6-1) is favored by 21. The line opened at 24 but has dropped since then, though it’s still the largest point spread the Wildcats have had as a home underdog in more than 13 years.
Arizona was a 21-point home dog against USC in September 2006, a game it lost 20-3 but covered. The two other times the Wildcats were dogs of 20 or more at home since 2003 they failed to score, losing 38-0 to Cal in October 2004 as a 23.5-point dog and 45-0 to USC in November 2003 as a 30.5-point dog.
Utah is riding a six-game win streak and can clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 South Division title with a win in Tucson. The Utes, who won the division last year, are also eighth in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings.