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ARENA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 7/20/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




UTAH (5 - 11) at IOWA (6 - 10)
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Week 18 Saturday, 7/20/2013 8:05 PM
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UTAH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-11-9.44-116-949.526.2303.8(6.1)3.356.327.1264.2(6.4)1.8
Road Games2-6-3.73-52-645.924.7278.2(5.5)2.953.928.4244.7(6.1)1.5
Last 3 Games0-3-2.60-31-245.720.7324.0(6.1)
UTAH - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)49.526.220.433:148-21(2.6)25-4259.2%282(6.8)50-304(6.1)(6.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.51.326.319.631:518-21(2.8)23-3760.3%265(7.1)45-286(6.4)(5.6)
Offense Road Games45.924.719.434:218-11(1.3)25-4358.4%267(6.2)51-278(5.5)(6.1)
Defense (All Games)56.327.118.627:438-24(3.1)20-3461.0%241(7.2)41-264(6.4)(4.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.55.128.419.529:218-21(2.7)22-3562.3%259(7.4)43-280(6.6)(5.1)
Defense Road Games53.928.417.527:318-26(3.4)20-3260.8%219(6.7)40-245(6.1)(4.5)

IOWA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-10-11.16-94-1246.321.9259.5(6)1.748.424.5278.0(6.2)2.2
Home Games2-5-10.82-53-454.326.4296.3(6.5)1.152.624.6309.4(6.7)2.3
Last 3 Games0-3-5.10-31-235.013.3262.7(5.3)
IOWA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)46.321.917.229:356-8(1.3)22-3760.5%252(6.8)43-259(6)(5.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.52.526.819.230:008-21(2.8)22-3661.1%263(7.3)44-284(6.5)(5.4)
Offense Home Games54.326.418.929:196-15(2.3)25-3964.8%282(7.2)45-296(6.5)(5.5)
Defense (All Games)48.424.520.030:519-26(2.9)23-3662.9%252(7)45-278(6.2)(5.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.53.427.619.530:138-23(2.9)22-3661.1%259(7.3)44-283(6.5)(5.3)
Defense Home Games52.624.621.331:419-26(2.8)24-3764.6%283(7.7)46-309(6.7)(5.9)
Average power rating of opponents played: UTAH 54,  IOWA 51.6
UTAH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
5/25/2013@ SAN JOSE34-35L8W112U6--425-49-28531--222-38-2402
6/3/2013@ SAN ANTONIO41-42L-4L97.5U6-926-38-232512-2516-30-2032
6/8/2013@ CHICAGO43-67L5L105O6-1123-43-23727-823-36-3100
6/21/2013@ SPOKANE41-80L10L115O9--230-45-36259-6122-29-2471
6/29/2013SAN JOSE49-57L6.5L109.5U13-4625-39-30226-1826-40-2692
7/6/2013NEW ORLEANS49-63L-3.5L104O14-7625-38-28537-2616-25-2852
7/12/2013@ PHILADELPHIA39-69L18L108.5U14-2324-42-240110-3617-24-1781
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IOWA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
5/25/2013@ ARIZONA26-70L14.5L105U1--422-40-22656-1125-31-2941
6/1/2013TAMPA BAY62-65L0L106O4-1125-34-263015-6626-39-2581
6/7/2013@ CLEVELAND37-33W-12L101.5U0-022-32-20519-2530-47-2382
6/15/2013SAN JOSE73-68W0W97O5-933-45-37627-1228-39-3862
6/22/2013@ PHILADELPHIA30-54L11L107.5U5--1128-47-269412-5012-15-1421
6/29/2013SAN ANTONIO34-35L-7.5L98U5-1121-41-249111-4621-37-2313
7/13/2013@ ORLANDO41-55L6.5L95O5-1025-45-26048-1618-25-2423
UTAH: The Utah Blaze, blessed with one of the most electric attacks in the Arena Football League in 2012, experienced a fair amount of turnover in their receiving corps during the offseason. Tysson Poots, one of the toughest young receivers in the game, bolted to division rival Arizona. Similarly, Alvance Robinson, who posted 1,015 receiving yards in 10 games with the Blaze last season, has been assigned to another ArenaBowl contender in Philadelphia. The Blaze didn't waste time mourning, however, bringing in potent weapons in L.J. Castile, who recorded 1,196 receiving yards for New Orleans last season, and Jared Jenkins, who reeled off 119 receptions for 1,610 yards as a rookie with the Milwaukee Mustangs last year. Castile and Jenkins will join Aaron Lesue ' who more than doubled his touchdown total from 27 in 2011 to 56 last