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BYU at Utah State - 9/29/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

BYU Cougars (1-3) at Utah State Aggies (2-2)

College Football: Friday, September 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium)

The Line: Utah State Aggies +1.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 See the Latest Odds


The BYU Cougars and Utah State Aggies meet Friday in college football action at Romney Stadium.

The BYU Cougars are desperate for a victory here to snap a three-game losing streak. The BYU Cougars have won four of their last six road games. Tanner Mangum is completing 54.4 percent of his passes for 466 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Mangum and Beau Hoge have combined for six interceptions this season. Matt Bushman and Talon Shumway have combined for 288 receiving yards on 26 catches while Micah Simon has six receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 77.5 yards per contest, and Squally Canada leads the way with 118 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, BYU is allowing 23 points and 405 yards per game. Fred Warner leads the BYU Cougars with 33 tackles, Sione Takitaki has two sacks and Zayne Anderson has one interception. 

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BYU at Utah State - 9/29/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Utah State Aggies look for a nice home victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Utah State Aggies have split their last six home games. Kent Myers is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 777 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. Myers has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his last nine games. Gerold Bright and Ron'quavion Tarver have combined for 321 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Jordan Nathan has 16 receptions. The Utah State Aggies ground game is averaging 175 yards per contest, and Eltoro Allen leads the way with 209 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Utah State is allowing 32 points and 382.8 yards per game. Chase Christiansen leads the Utah State Aggies with 28 tackles, Jalen Davis has two sacks and Baron Gajkowski has one interception.

The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Aggies are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 Friday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings, the underdog is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.

Neither one of these teams have looked all of that great, as BYU's only win came against Portland State and Utah State's only victories were against Idaho State and San Jose State. These teams are a combined 0-5 SU against power five teams this season. BYU has beaten Utah State in five of the last six meetings and has had a much rougher schedule where you can give the Cougars a pass for their record. However, BYU struggles big time on the offensive end, which has put the defense on the field far too often. Utah State also has a decent defense that forces turnovers, gets to the quarterback and is allowing a touchdown less than 50 percent of the time in 15 red zone trips. This is a game where the Aggies can grind out a victory at home. I'll take my points here.

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