Utah vs. BYU - 12/19/15 College Football Las Vegas Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
BYU Cougars (9-3) at Utah Utes (9-3)
College Football: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Sam Boyd Stadium)
The Line: Utah Utes -2.5 -- Over/Under: 54 See the Latest Odds
The BYU Cougars and Utah Utes meet Saturday afternoon in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium.
The BYU Cougars look for their fifth bowl victory since the 2009 season. Tanner Mangum is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,062 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Mangum has six touchdown passes in his last three games. Mitch Matthews and Devon Blackmon have combined for 1,301 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Nick Kurtz has 35 receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 133 yards per contest, and Algernon Brown leads the way with 697 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, BYU is allowing 21.8 points and 358.1 yards per game. Michael Wadsworth leads the Cougars with 79 tackles, Kai Nacua has six interceptions and Bronson Kaufusi has 10.5 sacks.
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The Utah Utes look to win double-digit games for the first time since the 2010 season. Travis Wilson is completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 2,024 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Wilson has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Britain Covey and Kenneth Scott have combined for 966 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Harrison Handley has 19 receptions. The Utah Utes ground game is averaging 187.7 yards per contest, and Devontae Booker leads the way with 1,261 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Utah is allowing 21.8 points and 365.2 yards per game. Gionni Paul leads the Utes with 109 tackles, Marcus Williams has five interceptions and Kylie Fitts has six sacks. Britain Covey and Devontae Booker are doubtful while Kenneth Scott is questionable.
BYU is always getting looked over by oddmakers and betters, but the Cougars always play tough on both sides of the ball and often end up winning and covering spreads. Utah has a very poor quarterback and remains without its workhorse in Booker. BYU is the better team than Utah given the injuries.
I see the Cougars winning this game outright. I simply don't trust Utah without Booker getting his 30-plus carries a game.