UConn at BYU - 10/2/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Connecticut Huskies (2-2) at BYU Cougars (2-2)
College Football: Friday, October 2, 2015 at 10:15 pm (LaVell Edwards Stadium)
The Line: BYU Cougars -18.5 -- Over/Under: 45.5 See the Latest Odds
The Connecticut Huskies and BYU Cougars square off Friday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
The Connecticut Huskies look for a monster road win to get a game above a .500 record. Bryant Shirreffs is completing 65 percent of his passes for 847 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Shirreffs is currently fourth in the AAC in completion percentage. Noel Thomas and Tyraiq Beals have combined for 428 receiving yards and one touchdown while Arkeel Newsome has 11 receptions. The Connecticut Huskies ground game is averaging 108.2 yards per contest, and Newsome leads the way with 153 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, UConn is allowing 17.3 points and 295.3 yards per game. Andrew Adams leads the Huskies with 34 tackles, Folorunso Fatukasi has 2.5 sacks and Obi Melifonwu has two pass deflections.
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The BYU Cougars need a win to get back on track after back-to-back losses. Tanner Mangum is completing 57.9 percent of his passes for 719 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Mangum threw for just 55 yards in the blowout loss to Michigan. Mitchell Juergens and Mitch Mathews have combined for 439 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Devon Blackmon has 15 receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 103.7 yards per contest, and Adam Hiné leads the way with 312 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, BYU is allowing 26.8 points and 414 yards per game. Michael Wadsworth leads the Cougars with 32 tackles, Harvey Langi has four sacks and Kai Nacua has four interceptions. Adam Hine, Harvey Langi and Algernon Brown are questionable.
The Huskies are 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 road games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games in October. The Cougars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in October.
Not sure how anybody can lay double-digit points with a BYU team that's needed multiple Hail Mary magic and is coming off a 31-0 loss to an average Michigan team. UConn outplayed Missouri on the road and put a scare into Navy last week. The Huskies are great defensively and have improved a little on the offensive side.
BYU wins this game, but the Huskies keep it close as usual.