Fight Hunger Bowl BYU Cougars vs. Washington Huskies Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/27/13
Washington Huskies (8-4) at BYU Cougars (8-4)
College Football: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm (AT&T Park)
The Line: BYU Cougars +3 -- Over/Under: 57.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Brigham Young Cougars and the Washington Huskies clash in the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park.
When the season ended there was little arguing that Brigham Young had built a solid record but in the losses the offense was flat with 17 points or less. The Cougars generally scored points in victories but in my view the defense was the star of this team with 384 yards and 21 points allowed. The offense certainly wasn't a slouch especially when winning and overall averaged an impressive 495 yards and 31 points behind the #10 rushing attack that produced 275 yards. Taysom Hill drove this offense with his arm and legs although putting the ball in the air was an iffy proposition at times. Hill completed 54% of his throws for 2,645 yards for 19 TD's and 13 picks with Cody Coffman leading the team with 45 catches for 727 yards. Mitch Matthews and Skyler Ridley combined for nearly 800 yards on 57 receptions to give the passing attack several options. Hill did his best work with his legs as he ran for a team high 1,211 yards on 211 carries with Jamaal Williams right on his tail with 1,202 yards on 204 totes.
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Washington began 2013 at 4-0 before an 0-3 skid and then finished the year strong by winning four of five. However the big news is the Huskies lured Chris Petersen away from Boise State so there is some unknowns on the UW sideline. The defense was strong enough in their wins and not so much in losses and overall allowed 381 yards and 23 points. The Washington offense oftn stole the show with 514 yards and over 38 points behind strong rushing and passing attacks. Keith Price was very productive through the air with 2,843 yards on over 65% with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. Kevin Smith caught 45 balls for 722 yards followed by Jaydon Mickens with 62 receptions for 681 yards. Kasen Williams (29-421) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (33-413) gave Price quality options all over the field. When Washington decided to run they gave the ball to work horse Bishop Sankey who amassed 1,775 yards on a monster 306 carries.
BYU is tough to go against with their defense but I think the Cougars have struggled too much. It's Washington for me right now and I'll finalize by game day...