BYU at Boise State - 10/24/14 CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction
BYU Cougars (4-3) at Boise State Broncos (5-2)
College Football: Friday
The Line: Boise State Broncos -7 -- Over/Under: 57.5 See the Latest Odds
The BYU Cougars and Boise State Broncos square off Friday night at Bronco Stadium.
The BYU Cougars have lost three straight games since Taysom Hill has gone down with an injury and at this point are just hoping they can clinch a bowl game. Christian Stewart, who is BYU’s new starting quarterback, is completing 55 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Stewart is a lot more comfortable running the team, as he’s thrown seven touchdowns and one pick in his last two games. Jamaal Williams is probable for this game despite an ankle injury, and he’s BYU’s main running back with 399 rushing yards and three touchdowns. However, BYU and its running success has dipped since the Hill injury, as the Cougars have just two rushing touchdowns in their last three games compared to 12 in their first four games. Mitch Mathews and Jordan Leslie have combined for more than 800 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, the BYU Cougars are allowing 26.1 points, 387.6 yards, and they’ve forced 13 turnovers and 13 sacks. Craig Bills leads BYU with 39 tackles and Zac Stout has six tackles for loss.
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The Boise State Broncos look to remain unbeaten at home and make a run at the MWC title. Boise State has one of the better running backs in the country in Jay Ajayi, who has 867 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he’s scored five times in his last two games. Grant Hedrick is completing 71.9 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Boise State is 7-4 SU in the regular season when Hedrick throws at least one touchdown. With Matt Miller out for the year, Shane Williams-Rhodes has really improved his game by hauling in a touchdown for three straight games and 10 passes in his last two contests. Boise State has 50 passing plays of 15 or more yards and is averaging more than 11 yards per catch. Defensively, the Boise State Broncos are allowing 27.1 points, 365.9 yards, and they’ve forced 17 turnovers and 22 sacks. Tanner Vallejo leads Boise State with 47 tackles and Beau Martin has nine tackles for loss.
The Cougars are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Broncos are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U. win and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
With or without Taysom Hill, the BYU Cougars are still a tough minded team on sides of the ball and won't go down quietly. I haven't been impressed with Boise State this season. Give me BYU and the free touchdown.