BYU Cougars vs. Virginia Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 9/20/14
Virginia Cavaliers (2-1) at BYU Cougars (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm (LaVell Edwards Stadium)
The Line: BYU Cougars -14 -- Over/Under: 50 See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers travel out to Utah to play the BYU Cougars on Saturday afternoon.
The Virginia Cavaliers improved to 2-1 on the year after beating Louisville 23-21 last weekend. The Cavaliers lost to UCLA in week one and beat Richmond in the second week of the season. Virginia ended an 11-game ACC losing streak and a 10-game skid against FBS-level competition. Virginia also knocked off a Louisville team that had won seven straight road games. Virginia produced 285 total yards, while allowing 282 total yards to the Cardinals. The game consisted of 7 turnovers and a combined 14 penalties. Virginia QB Greyson Lambert completed only 13 of 24 passes for 162 yards to go along with one touchdown and one interception. WR Miles Gooch caught a team-high 4 balls for 78 yards and a touchdown. RB Kevin Parks carried the ball 22 times for 66 yards. Virginia K Ian Frye booted field goals of 35, 47, and 42 yards, the last of which gave the Cavaliers the lead for good. Virginia will now head out on the road for a tough test in a hostile environment.
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The BYU Cougars improved to 3-0 on the year after beating Houston 33-25 on Thursday night. The Cougars defeated UConn and Texas on the road before winning their home opener last week. Against Houston, BYU jumped out to a 16-0 lead but then they made several mistakes down the stretch that almost cost them the game. The Cougars produced 523 total yards while holding Houston to only 325 total yards. The Cougars turned the ball over three times and committed a whopping 11 penalties for 98 yards. QB Taysom Hill completed 21 of 34 passes for 300 yards to go along with one touchdown and two interceptions. Hill also rushed for a team-high 160 yards on 26 carries, while RB Jamaal Williams rushed for 139 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns. WR Jordan Leslie led the team in receiving with 6 catches for 79 yards. The BYU defense that had given up only 17 combined points in their first two games, allowed 25 points against Houston. BYU will stay at home for their next two games.
BYU is a solid team that could be ranked in the top 10 sometime this year if they keep taking care of business. Virginia is hungry after a miserable season last year. This will be the Cavaliers first road game and I’m not sure how they will play in such a tough environment out in Utah. I think the UVA defense can contain Hill and the BYU offense to certain extent, but not enough to earn them a win. I’ll take BYU to win the game, but I’ll take the points with UVA.