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Utah vs. Arizona score predictions

Will the Wildcats pull off the upset on Senior Day?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 22 Utah at Arizona Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Arizona Wildcats (4-6, 2-5 Pac-12) will wrap up their home schedule Saturday against the Utah Utes (9-1, 6-1), needing a win to keep their bowl hopes alive.

Utah, meanwhile, is trying to secure a Pac-12 South title and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Kickoff at Arizona Stadium is set for 8 p.m. MST on FOX Sports 1. The Utes are listed as 23-point favorites, and here are some things to watch for.

Below are our score predictions. Be sure to leave yours in the comment section below.

Brian J. Pedersen — Utah wins 38-10

Thinking Arizona can score twice, including a touchdown is about as wishful thinking as you can get with this team at this point in the season. The Wildcats have by no means quit but they also lack any confidence they can succeed. They also have no way of slowing down Utah, so the only hope is that a guy like J.J. Taylor can finish with a strong individual game.

Gabe Encinas — Utah wins 49-14

Arizona outperformed my expectations last week, as I had them losing by 58 points. They won me over in what realistically could have gone way, way worse.

Now they get Utah at home but I don’t think there’s any shot at an upset here. There is just too much distinction on this team right now.

Ronnie Stoffle — Utah wins 38-16

I just can’t see how Arizona wins this game. The only hope is a senior (*cough* Khalil Tate *cough*) or two put together an unbelievable performance for Senior Night. Given what we’ve seen this season, it feels very unlikely that will come to fruition. I hope I’m wrong.

Christian Mortensen — Utah wins 42-17

I so want to pick Arizona to win this game, but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

Growing up, I always felt like the Wildcats were good for one upset at home per season (UCLA in 2005, Cal in 2006 and Oregon a couple different times come to mind), but this team just doesn’t seem to have any of that kind of magic to it.

I see the No. 7 Utes steamrolling Arizona, handing the UA a ridiculous sixth straight loss.

Ryan Kelapire — Utah wins 38-14

I think Utah gets off to an uncharacteristically cold start (thank you, Pac-12 After Dark) and lets Arizona hang around for a while before its offense kicks into gear and Zack Moss, quite literally, runs away with the game.

I just can’t see Arizona and its patchwork offensive line being able to move the ball consistently against the Pac-12’s No. 1 defense.

The thing the Wildcats cannot afford to do is get off to one of their patented slow starts where the game is over in the first quarter.

That is a great way to keep what should already be a small crowd out of the game and make for a depressing senior sendoff.

Brandon Combs — Utah wins 38-24

Last week Arizona showed it had some fight left in it, however, they were just completely outmatched. Most of that was due in large part to an offensive line decimated by injuries. I’m intrigued if the game wouldn’t have been closer had the o-line been healthy....

Moving to this week, I still don’t see the ‘Cats pulling out this one. They always play Utah tough. It should be a close game considering it’s at home and on Senior Night, but I just don’t see the offense gaining traction with the same decimated o-line.

It will still be a valiant effort though.

Matthew Rein — Utah wins 30-23

Almost every year it seems like Arizona pulls off some weird upset against a top 10 opponent. I don’t think that will come to fruition against Utah on Saturday night, but my hunch is that the Cats will stay in it until the end.

Arizona is a massive underdog against Utah, and for good reason. As others here have pointed out, Arizona’s O-Line is a mess and Utah has one of the most stout defenses in the entire country.

However, for one night, let me take Arizona to push the Utes to the brink — stranger things have happened in college football.

Adam Green — Utah wins 41-20

Once upon a time, Arizona had Utah’s number.

Once upon a time, Arizona was good for one major upset home win each season.

Those facts alone could give one confidence in the Cats Saturday night, but the fact that the Utes are good and Arizona is...well...not would indicate the score is likely to go in the wrong direction. If the Wildcats had a healthy offensive line I would give them a puncher’s chance, but they don’t so I won’t.