West Virginia vs. BYU - 9/24/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
BYU Cougars (1-2) at West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm (FedExField)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The BYU Cougars and West Virginia Mountaineers meet early Saturday afternoon at FedExField on ESPN2.
The BYU Cougars could use a big bounce back victory to get themselves back to a .500 record. Taysom Hill is completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 628 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Hill has three touchdown passes on his last 150 pass attempts. Moroni Laulu-Pututau and Nick Kurtz have combined for 258 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jonah Trinnaman has 11 receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 126.3 yards per contest, and Jamaal Williams leads the way with 248 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, BYU is allowing 17.7 points and 349.3 yards per game. Butch Pau'u leads the Cougars with 37 tackles, Francis Bernard has one sack and Kai Nacua has three interceptions.
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The West Virginia Mountaineers look to remain undefeated after enjoying a bye last week. Skyler Howard is completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 642 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Howard has 10 touchdown passes in his last three games. Daikiel Shorts Jr. and Shelton Gibson have combined for 434 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Ka'Raun White has seven receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 238 yards per contest, and Rushel Shell III leads the way with 174 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, West Virginia is allowing 16 points and 433.5 yards per game. Rasul Douglas leads the Mountaineers with 14 tackles, Justin Arndt has one sack and Al-Rasheed Benton has one interception.
The Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
You could have gotten WVU at -3.5 odds at one point, so this line has shot through the roof in about 24 hours. Not a lot of love for BYU. And while I hate to be with the betting public, I have to agree. Wiliams has struggled running the football and Hill looks like a shell of himself since returning from injury. West Virginia continues to put points on the board in truckloads and it's had an extra week to prepare. West Virginia has way too much firepower for BYU to keep up.
The Mountaineers win this game by double digits.