By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 22 Northwestern Wildcats face the No. 17 Utah Utes on New Year’s Eve in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. The game will be played at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, California.
The game will kick off at 7 pm EST on FS!.
The Wildcats have an 8-5 record. Five of their eight wins have come on the road (5-1 overall).
The Utes bring a 9-4 record into this Bowl game. Four of their nine wins have come on the road (4-3 overall).
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Wildcats have a 63% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives Northwestern a 60% chance to win this game.
This is the third meeting all-time between these two teams. However, this is the first meeting between these two teams since the 1981 season.
Utah won the last meeting over Northwestern with a 42-0 win on September 26th, 1981. The Wildcats won their game over the Utes with a 13-6 win on October 8th, 1927.
Northwestern has a 4-10 all-time record in Bowl games. They are on a two-game Bowl win streak.
Their last Bowl win came in a 24-23 win over the Kentucky Wildcats in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on December 29th, 2017 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Their last Bowl loss came in a 45-6 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers in the Outback Bowl on January 1st, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
The Utes have a 17-4 all-time record in Bowl games. Utah has won their last five Bowl games.
Their last Bowl win came in a 30-14 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on December 26th, 2017 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Their last Bowl loss came in a 26-3 loss in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on December 22nd, 2010 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Whitney, Nevada.
The Wildcats lost their last regular season came in a 45-24 loss to No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Conference Championship game on December 1st. Their last regular season win came in a 24-16 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 24th.
Northwestern is averaging 23.7 points per game. Their offense is averaging 356.8 total yards per contest.
Their defense is allowing 23.5 points per contest. In addition, their defense is allowing 390.7 total yards per game.
Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson has gone 278 if 459 for 2,942 yards. He also had 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Isaiah Bowser leads the Wildcats backs with 174 carries for 796 yards and six touchdowns. Flynn Nagel leads the Wildcats receivers with 66 receptions for 759 yards and two touchdowns.
The Utes lost their last regular season came in a 10-3 loss to the No. 11 Washington Huskies in the Pac-12 Conference Championship game on November 30th. Their last win came in a 35-27 win over the BYU Cougars on November 24th.
Utah is averaging 28.7 points per game. Their offense is averaging 396 total yards per contest.
Their defense is averaging 18.5 points per game. In addition, their defense is allowing 315.1 total yards per game.
Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley has gone 150 of 234 for 1,788 yards. He also had 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Zack Moss leads the Utes backs with 179 carries for 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns. Britain Covey leads the Utes receivers with 60 receptions for 637 yards and one touchdown.
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