season ' in providing Utah with a three-headed monster at the receiver position. Where it matters most, however, the Blaze have remained stable, with quarterback Tommy Grady coming back after a record-breaking year in Salt Lake City and Ben Stallings, the franchise's all-time leading rusher, returning to Utah for a third year. So long as the Blaze have Tommy 'The Tower' Grady, who accumulated an unbelievable 5,870 passing yards and 142 touchdowns last season, they will be head and shoulders above most defenses in the AFL ' literally and figuratively. On the defensive side of the ball, 'Sack Lake City' took a bit of a hit themselves with the departure of Mike Lewis, who compiled 23 sacks during his two years in Utah. Utah will now rely on Mike Alston to help keep offensive lines from doubling up on Caesar Rayford, who is the franchise record holder with 23.5 career sacks, and Keenan Mace, who flashed All-Arena potential as a rookie nose guard last season. With Mace and Rayford still donning the orange and black, the Blaze should be able to generate an above-average pass rush, which when combined with experienced defensive backs in Al Phillips and Josh Ferguson should lead to poise in their pass defense. Phillips and Ferguson will need to emerge as leaders, however, given that the Blaze have five rookie defensive backs on their roster at the moment, and veteran leader David Hyland remains a free agent. While the spotlight will surely shine on the Blaze as they attempt to wrest West Division supremacy from the Rattlers, attention should also be paid to an emerging rivalry between Utah and Spokane, from which the Blaze took offensive lineman Shannon Tevaga, as well as Alston and Ferguson.
IOWA: Perhaps the biggest question Iowa fans are asking right now is WWJD?: What will Jesse do? Jesse Schmidt remains unassigned and rumors have swirled since the end of last season that the Barnstormers perennial All-Arena receiver may call it a career. Should Schmidt not return, the biggest hurdle standing in the way of Iowa's first postseason berth in more than a decade is whether quarterback J.J. Raterink can find a favorite target to replace one of the all-time greats. Marco Thomas would seem to be a top candidate, as he flew under the radar with a 138-reception, 1,523-yard season in Schmidt's shadow last year. Receivers Collin Taylor and Darius Reynolds will also be back in 2013. However, it's the defensive side of the ball where the Barnstormers figure to make their biggest improvements. Iowa should be particularly strong on the defensive line, where Mike Lewis and Rodney Gnat join forces. Lewis began his career in Iowa, before serving as an All-Arena defensive lineman with the Utah Blaze for the past two seasons. Fresh off a 12.5-sack season, Lewis should provide star power to a line that already featured Gnat, who as a rookie in 2012, was named a captain right out of training camp and backed up the billing with a team-high five sacks during the regular season. Jack linebacker John Mohring proved to be a quality starter in his first year with the team in 2012 as well, totaling 45 tackles and scoring touchdowns off an interception, fumble recovery and kick return last season. Defensive back Jason Simpson, coming off a 10-pick season, should ensure that the Barnstormers remain strong in the secondary. He has posted 100-plus tackles in each of the past two seasons. Filling in the rest of the secondary will be a tough task. Though Ter'Ran Benton was certainly promising last year in limited appearances, the defection of leading-tackler Cameron McGlenn to Spokane in the offseason will be the most difficult hole to fill defensively. Kicking, however, will not be an issue, as the team brought in veteran Chris Gould, who made nine of 10 field goal attempts last season with the Arizona Rattlers.

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