Southern Utah Thunderbirds (5-4) at BYU Cougars (5-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm (LaVell Edwards Stadium)
The Line: BYU Cougars -30.5 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Southern Utah Thunderbirds and BYU Cougars meet Saturday in a college football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
The Southern Utah Thunderbirds look to stay hot after winning five of their last eight games. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds have lost five of their last six road games. Patrick Tyler is completing 60.1 percent of his passes for 1,643 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Tyler has to continue to be effective through the air for the Thunderbirds to have a chance here. Mike Sharp and Steven Wroblewski have combined for 985 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Brady Measom has 17 receptions. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds ground game is averaging 171.4 yards per contest, and Malik Brown leads the way with 755 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Southern Utah is allowing 29.1 points and 461.6 yards per game. Junior Tufuga leads the Southern Utah Thunderbirds with 57 tackles, Taylor Pili has five sacks and Tyler Collet has four interceptions.
The BYU Cougars have won four of their last five games and are a win away from becoming bowl eligible. The BYU Cougars have won eight of their last nine home games. Taysom Hill is completing 58.9 percent of his passes for 1,737 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hill has one or less touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Nick Kurtz and Jonah Trinnaman have combined for 639 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Colby Pearson has 28 receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 194.2 yards per contest, and Jamaal Williams leads the way with 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, BYU is allowing 23 points and 408.8 yards per game. Francis Bernard leads the BYU Cougars with 64 tackles, Sae Tautu has six sacks and Kai Nacua has five interceptions.
The Thunderbirds are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game. The under is 4-0 in Cougars last 4 games following a straight up win and 4-0 in Cougars last 4 games overall.
Southern Utah is not a good road team, and that's againt teams on its level. Playing on the road in BYU is easily the Thunderbirds toughest game of the season and is likely not going to end well. The BYU Couagrs are playing their best ball of the season right now and hoping to finish strong in order to get a decent bowl game. BYU has a physical defense that will make things tough for Southern Utah, and its physical offensive line will allow the Cougars to do what they want offensively.
I like BYU in a blowout here.