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Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars - 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

TV: FOX

The BYU Cougars will travel to play the Utah Utes in a rivalry game in week 2.

The Utah Utes are 1-0 this season after beating Southern Utah by a score of 24-0 in their first game. Utah dominated this game on defense, giving up only 158 yards. The Utah offense had 24 points with 298 passing yards and 138 rushing yards in their victory. Troy Williams threw for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns for Utah. Troy McCormick rushed for 55 yards and 1 touchdown for the Utes. Tim Patrick caught 5 passes for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns for Utah. The Utah defense allowed 0 points with 116 rushing yards and 42 passing yards in their shutout victory. Cody Barton led the Utah defense with 11 tackles, while Marcus Williams added 4 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception for Utah. Andy Phillips went 1-2 on field goals for Utah, with a long of 26 yards.

Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The BYU Cougars are 1-0 this season after beating Arizona by a score of 18-16. BYU had to come from behind for the victory by kicking a very late field goal to get by Arizona. The BYU offense had 18 points with 213 rushing yards and 202 passing yards in their win. Taysom Hill threw for 202 yards and 1 touchdown for BYU. Jamaal Williams rushed for 162 yards for the Cougars. Jonah Trinnaman led the BYU receivers with 6 receptions for 49 yards. The BYU defense allowed 16 points with 213 passing yards and 115 rushing yards in their victory. Butch Pau’u led BYU on defense with 8 tackles and 1 sack, while Kai Nacua and Franci Bernard each added an interception. Rhett Almond and Jake Oldroyd both went 1-1 on field goals for BYU in the opening win.

BYU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 September games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The over is 4-1 in BYU’s last 5 games following an ATS win. Utah is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record. The under is 8-2 in Utah’s last 10 home games. The over is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 meetings at Utah. BYU is 0-4 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.

BYU played very well on defense in their opening win against Arizona and will have to win another low scoring game against Utah. Utah has a very good defense, but has some questions on offense. BYU quarterback, Taysom Hill, is an electrifying player and I think he will be the difference in this game. I like BYU here. 

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