Wyoming vs. BYU: Poinsettia Bowl - 12/21/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
BYU Cougars (8-4) at Wyoming Cowboys (8-5)
College Football: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Qualcomm Stadium)
The Line: Wyoming Cowboys +7.5 -- Over/Under: 59 See the Latest Odds
The BYU Cougars and Wyoming Cowboys will face off at Qualcomm Stadium in the San Diego County Union Poinsettia Bowl on ESPN.
The BYU Cougars had arguably the best 8-4 season in College Football this season as BYU lost its four games by just a combined 9 points with two of those four losses coming against teams that finished the season in the top-25. BYU however, did suffer a huge loss in their season finale victory over Utah State, as the Cougars lost QB Taysom Hill for the season due to an elbow injury. On the season, BYU averaged 30.0 ppg on 406.3 total yards per game (206.4 passing, 199.9 rushing). Offensively, BYU was led by their rushing attack of RB Jamaal Williams (23.1 Att/g, 129.4 yds/g, 11 TD) and QB Taysom Hill (11.3 Att/g, 49.9 yds/g, 8 TD). QB Taysom Hill (59.7 Comp %, 12 TD, 11 INT, 193.6 yds/g) will likely be replaced by Tanner Mangum who completed 14 of 18 passes on the season for 145 yards and 2 TD’s. Nick Kurtz (3.8 rec/g, 40.2 yds/g, 2 TD), Colby Pearson (3.0 rec/g, 30.7 yds/g, 4 TD), Mitchell Juergens (2.8 rec/g, 27.8 yds/g, 2TD), and Jonah Trinnaman (2.3 rec/g, 26.3 yds/g, TD) were the leading receivers for the Cougars. Defensively, BYU held their opponents to an average of 19.4 ppg on 364.3 total yards per game (255.9 passing, 108.4 rushing). BYU forced their opponents into committing 29 turnovers on the season and finished the season with a turnover margin of +12.
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The Wyoming Cowboys were one of the surprising teams in College Football this season finishing the year with an 8-5 record which included a trip to the Mountain West Championship game in which they were defeated by the San Diego Aztecs, 27-24. Wyoming came into the year projected to finish in the middle of the pack in the difficult Mountain West – Mountain Division, however, scored upsets over both Boise State and San Diego State which helped gain them the opportunity to play for their first Mountain West Championship. On the season, Wyoming averaged 37.1 ppg on 439.2 total yards per game (230.8 passing, 208.5 rushing). Offensively, Wyoming was led by RB Brian Hill who had 21 TD’s and averaged 135.9 rushing yds/g. QB Josh Allen completed 56.3% of his passes for 26 TD and 13 INT while averaging 230.5 passing yds/g. Josh Allen was also the Cowboys second leading rusher as he averaged 37.3 yds/g and had 7 rushing TD’s. Tanner Gentry (5.0 rec/g, 93.3 yds/g, 12 TD), Jake Maulhardt (2.8 rec/g, 44.7 yds/g, 4 TD), Jacob Hollister (2.3 rec/g, 38.5 yds/g, 7 TD), and C.J. Johnson (1.5 rec/g, 22.9 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, Wyoming allowed their opponents to average 34.8 ppg on 464.0 total yards per game (261.3 passing, 202.7 rushing). Wyoming forced their opponents into committing 25 turnovers on the season and had an overall turnover margin of +3.
The Cougars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. MWC opponents. The Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings against Wyoming. The Cowboys are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games.
I’m surprised the BYU didn’t finished the season in the Top-25 as the Cougars had one of the better defenses in the country and finished the season winning 7 of their last 8 games with their only loss coming on the road against Boise State by a point. Wyoming had a great season led by a solid offensive attack that could beat you both through the air and on the ground. The Cowboys did an outstanding job at home this season going 5-1 however, struggled on the road posting just a 3-4 record. BYU won’t be the same team without Taysom Hill behind center, however, the Cougars offensive shouldn’t have trouble scoring on a weak Cowboys defense and as the Cougars have held their opponents to just an average of 7.3 ppg over their last 4 games, I think BYU will cover in this one. Take BYU to cover.