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BYU Cougars vs. Washington Huskies Fight Hunger Bowl Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/27/13

Washington Huskies (8-4) at BYU Cougars (8-4)

College Football: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm (AT&T Park)

The Line: BYU Cougars +3 -- Over/Under: 57.5 See the Latest Odds


The BYU Cougars play the Washington Huskies in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday.

The BYU Cougars finished the season with an 8-4 overall record. The Cougars recorded six wins against teams going to bowl games, including an impressive 40-21 win over Texas back in September. BYU averages 264.6 yards rushing with dual-threat QB Taysom Hill, 28 total touchdowns, and RB Jamaal Williams leading the way. LB Kyle Van Noy looks to follow-up last season’s star turn in the Poinsettia Bowl with another strong effort. BYU boasts a top 25 scoring defense, but the Cougars figure to be test by an explosive Huskies’ offense. BYU’s defense could struggle if LB Spencer Hadley, NT Manumaleuna, and CB Daniel aren’t able to return from late-season injuries. The Cougars have won a school-record four consecutive bowl games.

BYU Cougars vs. Washington Huskies Fight Hunger Bowl Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/27/13

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Washington finished the season with a 8-4 overall record and 5-4 in the Pac-12. The Huskies won four of their last five games and finished third in the Pac-12 North Division, behind Stanford and Oregon. The Huskies made a big splash by hiring Chris Peterson away from Boise State this month, but their new coach will be a casual observer when the Huskies play on Friday. Steve Sarkisian has left for USC, so quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo will lead the Huskies against BYU. Senior QB Keith Price missed a game after suffering a shoulder injury against UCLA on Nov. 15, but he accounted for two touchdowns in a 27-17 win over Washington State in the regular-season finale. Defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha had 10 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss to lead the Huskies, who converted 16 of 22 takeaways into scores. Washington is looking to win nine games for the first time since 2000, when Tuiasosopo was the Huskies’ starting quarterback.

These teams have split meetings in a series that began in 1985. BYU has won its past three games against the Huskies, including a 23-17 victory in 2010. The Fight Hunger Bowl marks the teams’ first meeting in a bowl game. I think Washington has more weapons on both sides of the ball. BYU has some injury concerns and Hill will not be enough for the Cougars to earn a victory. The Huskies win this game by 10.

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