Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl - Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars - 12/19/15 College Football 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 -3 -- Over/Under: 54 See the Latest Odds
The BYU Cougars will play the Utah Utes in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Game.
The Utah Utes were 9-3 this season and finished tied for first in the Pac-12 South Division. The Utah offense is averaging 30.4 points per game with 189.1 passing yards per game and 187.8 rushing yards per game. Travis Wilson is the quarterback for Utah who is completing 62.4% of his passes for 2024 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Wilson has also rushed for 467 yards and 6 touchdowns for Utah. The leading rusher, Devontae Booker, is injured and will not play in this game. Joe Williams has 386 rushing yards and 1 touchdown for Utah. Britain Covey has 518 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for Utah. Kenneth Scott has 448 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for the Utes. The Utah defense is giving up 21.8 points per game with 253.4 passing yards per game and 111.8 rushing yards per game. Gionni Paul has 109 tackles and 3 sacks, while Marcus Williams has 5 interceptions for Utah. Utah is +8 in turnover margin this season.
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The BYU Cougars were 9-3 this season and was the second best Independent team in the country. The BYU offense is averaging 37.3 points per game with 294.9 passing yards per game and 133.1 rushing yards per game. Tanner Mangum is the quarterback for BYU who is completing 62.1% of his passes for 3062 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Algernon Brown has 697 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for BYU. Adam Hine has 326 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for the Cougars. Mitch Mathews has 729 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns for BYU. Devon Blackmon has 572 receiving yards for BYU. The BYU defense is giving up 21.8 points per game with 213.3 passing yards per game and 144.8 rushing yards per game. Micha Wadsworth has 79 tackles, Bronson Kaufusi has 11 sacks, and Kai Nacua has 6 interceptions for BYU. BYU is +7 in turnover margin this season.
Utah struggled to end the season going 1-2 in their final three games, with their only win coming against Colorado. Without Devontae Booker, this Utah team really struggles and I expect that to continue in this game. I really do not trust Utah’s quarterback to go out and win the game, so Utah will have to play a great defensive game if they want to win. BYU finished the season winning 7 out of their last 8 games and will have plenty of confidence coming into this game. BYU has one of the better passing attacks in the country, so Utah’s defense will have to try to contain Mangum. I really like BYU in this game and think they have a chance to win outright.