BYU at Utah - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
BYU Cougars (1-0) at Utah Utes (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Rice-Eccles Stadium)
The Line: Utah Utes -3.5 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds
The BYU Cougars and Utah Utes meet late Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium on FOX.
The BYU Cougars look for another road victory after beating Arizona on opening week. Taysom Hill is completing 72.4 percent of his passes for 202 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Hill has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Jonah Trinnaman and Moroni Laulu-Pututau have combined for 98 receiving yards on 10 catches while Colby Pearson has four receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 213 yards per contest, and Jamaal Williams leads the way with 162 yards on 29 carries. Defensively, BYU is allowing 16 points and 328 yards per game. Butch Pau'u leads the Cougars with 19 tackles, Francis Bernard has one sack and Kai Nacua has one pass deflection.
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The Utah Utes look to get off to a quick 2-0 start after destroying the Southern Utah Thunderbirds opening week. Troy Williams is completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 272 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Williams enters this game with career 71 pass attempts. Tim Patrick and Raelon Singleton have combined for 161 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Troy McCormick has three receptions. The Utah Utes ground game is averaging 138 yards per contest, and McCormick leads the way with 55 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Utah is allowing 10 points and 242 yards per game. Cody Barton leads the Utes with 11 tackles, Kylie Fitts has 1.5 sacks and Marcus Williams has one interception.
The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September. The Utes are 12-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cougars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Utah.
Winning two straight road games isn't easy and winning in Utah overall isn't the easiest thing in college football. BYU also struggled to put away Arizona when it had the chance. The Utes lost a lot of talent during the offseason but their defense is still terrific and they showed signs of that opening week. We've made a lot of money off Utah over the years and we're going to continue to back them, especially at home.
Give me the home team and reasonable line.