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Utah QB Cam Rising's Possible Status Against UCLA Changes In Peculiar Fashion

Utah quarterback Cam Rising hasn't played since tearing his ACL in the Rose Bowl last season
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Utah has limped through the first three weeks of the season to a 3-0 start both figuratively and literally.

The No. 11 in the country team has been ravaged by injuries, as they have been without nearly a dozen players thus far with one of them being star quarterback Cam Rising. He is widely viewed as one of the best signal callers in the country but has been sidelined since tearing his ACL against Penn State in last year's Rose Bowl. 

With a huge matchup this week against No. 22 UCLA, who has found a rising star in five-star freshman Dante Moore, Utes fans were concerned. 

Sep 16, 2023; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Utes quarterback Cameron Rising (7) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Weber State Wildcats at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

However, based on a report from Action Network's Brett McMurphy who noticed a fairly significant shift in the odds, the belief is that Rising will make his debut. McMurphy noted that Utah went from being a 4.5-point favorite to a six-point favorite. 

Head coach Kyle Whittingham recently raved about how good Rising looked, and noted he was a full participant in practice. 

In his absence, Bryson Barnes started and was the hero against Florida in Week 1, while Nate Johnson came in for Barnes in Week 2 against Baylor and led them to a come-from-behind victory. Johnson then was given the start in Week 3 against Weber State leading the Utes to a blowout victory.

Utes fans have to be thrilled with this development as they look to win their third-straight Pac-12 title and maybe make the College Football Playoff.