Utah enters the year as a favorite in the Pac-12, with pretty high expectations. They're adding a big piece to the defensive line just weeks before the season, in transfer Mufi Hill-Hunt.
The Salt Lake City native is returning home after a trying career at Michigan State. He joined the Spartans in the 2015 class, as a three-star recruit.
247Sports composite ranked Hill-Hunt No. 746 overall in the class. He was the No. 36 weakside defensive end, and the No. 8 recruit in Utah.
Unfortunately, his time at MSU was marred by injury. After redshirting as a freshman in 2016 following a late enrollment due to an LDS mission, he played in two games in 2017 before a season ending knee injury. He did not play at all in 2018.
Now, he is off to the Utes, where he will have two years to play two. According to 247Sports, he will walk-on at Utah, and is eligible to play right away, since he graduated from Michigan State this year.
Given how Mufi Hill-Hunt's time at Michigan State went, we're sure there will be plenty of Utes fans on his side.
The Utes open the season in under two weeks. They open with rival BYU on Thursday, August 29 on the road. FanDuel has Utah, which is ranked No. 15 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll, as a 5.5-point road favorite in that one.
Sportsbooks have set Utah's over/under for wins on the season at nine, and they currently have the best odds to win the Pac-12, at +260, per MyBookie, ahead of even the Pac-12 North powers Washington and Oregon in large part due to an easier division schedule in the South.